My hubby and I love walking on beaches looking for rocks, sea shells or mermaid tears when we travel. We leave no stone unturned! I know, it really shows that we are tourists, but these treasures are really the best souvenirs!
When we went to the French Antilles Guadeloupe I found this interesting small white stone on the beach of Saint-Francois. The rock had a natural hole through it and the hole was well located in the stone making it perfect to be part of some alluring handmade jewelry.
How to make a rock into a necklace
I made a very simple pendant and earrings set pairing the beach stone with some blue turquoise semi-precious stones, royal blue Swarovski crystals and antique satin finish glass beads. The pendant is the focal point and hangs on a round maille chain to give a nautical vibe to the set. I build the jewelry using black metallic split rings, eye-pins, headpins and earring wires for a little a contrast. I like the summer feel of the ensemble. Do you?
I wanted to refashion a Men’s shirt into women top, but with some type of sewn in faux-tank-top that would cover the bra straps. Another goal was to use most of the shirt by including different parts of the shirt in the blouse design. I drew a quick sketch to help me plan how I would cut the shirt.
See how refashion a men’s shirt into an off-the-shoulders blouse in about 4 hours.
For this How to patch jeans with fabric step by step tutorial I made these unique decorative patches with minimal material and in a very short time. This cross stitched pattern is a basic running stitch where we simply carry the thread at the back of our work to move to the next section. This fun and easy project is a perfect project for children and beginners sewing machine not required.
Keep on reading to learn how to do this cross stitch and to see the final result!
For this Blazer refashioned with zippers insertions I will use this very nice faux leather blazer found at my favorite second hand store for $7.00. It looked as if it had never been worn and I liked the black on black zebra print.
Let’s see what I can do with this blazer. I have an idea that can be completed this blazer refashion inspired by Burberry in about 2 hours.
We use to call it corking, or French knitting (in French a spool loom is called “tricotin“) what use to be a way to teach children how to knit has now become a trendy way for people of all ages to make cool stuff. From easy items like this scarf above made from the cord knitted with a spool loom, called I-cord, to eternity scarves knitted on round looms and afghans knitted on rake looms, the Web abounds with tutorials on how to knit just about anything in fancy and intricate stitches.
I was first attracted by spool knitting when I saw this image on Pinterest…
I made this stained glass panel about 8 years ago, I used Youghiogheny Stipple glass for the sunset, Youghiogheny Mottled glass for her hair, Youghiogheny Oceana glass for the frame. These high quality glass render a fabulous 3D effect when illuminated with by the sun.
Simplicity pattern 1660 misses top in yellow linen
I purchased this Simplicity sewing pattern 1660 top. Before cutting the pattern I started by studying the image on the pattern envelope. It is a very good indication of how the garment fits. More accurate when there is an image of the garment sewn then photographed on a live person. At first glance this blouse model was loose fitting, formidable, no need to sew a mock-up (muslin). But I new that the neckline was too low for my taste.
See how I modified to pattern to raise the front neckline
How to embellish a sweater with vintage pearl appliqués and pearling details
I needed to have a project to work on while we were spending the weekend at our in-law’s in Toronto. I searched through my clothes and though that this sweater could be improved with some detailing and was perfect for a DIY how to embellish a sweater project.
I have an idea, it will be a quick project to complete, with a rewarding result.