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DIY pearly and colourful bracelets If you're also taking down all Christmas decorations this weekend and if you happen to have some pearly garland, don't toss it away! Here's a perfect DIY to recycle some of it into colourful bracelets you'll be able to wear all year long. My mum and I were inspired to make these during the holidays, after seeing these beauties a few months ago. We used: simple braceletsa bit of pearl garland (any repetitive chain of small pearls or crystals would do too)a glue gunsome colourful embroidery thread Gather your material.Glue your pearly garland on the bracelet. I've been pairing mine with other bracelets from my collection...

the TUTORIAL: BRILLIANT BRAID So we saw this tutorial the other day and thought it was brilliant. Hence, the name. I think I watched the video about 7 times because what I thought was happening in the video wasn't working on my hair. Pull your hair together to one side. Grab the bottom of your hair and pull through the hole. To make sure you don't have one big hole down the middle of your "braid", put your fingers through one side of the last twist. Finish with a clear elastic and you are done! Woven Bracelet & Necklace I’ve been itching to make myself some jewelry inspired by Aurélie Bidermann’s “Do Brasil” line. Since I don’t have 300 Euros lying around, this looked like a design I could recreate on my own. I was primed to put together a DIY Tutorial for you all when I discovered that Honestly WTF had already done the honors. I picked up the gold necklace and the two bracelet chains from an antique shop for $5 a piece, and had the embroidery thread on hand. I only needed scissors and two bobby pins to see this project through. Pretty amazing results, no? Jump on over here for the tutorial. NECKLACE: I used shades of pale blue and turquoise embroidery thread, and wove through one side of the chain to mimic this necklace. CHARM BRACELET: This bracelet was already armed with charms. DOUBLE BRAIDED BRACELET: For this bracelet, I removed the charm and just used the chain. Photos: Courtesy of Ashley Weeks Cart

Crochet it up! Hair Ties and Headbands Scrunchies are back!!! Ok maybe they're not making a comeback yet but it was still fun to give my old hair ties and headbands a quick makeover. Here's the tutorial... Materials: hair tie (the thicker the easier), crochet hook (3.5-5mm), yarn and scissors. Tie a slip knot around the hair tie Hold the two strands of yarn between your fingers. The loose end strand will be incorporated into the stitches so you won't have to tuck it in later. Insert crochet hook under the hair tie and catch the two strands Pull the yarn back through the hair tie and up to form a loop next to the slip knot Yarn over Pull through the loop you made Now you have ond stitch on the hair tie Start a new stitch by inserting the hook back through the hair tie Now continue to complete a stitch just like the first stitch Continue to stitch around the entire hair tie, making sure to pack the stitches in but not so tight that you're stretching the hair tie. Find the first stitch and insert hook, pull through the loop

How to make a fox cushion Made entirely from reclaimed fabric and scraps of felt, this cushion is a freeform, 'fly by the seat of your pants' sewing project that encourages you to cut loose and have some fun. This cheeky fella is the perfect couch companion. What you need 1m patterned cotton fabric 1 square of orange craft felt Scraps of white, black and brown craft felt Wadding (batting) Long, thin, blunt object (knitting needle or chopstick) Pins and needles Fabric scissors and paper scissors Tape measure Thread Dressmaker's pen Sewing machine 1. Try a templateIf you're nervous about creating a fox shape on the fabric make a mini template in advance before you begin. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Pin the completed face into position on the fox head. Using your sewing machine, sew all around the shape, about 0.5cm (1∕8in) from the edge. 10. Using your machine, sew them together, leaving the bottom edge open. 11. Time for turningThis step is simple, but it is time consuming. 12. 13.

how to make cute bookmarks Cindy with Skip to my Lou is hosting a month of sewing ideas for a handmade holiday season. Pop on over there to see what inspires you. I joined in on the fun with these pretty, cute bookmarks and journal wraps. Do you have a book worm or writer you can gift to this holiday season? Materials: Ribbon or bias tapeScissorsNeedle and thread¼” ElasticBook or journal Ribbon Option: Create a rolled ruffle about 2 inches longer than the book or journal. Fold under each end of the ribbon. Cut a piece of elastic to fit the book or journal. Insert the decorative bookmark in your favorite book or wrap it around your journal. Bias Tape Option: Cut a piece of bias tape the length of a book or journal. You can use them as bookmarks or book decorations. Double up on one book for more personality and fun! Or wrap the strap all the way around a journal to keep it closed. Looking for more unique DIY gift options? Go and be pretty – Sara

Lovely Wire Knot Ring Tutorial You can make this lovely ring (or a version of this design) yourself, using just some basic tools, wire and a lip balm! Yes, in this tutorial I am going to demonstrate that just basic beginner tools and a wire from Michael’s can go a long way! Wouldn’t this ring make a great present?? For the purpose of this tutorial I am going to be using the very basic, cheap tools that are available almost everywhere. PLEASE excuse the state of my nails in these pictures.. First thing to do is to cut a piece of wire. Next, wrap your wire around the tube of your lip balm. Cut of the extra bits, if any. Now bend the wire coming from your left to aim away from the ring and then bend again to aim it slightly upwards, as shown on pictures below. With your round nose pliers form a little ‘almost loop’, wire crossing above itself on the top side of the ring but not actually touching. Now you are going to put the other size of the ring (the wire from the other side) through the loop that you almost created.

DIY Adjustable Tribal Belt Tools: Trim / leather / or any preferred belt material (get half a metre more than your largest size measurement)Fabric glue / UHU is my favourite multi-purpose glueLarge press stud buttons (2 sets or as many sets of sizing you require)Fabric scissorsNeedle and thread Tutorial: Note: I didn’t cut the trim to my waist measurements at first because I was not sure how much trim I would use to create the folded effect, so I worked on one end first. 1. 2. 3. Note: I didn’t use too much glue to start off with in case I made a mistake and also to avoid spillage. Now that the folds are all done the belt can be cut to size. 4. 5. 6. Apply pressure by placing your finger through the loop not over it, you don’t want to stick the loop together! Make sure to glue any ends down to prevent fraying. 7. The final product ^_^ LOve <3

DIY Braided Bead Bracelet It’s been awhile since our last bracelet DIY. I don’t know about you, but our wrists have been begging for another colorful addition for months now. So after playing with some materials that were already on hand, we’ve created a tutorial for a braided bead bracelet, which is a not so distant cousin of the hex nut and wrap bracelet. Because honestly, you can never have too many . . . You’ll need: Cut the waxed linen cord into a 26″ and 19″ piece. Tie a knot about half an inch down from the loops. Start braiding the strands. Push the bead against the base of the braid, and cross the left strand over the middle. Keep a finger at the base of the braid, holding the beads in their place and keeping the braid tight. Finish the bracelet with another inch of braided cord, measuring it against the wrist. Thread on a two hole button – two strands through one hole and one strand through another. Trim the end. Your bracelet is finished! (all images by HonestlyWTF)

Zipper Card Pouch Have you ever had too many cards that your wallet can handle? Be selective and get only those cards that you might be using in a particular shopping mall but end up they were the wrong one? Or, may be just forgot to “update” the cards in the wallet on your next trip? Can’t find the cards you thought you have already put into your wallet? Sounds familiar….. I am not a big fan of big wallet, with the increasing numbers of cards that I have, my decent size wallet is no longer able to buckle up. This zipper pouch can hold up to 30 plastic cards (similar to credit cards), and more for thinner cards, business calling card for example. Get the pattern and tutorial to sew one yourself after the jump and don’t have to struggle with the cards anymore. {Get pattern and tutorial on next page.} Pages: 1 2 Get all updates via email: Highlights from Our Partners

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