Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!!

For the first time ever I decided to DIY my very own Halloween costume.  A group of friends and I decided to go as General Mills mascots: The Honey Nut Cheerios Honey Bee, The Hamburger Helper Hand, Betty Crocker, Trix Rabbit, The Lucky Charms Leprechaun, and of course the Green Giant. 
I immediately jumped at the Green Giant costume because I could visualize exactly how I was going to make it.
Materials List: 2 yards of green felt,
green zipper, fabric chalk, green thread, scissors, sewing machine; Green Long sleeve shirt, green tights
Turn Right Side Out
Using the fabric chalk, free hand draw a leaf onto felt, cut; then use this leaf as a pattern for all leaves (in total I cut 26 leaves)
Use fabric chalk to draw veins into each leaf

Pair with green tights and a green long sleeve shirt, and you have yourself a costume!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

DIY Sew: Decorative Couch Pillow

This week's tutorial continues on last week's theme, revamping small elements in your apartment/home easily and on the cheap.
What better way to add some warmth to a room than to make colorful decorative pillows.
Here's what you'll need:
12'' zipper
matching thread
seam ripper
sewing machine (optional)
sew zipper onto the seam (use zipper foot if you're using a sewing machine)

Monday, October 14, 2013

DIY Blanket Headboard

Recently I decided it was time to make some changes in my bedroom.  I wanted to create a focal point in the room and thought that a head board would be just the element I needed.  Wanting to create something that wasn't bulky or expensive I thought draping a throw blanket over a curtain rod would work perfectly.
Here's what you'll need to recreate your own:
Throw Blanket
Curtain Rod
Curtain rod brackets
Step 1: Decide on placement of your curtain rod
Step 2: Nail in brackets
Step 3: Drape blanket over the curtain rod



Tuesday, October 8, 2013

DIY Sew: Neon Mesh Skirt

I know I'm months, even seasons behind on the neon trend; but hey style is personal right? I can wear what I want when I want.  A few weeks ago I set out to my favorite fabric store GEM and to my sad surprise the store was closing, the silver lining was the closeout sale.  I came across some neon mesh fabric, I think it was $2 a yard, I figured it was a bit unconventional but it would do the trick for the neon skirt I've been wanting to make.  Of course there are challenges with mesh... it's see through, ahh! I quickly realized it'd be easy to double up on the fabric and I could either create a lining, wear a slip, or in the case above slip on over a bodycon dress.

Here's how I made it:

 for more details on how to insert darts, see tutorial here
sew in zipper, then unzip zipper, use seam ripper to rip open seam under zipper
Hem (optional)