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Work in progress: Tom’s trousers

By Clare Albans / 24 May 2014

I recently asked Tom if he would like me to make him something, as I haven’t made him anything since the wedding waistcoats and I seem to have lots of things for me planned! Anyway, he said that he’d quite like some trousers. Hmm, trousers. From what I knew about trousers, they’re quite tricky –…

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Top tips for a handmade wedding

By Clare Albans / 18 May 2014

As part of The School of Thrift, I’ve written some special wedding-themed tutorials as well as my top 5 tips for a handmade/thrifty wedding. It has been really lovely to look back at our wedding and think about how we planned it, so I thought I’d put together a more detailed post about it. So…

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DIY Filofax inserts

By Clare Albans / 17 May 2014

  I seem to have been working on loads of things that I can’t quite share with you at the moment, so I’m really pleased to be able to share this project with you at last! I had been meaning to revamp my Filofax inserts for ages but didn’t get around to it for the…

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Tutorial: how to make a floral bouquet

By Clare Albans / 16 May 2014

The School of Thrift has had a wedding theme for the last couple of weeks, and it has been really inspiring to see lots of ideas on the Festival of Thrift Google+ page! [Edit: Google+ now no longer exists, so you’ll have to believe me!). I’ve already written a tutorial post about how to make…

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Instagram gallery: March 2014

By Clare Albans / 31 Mar 2014

March seems to have gone in a flash! Here are my favourite Instagram photos from this month 🙂

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Fabric covered letters

By Clare Albans / 20 Mar 2014

I’ve seen lots of fabric covered letters around recently and have wanted to have a go myself – this weekend I finally got around to it! It is a project that you could complete on an evening after work (if you need a weeknight craft fix, as I often do!) and would make a great…

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The Festival of Thrift 2014

By Clare Albans / 13 Mar 2014

  The Festival of Thrift was launched last year at Lingfield Point in Darlington, with the aim of showing just how much fun and creativity there is to be found in living thriftily and sustainably. Thrifting, the idea of creating something yourself or ‘make-do-and-mend’-ing has definitely seen a huge revival over the past few years…

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Flow – Book for Paper Lovers

By Clare Albans / 10 Mar 2014

  I discovered Flow magazine through Instagram – I kept seeing beautiful photos of things that were in the latest issue! Then I discovered that they had issued a special book to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the magazine. How could I resist?! 

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Instagram gallery: February 2014

By Clare Albans / 28 Feb 2014

This month has been another busy one, and spring is finally on the way! 🙂 Here’s my Instagram gallery for February!

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Getting organised

By Clare Albans / 14 Feb 2014

  There hasn’t been a huge amount of crafting going on here this week, but this is for an important reason: I was sorting out my embroidery threads. I used to keep them in a little bag, and would do that thing where you try and pull out a colour but end up with a…

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Tutorial: how to line a vintage suitcase

By Clare Albans / 31 Jan 2014

Today’s post is a wonderful DIY tutorial: how to line a vintage suitcase. I bought this gorgeous vintage teal suitcase last year with the intention of re-lining it – in fact, I looked at my original post about it and realised that I got it in March!

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Scrapbook paper thank you cards

By Clare Albans / 29 Jan 2014

  I’ve never really got into ‘scrapbooking’ as a thing, but recently I’ve discovered that scrapbook paper is brilliant for projects where you need a small print. The first project that I did using scrapbook paper was to line the insides of my wooden drawers, and I’ve been thinking of new things to do with…

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