• DIYCameraStrap
    Tutorials

    DIY Camera Strap Tutorial

    Confession time: I’m a bit of a hoarder… well, a lot of a hoarder actually and I have a hard time throwing things away if I think they might be useful later. Now I’m not talking old milk bottles and empty tins but I do keep alot of clothes that are long passed their sell by date. On the up side, this tutorial proves that hanging on to things isn’t always so bad when they can be turned into totally new (and useful!) things. In this make I’ve used an old pair of Primark jeans to make a strap for my new camera. The button fell off the jeans and…

  • Tutorials

    Cover Up: Covering A Binder with Fabric

    This is a really quick and simple one, add a personal touch to plain old ring binders by covering them in fabric. It’s also a good way of using up leftovers – you may recognise this fabric from the latest boiler screen. 1. You will need: A ring binder Fabric Scissors Spray mount 2. The fabric needs to be large enough to cover the binder when it’s laid out flat plus an inch or so allowance round the edges. Cut to size if you have too much. Mitre the corners for neat edges. 3. Spray the outside of the binder with the spray adhesive and then lay it flat in…

  • Baking,  Cake Decorating

    Teapot Cake

    What are weekends for other than making random shaped cakes for absolutely no reason? I got some hemisphere cake pans from Lakeland for Christmas and hadn’t managed to try them out yet, I looked up a recipe for the pans on their website (a basic sponge) and set to work. The cake recipe has to be quite dense for the finished cake to hold its shape although I did read somewhere that you can use ganache for the crumb coating as it will set more solidly and make the construction sturdier. For this one I used vanilla buttercream as the sponge was solid enough. At this point I hadn’t actually…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    Spaghetti Straps Solved!

    I’ve always hated making straps, in the past I’ve even sewn two strips of bias binding together to avoid the painful turning process. No need for that anymore! I’ve found the secret to turning even the thinnest of spaghetti straps – a hair grip! 1. Stitch your strap as prescribed by the pattern then make a small slit in one end. 2. Attach your hair grip to the top section around one side of the strap and then feed both the prongs into the middle. Make sure you use a grip that still has the rubber stoppers on the ends so the fabric won’t snag. 3. You can now feed…

  • Interior Design

    Another Boiler Screen

    This one’s for a friend of mine. Her boiler is against the wall on one side so only needs two pieces. The fabric, ribbon and upholstery tacks are from Dunelm Mill. Hinges and wood from B&Q.

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    Sorting Out: Fabric

    More work on the sewing room today, this time sorting out all my fabric. By rolling up the fabric and securing with burlap twine I was able to fit twice as much into the drawers. It’s also easier to see what’s in there and get a quick indication of how much of there is. I think it looks pretty too! If you wanted to be even more organised you could measure each roll and add a label for easy reference. Maybe one day I’ll get round to that…

  • Interior Design,  Tutorials

    DIY Boiler Screen: Covering up the Ugly

    I hate how ugly my boiler is. It’s scratched and the plastic flap has yellowed in the sun and it’s just generally unsightly. In my eyes, when on display, it made my kitchen look like a crack den. I’m pleased to say that the idea for the screen was all my own and after being inspired by a pin board tutorial I realised I could make it a practical as well as aesthetically pleasing solution. PLEASE NOTE: Not all boilers can be covered – please check the manufacturer’s instructions to confirm if your boiler requires ventilation. Start by measuring your boiler on each side. You will need to add approx…

  • Fashion,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    Just Add Fringing! Glastonbury Shorts.

    My favourite makes are the ones that I do whilst killing some time – long car or train journeys are perfect. There’s nothing else nagging at my conscience, there’s no option of doing the vacuuming or putting some washing in instead – it actually makes me feel like I’ve made use of my time to the best of my ability. The trip to Glastonbury takes four hours from Manchester and as I’ve been busy decorating my living room for the past couple of weeks I haven’t had time to make anything specific for it which I’m pretty disappointed about, so putting the trip to good use to customise my shorts…

  • Baking,  Cake Decorating

    School’s Out!

    This is my final assessment piece for my cake decorating qualification. It features: – Piped lettering – Graduated line work – Piped flowers – Scrollwork I’ll find out my mark next week but I’ve definitely passed so I’ve got a real cake decorating qualification, who’d have thunk it?? Tutorial to follow soon on the piped orange flower. Update: I got a distinction!!! Whoop.

  • Fashion,  Sewing

    Spotted! Making Trousers.

    Thanks to the lovely people at Abakhan this week I’ve been working on their “creative budget’ blogger challenge. The idea of this is to demonstrate that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have cool stuff! I’m into tailored trousers at the moment in a big way. They’re smart enough to wear to work but with bold printed fabric have more character than your boring boardroom pinstripe. Here I’ve teamed them with a Topshop cropped tee (I love a good literary quote) and a pair of silver ASOS slingbacks but they could just as easily worn with the hem rolled up with a pair of Air Max and a…