Back to School: The Perfect Slouchy Book Bag What should you use to carry your school stuff this year? Well, if you're all about form and structure, the venerable back pack is your friend. But if you want something comfortably soft and slouchy, then go with the book bag: the wild child of school totes. Ours uses no stabilizer, only a lining. The exterior fabric is a velvety corduroy from Valori Wells with the thinnest of wales. Wooden beads, stone buttons and waxed cording create the closures. A big thanks to our friends at Fat Quarter Shop for providing the cool Valori Well's Nest Corduroy for this project. Any Sewing Machine (we recommend the Janome Jem Platinum 760) Repeat these same markings on what will be the wrong side of the lining. Exterior pockets Make a simple 2" hem along each 15½" side of the exterior pocket piece. Side seams and boxed bottom corners Making sure the pocket panel stays nice and flat from edge to edge, and the top pocket hems are even (as checked above), fold the bag body in half right sides together.
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.
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. 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)
Blank Canvas Tutorials: Photo Transfer Tote Photography on the final images is by Liz Daly, a San Francisco based photographerHey guys! I’m back with another blank canvas tutorial. This is a series where we experiment with all kinds of fun ways to decorate a canvas tote. 5. Lace & Pearl Bracelet I have another fun Target knockoff to share with you. Last time I was there I stumbled upon a great little bracelet. Here is my handy camera picture. :) I love the lace and pearls combined with the leather. I have a quick tutorial for you if you’d like to make your own. You’ll need: leather cording – I used about 28″hem tape lacepearls – I used 16threada bead with a larger hole in the centeroptional – a thimble Start by cutting your cording into 14″ pieces. Start in the center and work your way down one end – sewing the pearls to the cording. Continue adding pearls down one side – 8 in all. Move to the other side of the cording and add 8 more pearls on that side. Once your pearls are all sewn on, you can start wrapping your lace. Cut a long piece – and start wrapping it around the cording between the pearls. Keep wrapping all the way down one side of the cording. Repeat with the other side. Wrap your lace around the cording on one end and knot it. I hope ya’ll aren’t tired of knock-offs. :)
Painted Tights DIY I recently made the amazing discovery that you can use textile paint on tights. I was so enthusiastic that I immediately started thinking of all the fun things that I could paint on them. I decided to go with the classic heart shape, because who doesn't like hearts right?! Here's how: 1. draw a shape you like and cut the shape out of cardboard. 2. 3. 4. All done! DIY Braided Hex Nut Bracelet We’re nuts for nuts. Is there a more versatile and inexpensive DIY component than a hex nut from the hardware store? You can imagine our excitement when we first discovered Philip Crangi’s Giles & Brother Hex Collection. Honestly, nuts braided into jewelry is WTF genius! With a few items that we always seem to have lying around, we tackled the technique and made our own spine-like braided hex nut wrap bracelet. You’ll need:3 strands of cotton butcher’s twine cut into one yard pieces18 small brass hex nutsa bit of dexterity! Gather the 3 strands of twine and tie a knot at the top, leaving about 2 inches of slack. Keep your thumb at the base of the braid, holding the nut in its place. Repeat the steps, by threading the rest of the nuts to the outer pieces of twine before they are crossed over. The bracelet should wrap around your wrist at least two or three times. Good luck!! (top image from here, rest of images by Honestly…WTF)
Adding Hidden Side Pockets to Anything (skirt, pants, shorts, etc. A friend asked me a few weeks ago how to add side pockets into a skirt that she had. I tried explaining in words…..but I could tell the verbal explanation just wasn’t making sense. It was sounding way more complicated than it needed to be. I could see that if I had fabric in my hands to show her, she’d be able to see just how simple it really was. So, I figured there may be others out there as well, who would like to see the simplicity of adding in basic side-seam pockets. You’re going to especially LOVE this if you’re one who feels lost without a simple little pocket to drop in some chapstick, a few tissues, or maybe a cell phone. Elli didn’t really NEED pockets in this skirt (she’s not necessarily a “pocket” kinda girl) but it was just easier to show you in small form. But then, Elli decided she liked having a place to put her little hands. As long as your skirt, pants, shorts, capri’s, culotte’s, gauchos (are you catching my drift??) Ready to insert a pair of pockets?? Done. Good luck!
Make Photo Necklaces, Earrings, Magnets and More Using Shrinkable Plastic Seems like everything keeps getting smaller these days: computers, dogs, headphones… And now even photographs are joining in the smallness, thanks to the magic of biaxially oriented thermoplastic polystyrene (that’s Shrinky Dinks to you). You can print photos on plastic using your inkjet printer, and shrink them down small enough to make into necklaces, fridge magnets, earrings, or practically anything you can think of. See? Just like that, the world is your bivalve mollusc of the family Ostreidae! How to Turn Photo Shrinky Dinks Into Wonderful Things Photo credits: city: Christopher & AmyCate, giraffe: milkfat, tree: left-hand, bird: lucianvenutian What You’ll Need Inkjet-printable shrink plastic (clear or white)– Michael’s and Pearl usually have it Oven or toaster oven Cookie sheet Parchment paper — check the grocery store next to the plastic wrap and tinfoil Scissors and/or X-acto knife Hole punch (optional) Choose Your Photos Print on Plastic Don’t Make Me Cut You Preheat the Oven More Ideas