Upcycle Your Shirt – to make it longer and to give it color.

Hey Everbody! Have you ever had a shirt and you wanted to create something different with it? I love recycling old clothes and making something new with it. I was at the thrift store and found two of the same dresses with this amazing colorful pattern and an off white chiffon shirt. I kept one of the dresses in my size for myself and I used the fabric of the other dress to add to the shirt.

Here is what you need:

  • Scissor
  • Sewing Machine
  • Shirt
  • Colorful Fabric
  • Pins
  • Ruler

Have fun upcycling your shirts!

Wiebke

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Upcycle Your Shirt – to make it longer and to give it color.

Watermelon Clutch | made with Duck Tape

On my last trip to the USA I discovered a lot of DIY project with Duck Tape. Thereupon I bought also some and made my own DIY piece. I decided to make I clutch which looks like a watermelon.

If you have a look on pinterest you can find many Duck Tape projects, it is crazy how creative some people are, from earrings to hole prom dresses, there creativity has no limits.

Here I show you how I made my Watermelon Clutch:

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That clutch is really an eye catcher! Hopefully I encourage you to make your own piece.

See you next time!
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Handmade Leather Baby Booties

Hello Everybody! I have been seeing so many different kinds of baby leather booties online and in magazines; and instead of buying them I thought I could just make them myself from all the leather scraps that I still had from other projects. I made my own pattern, which is a blend of all the leather booties that I have been seeing.

So here is what you need:

  • REAL LEATHER
  • SCISSOR
  • LEATHER SEWING MACHINE NEEDLE
  • SEWING MACHINE
  • LEATHER CORD (I chose blue for a baby boy)
  • PRINT OUT PATTERN ON 8.5″X11″ (it is true to size)

Once you printed out the pattern, gather all your leather scraps and trace and cut out the pieces TWICE. In the first steps you sew the pieces right sides together, you take Piece Number 1 and place Piece Number 2 on the green dots and sew around. Then you take Piece Number 3 and sew that on the black dots around the sole (Piece Number 1) as well. The bootie is now sewn together and you have to flip the bootie inside out. The fringe part (Piece Number 4) you will sew at last, either way bootie inside out, or whatever feels more comfortable for you on your sewing machine.

And here is what it looks like in the end!

Wiebke

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Handmade Leather Baby Booties

Handmade DIY Drawstring Backpack

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Hey Everybody! Most people that know me have already seen my collection of these drawstring backpacks from my school time. I also remember a while back having a drawstring backpack  with a Mickey Mouse print for my gym gear that I used as an inspiration.

I have recently discovered a drawstring backpack pattern and used different fabrics.  For me they are very convenient and the fabric gives them an interesting and unique look.

Stay tuned for a more detailed post on these drawstring backpacks, their  sewing pattern and unique fabrics.

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Lasercut – DIY Necklace [Continuation]

Hey Everyone! Here is a continuation of the ‘Geometric – DIY Necklace’.

First of all – Architectural Ornaments Are The Best Inspiration You Can Ever Get!

Besides the geometric design I have experimented with many other designs. I have a thing for Art Nouveau, so many of my designs have a strong Jugenstil/Art Nouveau look. It is so simple and unique to create your own designs on AutoCAD, but if you are not familiar with AutoCAD or using a Lasercutter we have so many resources nowadays that you can come across beautiful small designs at any store. Once you have a design you can then ensemble it together into a necklace or earrings. So here are some other creations that I have made.

You can even purchase HERE a few of the ensembles on Etsy.

Inspiration: Old design books from the library, Art Nouveau books, Architecture Section in the University library, Interior Architecture, Architectural Ornaments.

Wiebke

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Lasercut – DIY Necklace [Continuation]

GEOMETRIC – DIY Necklace

I am an Architecture student and have been exposed early on to Lasercutters and 3D Printers. I haven’t used them much for my final models, but I used it a lot for small preliminary project models, diagram models, and personal things. This geometric shape was one of my recent experiments. A friend of mine bought 1/4″ thick bamboo pieces from California for his longboards and gave me the scraps, so I created some geometric shapes for a statement necklace.

So I basically drew some shapes and lines in AutoCAD, then I sent my design right to the Lasercutter and there it was perfectly cut. If you don’t have access to a Lasercutter or AutoCAD, ‘Michael’s’ has some interesting lasercut pieces in their stores, Etsy does too. I bought the rest of the necklace pieces, like the necklace chain, small rings and clip, at ‘Joann’ and ‘Michael’s’.

Inspiration: Architecture and Geometric Shapes.

Wiebke

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A Scarf for HIM or HER

Hey all! Now with fall just around the corner I thought it would be good to head into the scarf department. I saw a similar scarf on etsy and also found PERFECT INSTRUCTIONS on joann.com for this kind of infinity scarf. I made a mini version for Jack from all the scraps, just for fun (I would NOT have him wear a scarf though, in general!).

I used flannel fabric, leather and heavy duty snaps.

Inspiration: infintiy scarf seen on etsy and joann.com

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