5th June 2012
- A Mexican blanket (mine was a table runner!)
- An invisible zip
- A sewing machine and thread
- A skirt to use as the pattern (use one that matches the stretch of your fabric – this blanket fabric was quite stiff so I used a leather skirt)
Steps after the jump!
1. Cut the blanket in half to make two pieces. Place your mini skirt on top of the two pieces of blanket, ensuring you have a horizontal stripe, and mark with a pen – adding a generous few inches around the edge for the seam.
2. Trim the tassels off the blanket if there are any. Following the pen mark, cut the skirt panels out of the fabric, trying to line up the stripes of the two panels as much as possible.
And there you have it! This is actually a very simple skirt process that can be made from any fabric you choose. After wearing it a few times I actually added a few darts into the back of the waistband so it sat a little tighter on my hips – everyone is different so just tailor it to your figure. I’ll be answering questions in the comments section so feel free to fire away if you want further info on how to make this.
4th June 2012
3rd June 2012
– tear drop rhinestones in settings
– earring backs
– glue (try Elmers or E6000)
1. Add some glue to the back of the rhinestones and leave to dry for a few moments so the glue gets tacky.
31st May 2012
I mentioned stacked necks yesterday and couldn’t help but throw this little number together for you to see how easy it is to make some statement neck jewelry for yourself. This is one of those necklaces you can put together, wear a few times and then pull apart and use the chain for something else – how great is it when you can get multiple uses from a material?
– Assorted chains in different colours and sizes – choose lightweight ones like mine so your necklace isn’t too heavy.
– A large carabiner
– Extra large jump rings
– Small gold safety pins
– Jewelry plyers
Steps after the break!
1. Start by threading the ends of your chains onto the jump rings, one jump ring on each end to attach to the carabiner. You may need to double your chains around if you want a shorted necklace like mine.
2. Use the pins (or small jump rings) to attach the smaller chains onto the jump rings.
3. Attach all the chains to the jump rings.
4. Thread the jump rings onto the carabiner. (On a side note, I absolutely love the utility look of the large carabiner, but you can use a smaller one if you want a more subtle style).
5. Attach the jump rings on the other end of the chains onto the other side of the carabiner to create the necklace.
To take the necklace on and off, simply open the carabiner, take one side of the chains off and string around your neck – reconnecting the jump rings onto the carabiner at the back. I made sure to lay the carabiner flat agaist the back of my neck so it was comfortable.
I layered mine with the studded necklace I made here, feel free to mix in pendants, necklaces or anything else you have. Have fun!
Wearing: DIY necklace, silk top – my own design