Monday, October 21, 2013

Go with the Trend: Midi Skirts

via C&C

Midi skirts are all the range right now. I don't have one yet but I guess I'll give the one above a try. Beautiful right?
Head over to Cotton&Curls to find out how to make this stunning midi skirt yourself.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sunday Project: a DIY Key Chain Tassle

The DIY this week is a big key chain that makes finding your key in your bag so much easier. Because of the specific feel of the leather tassles you'll find your key easily by just rummaging around in your bag until it falls into your hand. Tried and tested by me, really works perfectly. I've supplied various friends with the tassle key chain now and they all say the same.

What you'll need:
  • Piece of leather (fake or real)
  • little golden nails
  • a glue gun or any other strong glue
  • golden spray paint (optional)
  • nailpolish (optional)

First, cut your piece of leather into a 10 cm by 30 cm rectangle.

 Since my fake leather didn't have a nice back, I spraypainted it first white, then golden to make it prettier. You can skip this step if you wish or use any other color (neon would also work great).

After your spraypaint has dried, mark your rectangle with a line at 3 cm (see picture above). The cut your tassles in evenly strips until you have a 3 cm wide strip to role it up an 7 cm long tassles. 

 Cut a pice of leather thats 1 cm wide and 9 cm long. Fold it in half and glue together the  tip of the strip (the bottom 3 cm that will be hidden inside your tassle). Place the strip on your leather rectangle and glue it to the very edge like in the picture above.

The next thing you do is glueing your 3 cm wide section of your rectangle and start rolling it up until you reach the end of your rectangle. Place a rubber band around your tassle and let dry for a few hours. 

 To embellish your tassle, push four golden nails in along the seam.

If your wish, finish the edge on top with some nailpolish as shown in the picture above.

Let dry and enjoy your brand new key chain tassle!


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Quick Fix: Neon Star Sweatshirt

Today I'd like to show you how I turned a plain grey sweatshirt into a trendy piece with just a little sewing.

What you need:
  • Sweatshirt (similiar to this)
  • Neon thread ( I used this one)
  • Thick cotton fabric
  • Paper and pen

Draw a star on a piece of paper and cut it out. Place it on your piece of cotton and trace it with your pen. Cut out the star and leave about 1 cm around the edges for seam allowance. Hem the edges of the star if you wish with a zigzag stitch.

Place your cotton star on the left (inside) of your sweatshirt and secure it with a couple of pins. Thread your neon thread into your sewing machine. Then trace the star which your marked with your pen on the cotton in a zigzag stitch. 

To make the neon a little more prominent, I also traced the outline of the collar with the neon thread.

Now you try it! Only takes about half an hour and instantly makes your sweater a lot more fun. It would of course also work with a heart, lightning, diamond shape or anything you wish that has easy lines to trace with your sewing machine.

Happy DIYing!


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