Blanket coat #2

That coat I made from an old blanket (a few posts back)  … it’s brilliant. So warm. So funky. 

 I have just finished my second coat (made a few minor design adjustments  in the pattern pieces). 

Second blanket was a deep burgundy color although in the photo it appears dark pink. 

So easy. No finishing as the blanket is felted after all the washing over the years. I stitch the seams flat at the wrists, neck/shoulder  seams and at the side side splits. I also trim the side splits to the seam allowance so they sit flat. 

I might be able to get a child’s size out of the remnants. 💕

Stay warm, 

Bindy 🌸


Back to crochet… at last

I have my creative mojo back. 

I’m creating a long coat or cardigan. Striped pattern back with plain fronts. I’m recycling leather sleeves from an old jacket. Here’s the concept. 

Here’s the pattern. 

Will post updates. 

Bindy ❤️

Upcycled Vintage Wool

Any big occasion calls for bunting!

 …and a ‘vintage’ birthday calls for vintage bunting of course!

I’ve been busy making bunting for my big 50! Is 50 considered vintage?

The gathering will be outside on a cool Australian winter’s night. We’ll have braziers glowing and hot soup on tap. I’ll put out all the crochet granny rugs I can find and the  vintage wool blanket bunting will be swaying in the breeze (hopefully not sagging in the rain!).


That pop-tab messenger bag!

That pop-tab messenger bag project has not gone away! I don’t suppose it will go away until I actually settle down and finish it. I’ve decided it will be my New Year present to myself! I have plenty of pop-tabs and now that I am on Annual Leave, I have the time.

So the decision at this stage of the project is ‘what type of handle?’

I have decided on a shorter strap rather than a long body strap… Which means it is not going to be a messenger bag afterall.


I am in the throws of creating the flap that folds over the opening to give it a ‘messenger’ look.




No crochet in sight…

Just because I haven’t been crocheting, doesn’t mean I haven’t been creative!

I am busy making up-cycled wool blanket handbags for my online shop.


These old wool blankets are a warm reminder of my childhood in the 60’s/70’s in New Zealand. We used them to make forts and indoor tents, play picnics in the lounge room, create costumes and robes and of course snuggle up under on those cold New Zealand winter nights.  All blankets are genuine Australian or New Zealand ‘Pure New Wool’ and have all had a glorious previous life – not sure I could call them vintage wool blankets – but all of them are old and very pre-loved. The names ‘Onkaparinga’ and ‘Homeleigh’ and ‘Waverley’ appear on their well worn tags.

Back in the days of my childhood … ‘doonas’ were called quilts and were used more like bedspreads … and so everyone had a set of wool blankets to call their own – much like the self selected Doona covers we have these days. My set was a yellow ochre tartan check (and I still have the pair – although I am starting to upcycle one of them into items to treasure for my own home), my older sister had a pink, cream and blue broad check and my younger sister had dark teal green and cream tartan.

The straps for the bags are made from belts given to me by my mum. She had been doing the tidy-up bit by bit after my step-dad passed away and from among all his clothes and belongings, thought these were ‘upcycle’ worthy. Thanks mum!

Creating something for everyday wear from all these warm memories is what inspired this bag design.


I will run out of dad’s old belts very soon. I’ll then start sourcing from local charity shops (op shops).

I am selling the bags in my online store ‘Keepsakes’  on ‘made’ .  Feedback from one buyer warmed my heart – it was a memory for her too!


Perhaps one brings back memories for you too… I’d love to share it with you.

Love, Bindy.

More than crochet…

Well, the long service leave is well and truly underway and the creative juices are flowing. I have been neglecting the crochet for other pursuits…namely sewing. I still have crochet projects in sight and planned, but got excited about an idea for making a handbag from old wool blankets.

upcycled blanket bagdoggiebed

I have been collecting the fabulous ‘Onkaparinga’ blankets from Op Shops and was going to create cushion covers and doggie beds…but then the bag idea came to mind.

I have upcycled my dad’s old belts as the straps and added covered buttons to keep the strap in place. It’s soft and unique. Love it!

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