15th October 2014
There’s just something about long fringed accessories that makes me want to dance, I guess it’s the texture and movement they bring to an outfit. So I thought it fitting for my third project as part of the Kookai ‘Make Your Own Sunshine’ campaign to integrate a touch of this ever so now (and DIYable) trend in the form of a super simple leather clutch (made from scratch). Is it wrong that this bag makes me want to shimmy down the street?
Wearing: Top and jeans by Kookai
- A piece of leather
- Leather cord
- A multi hole punch
You can buy a bunch of leather making supplies here in this kit, perfect for getting started on your leather accessory career!
1. Cut your leather to size, mine was roughly A3 paper sized, and then fold it in half. Then you’re going to start hole punching down both open sides of the leather. I did my holes pinkie finger distance apart. You want them close as these holes are going to be threaded with leather and will hold your bag together.
2. This is what both sides will look like.
2. Now cut your cord to size, mine was roughly 60cm (24 inches) long and I used 3o on each side.
3. Using a pin or a seam ripper, fold your cord in half and press the folded end of it through both holes.
4. Loop the cord and pull it tight so it secures the two layers together.
5. Do that all the way along.
6. Once you’ve done both sides of the bag it should look like this.
7. Then, fold the top over to close the bag and away you go!
This post is in collaboration with Kookai for the Make Your Own Sunshine campaign.
Outfit photos by Marion Tessier
8th October 2014
Home and interior DIY projects are a great place to start in the world of craft if you’re not feeling up to the challenge of crafting your own dress. And something that differs between home and fashion DIYs is that unlike an upstyled skirt, your new ladder wardrobe or hanging shelves are out in the open for you (or your frenemy) to admire as you walk to and from the fridge. One of the things about home projects is that they can feel daunting if you have to pick up a drill (although trust me, it’s not as hard as it looks!), so something super easy that takes only a few minutes like this coat rack is the perfect place to whet your appetite for home improvement. Read on to see how – although this is so easy that I’m guessing you already know how to make it
- 4 or 5 dowels – these are pretty much broom stick handles and can be bought at your local hardware store.
- A length of leather cord
1. Start by holding your dowels all together and arranging them into a teepee shape crossing them over about a foot down from the top so you have somewhere to hand your hat and bag.
2. Once you’ve got your shape organised (and yes it’s a bit awkward and you’ll probably drop them a few times but whatever), start wrapping with your leather cord.
3. Wrap around and around until making sure to do it tightly until you’ve secured them all together. You want to make sure they all stayed crossed over as you do this.
4. Once you’ve finished wrapping, tie off the cord and snip and extra you don’t need. Hide the ends of the cord inside the wrapping. You’ll notice the cord has a small amount of give in it allowing you to adjust the angles of the dowels if you need to. And that’s it, all done! I said it was easy didn’t I?
6th October 2014
Nothing makes me happier than good music, a touch of the old, a sprinkling of the new, and what could be better listening to it through a set of crazy bejewelled headphones? Based on Kookai‘s new ‘Make Your Own Sunshine’ inspired collection, which is all about rhythm and soul, I’m excited to be sharing with you a fun music inspired post. Headphones that are excited about your playlist as you are! Head down the page to see the video – I’m going to be doing regular uploads so make sure you subscribe to my youtube channel.
Wearing: jacket and skirt by Kookai
Watch the video below:
1. Put some glue onto a piece of paper.
2. Starting with the big rectangular stones, put some glue onto the back.
3. Press them onto the middle of the headphones.
4. Build the pattern all the way around, and then add the marquise shaped ones around the outside to give the design focus.
5. Add stones around the sides too.
Outfit photos by Marion Tessier
This post is in collaboration with Kookai