DIY Denim Cut Offs

Hello Everyone!

I have been a very busy bee lately! Returned from Paris earlier in the week and now I’m in Stockholm.

And in case you were wondering, and I am sure you were, the weather here is fantastic. Hot and sunny! It is in this spirit that I bring you my next project.

The very simple, classic denim cut offs!

I know you’re thinking, it’s not so hard! Why are you making it a big deal? But you remember that when your denim cut offs get shorter and shorter because of all the fraying.

And I like my shorts to be quite refined…otherwise you risk looking like a Tobias style “never-nude”

DIY Denim cut offs

1.

Put your jeans on and decide the length of the shorts.

Once you have the length make a mark an inch under it and cut.

Once you have cut the legs off, make a fold of 1/2″ and then again so the fraying edge is tucked in nicely.

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Using the needle and thread sew the edge of the fold onto the jeans, like so:

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Try to loop the stitches into the fabric so help conceal the thread.

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Repeat on other leg and that’s it. You now have some awesome shorts!

Denim Cut Offs

Denim Cut Offs

It’s a very short (but sweet) post today, I am on holiday after all!

Remember to share this blog with your friends and feel free to leave me comment or ask questions!

Till next time

x

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DIY Underwear

Hello dear readers,

Today I will share with you what I got up to over the long weekend (it was a bank holiday here in England, if you don’t live here, then you probably went to work on Monday, haha!).

I found this really cute tutorial on Go Make Me, and I did, indeed, go and make.

Result below:

DIY Underwear

Now, I won’t go into to much detail on the instructions as you can find them on the Go Make Me blog. I will just let you know how I got on.

Alrighty!

1.

I gathered my ingredients: Polka dot tulle for the pants, some cotton jersey fabric, a frilly trim, some elastic bands and a printed pattern  that you can find on the Go Make Me blog (very generous of them, no?).

Step One

Then I cut out the pattern and pinned it to the fabric. Then cut that out, as so:

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2.

Once I had all my pieces ready I sewed the lining, the back and the front together. I did this by placing the back down first facing up (the side you want to show). Next, I placed the front facing down, so essentially the pants are inside out. Then the lining on top of the front. After that I pinned all three layers together and sewed.

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3.

I sewed the other end of the lining in place and then sewed the sides together.

4.

I pinned my trim down on the top in pleats and sewed. The trim I picked was already elasticated, so there was no need for me to add an elastic band around the waist.

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5.

I then added the elastic to the leg holes (Leg holes? Is that right? There must be a better name for it!).

I took care to make the elastic taut when I pinned and sewed it on.

That way it brings down the size, and I also get a nice frilly edge because the material will gather.

Something to bear in mind, because I was using tulle and it doesn’t fray, I left the edges unfinished. You might not want to do that if you’re using a different kind of fabric, if you get my drift.

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6.

This is your chance to add some ribbons if you wanna.

Do it now, or forever hold your peace.

Ok, well times up. Voilà!

I’m going to make a bunch of these! So simple.

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DIY Make-Up Bag

Hello Everyone!

I am going to start off this post with a confession.

I had absolutely no idea what I was doing with this one.

The soundtrack to this bag was a lot of ‘what?’, ‘is this right?’ and ‘oh good God, what have I done?!’

But spoiler alert, it ended up pretty a-ok.

Looking back, would I have done things differently? Hellz yeah.

For one thing, I would have gotten a different fabric, but as I keep reminding you, you’re all a lot smarter then I am, so I’m sure you won’t make the same mistakes.

Secondly, I will look up a tutorial, I totally winged this one.

Also next time I will line my bag, I didn’t this time as I was using the left over fabric from my Textile Basket and didn’t really have enough.  But if you guys would like to add a lining it’s really simple, just double layer everything, piece of piss!

So after this revelation, I present you the DIY make-up bag.

DIY Make Up Bag

1.

To begin, you’ll need a few things:

Fabric, zip and scissors.

Step One

The zip I got is 7″ so to begin I cut two pieces of fabric 7″ on one side (the zip side) then 10″.

If you want your bag to be taller (mine is quite short and broad) then make your zip side longer, e.g. 7″ x 5″.

2.

Once you have your two fabric pieces (four if you’re adding a lining) fold over a small edge and pin it to the zip.

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Then sew it in place.

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3.

Next, you sew together the other end!

(Nice, simple instructions!)

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4.

Now, you pin and sew the sides.

Go straight over the zip to sew it in place.

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5.

Now, you need to decide how tall you want it to be.

Pinch/pin the corners together until you have achieved the desired shape.

Then measure where you are going to sew it and mark it up. I decided on 3.5″ because I wanted mine quite short.

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Then sew all the corners.

Step Five

This is what you should have:

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6.

Ok, I know this will feel weird but cut the corners.

DO IT! CUT THEM! NOW! DO IT!

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Turn it the right way around and BAM!

Make-Up Bag

Your very own make-up bag!

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Landy out! x

DIY Grooming Travel Bag

Hello everyone!

Ok, now I’m very excited about June, because I have a few trips booked.

Paris first, then Stockholm! In preparation I thought I should get myself some kind of grooming travel bag, because last time I traveled I didn’t want to put my tooth brush in my make-up bag and I ended up just throwing it in the luggage bag, wrapped in some kitchen towel because it was still wet – because I had just used it, because my flight was really early, because I am really cheap and don’t want to pay more for a later flight, because it was so early I didn’t know what I was doing and wrapping it in paper was a really bad idea, but you try to get up at 2am after 1 1/2 hours sleep and see how many great life decisions you manage to make, so shut up! Yeah!

In any case, it hit me I could probably make one myself very easily!

What I found was this: it is so easy, and very cheap to make your own. Plus they look really cute!

DIY Grooming Bag

1.

Alright, you are going to need a couple of things: Face towel, pins, ribbon.

Step One

Now, to begin with I measured the towel, the M&S face cloth I bought was 30cm across, so I marked the towel with a pin at 7.5 cm marks because I wanted 4 pockets.

Then I folded the bottom up to make a pouch. There was no precise measurement here. All I did was bring out my tooth brush and make sure it would fit height wise.

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When I was happy with the fold, I pinned the sides and sewed them.
A small warning: using a sewing machine on a folded towel, can be a bit of a pain. But stick with it, and don’t be afraid to pull out the stiches if something goes wrong. Once we fluff the towel a little it’ll all be hidden anyway!

3.

Once the far sides have been sewn it’s time to add some pockets.

Now, remember the marks you set at 7.5cm intervals? Add some pins on the fold a little to the left of the place mark.The reason for this is that so they don’t get in the way of the sewing machine but still hold everything in place. Try to judge it the best you can and go crazy! If it’s not on the 7.5cm mark presicley, no worries. It’s a towel, people! No big deal!

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4.

Yay! Almost there!

Ok, so get out your ribbon.

Ribbon

And measure enough so that it goes all the way around the towel and then some. Don’t worry if it’s too long at this stage we will trim it later.

Step Four

Ok, turn your work over and pin the ribbon to the left edge (right when the pockets are facing up). I place the ribbon just above the top of the pocket, on the back.

Then you sew it in place.

5.

Once you have your ribbon in place, fold your grooming bag (coming together nicely now, eh?) and tie the ribbon in a bow.

Step Five

Remember how earlier I said we’d deal with the ribbon length later? Well now is the time!

Get your scissors and cut the ribbon to your desired length at an angle (looks prettier that way).

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You’ve done that? Great!

Now, the fun part. To prevent the ribbon from fraying we need to get a lighter (or a match) and lightly burn the edge to seal it.

If you are a child or accident prone, do not attempt this yourself – go get a real adult!

(Enjoy this video of me playing with fire.)

And boom, look at that! You made your very own grooming bag!

Completed

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DIY Textile Basket

By Landy Ahoy

By Landy Ahoy

Hello! So earlier today I tired my first project on my sewing machine.

Exciting stuff!

Now, I didn’t have any fabric at home so I walked down to Portobello Road and paid a quick visit to The Cloth Shop.

I found this absolutely lovely french country print fabric.

Old French Country Print

I really like these types of prints, I think they are so sweet. So I made away with about half a meter. I figured I ought to start small for my first project.

After buying thread on the way home I sat down and tried to figure out what I could make. My initial thought was to make a little make up bag but it turns out that, like scissors, zips don’t just turn up in your home on their own, you have to buy them! So I found this really cute step by step guide to making a fabric basket, perfect!

The tutorial I used can be found on The Sometimes Crafter it is really simple and gives a great result.

Now armed with only some fabric, a sewing machine, pink ink pen and some scissors, I set out.

Now, in the tutorial it was recommended that you use something like Timex or batting. I have neither, and quite frankly I do not know what they are. But I don’t mind if my basket is a little floppy.

So, to start it tells you to measure out 15″ x15″ square, my ruler only goes up to 12″ so I winged a lot of it. Some sides did come out a little wonky but once I started sewing it was easy to cover these discrepancies up.

1.

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So to begin i folded the fabric in half as I wanted my interior and exterior to be of the same fabric. I measured 15″ the best I could and I cut.

Then I folded both layers in 4 and cut away 4 1/2 ” from one of the corners so that I was left with a fabric cross.

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I folded the cross in half, pinned the fabric and started to sew up the edges.

Now, because of my less then stellar measuring and cutting, some of my sides didn’t measure up perfectly, but fear not, it’s ok!

With some tweaking I was able to sew them up no problem, and once you turn it the right way round, nobody will ever know!

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Et voila! It should look like the picture below (or maybe neater).

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3.

So after I completed both layers I placed the exterior layer inside the interior layer so that the sides with the prints on them are both facing each other – facing in- I think.

Basically, you are going to turn it inside out so that everything is facing the right way after you have finished sewing, so turn it which ever way around that would be right (you’re smart people, figure it out!).

Then I pinned the top edges and sewed them up on three sides.

On the fourth side I only sewed it up half way as we need to turn our work the right way around! So using the opening feed the fabric through so all the patterns are now facing out.

Once you have done this, pin the last little stretch of unsewn edge down. I folded the edges in first so it looks nice and neat.

4.

Give it a quick iron and ta dah!

Step Four

Super easy!

I am definitely going to make more! For now I will store my washi tape and mod podge in it, but I have to organize my other crafting gadgets!

The cool thing is that you can just increase the initial square you cut, so instead of 15″ make it 20″. But still only make the edge 4 1/2″ so that you can have a bigger basket but they are all the same height and they still line up nicely on the shelf!

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Till next time!

x

Introduction

Hello Internet users!

My name is Nicole [Hi Nicole] and I live in London with my husband and two cats, Ernest Hemingway (or Ernie) and Moro.

And when I am not working (or watching Netflix, playing with the cats or gaming) I like to make stuff!

I am just starting out! My first sewing machine, a hand me down from my mother, arrived with me yesterday.

So bear with me whilst I learn and I will share my adventures with you as I go!

Wish me luck!

xxx

Nicole

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