• 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

    Create Your Own Fabric Wall Art

    This was a really quick one that I copied from the Ikea showroom. All materials are Ikea: Berta Ruta Grey fabric £7/m Rosmarie fabric £6/m Ung Drill frame £25 I had the grey checked fabric left over from the curtains and cushion covers I’ve made for the living room and thought this was quite a good way to tie the whole room together. The rose fabric was an offcut so I got it cheaper than the per metre price – all you need is one full instance of the three roses. I cut the check fabric to the size of the oval – I actually pinned the paper insert from…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    Circle Skater Skirt Tutorial

      I found the tutorial for this circle skirt in issue 19 of Cloth magazine written by Geneva from A Pair and A Spare (she has an awesome blog). The fabric used is Berta Ruta from Ikea in small, grey check. It’s currently £7/m and is great for dressmaking or home furnishings. I’ve just made some cushion covers with it and am in the process of finishing some living room curtains. 1. Measure your waist in inches and then divide by 6.28. Then measure the length you’d like the skirt to be. Add both together plus an additional 2 inches for the seam allowances. For example: My waist is 27 inches,…

  • Fashion,  Tutorials

    Leather Necklace (Reblog)

    dreamalittlebiggerblog: I have tried in the past (unsucessfully) to cut leather for jewelry making. This DIY from Minted Strawberry guesting at A Nest for All Seasons is really smart and I love the finished necklace. Jump Into Leather Jewelry with Aki. Definitely trying this one – so cute! Have loads of pleather left over from a recent project.

  • 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…

  • Sewing

    Cute as a Hand Sewn Buttonhole

    This week I’ve been busy sewing my audition pieces! One of the options to showcase is a hand-stitched buttonhole. I’d never done one of these before (thanks to the one step button hole setting on my sewing machine!) but thought I’d give it a go. 1: Mark out where the buttons are going to be placed on your garment measuring even spacing. 2: To get the right sized hole you need to measure the button height and depth and add them together e.g. My buttons had a 1cm diameter and were 3mm thick so the holes needed to be 13mm. 3: Mark out the length of the button hole with…

  • Baking,  Cake Decorating

    Piped Flowers: Easter Daffodils

    Just a quickie – royal iced flowers are great for getting ready in advance. Add a bit of gum trag to the icing for strength and using a leaf nozzle pipe five or six petals in a circle onto a square of grease proof paper. Once dry, colour some icing yellow and pipe a built up spiral using a number 2 writing nozzle in the centre of the petals. Leave to dry and then carefully peel off the paper and stick to your cake with a blob of royal icing.

  • Fashion,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    Dip Hem Skirt (Reblog)

    scissorsandthread: Sheer Gathered High-Low Skirt | Prudent Baby I know it doesn’t look it, but this is a very easy sewing project to do! The combo of sheer fabric and elasticised waist also means it’s going to be comfy and cool to wear in Summer. Oh yes, plus I love the way this is styled with the gingham shirt, so cute! Love this – probably won’t bother with the dip hem as I think perhaps that trend has had its day but sheer skirts are so feminine and summery. It looks so good with the gingham shirt too. This is definitely one for my ‘Things to Make’ list.

  • Nail Art,  Tutorials

    How to Do Leopard Nail Art

    I’m not ashamed to say I love leopard print, Bet Lynch eat your heart out, but I don’t always want full on leopard all the time. This is a nice way to inject just a touch of leopard into everyday life. This nail art is super simple, all you need is a normal polish (this is Rose Pink from Rimmel) plus nail art pens in two different colours (I’ve gone for nude and black, the black is Model’s Own/Wah Nails and the nude is a generic one off eBay. The Model’s Own pen draws a finer line so is good for this.) 1. First start by painting your nails with…