Category Archives: The Ugly to Lovely Series

Ugly to lovely. Face cloths

Ugly to lovely. Face cloths

These muslin face cloths have needed replacing for a while.

Ugly old muslin face cloths

Ugly old muslin face cloths

They’ve gone a lovely shade of grey through many days of makeup and grime removal.
I know they’re clean but they do not look pretty hanging on my washing line.
But these are a vast improvement, don’t you think?

New crochet face cloths

New crochet face cloths in 4ply cotton and dishcloth cotton

I’ve tried out various crochet stitches using both dishcloth cotton and a softer organic 4 ply cotton.

Star crochet face cloth

Star crochet face cloth in 4ply cotton

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Love the star stitch

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These ones in the cotton 4 ply are lovely to use, with just the right amount of ‘abrasiveness’.

The dishcloth cotton ones in double crochet were more suited to the dishes than my face! It is hiding in this next shot at the back.
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I shall be making up a whole lot more in the soft 4 ply; they are so luxurious to use, they feel like a real treat.

I’ve also taken delivery of a Tunisian crochet hook as I’ve seen some lovely facecloths in Tunisian crochet on Pinterest.

Watch this space.

 Love, Lucie xx

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Decopatch glasses case – the tutorial

Decopatch glasses case – the tutorial

After last weekend’s ugly to lovely project I was keen to cover my other two cases.
I took a few more photos along the way to share with you and have included a little guidance in case you should ever want to do it yourself

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First, choose your paper. This is decopatch paper; a sort of printed tissue paper. Other thin paper could be used but perhaps for something not quite as fiddly as the glasses case.

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I gave my case an undercoat of white acrylic paint. This is recommended if you are covering a dark object. It just makes the colours sing more.

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You will also need a couple of brushes and some glue. I use decopatch glue. It dries completely clear and gives the finished piece a sort of lacquered look.

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Tear your paper into lots of little pieces. I prefer to tear rather than cut as the torn edges seem to blend into each other better.

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Right we can start. First the fiddly bit. Carefully ease the inner plastic liner away from the edge of your case.

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Apply some glue

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Picking up a piece of torn tissue with your gluey brush place into position, half in, half out of the inside of the case. Brush the tissue liberally with glue before placing a second piece, over lapping the first.

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Turn over and using plenty of glue, stick down. Continue around the edge of the case in this way.

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Now continue across the body of the case using plenty of glue beneath and on top of each piece, overlapping as you go. Smooth out any bubbles and creases with your brush.

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This is the easy part; continuing over the top of the case. It won’t look too pretty at this point. They’ll be lots of little creases and bubbles. These will disappear as the glue dries.

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One more ugly to lovely

One more ugly to lovely

I’ve not done an ‘ugly to lovely’ for a while.
You must admit that this glasses case is very ugly.

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However, with a little glue and some decopatch paper

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almost everything can be turned from ugly to lovely.

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Don’t forget to have a look over at Handmade Monday to see what other crafty folk have been up to.

Love Lucie xx

Totally dotty

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With my last remaining oil cloth I’ve made these three dotty peg bags.

Totally spotty oil cloth peg bags

Totally spotty oil cloth peg bags

My others have been a great success and have amazingly flown out of the shop.

Considering I made my first peg bag

Shiny new peg bag

Shiny new peg bag

to use up the oil cloth from this make

Oil cloth cushions

Oil cloth cushions

I’m now going to have to go and buy further supplies. I’m banking on the fact that as they’ve sold through the folksy shop  they may sell well on my stall, a week on Saturday.

New and remaining peg bags

New and remaining peg bags

Love, Lucie xx

Another ugly to lovely

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Another ugly to lovely

This weekend’s very mundane makeover was another unbeautiful object that appears in most homes across the land.

The ironing board.

It is a rather wide ironing board; best for zooming through work and school shirts and blouses. So, if you can find one, the choice of new ironing board covers is limited. I’ve gone through a number of unlovely covers over the years; it never occurred to me to make one.

So I upgraded this

Old stained ironing board cover

Old stained ironing board cover

To this

New ironing board cover

New ironing board cover

In brief this is how I did it.
I laid my chosen fabric face down on the floor and placed a thin wadding on top. Laying  my ironing board face down, I cut out the fabric and the wadding 5cm larger than the ironing board all the way round.
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Then I tacked all the way round to keep the fabric and wadding from moving around as I did the next bit.
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Next I opened out one of the folds of some bias binding and pinned it all around the edge of the cover (on the wadding side). I started at the centre of the top straight section of the board cover.
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Using my machine I sewed along the ditch like so
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Then I trimmed around the edge; both the wadding and the fabric, so it was nice and neat.
I folded the bias over the edge and sewed it down.
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It now looked like this
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Next job was to thread some butchers twine through the channel I had made with the bias binding.
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And with the tacking stitch out, it was done. All ready to lay onto the board and pull the thread tight.
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New ironing board cover

New ironing board cover

It is a pity an ironing board cover doesn’t lend itself to embellishment but it least now I can dream away a trip around the world whilst doing the ironing.

Total cost for 1/2m of fabric and 1/2m of wadding and 3m of bias binding £8.80.

Love, Lucie xx

Replacing the ugly, one by one.

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Replacing the ugly, one by one.

After replacing my peg bag with something far more pleasurable to look out at, I have set about looking for something else around my house to beautify.
You may have read my craft wars post; my ongoing quest to place my crafty makes around the house whilst my partner fights for his preferred uncluttered style.
So I have taken it upon myself to replace previously bought mundane items with crafty makes. He’ll never notice, right?

A couple of weeks ago I remodelled my ugly peg bag, finally coming up with this, (which are flying out of my folksy shop:))Latest Oil Cloth peg bag

This weekend I replaced this.

Ugly old plastic bag tidy

Ugly old plastic bag tidy

With this.

Lovely new plastic bag tidy

Lovely new plastic bag tidy

All with materials used from my stash. Felt flower shapes and buttons.

Pinning on the felt flowers

Pinning on the felt flowers

Pinning on the felt flowers.

Pinning on the felt flowers.

Machine appliqué

Machine appliqué

Machine appliqué

Machine appliqué

Felt flower with button

Felt flower with button

Felt flower detail

Felt flower detail

An improvement don’t you think?

I’ve another ugly replacement planed for next weekend.

Love, Lucie xx

Peg Bag 2nd Edition

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My new and improved oil cloth peg bag.

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I know a peg bag is a lame little object to most, but I get a ridiculous amount of delight seeing this brightly coloured peg bag swinging about on the wurly gig outside.

And when it rains I no longer think, ‘duh, peg bag is getting wet’.

So I have progressed from this ugly specimen

Ugly old peg bag

Ugly old peg bag

To this in this post here

Shiny new peg bag

Shiny new peg bag

To this!

Latest Oil Cloth peg bag

Latest Oil Cloth peg bag

I’ve made 8 for the stall and the Folksy shop. Now onto something new for the weekend.

Shiny peg bags ready for my Folksy shop

Shiny peg bags ready for my Folksy shop

Love, Lucie xx