Project: Customized tshirts

What to do when you have a whole bunch of t-shirts that you never get to wear? Give them away? Put them all on in order to keep you warm? Nope. Transforming them is the answer.

So, I found myself with a few t-shirts with cute or funny designs, but otherwise quite plain and rather boyish. The idea of customizing them had been haunting me for quite a while but I didn’t figure out exactly what to do until one sleepless night. I grabbed my good old friends: a pair of scissors, a needle and some thread and I added a little magic in the form of ribbons and chains.

Seriously now, I cut off the sleeves, the collar and a deep V in the back and after a little measuring I sewed the ribbon and the chain and got what you see in the pictures. Geeky t-shirts with a feminine touch.

The wonderful t-shirts had been bought from threadless.com, and while we’re at it, here you can get a glimpse of how they used to look before: black one and white one.

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Projects: Bows

This is such an easy and fun project. All you need is a little imagination and a lot of different, pretty, coloured fabrics. And, of course, a little sewing knowledge. You can hand-sew them or use a sewing machine, but, trust me, you will want to use a sewing machine after hand-sewing 3 or so.

The idea came to me (well, I have to admit, it is no big deal really) because I needed something to cheer up dull, everyday outfits and, at the same time, bring a “girlie” touch to them.

The ways to use them are countless. Attach a safety-pin and you have some sort of a brooch, a hair clip and wear them in your hair, a chain and wear them around your neck. You can even turn them into bow ties.

These are only a few of the bows I made and  I still have fabric leftovers and a lot of new ideas on how to wear them, so there will be more of them coming soon.

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Project: Homemade pop-up card

It was my birthday a few days ago and apart from my present, I received a pop up card that had a circus theme. It was pretty awesome so I decided that I can do a similar one for my friend’s birthday. Considering the fact that I’m not a manufacturing company that can make greeting cards in just a few seconds,  I decided to take my time and I actually finished it two days ago (3 days after her birthday).

So the plan was to make a pop-up card that actually had a meaning. I had to choose between the two cities that she loved – Paris and London. I have to be honest here, even though I know she will read this, I chose Paris for her because it was easier to cut at that size, instead of the London’s Eye.  The theme was <<handmade>>, so I combined the Eiffel Tower with fabrics and wool threads. The exterior was pretty messed up after I coloured the tower blue with my finger and it was also to “cheap” with only one piece of white paper, folded in two. A light blue paper and a golden pattern paper did the trick.  Also, for the interior I used an iron to crease the fabric’s margin so it would look 3D. (too much hi-tech news around me)

I actually wasn’t very convinced it was as pretty as it ought to be because it looked like two people had worked on it. The exterior was very fancy and the interior was 100% handmade and looked like I did it in an 8th grade art class. :)) But she was happy so I decided to share it here.

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Project: Home sweet some keychain

One of my dearest friends and fellow crafts lover brought me this wonderful gift from her trip to Thailand.

You would think this is a easy-peasy project since you have all the fabrics almost cut to measure, exactly the amount of thread you need and even a piece of paper with the instructions on how to do it. But what if I told you the instructions were written in Thai? I can’t even begin to tell you how hopeless i felt trying to understand it. I genuinely felt sorry for all those illiterate persons and felt bad thinking how hard it is for them to get through life. But hey, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do and I got myself together and tried to learn Thai. Well, learning is a big word, figuring out is more appropriate. Oh, how silly of me! How could i have the audacity of thinking i could do that? Our culture is not even remotely close to theirs.

So, I began looking at the project from another perspective. That is, how would I do it if i had no instructions at all and I started the project from scratch. I’m not actually a very competitive person and I’m not the kind to thoughtlessly enjoy any kind of challenge so this was quite big for me.

It is almost a miracle I got it done because even the thought of explaining the entire process gives me a headache. So, below you can find a few “making-of” pictures. They say a picture is worth a thousand words so pretend i have written thousands of words about it.

The make-you-own-house kit is sold by Pinn Shop, as it said on the package. If I ever visit Bangkok, but that is not very likely, I will make sure to pay this shop a visit. In the meantime, you can check out their website pinn.co.th if you are among the few lucky ones to understand Thai.

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Project: Birds

I stumbled upon this little sewing project idea while I was wasting precious time on my computer and thought it was a fun way of improving your sewing skills. That, of course, after mastering the “Sewing 101” class.

At the time I made this there was some sort of a craze about birds. You could find them anywhere: on clothes, jewelery, bags, etc. so I decided to give in.

Here is the pattern and the instructions and this is what came out of it.

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Project: Butterflies on the runaway

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I starting making butterflies a few years ago for my sister’s wedding. I had to create 120 pieces with 12 different models, so I choose the prettiest but also the easiest ones.  I haven’t gotten to this final stage of a butterfly before now, because I made my own variation of the main blueprint so I can still get that “awwww…that’s so cute!” effect without spending 30 minutes on one.

I liked the model so much that I decided to make something wearable. I used a red/purple waxed paper and double taped it. I found some nice material from my mum’s secret stash and covered it.  I have to say it wasn’t a picnic,  I had to make the finish touch using a super glue so the wings could stick to their position.

I could say: blood, sweat and tears were shed, but I would be lying 🙂 I will improve my project and come back with better results.

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