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DIY Gold Painted Jeans

DIY Gold Painted Jeans
Chloé’s Fall 2010 gold embroidered, part mariachi-part cowboy denim pants were our inspiration for this week’s DIY. Such elaborate embroidering is beyond our skill set, so we figured stenciling a beautiful pattern using gold fabric paint would be a more feasible interpretation. Who knew paper doilies made the perfect stencil? Lightly spray the doilies with the adhesive and press down firmly on the jeans. We overlapped the doilies and stopped at three but there really isn’t a right or wrong way to creating your own pattern. (top image here and here, rest of images by Honestly…WTF)

DIY Ombré Denim Dip dyed ombré denim has been popping up here and there and not only do we love the look, it’s super easy to do yourself! We’ve combined Tory Burch‘s dip dyed jeans and Miss Unkon‘s ombré 501s as inspiration for a pink infused DIY that could be done in a jiffy. Start by rinsing your shorts with water. A bottle of RIT liquid dye amounts to 1 cup; you’ll dye your shorts with the lightest shade first and darkest shade last. Pour 1/3 of the cup of dye into 2 gallons of hot water and mix. When dyeing dark denim, you will want to use less water for a darker dye. Ring out the excess dye and add another 1/3 cup of dye to your bucket. It’s that easy: ombré dip dyed denim shorts! Textures and Patterns « tales from the corner house… We got inspired by the arrival of Spring this week at our Crafty group. I wanted to work out a way to make paper flowers which were so simple that the children (4 and 5 year olds) could do quite a bit of the making themselves… You’ll need various colours of tissue paper, pipe cleaners, odd buttons, and plastic bottle tops (the flat ones – as in the back of the photo below). This is the most fiddly bit: first push a short end (about 1.5cm) of the pipe cleaner through one or two buttons, then fold it over and carefully push it back down the other hole in the buttons. Now cut various colours of tissue. you can cut a few layers together, or individually. Now push the pipe cleaner roughly through the centre of the circles (or whatever shapes you’ve got). Make a small hole in a plastic lid. Then push the point through from the inside of the lid, to open up the hole a little from that side. When you get up to the paper… …continue to push a little further, and the flower will bunch up! Voila!

DIY Bell Bottoms Some say that the comeback of the flare & wide leg denim trend marks the death of the skinny jean. Although I’m not ready to retire all of my skinnies just yet, I’m more than happy to lend a couple of pairs for the sake of an HonestlyWTF DIY. With denim scrap I saved when making some denim cut-offs last summer, we’ll show you how to upcycle a pair of skinny jeans into a pair of bell bottoms! Start by opening up the outer seams of each leg with the seam ripper. Fold the the scrap denim or fabric in half lengthwise and draw a diagonal line measuring the length of the open seam plus 2 inches. Pin one side of the triangular panel to an open seam. Your bell bottoms are finished! (top image via Jak&Jil, rest of images by Honestly…WTF)

can anyone braid plait shirt?? with tute I didn't have any scrap this is a plastic tablecloth...but it will do for this tutorial. Start by folding the fabric in half with the crease where you want your 'braid'. Then cut notches like this. (do some testing on some other fabric to see how far apart and how long you want will determine how large your braid looks.) Open the fabric up...see all the notches? If you're going to do this on a shirt, do it all the way around the shirt. You have one loop on your hook after you pull the other one through. Now just keep going and grab the loop on the left of the loop you just pulled up (right for lefties) with your crochet hook and pull it under the first loop on your hook all the way around! Except it will look better because it will be made out of fabric and not plastic!!! Hope I have not thoroughly confused you! Later,RecycleMicol

Button Planet Enterprise DIY Elbow Patch While perusing Pinterest one evening, I came across an intriguing tutorial on the wonderful art of needle felting. I had to learn more – especially after realizing it entailed repeatedly stabbing a needle up and down into a piece of fabric or sweater. A satisfying stress reliever that results in something wearable? Sign me up. And now that I can officially call myself a needle felting maven (and nerd), trust me when I say that you’re going to have a blast with this technique. You’ll need: With the sweater on, place a piece of tape about half an inch below the elbow. Align and center the bottom of the cookie cutter along the top of the tape. Fill the cutter, spreading out the wool fibers evenly. At the base of all felting needles are tiny, sharp burrs, which grab and interlock the wool fibers. Continue stabbing away until the surface is flat and even. Remove the cutter and use the tip of the needle to reign in any stray fibers, if necessary. Carefully peel the sweater away from the foam.

Marie Grace Designs: Smocking by Hand... Okay... here we go... let’s smock! This is part 2 of my pleating and smocking tutorial. Part 1, which explains how to hand-pleat fabric, can be found here. Smocking is very simple once you get a few basic rules straight. I appreciate the fact that smocking is functional and that’s really the reason that smocking was developed in the first place but my fascination is in the fact that its beautiful and so versatile and easy! First of all, use a good needle. Let’s look at a basic back stitch. Back stitching is worked from right to left and is called back stitching because it is literally stitched by backing up a step and then moving forward again. and bring the needle tip back out to the front at B... Pull the needle through until the thread sits neatly on the surface of the fabric. The differences between this kind of flat back stitching and smocking are the direction of the work and the fact that smocking is 3 dimensional. Again, we'll use a flat piece of fabric to demonstrate.

Bolster Pillow Tutorial Today I'm going to show you how to make a bolster pillow AKA lumbar pillow, AKA long roundish pillow. This was pretty easy.The most difficult part was the math, but I've taken care of that for you. So first, gather your materials. 1 piece of fabric 18" x 25 5/8" 2 fabric circles 8" in diameter 1 bag of poly-fil (12 oz.) sewing machine scissors iron To make the circles, grab a bowl, dish or something round that has an 8" diameter. I traced an 8" bowl and cut it out. Take the large rectangle and fold it so that the shorter ends meet, right sides together. Sew along the short end with a 1/4" seam. Press the seam open Center the seam and mark the other side of the fabric directly across from it. Fold one circle in half and mark both ends. Line up the marks on the circle with the marks on the rectangle, and pin in both places. The top and bottom of the circle will be anchored, and now you can easily pin all the way around. Repeat with the other circle. This is what you should have now:

DIY Embellished Denim Shirt In case you weren’t able to join us last week at Madewell‘s anniversary event, we’re giving you the breakdown on just one of the many ways we embellished our favorite chambray shirts that evening. So grab a handful of sparkle and let’s get gilding! You’ll need: For shank style buttons, start by cutting off the backs with a pair of flush cutters. Squeeze a dollop of Jewel-It washable glue onto a wooden spoon or small plastic container. Position the embellishment on the tip of the collar and work outwards. Note that the glue does not set right away and takes quite a while to dry so be careful not to nudge the pieces around too much. Repeat the same design on the other collar tip and that’s it, you’re done! Another option is to embellish the pocket of a denim shirt using the same technique. (Madewell Chambray Shirt, Bauble Bar Mini Nameplate Necklace, JCrew Crystal Necklace, Bauble Bar Monogram Necklace; all images by HonestlyWTF)

Lattice smocking « learningtofly – Katafalk So here comes a tutorial on how to do lattice smocking, the smock on the left in this picture. Just as in honeycomb smocking one have a net of dots on the fabric, this time we are marking them out on the backside of the fabric. To make it simple we also mark out how we are going to gather the dots this time. In this kind of smocking we are working from the back, so the result will not be visible unless you turn your work over. It is also hard to see how it looks until you have made a few rows. Like this. Here is a diagram that show you how to do it, but I’ll explain with pictures to. Stick the needle up the second dot on the second row. Pick up some fabric, just like three threads or so, and go to the first dot on the fist row and pick up some fabric there to. Gather, sew some stitches and secure the thread. Go to the dot directly under and secure the thread, all the threads that you do not gather should lie loose on the back. Gather, sew some stitches and secure the thread. Like this:

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DIY Studded Sneakers Studding sneakers has been on our DIY to-do list for awhile now. But the idea of hand piercing hundreds of holes through thick canvas was daunting enough to allow such procrastination. Enter E6000, the crème de la crème of adhesives. As you probably know by now, it’s our secret weapon for quickly and effectively attaching metal to fabric. So after the recent release of Vans‘ brushed twill pastel Authentics, we thought it was the perfect summer shoe to adorn. So grab some glue and let’s get studding! You’ll need:a pair of sneakers150 – 200 brass cone spikesE6000 adhesivea disposable container or popsicle sticktoothpicks Start by squeezing a small amount of E6000 into a disposable container or onto a wooden popsicle stick. Press the spike into the sneaker, holding it in place for a few seconds. Continue adding spikes along the shoe’s baseline and working upwards in horizontal lines. Arrange the spikes, without glue, into awkward spaces before attaching them.

Charming Window Pillows Hi! I’m Angela from My Three Sons and I was a mechanical engineer in my life before kids. Really an engineer to the core, I’m all about optimized processes and well-utilized materials. I tried to figure out the best way to make the elusive cathedral window block. We’re going to make two pillows here – most efficient use of materials and all. 1 Just Wing It Charm Pack 1 3/4 Yards Bella Solid Snow 4 Just Wing It Fat Quarters Washable glue stick 2 Square pillow forms – 20″x20″ 2 18-20″ zippers (optional) Pink and Blue Matching thread (optional) Step One: In which you fold fabric and steam it into submission First, from the white yardage cut 5 strips the entire width of the fabric and each 10.5″ wide. Subcut each of those 5 strips into 10.5″ squares so that you end up with a total of 20 pieces. But you do need to make a perfect 9″ square out of poster board. Find a washable glue stick – or go out and grab a Sewline glue pen. Fold that edge over the poster board and hot steam iron it. Done!

Tutorial; Make a bib Bear with me as this is my first "photo" tutorial... As such, it's also photo intensive, so may take a bit to upload! Make a bibMaterials Required:For one bib;33cm x 28cm Printed Cotton33cm x 28cm Toweling33cm x 28cm Flannel or SimilarCottonVelcro Instructions:1. Make a pattern or use one from the internet - chickpea sewing studio has a good one. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. First the toweling then the printed cotton (face up) last, place the backing fabric on the top (face down) 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. That wasn't so hard, was it?! I think you could easily make these bibs reversible, or to spice one up appliqué something on it.