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Lacey Tote (Beige & Brown) April 5, 2010

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I made another lacey tote bag. ๐Ÿ˜€

This is a custom made one for my cousin Rachel. I sold it to her by the way. ๐Ÿ˜›

Yes, I charge family. ๐Ÿ˜› lalala ~~~

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Convertible denim skirt April 4, 2010

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Earlier this week, I was rummaging through my wardrobe for something to wear besides my daily jeans and I found some old denim skirts I have. I used to wear denim skirt EVERYDAY. I have about 7 of them. ๐Ÿ˜› You know how sometimes you are totally into some styles for a period of time and then you stop wearing them. A few years down the road, you take the old clothes out and wear them again and you either feel weird in them or ask yourself why you wore that style back then. ๐Ÿ˜› Well, I felt weird in this particular denim skirt … it felt too short.

So, I decided to update my denim skirt.

I added a bit of fabric with some lace to the hem. This extension is removable too! So, when I want to wear my denim skirt just the way it is, I just need to remove the lace extention. ๐Ÿ˜€

Here’s how it’s done.

1. Measure the hemline of the skirt (front + back + 1 inch). This is the length of fabric and lace you should cut.

2. The width of the fabric is up to you. I only wanted about a inch longer for the extention so I cut about 2.5 inches of the fabric. You can cut a wider piece if you want it to be longer.

3. Place the lace on the top edge of the fabric (right side). Fold the other side of the edge up to meet. The lace will be sandwiched between the folded fabric. Pin the lace in place between the fabric.

4. Sew a straight line on top where the lace is between the fabric. This will form a tube with the lace inside.

5. Turn the tube inside out and iron the fabric & lace flat.

6. Run a straight stitch at the fabric edge where the lace is to keep it flat.

7. Place the piece of fabric you just sewed onto the inside of the hem line and mark the places you want to sew buttonholes onto the fabric. Sew the buttonholes onto theย  places where you marked. Cut open the buttonholes.

I did my buttonholes with my awesome automatic button holer on my Brother sewing machine. ๐Ÿ˜€ Your machine should have a guide on how to sew a button hole. If not, this is a good tutorial on how to sew a button hole manually.

9. Pin the fabric onto the hem line all around on the wrong side of the skirt. Start sewing the buttons onto the skirt where the button holes are.

As I’m not good at measurements, I did it this way so that the buttons and the buttonholes will actually ALIGN. ๐Ÿ˜› You will want to make sure that the fabric will be held tight by the buttons. This is because if the fabric hangs lose, it will droop from the hemline. I also used different coloured buttons because I did not have enough cream coloured buttons. ๐Ÿ˜› So I just grabbed the next available colour I have. ๐Ÿ˜›

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Recycling: New Shelf Cover from Old Curtains April 4, 2010

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I have a IKEA IVAR Shelving unit and a bunch of books, CDs etc on it. The shelves get dusty pretty fast. Sad Previously, I would cover them with some cheap shawls to keep out the dust. I was clearing my old curtains & bedsheets over the weekend and I found a set of full length tab top curtains I had and I turned them into this:

Recycled from my 8 yr old tab top full length curtains . ๐Ÿ˜€ The cover prevents dusty shelves & hides messiness! :P:D

Recycling is fun & good for the environment!

Fun with my new glue gun = new denim hemp coasters April 2, 2010

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I saw these hemp coarding coasters on Make It and Love It and because I just bought my new toy, a $5 glue gun & a roll of hemp string from the $2 shop. :D, I gave it a try.

I didn’t make it with cork though, I made it with left over denim from my piano bench booties project. ๐Ÿ˜€


pics were taken with my mobile phone camera, so they’re not the best. ๐Ÿ˜›

1. Cut out the denim in a circle. I used a CD to trace the shape.

2. Serge or use the zig zag stitch for the edges of the denim circle.

3. Glue the hemp string with the hot glue gun, starting from the edges to the centre.

4. Repeat step 3. (ie. 2 layers of hemp .. it’ll make the coaster sturdy) and you’re done!

The hemp becomes the bottom while the denim’s the top of the coaster. ๐Ÿ˜› The denim will absorb the water from condensation, which is what I really need.

And this allowed me to practice my glue-gunning skills. LOL. Fast & fun project! ๐Ÿ˜€

It’s Engrish baby .. :P April 2, 2010

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Last night, I was at the $2 Japanese store (Daiso) and came across this …..

care for some pickled begetable? LOLOL