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A Quick Post

5 Feb

So, I have been away for really long. Not that I haven’t been crafting. But nothing seems good enough to post here.

And then I received an email today from the good guys at Fashion Playtes.  They have compiled a list of 25 craft blogs for tween girls … and my blog made it to the list! Yay! This has inspired me to post more frequently from now on.

Do check out other blogs on the list – some very useful tutorials to explore.

DIY Jewellery Organisers

16 Oct

If you Google jewellery organiser or look up some options at Pinterest, most of the stuff you will see will be about displaying your jewellery on your dresser or in drawers or framed on walls.

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(Click on the photos for their link. Via Pinterest)

Beautiful ideas, no doubt, but they are not always feasible. I live in a rental and cannot go around hanging things on the wall. Plus, its really dusty here in India, so displaying jewellery is totally out of question.

I have a lot of jewellery ( I hoard it!) which I hardly wear but I prefer to keep it well within reach. I needed something which will let me glance at my jewellery at one go, especially rings, but keep them safe. Also, my neck pieces had to be stored somehow so as to not get tangled.

I stored my rings in two clear plastic boxes. There were a lot of ideas online about storing rings, and I borrowed a lot.

For one box, I rolled up foam into 4-5 tubes/rolls, and glued them onto a piece of cardboard (cut to size of the box).

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Then I ran out of foam. And there was still one more box to be organised! :( I thought of rolling up pages out of old books, but I love books and couldn’t bring myself to do that. So I tore out pages from fashion glossies (2-3 year old) and created rolls out of them. You can use felt or fabric (like velvet) for the purpose. I wanted to create it from whatever stuff I already had.

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And then, the best part: placing your rings in the boxes and admiring how beautiful they look!

Now the second problem: my necklaces. For this project, I used stuff I already had with me. So basically, both projects cost me 0 money :D

You need:
A file binder/organiser, hole puncher, pieces of cardboard (I always store cardboard which comes with new shirts/mail boxes. Its great for craft), safety pins, glue, scissors, stapler, ribbons, ruler, gift wrapping paper
and your choice of embellishments.

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1. Cut the cardboard pieces 2-3 inches smaller than the file. 2. Cover them with beautiful paper of your choice on both sides. 3. Punch holes in them (you might have to press really hard if the cardboard is thick) making sure that the holes are carefully aligned with the file. 4.Take strings/wire/thread/twine/ribbons of your choice. Staple them from one end of the cardboard to another, keeping as close to the top as possible. This will help in holding the necklaces. 5. String two more ribbons around the width of the cardboard as these will help keep the necklaces from getting entangled. Add safety pins to the top ribbon or string. Hang your favourite necklace from it. Repeat steps for all neck pieces.

Note: I hung 4-5 neck pieces per cardboard page. Some of them are chunky hence I cannot use for than 4 pages in this binder. If you have a big collection, you will need to create more such files to store your jewellery.

Its been a week now and I must say I smile every time I open my wardrobe and see my jewellery all beautifully organised. I can open my “file” anytime and go through my neck pieces. I can see all my rings at a glance. Dressing up is so much easier now!

DIY Wallet/Cellphone case

11 Oct

Its been a really long time since I last posted here.

Which is kinda ok because instead of posting irrelevant stuff I was busy creating and crafting. So I have more stuff to post about ;)

Though am kinda nervous. I have a bad feeling that I have lost all sense of how to put up a post nicely. Sigh. But one has to start somehow…

I have been on a organising and cleaning-the-clutter spree. Out went stuff I have never used, clothes that are ill-fitting or never seemed right, accessories that looked odd when worn but were beautiful when bought (sigh, we all do that, no?), and bags I have no use of anymore.

Like this green bag I had. I have used it just once in the past 2 years and even then, I wasn’t too happy with it. So I dumped it in the donation bag. But then I thought of that beautiful (cheap) leather (rexine) with all the zippers and sides stitched..hmm.. maybe I could create something out of it?

After hours of agonising thinking, more hours spent happily on Pinterest, I decided to create a wallet-cellphone case out of it. I have 3-4 lovely wallets. But none of them can hold my mobile phone. As my cellphone is bigger than the previous one (though not huge), I always end up carrying a purse (which I hate) or shoving the phone down my pocket, which, frankly, is risky and tacky. Hence the need for a wallet which could also serve as a mobile case.

Here’s a detailed tutorial of my fresh green beautiful mobile case:

Requirements:
1. An old bag. Or You can start from the scratch with leather or rexine or even felt.

2. Stitching aids. (I do not have a sewing machine, so I stitch by hand.) Scissors, thread, needle,

3. Wide Ribbon / Lace/ Scrap pf fabric to decorate.

4. A stud or a big button.

5. Snap buttons or velcro.

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I essentially needed the wallet to be just big enough to carry my mobile in, but nothing as big as a clutch. So after careful measurements (eyeballing!) I cut out a pocket of the bag. It had the advantage of already hemmed sides so I didn’t have to do any unnecessary stitching.

One side is  not hemmed and unstitched. It can be stitched or glued or covered with fabric or ribbon. I stitched a ribbon on the raw edges. It took time and I had to unravel my stitch many times. Its still not picture perfect, but it does the job for now.

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Cover the edge completely with the ribbon. Fold it over on the edge. Pin it up so it doesn’t move. Now start stitching the ribbon to its place.
Please do not try to glue the ribbon. If you do, check a little piece first. In my case, the glue showed through the ribbon even after drying and created unsightly patches. Stitching worked better for me. Plus, I find it relaxing.

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Fold the piece in half. Mark the central line with a pencil or anything erasable. We will create a pocket to carry money in. Measure how much fabric you will require for that. The pocket should be wide enough but not completely cover the inside.
Cut out a piece of coordinating fabric (or you can cut out from the original old bag itself like I did). Pin it up in its place and then stitch, stitch and stitch till its done. Remember to stitch just three sides, though! You can add a zip to it, or add two pockets instead of one. The choices are endless.

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Now, we need to add something to hold the cellphone in. I choose to stitch an elasticated ribbon (which doesn’t go with the color scheme at all, but I had no other color). You can choose to stitch another pocket.
Take a piece of elasticated ribbon smaller than the width of the cellphone. Now place it in the center of the other half of the wallet, but keep it closer to the bottom. Stitch its end very carefully. It has to be strong enough to prevent your cellphone from falling.

(I WISH I had a sewing machine. Hand stitching looks so sloppy!)

Slide your cellphone in and out to check if its tight enough.

Add three snap buttons on the wallet. Two on the corners and one in the middle. This will help in keeping everything inside from sliding out.

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Now, lastly, add any kind of decoration, glitter, sequin, studs to the wallet. I choose to add just one simple stud. But I have plans to add more on the next wallet I create. ;)

I am so happy with this. It may not be as perfect as those available in the market but I recycled an old bag to create something I really needed and am already using. Its the perfect thing I needed.

Ripped Tshirt How-to

11 Jun

Hey people!

So the other day I saw this song on television and fell in love with all the clothes!! They are gorgeous.  But especially – this top:

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I mean, its not clear in photos, but the back is sexy! Doesn’t Deepika look hot in it? I have seen such tops before, but never felt the need to own one. Until now. And then I thought of making one. I had a black, never worn, Hard Rock Cafe t-shirt which would serve the purpose wonderfully.

The final product!

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Here’s the step-by-step instructions on how to make your own “sexy back” top (photos wherever I remembered to click- sorry!) :

1. The t-shirt had that high, choke-you neckline, so I decided to give it a boatneck first of all. With the help of a pair of scissors, cut the neck slowly. Follow the original seam so your cut will be even. If you are going for a wider neck like me, its better to mark a line with a marker etc. first, to avoid any later mishaps. I don’t know the measurements, just eyeball and go by your guts. :) (The photo was taken when I was still cutting. It doesn’t show the boatneck).

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2. Fold the back of the shirt in half. Its not as tricky as it sounds. Just match up the shoulder seams. See? It will be even now.

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3. Now, you have to cut a “V” at the back. Make it as wide and as deep as you carry – it will be sexier but cut only what you would be comfortable in. Use a ruler to mark the “V”. Cut thin strips all the way down. Make sure you don’t cut the front or more than you want. Don’t cut too low though. It will create issues, you will see.

4. There! Doesn’t it look nice? But we are not done yet. Now, very carefully, (and with loads of patience) take each strip one by one and stretch it out. So it rolls over itself. I love the strips at this step too, and you can leave them as it is. However, if you want something edgier, follow the next steps to create an awesome waves.

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5. Let’s create a weave in those strips. Take the second strip and put it under and over the first strip. (Very important!) Keep holding the second strip, and take the third strip and place it under and over the second strip. Follow this step till you are done with all the strips. Check that you haven’t missed any strips. You can still undo it.

6. Take the last loop and cut it in half. Now, take both the ends, and knot both of them to the previous loop. This holds your wave together. And we are done here!

You very own ripped tshirt – free of cost!!! Go on, hunt for those old tees hidden in the depth of your wardrobe and create some new awesomeness.

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Happily Ever Afters

31 May

Once upon a time a girl had a beautiful, long, twirly-whirly skirt – the kind that every girl wants to dance in. She was very happy with it and would spend hours dancing around in it.

But one day, the evil eye of a few greedy rats fell upon the skirt. They had it for dinner, leaving the poor girl with the scraps of her beloved skirt. But she didn’t give up, and with the help of a fairy godmother (the internet) gave the skirt a new life. Now born as the sweet little summery skirt. The skirt and the girl were reunited and lived happily ever after.

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For more photos, check my fashion blog here.

A Simple Skirt

3 Jan

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Bit of fabric, elastic and fabric glue. And magic!

It took me hours to make this, mostly because I kept taking wrong measurements and had to redo the whole thing – twice. But who cares when the end is this beautiful? I love it!  What about you? :)

Matchbox Landscapes

2 May

I have been obsessed with matchboxes of late. I keep seeing such cute projects and going crazy with the need to make one. My fingers itched. And so, one fine day, I made this:

I am not too happy with the result. But this was easy to make for a first attempt. Complicated landscapes can wait for later!

To make miniature landscapes out of matchboxes – purely for the joy of it (or for a kid in your life), you will need the following stuff:

  • Empty matchboxes
  • Scarps of paper
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Colored pencils

How to:

Draw the outline of mountains on a colored piece of paper. Make sure it is small enough to fit into the matchbox. (Or you can draw it on a sheet and fill it with colors). Cut it out as close to the outline as possible.

Paste the inside of the box with a blue paper – to denote sky.

On the bottom of the box, i.e. the part which will be the ground, paste a green colored paper.

Now,  attach the mountains you had made to the blue sky of the box. A folded a thin strip of paper in to “U” shape can also be used to stick to both the mountains and the sky so as to give it a more 3D look.

Use a paper punch or scissors to cut out 2-3 flowery shapes from green craft paper. These will be our trees.

To make the trunk of the tree, cut very thin strips of brown paper, a bit longer than required. Fold them a bit at one end. Now, on the other end, stick the green flowers previously punched (step 5). Let dry for 15-20 minutes.

Stick the folded end of the trees to the green base of the box.

Take two contrasting sheets of paper. Cut out a little rectangle from it. This will be the hut. Fold it a little bit at one end. Now, using the other paper, cut out the roof of the hut, using pinking shears to give it the border. Stick the roof to the hut. Make sure the overall height is in sync with that of the trees. Cut out a door and chimney and paste them. Leave it to dry for 15-20 minutes.

Attach the folded end of the hut to the green base of the box.

Clouds can be added to the landscape at this point. Grass, huts, flowers, birds, a little girl… the list is endless.

Now, we need to cover the outside of the box. Take a piece of paper bigger than the match box. Take the measurements of the matchbox and place it in the center of the paper.

Paste the back of the box to the paper. Cut out all extra paper. Make diagonal cuts at the corner of the paper. Fold the paper at the edges of the box, and start sticking it, one by one.

Use coordinating paper, ribbons and sequins to decorate the cover of the matchbox.

You have a miniature landscape in your pocket now.

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