DIY Botanical Print Jacket We are smitten with Stella McCartney‘s floral ensembles from her Spring 2011 collection, inspired by 18th and 19th century botanical prints. The studies by notable botanists Robert John Thornton and Pierre Joseph Redouté are so incredibly lovely and vibrant that we too were inspired to add a bit of floral flair to our own clothing. Follow the instructions that accompany the iron on transfer papers, as they drastically vary depending on the brand. We chose to add flowers to a small portion of this jacket, but feel free to go wild! (top image from Hanneli, botanical images from here, here, here and here, rest of images from Honestly…WTF)
DIY Shibori Today marks HonestlyWTF’s four year anniversary. Four years! To celebrate, we’re revisiting the very first tutorial we ever featured on the site: shibori tie dye. Lauren and I first discovered shibori after discovering an old photo on the web. You’ll need:an indigo dye kitnatural fiber clothing or fabric2 5 gallon bucketsrubber glovessmall wood squaresrubber bandstwinea PVC pipea long wooden sticka drop clothrubber glovesscissors When choosing fabric or clothing, it’s important that made of natural fibers. Itajime shibori is known as the shape-resist technique. Fold it again in the other direction – again, like an accordion. Arashi is the Japanese term for “storm” and it’s also known as the pole-wrapping technique. Wrap the twine around the fabric. Continue wrapping, scrunching and tightening until all the fabric is compacted. Kumo shibori is known as the pleat and bind technique. Do the same with the opposite side, in staggered sections. Keep binding until you can’t go any further.
DIY Peter Pan Collar We almost lost our marbles when we first spotted these scalloped white Louis Vuitton collars on the runway. And so when Lucky Magazine asked us to create a tutorial for their November issue, DIYing Peter Pan collars was an absolute no-brainer. Crisp, feminine, and perfect for fall, who would have thought Neverland could look so chic? You’ll need:2 scalloped edged collar pieces cut from white felt or rubber flannel (pattern downloadable here)a single hole punch or leather rotary hole punch1 yard of white ribbona needle and threadhot glue gunbutton Using the pattern template, cut out the two collar pieces. Create small holes between each scallop, using the hole punch. Overlap the two wider end pieces and push a button through the last two aligning holes. Cut the ribbon into two half-yard lengths. Wrap the collar around your neck and tie it into a bow. Your Louis Vuitton inspired peter pan collar is finished! (top image via FGR, rest of images by HonestlyWTF)
Everything Golden » DIY – Block Printing DIY – Block Printing For my latest contribution to Sugar and Charm, I created hand printed napkins. This is a fun and easy way to add personality to anything…napkins, tea towels, t-shirts, onesies, you name it! Once you’ve created your stamp, you’ll want to print on everything in your home! Here’s how you do it… What you need: 1. Instructions: To make the stamp, you’ll first draw your image on the rubber block and start carving away the areas that you don’t want to show. Also, check out DIY – Hand Dyed Vintage Linens for instructions on how to make the tie dyed napkins.
DIY Bleach Tie Dye Last summer, we were obsessed with shibori indigo tie dying. No, really . . . we just about dyed anything white in sight. So when Free People asked us to include a DIY in their guest blogger series, we knew a new tie dye project was absolutely in order. And as the weather is beginning to warm up, what better time than now to start experimenting with reverse tie dye using bleach! Black tees and tops: watch out! To make a grid-like pattern, fold the shirt like an accordion and bind it between two pieces of wood or other flat shaped objects. Before you start bleaching, make sure you are wearing gloves and working outdoors or in a well ventilated area. The rusty brown color will slowly fade into a beautiful lighter shade as it begins to set. Your reverse bleach tie dye shirt is ready to wear! (top image from here, rest of images by HonestlyWTF)
Everything Golden » DIY – Hot Pads DIY – Hot Pads Here is my latest contribution to Sugar & Charm. This is a very simple sewing project that makes for a great, personalized gift that’s both functional and attractive to display in the kitchen. I had some black and white photographs printed via Spoonsflower. How to: You’ll need batting for the stuffing, I used 3 layers. Place the handle in the open side then close it up by sewing all the edges(this gives a nice border and helps the batting stay in place). Most hot pads are sewn in a checkered pattern to give a quilted look but I kept it simple by sewing only a small x in the middle to keep the batting in place without complicating the image. That’s it!
Everything Golden I recently made these pillows for a wedding gift. I found these awesome vintage national parks posters that I re-worked in photoshop and designed custom prints to match. DIY – Find a cool landscape photo and have it printed via Spoonflower, then choose an existing fabric as a cool contrast for the back. DEMO! Flour Paste Batik Batik is a resist method of fabric dyeing that uses wax . . . I did a lot of traditional batik back in the early 90's. It's a lot of fun, and you can get some incredible effects. The downside is getting the wax out of the fabric. The easiest method I found was dry-cleaning, though I also know people who would iron the fabric between sheets of newspaper. Since I'm only doing small batches now, and doing it primarily for use in fiber art (not clothing) I've been looking for an easier, dry-cleaning free method of getting the same effects. Materials: 1/2 cup flour, + a few extra tablespoons 1/2 cup water 2 teaspoons alum (helps keep nasty smelly bits from growing) mixer fabric stretcher bars tacks fine tip squeeze bottle or icing tips fabric paint* I originally said "dye," but you really want to use diluted paint paint brush spray bottle iron parchment paper or press cloth 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. I covered the whole surface with this swirly pattern. 7. 8. 9. 10. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.
An Introduction to Sun Printing on Fabric It’s been about 25 years since I’ve used sun printing paper but it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while! Who knew there was sun printing fabric?! I made this easy little square pin cushion using 8.5″ cotton cyanotype fabric squares and buttons: This applique shirt was so simple… …and I love the extra button detail: The squares I used are the Blueprints on Fabric(pink on blue) shown below: In a nutshell, the 8.5″ fabric squares in the kit are pretreated with a chemical that makes them change color in sunlight. I pinned buttons to the fabric in the shape of a heart: I pinned one of my mother’s old necklaces in place: I layered different types of lace: I used a transparency with a superhero “POW” on it: Stay tuned for more sun printing soon!
Products & Pricing – Spoonflower The prices below are for all custom printed fabric, wallpaper and decals throughout the Spoonflower site. Your final price will be based on three things: how much you order, which product you choose, and whether you own the design. How do you qualify for our 10% designer discount? The answer is simple - everyone who uploads a design to Spoonflower qualifies! Like most textiles, Spoonflower fabric will burn if exposed to flame or direct heat. DIY Brandy Melville Moon Phase Crop Tank Bleach Painting on Textiles D.I.Y. Today Jill of Lune is going to share the next part of our textile printing series, how to paint with bleach. I love the simplicity of her design and can't wait to try this. Enjoy! Bleach painting is a fun, easy and inexpensive way to play with fabric dying and I know you'll love the results! Supplies Needed: Fabric safe household bleach, inexpensive synthetic bristle paint brush, glass or ceramic bowl, dark colored cotton blend top, a white towel or rag, white chalk, cardboard. Safety: Bleach is toxic, so be careful to keep it safely out of reach of children. 1. There are so many options for bleach painting. Thanks so much for sharing this technique with us today, Jill.
Basic Sewing Machine Stitches This week I have some really fun basic sewing projects lined up! New to sewing? Today we're sharing four basic sewing machine stitches and what they are used for. Basting Stitch This stitch is most commonly used as any temporary stitch that you plan to eventually rip out. Straight Stitch This is the most common stitch. Zigzag Stitch This stitch is great for stretch fabrics, finishing edges and attaching elastic. Three-Step Zigzag Stitch This stitch is best for extreme stretch (for example lingerie and swimwear) and attaching elastic. I'll be sharing lots of sewing projects with you this week! This sewing basics series was created in collaboration with Missy Creed of Momentum Fashion.
3 Ways to Hem a Shirt Sleeve Edit Article Turned-Up HemSingle Fold Hem with Edge FinishLettuce Edge Edited by Harry Honda, Maluniu, DifuWu, MA and 1 other Hemming a shirt sleeve is easy, economical and takes little time. Ad Steps 1The following hemming tips will work for hemming sleeves or any other hemming project. Method 1 of 3: Turned-Up Hem 1Mark the hem using a hemming gauge. 2Turn up the hem and pin it to the fabric. Method 2 of 3: Single Fold Hem with Edge Finish 1Single fold hem. Method 3 of 3: Lettuce Edge 1Sew a lettuce edge hem. Warnings Use caution when operating a sewing machine.Use caution when ironing the sleeve. Sources and Citations Reader's Digest Complete Guide to SewingAbout.com Wild Ginger Patternmaking software User's Guide.