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: 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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