Friday, June 29, 2012

Sewing with polyester knits

  So... I got this "crab apple" colored polyester knit fabric. Thing is, polyester knit is one of the ugliest fabrics ever, so I really had to think. OH! A polyester turban headband! :)

You will need:
  • (2) 25" x 6" stretchy or kinda stretchy fabric
  • sewing machine - keep in mind you will want to use a zig zag stitch for most knits.
That's it! Well, and scissors, I guess, but it's not very necessary to type that.

Take each of your 25 by 6 rectangles. Fold them in half  lengthwise, right sides facing in. (Inside out)
Use a zig zag stitch to sew up the sides and leave the ends open. If you use a straight stitch, it might stretch out and ruin the knit fabric. It's delicate like that. 
Turn it right side out, and move the seam to the center. Why? Idk, I guess it's pretty.
Fold each tube in half and make them look the picture. (Sorry- this step is hard to explain)
Sew the end of the tubes closed with a straight stitch.
I tried it on and my mom made a weird face. I guess she turbans are too HIPSTER for her. :( Oh well, at least I used some of the fabric!
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Saturday, June 23, 2012

June's Necklace of the Month

June's Necklace of the Month is.... the colored chain necklace, let's get started!
  • one gold necklace chain
  • 7 jump rings
  • pliers
  • 7 pieces of chain in various sizes
  • acrylic paint. spray paint

Start coloring your chains with paint or spray paint. Make sure to cover both sides.
P.S. File Folders make great paint palettes & craft surfaces.
While your chains dry, take your necklace chain, find the center link, and attach a jump ring to that spot.
Attach one of your colored chains to that jump ring.
Move a few spaces over and continue adding jump rings then a colored  chain to that jump ring.
I created a really cool pattern with the different colors and lengths.
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Monday, June 18, 2012

DIY Inspiration: Pill Box Hats

Who Wore It Better: Audrey Hepburn or Jackie O?
Who Wore It Better: Audrey Hepburn or Jackie O? by polyvore-editorial

I love Audrey in the top left picture!


You can learn to make pill box hats here and here
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

DIY Coca Cola T-shirt

How to make a Coca- cola shirt with freezer paper stenciling. What's freezer paper stenciling? Click here.
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Saturday, June 2, 2012

DIY Color block bag

    My Grandma bought me this BEAUTIFUL Steve Madden black faux leather cross body bag for Christmas. It has studs, cheetah print lining, and cool zippers. Of course, I get white wall paint all over it. WHY???
Color block it! Check here & here for more tips.
  • Leather or suede item (Bag, wallet, shoes...) 
  • Wet wipe
  • Fine sand paper & Rubbing Alcohol - if painting leather or faux leather
  • Acrylic paint - not Tempera 
  • Paint brush
  • Blow dryer
  • Painter's tape or electrical tape
-If using leather, prepare leather surface- just where you want the paint!- by first lightly sanding it then cleaning with rubbing alcohol. (My sand paper says 150 C on the back if that helps.)
-If using suede or textures, prepare suede surface by cleaning it with a wet wipe.

After you've prepared the surface, tape off the sections you do not want to paint. Smooth out all bubbles in the tape.

For the first coat of paint, dip the brush in rubbing alcohol and then into the paint. Let dry.

For the second coat, refrain from using rubbing alcohol and use just the acrylic paint. Make sure to get an even coat and cover the entire surface. 

Blow dry after each coat from now on. I painted four coats. 

Once the last coat of paint is dry, start painting any other areas you would like to color block,  following the same steps shown above.

Time for the fun part! Once ALL THE PAINT- every last bit of it- has been dry for a while, carefully peel off the tape to reveal your finished product. 


And it's just so amazing.
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