Jeans for Genes

This Friday 22nd September is Jeans for Genes day in the UK

Half a million children in the UK are affected by a life-altering genetic disorder. Jeans for Genes day raises money to transform their lives. Go onto the web site to find out more and see what you can do to help raise awareness and funds. Jeans for Genes


I have come up with a very simple way of customizing your jeans by using Dylon cold water  dyes.

 You will need

1 pair of clean old faded jeans

2 packets of Dylon cold water dye in Ocean blue and Jeans  blue


bucket to mix the dye

optional (miniature pom pom strip)

you will need




  1. Decided how much of the jeans legs you wish to dye and mark with a pen. I decided to dye 2/3rds of the bottom of the trouser legs. 1/3 was pale blue and 1/3 dark blue. Mix up the paler dye according to manufacturers instructions.
  2. Wet the area of the jeans that you are going to dye
  3. Place the jeans in the dye bath so that both the area that will be light and the area that will be dark blue is immersed. Leave for 45 minutes. Take the trousers out and leave to one side.
  4. Mix the darker dye according to instructions and add to the dye bath. Place the bottom 1/3 of the trouser legs in the dye bath and dye according to manufacturers instructions.
  5. Remove the trousers and wash in the washing machine.




If you want to add a pop of colour add a strip of narrow pom pom to the bottom edge of the trouser legs. I found mine on a child’s scarf in a charity shop so that was 20p well spent.

Wear with pride on Jeans for Genes day Friday 22nd of September



10 IKEA Hacks

Having whetted your appetite in the last blog post with the Billy Book Case hacks, I thought you might  be inspired by some other transformations using Ikea products. First you see the  product in its original guise and then the transformation. Having said that as IKEA no longer sell traditional deck chairs and this was made and shot last summer, there is only an after shot of the chair. Its original cover was removed. A new one was made from canvas that was then stenciled  using  fabric paints


A Nornas table was hacked by halving the height of the legs and painting them black. A cushion pad was created out of a baby mattress which was then covered in a glorious Harlequin linen fabric with a butterfly print.


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butterfly stool

The Skogsta bench is a great shape and fits in anywhere. It provides extra seating for unexpected guests or makes a hall bench or even somewhere to fling your clothes  at night. It was sanded and then given a coat of orange paint.  A special cushion was created from old velvet curtains,dyed using Dylon machine dyes  and cut up old tapestries.





These Dvala pillowcases are only £3 a pair. I tie dyed them using Dylon hand dye and then sewed them together down the long sides to create a lounger for the kids.


pillowcase lounger

Moppe boxes have been sold at Ikea from their earliest days. They come in a variety of sizes and are perfect for all that tiny storage. They look perfect covered in different  Cambridge imprint papers and  stacked and glued on top of one another.

moppe boxes


The Hampen rug only cost £10 and is synthetic. I cut out large synthetic  felt leaves and flowers did a tiny bit of embroidery with floss and then glue gunned them onto the rug . Cheap cheerful and perfect for picnics.

Hampen rug


The Hektar lamp was spray painted copper using Valspar spray paintHektar lamp .png


365 china. The first set I just decorated this using pens specifically made for decorating china. The second project was decorative wall plates. These  were masked off and paint was sponged onto sections of them.

365 plates



Skuren cutlerySkuren cutlery with the handles painted.

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