Recycled shirt bath mat: tutorial

on monday i wrote about how to make yarn out of old t-shirts. but i didn’t want to reveal what i made with this special yarn until i was done. yesterday i finished it. what is it? a rug for the bathroom! i’d wanted to …

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How to make baskets from recycled paper

**TUTORIAL UPDATE** I’ve created a new version of the woven cereal box basket, giving more detailed instructions and including more pictures to better explain each step. You can find the new tutorial here! ——————————————— a year ago i saw this post on pane, amore e …

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How to sew corners on a bed sheet: Tutorial

we were quite lucky because we’re full of bed sheets that were barely used by my husband’s family. the annoying thing? they’re all flat sheets, and not one fitted one. i really can’t stand having to fold the edges of a flat sheet under the …

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Thank you for your help!

last week i wrote about the initiative that i am participating in. if you haven’t read it, check it out. i am continuously sewing more pads to donate and putting them up “for sale” in my store on cloth pad shop*. it only takes a …

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Charity: donate menstrual pads

as many of you know, i sew and sell my own models of cloth menstrual pads. cloth pad shop, one of the online portals where i have a store,* has a wonderful initiative going, which is the donation of cloth menstrual pads to girls and …

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From puzzle mat to bulletin board

last week i made stamps from the letters from one of those little foam letter puzzles and i wondered how to use up the remaining foam pieces. i got some good ideas from my readers, but in the end i made a little “cork” board …

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DIY coat rack with knobs

i’ve had this pair of cute knobs for 3 years and i always knew that i wanted to make my daughter a little coat rack with them, but seeing as i’m a bit useless with a saw, i kept on putting it off…and off…and off…and …

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Clothespin apron

it looks as if spring is just starting here in southern italy…yah! i just love the sun and the arrival of my favorite season makes me feel great. i spent a lot of time this past sunny weekend out on the balcony with my hands …

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DIY Costume with Flowers: a field of flowers

we started talking about carnival a month ago. first my little girl wanted to be a princess, then a fairy, then hello kitty. but in the end i got a nasty tummy bug that kept me out of action for most of this past week…the …

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Picture frame from a broken toy

last summer while fishing around in my nephew’s toys, my daughter found one of those magnetic doodler things. the part that goes up and down to erase the picture was blocked. i managed to unblock it so it could be used again, so my nephew …

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I don’t want to buy any more gifts!

even though i was sick in the holiday period, i tried to make as many gifts as possible by hand. i’m sick of buying stuff in stores. do we really have to be such consumers? enough is enough! first of all i made a hooded …

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Happy holidays! Befana stockings

best wishes to all of you out there! as anyone at all catholic (or living in a catholic community) knows, today is epiphany. i know i missed sending out new year’s wishes, but i hadn’t been able to write anything because i had tracheitis, which …

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Merry christmas with a 100% upcycled advent calendar

happy holidays to all of you out there! i’ve been wanting to write about my advent calendar for the past few weeks or so, but i never had the time and now it’s a bit late, but i guess it’s always an idea for next …

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DIY Christmas stockings

one of the nice things about having two cultures in one house is that you celebrate a lot more often. not only are there different holidays to celebrate, but the ones in common are often celebrated in different ways. for example, christmas. in the USA, …

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100% recycled pillow

these days all my energy has been going into the birth of my business with my cloth products. it’s a lot of work and a lot of thought. i haven’t slept decently in 3 or 4 nights thanks to bizarre dreams about sewing cloth diapers. …

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Seitan with jerusalem artichokes and bulgur: recipe

i realize that recently i’ve only been writing about my work things and my products for sale. i’ve been quite busy, but i’d like to quickly write about something absolutely marvelous that i discovered at the market last week: jerusalem artichokes (or topinambur). if you …

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All about cloth diapers

For those who don’t use cloth diapers, the idea of being in close contact with your child’s p & p (pee and poo) isn’t that pleasant; however it’s… totally natural. Disposable diapers are a relatively new invention which became the norm only in the past …

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All about cloth nursing pads

Why use cloth nursing pads? Breastfeeding is the best thing you can do to give your child a head start in life. Nobody denies that nursing is the healthiest thing for your newborn, is cheaper and more ecological than formula, creates a strong bond between …

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Blog action day: hanging out the laundry

quite often i catch myself complaining about this or that in everyday Italian life. why is it so hard to get things done?! why is everyone so closed to new and “different” ideas?! etc etc. but then every so often there are those moments that …

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compost

apparently, i’m not the only ecological preacher out there! the beach we went to in colombia this past summer was full of trees with inspirational messages on them. i got such a kick out of them! here it says “la idea no es limpiar mas, …

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