DIY Woven Market Backpack

A little reader request coming at ya! A few of you have asked that I make this market backpack, an item I’ve seen a couple of times here and thought why not and something I was more than happy to do given that all you need is a bag, some leather and a few studs. Easy and totally practical. What’s not to love?

DIY Market Backpack

You need:

  • A woven bag
  • Scissors
  • Leather hole puncher
  • Studs (or a needle and thread)
  • Leather straps (if you need more than what’s already on the bag).

DIY Market Backpack

How to:

  1. First, remove the existing straps of the bag.

DIY Market Backpack

2. Using the leather hole puncher, create a hole about 5cm (2 in) from the end of the leather for the shoulder straps.

DIY Market Backpack

3. Using a stud (or needle and thread), secure the leather strap at the front of the woven bag along the top edge. You may need to trim back the ends of the shoulder straps so that the are equal lengths to each other.

DIY Market Backpack

4. Once both shoulder straps are secured at the front, insert a metal stud in between the two.

DIY Market Backpack

5. On the opposite side of the bag, insert a short piece of leather like you did for the shoulder straps. This will act as the bag closure and will attach to the metal stud you placed on the bag in Step 4.

DIY Market Backpack

6. On the opposite side of the bag about two-thirds of the way down, use a sharp tool to create two holes to insert two studs. We will use these to secure the other side of the shoulder straps.

DIY Market Backpack

7. Punch a hole into the other end of the shoulder straps, and insert onto the studs.

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All done! Ready to get stuck into the markets.

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Ps guys thanks so much for all your tips about LA! I had such a good time. I’m now in Palm Springs and looking forward to sharing all that with you 🙂

Photos by Bryant Lee

DIY Throw Cushions

I know it might sound odd, but as time goes on I become as excited about accessorising my space as I do my body. Do any of you guys feel this way? Whilst previously I was oblivious to the details of a space, now that’s pretty much all I can see when I walk in the room. And the difference between a good space and a great one? The details… The accessories! Naturally cushions are an easy way to inject a little extra design in your space, but have you noticed just how expensive they can be? Phew! Luckily they’re so so easy to make at home. Read on to see how!

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You need

  • Mudcloth fabric (or heavy duty fabric)
  • Pillow inserts
  • Invisible zipper
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pins
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pencil or fabric chalk
  • Sewing machine and thread

DIY Simple Cushions

How to

  1. Using the dimensions of your pillow inserts as a guide, measure two squares (or rectangles) slightly bigger than the pillow inserts from your mud cloth. I added 2.5cm (1 in) extra to each side plus for the extra and the seam allowance.

DIY Simple Cushions

2. Cut out the two squares of cloth.

DIY Simple Cushions

3. Laying the patterned sides together, pin the two pieces of mud cloth together along three of the sides. We will leave the fourth side open to insert the invisible zipper later on.

DIY Simple Cushions

4. Sew the sides together using a 1cm seam allowance. Because mud cloth is thicker than your normal fabric, use a longer stitch length and feed the material under the foot at a steady pace.

DIY Simple Cushions

5. On the side that you’ve left open, pin the invisible zipper into place.

DIY Simple Cushions

6. Using your normal sewing foot, sew in the invisible zipper.

DIY Simple Cushions

7. Once you’ve sewn both sides of the invisible zipper in, turn the pillow case right side out.

DIY Simple Cushions

8. Then, pop in your pillow insert and zip it up!

DIY Simple Cushions

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Photos by Bryant Lee

LA Travel Tips?

Guyssss! I’m off across the pond this week to work in LA, and I couldn’t be more excited (except not for the jet lag, that I could take or leave). The West Coast is a place I’ve been waiting to visit for so so (sooooo) long, it actually feels strange that I’ve never been. And while Ben and I have marked in our 2017 calendars a road trip along the whole of the west coast, this time around I’ll just be in LA – a little reconnaissance tour as such. After your amazing tips on Spain, I wanted to put it out there, oh well travelled and insightful readers, to see if you can think of anything I can’t miss.  I’ll have a few days downtime before and after working to explore some neighbourhoods (and buy out the whole of Trader Joe’s!), so do let me know the hits, misses and anything in between. I love food, little boutiques, markets and am also keen to try some weird and wacky LA workout classes. Thoughts?

I’ve also got time to check out a few creative studios/ designers/ crafters here and there and knowing just how colourful and creative the city is, I’m sure there are plenty I should visit. Let me know if you can recommend any! (Oh and in case you’re wondering, I’m bracing myself for a scary uber bill!).

Packing for a weekend

Man I wish my suitcase would be this organised! Right now it’s a scary pile on the loungeroom floor.

Ps thanks to anyone who’s already dropped recommendations onto my instagram. All so incredibly useful. See you on the other side! xxx

The Bra Series: How to find the perfect fit (.)(.)

You guys gave so many interesting/funny/insightful comments on our question about bras, that we decided it was worth doing a little series on the subject. Not just one post but a couple, mainly because there’s just so much to cover – literally (or, not so literally for you smaller busted ladies out there). Turns out it’s not just me that finds it hard to get my hands on a comfortable, supportive and great looking bra – it appears that so many of you are in the same boat. Hopefully this series will help – how to measure yourself, what you wear with what and… the dreaded strapless! First up? The foundation of it all, finding the right fit.

An ill fitting bra is the absolute bain of my existence (and, I now know, yours too!). And while the idea of burning our bras gets more and more tempting with every pinch, bulge and ride up, here at the studio we put together a few tips (with the help of my mum’s friend who’s been fitting bras for 20 years) to help find the best fit for the ‘girls’. Read on to see how! Ps. Annie has once again killed it with the illustrations.

How to find the perfect fitting bra

Whilst they might be the most looked at part of our bodies, it seems that we ourselves often overlook them completely when it comes to finding the perfect fit. I’m totally raising my hand on this one, as someone who’s worn the same size since high school and never ever been fitted/measured. Until now!

Obviously, therefore, the most important part to finding the perfect bra is measuring yourself to get your starting point bra size.  Then once you’ve found a bra that you are comfortable in, there are a couple of signs to look out for that will help you tell if you have really found ‘the one’. We’ll be sharing those below.

You need

  • Measuring tape
  • No bra (to get the most accurate measurements, it’s best to let the girls free.)

How to

1. Measure your bust (the widest point around your breasts), making sure that you don’t pull the measuring tape too tight or squash down any breast tissues (aka those puppies).

How to find the perfect fitting bra

2. Measure your underbust, this time pulling the measuring tape firmly around your body. Once you’ve got your measurement in inches, round down to the nearest whole number. This will be your US or UK band size (you can convert the final US/UK bra size to Australian or Asian bra sizes here). Then subtract your under bust measurement from your bust measurement from Step 1. The difference in inches between the two will indicate your cup size (refer to the table below).

How to find the perfect fitting bra

How to find the perfect fitting bra

NB: When I did this I found out that instead of being a 34c I’m a 32D… whaaaat? No wonder I’ve been known to take off my bras in restaurants when I think no one is watching.

3. If your breasts are spilling over the bra cup or nipple is peeking out i.e. muffin topping then you need to go up a cup size. On the other hand, if there is gaping then the bra cup is usually too large, although this may also depend on the bra mould used by the manufacturer so it could also be a good idea to try another brand in that size if everything else fits well. Also, the outside “U” of the underwire should not sit on breast tissue, if it does then you need to go up a cup size.

How to find the perfect fitting bra

4. If the shoulder straps are digging into your shoulders try loosening the straps otherwise you may be compensating for the lack of support from the band. This may indicate the bra is too old, a bad cut or the wrong size. On the other hand, if the straps are constantly slipping off, try tightening the straps. If this doesn’t help, it could mean the straps are set too wide apart for your shoulders, a good idea would be to try a different style bra such as a convertible bra where the straps cross over. Another thing to note is that the gore between the two cups should sit flat on the chest, if it floats it means that the band size is too small.

How to find the perfect fitting bra

5. The band sits straight across the back parallel to the floor. You should do up the band at the last hook on the end to accommodate the band stretching over time. The bra band provides 80% of the support so it is important that this part of the bra sits firmly against your body. If you can fit more than three fingers between the band and your body then it is too large and you should go down a band size.

How to find the perfect fitting bra

For the most part, when it comes to bras, you get what you pay for so it’s worth forking out the extra cash for a well fitted bra that you don’t want to burn by midday (we’ll be sharing some of our faves soon, once they’ve survived the bounce test). It’s also good to remember that every manufacturer makes their sizes slightly differently and different style bras will also affect the fit.

Ps thank you to all of your lovely and wise people to gave us so much help in terms of learning how to properly measure ourselves, the best!

Illustrations by Annie Huang

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