ReCrafting with ButtonBag and Oxfam!

Sara Suchars presenting the ReCraft ButtonBag book in Oxfam Camden

Recraft book Buttonbag september 2012 launch

Sara Duchars at Buttonbag Recraft book launch bunting smiling DIY dress

Sara Duchars in her home-made dress, created from a coat! With Sarah Marks, she is one half of British craft brand Buttonbag!

Buttons in a suitcase box colourful vibrant fun craft sewing kit

Sipsmith sloe gin bottle  at event for Buttonbag

cutting out pieces to make soft toy penguin Buttonbag pattern felt

Lucy sewing at Buttonbag Recraft book launch event yellow Cos jumper glasses blogger

cute kitten cat wool craft make yourself

Making myself a new little friend

I love a good bit of craft, especially when joined by like-minded ladies, cocktails and cake! Lucky then, that this was what I was treated to at the launch of Buttonbag’s new book called ReCraft – a guide of simple recipes for turning old clothes or charity shop finds into perfect items to gift or display in your home!

Buttonbag girls Sara and Sarah, who have grown their British business from hand-cutting kits in their kitchens to sell at Greenwhich market to becoming one of the countries leading craft companies, ensured there were lots of fun activities on hand inside the super sweet and retro Oxfam DIY shop in Camden. We were treated to choices of different crafts to complete around the room including making a pouch from the end of a tie, which I was pleasantly surprised to discover looked really good! I chose the option to make a cute cuddly critter as sold in a DIY kit you can pick up online and in store. I was eager to make myself a Penguin seeing as I’d just been spending a week at Liberty stocking the Christmas shop with dozens of boxes of these kits myself!

I happily sunk into a happy squiffy state of sewing bliss, chatting to many interesting girls including photographer bloggerΒ Siobhan and her friend (in the last photo) and nibbling button fairycakes and yummy sipsmith cocktails. I was very chuffed to see Percy come to life and decided to make him a bit more ‘me’ by making him a bit disabled in the sight department!

making a penguin soft toy cuddly children

Buttonbag penguins family together! craft made by hand

Penguin made from black jumper wearing glasses made at book launch cocktails

craft table at Buttonbag recraft launch book bits and bobs sewing ribbon buttons

Blogger redhead ginger hair cute with DIY craft tie

You can pick up ReCraft, the book here for Β£12.99. It features cute illustrations, prettily styled photographs plus friendly and easy sewing projects like the penguin (you can also try a whale or a frog out of old jumpers!) perfect for a dash of inspiration! Thank you so much to Sara and Sarah for your adorable book and very useful sewing tin!


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  • SJP September 26, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    That looks like such a fun afternoon, though I’m not sure I’d be that skilled with a needle and thread!

  • Planet Penny September 26, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Ah, so it was you with the shortsighted penguin! It was a great evening wasn’t it, and I’m loving the book!

  • Giovanna September 24, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Cute photos! Looks like such a fun event!


  • Maria September 24, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    I ADORE these little penguins!

    Maria xxx

  • Katie September 23, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    how amazing are all these stuff ?<3 and you look awesome just like usual :)!

  • Harriet September 23, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    What a cute looking event! I am so uncrafty, but this is enough to inspire even me to give it a go!

    • Lulu September 23, 2012 at 6:57 PM

      Haha you can do it Harriet! All this weekend I’ve been mending and sewing after having a go there – it really gave me the bug! πŸ˜‰ xxx

  • Miss ECL September 23, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    This book is great! I mean, I didn’t read it, but the idea is so beautiful. And I like your new little friend πŸ™‚

  • Jo - Lost in the Haze September 22, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    This looks amazing Lucy! Those penguins are truly the sweetest!

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  • Indigo September 22, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    what a fun little event! Love your little friend!

  • Jenny September 22, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    This is sooo cute! I love repurposing things out of old items so this sounds perfect to me. Lovely post (and penguin)! x

  • Paula T September 22, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    This looks like so much fun! I love a craft even and looks like this one has tonnes of new ideas.