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DIY LACE UP BALLET FLATS

Having always been a bit of a Francophile, you can probably guess that I’m already sold on the simplicity and clean lines of a pair of ballet flats. But what if you want to take that classic perfection to another level? I’ve been seeing embellished flats here and there (so DIYable – be still my beating heart!), but when I stumbled upon a pair of lace up ones I knew they would be the next DIY. So easy to make, I’d take these over a pair of heels most days!

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Wearing: DIY flats, DIY cut off vintage shorts, Zara coat, MLM tshirt, Lack of Color hat.

How to make lace up ballet flats

You need: 

  • A pair of ballet flats
  • 14 D rings
  • E6000 glue
  • Leather
  • Scissors
  • Leather cord

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How to:

1. Cut your leather into strips 2.5 cm (1 inch) wide.

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2. Cut those pieces in half, and then insert the leather through the D rings.

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3. Fold the leather over and glue down. Do this for all 14 and let dry.

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4.  Put more glue onto one leather piece.

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5. Press down there you want them to sit on the shoes, starting at the back.

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6. Attach them down the front, measuring a thumb sized gap between.

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7. The finished product should look like this.

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8. Finally, add your leather cord, crossing over the foot through the D rings and tying at the back.

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Voila!

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Super excited to be working with photographer Nicola Lemmon (a fellow Brisbane girl transplanted to Hong Kong), taking photos, doing projects, and generally much having a great time. Welcome Nicola! You can follow her HK adventures on instagram too.

DIY LEATHER HANGING PLANTER (MAKES THE PERFECT GIFT!)

If you’ve been following for a while you’ll be all over the fact that my current approach to decoration is, technically speaking, ‘put a plant on it’. I’ve applied the concept at the studio, and at home (to a lesser degree) and I can honestly say that it works. Who doesn’t want to live in a jungle (or a desert – depending on what type of plants you’re into)? We recently got crafty with some leather we had in the studio and created this planter with our friends over at Free People. If you plan ahead a little this planter could be the perfect gift for your bestie or plant addicted hipster boyfriend. Naturally you’ll be wanting to use a substitute for leather if said boyfriend is a vegan. :)

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You need:

  • A piece of leather or vegan leather
  • A metal Ring
  • 2 x long screws and bolts
  • Scissors
  • Multi hole punch
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Plant Pot

Start experimenting with leather now using this DIY Leather Making Kit.

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How to: 

1. On the back of your leather, mark out 4 pieces of 1.5cm wide x 65cm long pieces of leather strips and then cut into strips.

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2. Take your hole punch and punch a hole over the points you have marked.

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3. With the back side of the leather facing up, lay the pieces out in a cross so that the holes match up and add the screw underneath.

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4. Cut a piece of leather 1.5cm wide x 8cm long and then mark 1cm from the edge on both ends.

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5. Hole punch over the 2 marked positions and then take your piece of leather and fit it though the metal hoop

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6. Create the same cross section on the other end of the strips of leather and insert the screw through the holes.

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7. This is what the top section should look like.

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8. Hold the top section in one hand and lay out the base of the planter like so.

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Place your plant pot into place. And you’re done.

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DIY EMBROIDERED JACKET

I’ve been crushing on statement embroidered jackets for some time now, but have shied away from crafting my own due to the (presumably) intense amount of work that goes into one – think of all that thread and sore fingers! Although embroidery is definitely on my list of things to master this lifetime, I was so happy when we came up with a way to make the perfect embroidered jacket, without all the time and effort of doing it manually. We simply added a gorgeous piece of fabric to an existing jacket! Cheating I know but it works! What’s even better is that we used fabric from a bag I had bought while travelling around Asia – both re-using something I was tired of and integrating memories of my travels into an everyday jacket, talk about a win win! Read on the see how.

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You need:

  • a parka or jacket
  • brightly coloured fabric or in this case we recycled an old embroidered bag I sourced on my travels
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Needle and Thread or Sewing Machine
  • Glue

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How to: 

1. The first thing we did was remove the embroidered piece of fabric front the bag we had.

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2. We then laid it out on top of the jacket – it fit perfectly which was weird and a bonus.

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3. We cut away the excess fabric and kept it to use later.

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4. We then pinned the edge of the excess fabric underneath facing the inside of the jacket

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5. Using a machine (you can also hand sew or even glue), we attached the piece of fabric onto the back of the parka jacket.

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6. We then took the access piece of fabric and cut it in half and then pinned it into place over the pockets

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7. We hand sewed the piece of fabric through the inside of the pocket so that the pocket was still functional.

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8. We then took some ribbon in a matching colour to cover existing details of the jacket which we didn’t love.

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Voila!

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Photos by Marion Tessier