Cherub Wallet

5 Mar

  I bought this gorgeous cherub fabric in a second hand store in Prague. For ages it has just been sitting around waiting for me to turn it into something. I like to think in its prior life it was something very elegant, perhaps a curtain from some aristocrats castle so it had to be something worthy of a resurrection.

Level: Medium

Time taken: 5 hours

Things you will need: Heavy fabric for outer, cardboard, plastic for waterproofing, light fabric for inner, 1 x domes. 

Steps to make:

Measure your cardboard width ways depending on how many cards you want to be able to comfortably fit in there. (I found it very convenient using the cover off an exercise book).

Now measure it length ways to make sure you will be able to fit notes in there with plenty of room. You probably will have noticed by now I don’t like to be too specific with measuring…

Now if you are like me, your wallet will be prone to a little spillage now and then (most likely some form of alcohol), so you will need to waterproof this baby to stop your cardboard going soggy. I glued the remains of a courier bag to the cardboard.


Fit the outer material to your cardboard. To make the corners, pull the corner of material directly over the corner of the cardboard then fold the loose pieces on each side toward the corner.

Now it is time to organise your inner fabric. The two back pieces will make up the pocket for your notes, the two front pieces will make up the pockets for your cards. The two back pieces you can make roughly the same size as outer fabric. The four small front pieces make the pockets for the cards. To get the correct size, pop your card over top, give a couple of millimeters allowance each side plus seam allowances. Make sure it will be small enough so that when you put the card in the pocket, the top is still poking out the top.

To form the top of the card pockets and front fabric for note pocket (the back will be sewn on directly), turn wrong way over and fold over twice then iron.


As you can see in the third picture I had already measured on the back fabric where I wanted the seams to attach at the edge of the outer piece of my wallet and lined up the pocket to the middle of one side. I then sewed on second pocket in the same fashion.

Now you should have 3 pieces, your outer piece with cardboard, the inner back and the piece we just sewed with both pockets attached. Place your piece you just sewed directly on top of inner back but about half a centimetre down from top seam of inner back (remember this front bit is going to be your note pocket so you don’t want to sew the top shut!) Place these pieces on to your outer back, I pinned it about 2ml from the edge.

Sew down the edge of three lines; the top, the left side and the bottom.

Now we need to add a clasp to the wallet to keep it together. Make a fastening using leftover material. Attach a dome to one end and the other dome as per picture 3 above. Finally, position your fastening in the middle of final seam and sew.

Now, to find some money to put inside…


High Waisted Skirt

27 Feb

Who thought your wide legged trousers could come back to life looking so sexy?? After yet another parental wardrobe scour, I came across a whole heap of Mum’s barely worn clothes  from the days she went through a brief stage of having a little extra junk in the trunk. Score!

Level: Medium (Need to attach invisible zip + waistband)

Time taken: Approx 5 hours


First things first, cut your trousers into 4 separate panels. I made mine about 41cm length excluding waistband (remember you need to leave enough material to form your waistband).

One of the panels will sit directly at the front, one at the back. The seams will run directly down the middle of your legs so measure front panel and back panel to allow for that (But remember your back panel will be larger!).  Attach the 2 side panels on either side of the front panel. Now with your pre-cut back panel, line up as evenly with front seams and sew remaining side panel edges to back panel (you will need to pop it on yourself and pin it at your widest part for this). Leave one panel open about 10cm down so you can get it on and off.  At this stage your skirt will be basically shapeless. Pop it on inside out and pin it to fit your body shape.  I took each seam in about 1cm at the top and then took each seam in at the bottom to get the nice curve of the skirt.

Add waistband. (there is probably a better way to make a waistband but this is how I made this one)  cut 2 strips of fabric,  whatever width you choose plus 2 seam allowances on either side. You need a total of 4 darts- 2 matching front seams 2 matching back (again, sit the waistband on your waist and take in the darts according to your figure) leaving the middle of the back open to be able to add the invisible zip. If you need to use 2 pieces of fabric joined together, make one of the darts the join.  When you have these done, add a second layer of fabric to form the inside of the waistband.

Sew up your 10cm gap. Cut down the middle of the back panel and add in invisible zip. Most importantly when adding the zip, make sure to add it carefully, so it sits nice and smoothly. (also make sure your zip is long enough, or you will end up trying to wiggle into it!)

Hem your beautiful creation- due to the material, this one is hand hemmed.

From trousers to skirt in no time!

I have just basically outlined the steps here, if you have any questions about exactly how to go about one of the steps or want to send me a picture of your creation, please do!

Tank top Dress

27 Feb

Perfect if you have some leftover material you aren’t sure what to do with.

Level: Easy

Time taken: 1 hour

Steps to make:

Cut your tank top about 5cm below bust, or higher/lower depending on where you want your seam to sit.  Sew the your fabric down side so you have a wide tube of material

Loose stitch around the top of your tube material.  Gather in fabric, pulling on each end of the top thread you just sewed.

When material is about same size as tank top sew together using a stitch for stretchy fabric. Pull your loose threads out after sewing the pieces together.

Hem it and voila!

Shirt Skirt

27 Feb

It’s amazing what a little fossick about in the parents’ cupboard will produce! This shirt has been lurking around for the past 20 odd years, just waiting for a comeback in the form of this gorgeous little shirt skirt.

Level: Easy

Time taken: 1.5hrs

Steps to make:

Lay your shirt flat. Cut through both layers in a straight line just under where the sleeves begin. (or alter depending on what length you want).

Pop on the skirt, buttons in the front, inside out and measure to fit your body. Take in evenly on both sides at the top, and head out on an angle as you head to the bottom to keep your skirt nice and flowy.

Get your waistband material- mine was a tie from another top. Your waistband needs to be 3 pieces; 1 back and 2 for the front. This is so when you the sew the seams on your waistband you will be able to sew it exactly to match your body shape- I had to take in a lot extra at the top.  Align your waistband seams with the side seams on your skirt. You may first need to take an extra button off the top of the skirt. Pin and sew on directly on top of skirt material, folding the top edges of the skirt forward (then when you sew waistband on top there will be no edges visible).

Your skirt is going to open at the front. Add your fastenings to the inside of the front of the waistband (depending on what you want to attach it with you might have to do this before putting the waistband on). I put domes, but they look a little bulky, would recommend buttons instead.

And there you have it! Easy Peasy shirt skirt!