DIY PATCHWORK KILIM RUG

Rugs. Would it be a bit crazy for me to say that they make a space? Probably not because I think I’ve already said it. Grand (and true) statements aside, isn’t it fitting that the items that make a space, are often the ones that are the hardest to actually make yourself? (I’m looking at you Scando furniture and Kilims). But apparently not for some. In a truly unexpected and lovely gesture, recently my boyfriend’s mum sent us this amazing patchwork rug that she made. All the way from down under no less! The shipping alone would have been eye watering.

Turns out, Margaret sewed this patchwork style rug using pieces of thick Kilim she had in the form upholstery fabric samples. Genius right? In order to put it together, first she sewed a blanket stitch all the way around each rectangle so that they wouldn’t fray too much, and then sewed it all together along the blanket stitch. Time consuming but worth it right? Love!

DIY Kilim Patchwork Rug DIY Kilim Patchwork RugDIY Kilim Patchwork Rug

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If you’re loving colourful home projects like this one, check out this flower project and these easy cushions.

BEFORE & AFTER: LITTLE BLACK STUDDED DRESS

If you’re lucky, tonight is date night. But what are you going to wear? If you’ve got half an hour, and an old dress lying in the back of your cupboard, you could try your hand at this (perfect date night) little black dress, complete with a studded neckline. If nothing else it could be the perfect conversation starter. Cue: “you made that? no way!”. Here’s hoping anyway.

DIY little black studded dressBefore and after: the studded dressbefore and after studded dress

To embellish the neckline for this dress, we used these simple button studs because they’re nice and minimalist, but you could use any style of stud – right this way for lots of different types.

You need:

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How to:

1. The first thing we did to this dress was modify the length. First we marked off the new length we wanted, and cut to fit.

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2. Fold, iron and then hand sew the hem.

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3. Using a measuring tape, mark with chalk where you want to put the studs.

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4. Using the dart awl, poke holes where marked.

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5. Push the screws through from the underside.

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6. Screw the stud tops on.

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7. Do the same for the sleeves.

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And voila. Happy date night!

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Photos by Nicola Lemmon

Ps if you love DIY dresses, check out this one and this one. Oh btw, lots of fun before & afters on the way – since many of you mentioned in the survey that you loved to see the transformation process!

HOW TO: WRAP A BOUQUET

Hello Spring! Doesn’t it feel good? If there ever was a time to give your friend/loved one/host/meme addicted cat a bunch of flowers it’s now. And for those of you unable (or perhaps unwilling) to part with large chunks of change at the florists for an arrangement that will last, luckily you can totally do it yourself. Just pick up a $5.99 bunch from the supermarket or farmers market and wrap them yourself! Essentially with a little elbow grease and love, you get all the back for your buck, without actually needing to park with that many bucks.

How to wrap flowers

You need:

  • a bunch of flowers
  • paper towels and some water
  • cling wrap
  • wrapping paper

How to wrap flowers

How to:

1. Trim the stems to a consistent length.

How to wrap flowers

2. Now for the little florists trick that will keep these babies fresh for days. Take a piece of cling film and lay it on the table, add some paper towel on top and then wet it with some water. Then, wrap this into a little parcel around the ends of the flowers.

How to wrap flowers

3. Start wrapping the bouquet in the tissue paper, starting in the bottom corner and wrapping around.

How to wrap flowers

4. Wrap with another layer, folding the bottom around to create a

How to wrap flowers

5. Tie a bow with some twine!

How to wrap flowers

Voila!

How to wrap flowers

For more floral projects check out here, here and here.

Photos by Nicola Lemmon

QUICK DIY: LADDER MAGAZINE RACK

Don’t let your precious (and, ahem, pricey) magazines lie gathering dust under the table, create a super simple magazine rack like this. It’s been working wonders for storage, and a little decoration, in the studio! Perfect for those of you who feel like it’s time to organise and declutter.

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