Thread Wrapped Love Necklace I opted for a charm instead of a tassel, but you can obviously use whatever you'd like. Check out how I made it below! Supplies: - Craft wire (I used 24 gauge) - Embroidery thread, one skein - Scissors - Round nosed jewelry pliers - Chain (length is up to you) - Clear nail polish (you'll use this in more than one way!) 1) Cut a length of wire. 2) Keeping the skein of thread in tact/in the packaging (this makes it easier to work with), tightly tie the thread near the loop you just made. 3) Begin tightly wrapping the thread around the wire. 4) Continue wrapping the thread, until you've reached about 9 (or so) inches of wrapped wire. 5) Tightly triple or quadruple knot the thread. 6) Cut off the excess thread, and secure the knot with clear nail polish. 7) Cut off the excess wire, leaving about half an inch. 8) Go back to the end that you started with, and cut off the excess thread. 9) Start creating the "L" at one end. 12) Bend the wire back up, then horizontally. Pretty easy! Xo, Kirsten
Tea Time Kitchen Appliqué: Pretty Pockets Half Apron "If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are heated, it will cool you; if you are depressed, it will cheer you; if you are excited, it will calm you." –William Gladstone, British Prime Minister 1868-1894. Mr. Our beautiful natural linen and the Sugar & Spice accent fabric (by The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake Designs) were both provided by America's Largest Fabric Store: Fabric Depot. Five Layer Cake squares (we used just five of the forty-two 10" x 10" squares in a standard pack; if you choose not to use a Layer Cake, you'll need to cut five 10" x 10" squares from your selected fabric): we used Lily & Will by Bunny Hill for Moda Fabrics in the Aqua and Brown colorway ¾ yard of 44-45" wide linen: we used a medium weight natural linen from Fabric Depot NOTE: Linen often comes in very wide widths. From the main apron fabric (natural linen in our sample), cut 24" wide x 26" high rectangle. Cutting and placing your appliqué Preparing the pockets Find your 24" x 26" apron body piece.
Mother of Pearl for Mother of Mine Here's a fun tutorial to turn your old silverware and shirt buttons into a gorgeous lapel pin for Mom. Give her a little glamour for all the polishing and mending she's done in her life. Materials silverplate knife mother of pearl buttons small pearls thin silver wire pinback Goop glue epoxy Tools hacksaw files Form a guideline with a piece of masking tape wrapped around a knife handle. Cut an eight inch length of wire and fold in half. Push up the buttons until they are just below the pearls. Squirt Goop glue into the hollow opening of the knife handle and push the twisted wires into the glue. Squeeze equal amounts of both parts of epoxy onto a piece of paper and mix together with a toothpick. Presidential candidates wear flags on their lapels; mothers wear silverware and buttons.
return on creativity: sharpie bag I adore my Sharpies. I use Sharpies in my studio. I use Sharpie pens at work. Since I can't get enough of Sharpies I decided to make a bag to contain them all. I used a lightbox to trace my drawings onto the fabric (printables below). I filled the back of the bag with random doodles. Sharpie bag front printable Sharpie bag back doodle printable Sharpie bag alternate back printable (give as a gift filled with Sharpies and let the recipient doodle their own design) I've never put a zipper in a bag before in my life, I followed this tutorial. Now my Sharpies have the beautiful bag they deserve!
DIY Shrinky Dink pendant necklace I’ve been on a jewelry kick for awhile, and I’ve had some Shrinky Dinks in my stash for about six months – combine that with some Dimensional Magic, and you have a DIY Shrinky Dink pendant necklace! This project is actually a little bit of a CraftFail because it didn’t go as planned, but it might be okay. I’m wondering what you think. Gather These Supplies Shrinky Dinks – Bright White Plastic PackMod Podge Dimensional Magic Stencil One stencil – bird fom the Nature 8-PackSharpies – Dark Brown and Teal Stencil Tape Jewelry supplies - silver necklace chain, jump ring Circle cutter or scissors Hole punch Oven to bake Shrinky Dinks You will first neeed to cut a circle shape out of your Shrinky Dink material. I taped down the stencil and filled in with the Sharpie color of my choice. I removed the stencil and then went back in to thicken up the lines. I punched a hole in the top of my disk with a regular sized hole punch. I baked the Dink.
DIY Dip-Dyed Shirt If you read A Pair & A Spare like I do, then recently you may be experiencing a intense need to dye something. Particularly, in a gradient and ombre fashion I didn’t do a pictorial step-by-step for this since it was my first time using fabric dye and it was quite a messy affair. However, if you have a look at this post by Geneve of A Pair and A Spare for Harpers Bazaar , she gives comprehensive instructions. 1. a) Create three dye mixtures of equal amounts. b) Dip the shirt in the main mixture to the desired maximum height for a minute. c) Pour one of the set aside mixtures into the main mixture. d) Dip shirt into the topped up mixture to midway of previous dip for two minutes. e) Pour the last mixture into the main mixture. f) Dip shirt into the final mixture to midway of the previous dip for five minutes. 3. 4. Initially I wasn’t going to dye anything because I didn’t want to go out and buy something to dye and I didn’t own anything that needed refashioning. LOve <3
Bicycle Frame Lunch Bag You’re headed somewhere on your bike and you want to bring your lunch along. Maybe you’re commuting or just headed to the park. Backpacks get warm, so you’d rather not wear one, and you don’t have a rack on your bike to pack your lunch on. The bag is made from three pieces of fabric: an 8″ x 8″ square, an 8″ x 13″ rectangle, and a 3″ x 22″ strip. The first step is to sew the strip around the outside of the front of the bag. Fold over 1/4″ and 1/4″ again across the top of the front and the top of the sides of the bag to form a rolled hem and sew it down. Sew the back on, rotating at the corners again. Next, hem your flap. It’s velcro time! Sew two straps to the top of the flap to use for connecting to the top tube of your bike. Sew one more strap to the bottom of one of the sides to connect to the seat tube. Slide your lunch in, strap the bag on and you’re ready to go!
encourage fashion: DIY: Wrap Headband I have been loving these headbands recently and wanted to make a DIY! Here is how I turn a pair of tights into this adorable headband! What you need: 1. Unroll or flatten your tights. I like to use fresh out of the package tights because they are easy to cut, but old ones are perfect too! 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. OPTIONAL: Sew inside the slit to keep the pieces together. 8. This headband is super comfortable and perfect to wear when you have a messy bun or bed head! For a video tutorial check out my YouTube! DIY Suspender Skirt I made a pretty suspender skirt the other day, and I want to share with you how I did it. All you need to do is follow my "how to make a circle skirt" tutorial ( here ), but before adding the waistband. Instead of adding a waistband like in that tutorial, we are going to do this: - Make the inner circle much larger than your waist - so add a couple of inches to the diameter. It's kind of a pain to do because it's a circle, but it can be done. folding in half lengthways, and sewing all the way down the edge of both folded strips like this: then turning these strips/tubes inside out ( here's a link to a really good tutorial on that part ) and sewing them onto your skirt waistband, wherever you want the straps to sit! skirt - DIY, t-shirt - forever 21, shoes and bag - vintage Hope you're all having a super nice day!