DIY

DIY Patchwork Cushion Covers

Recently, I have been working on decorating my room. In order to save money, I am planning to do as much of it myself and do lots of DIY’s along the way. I went to Ikea the other day and bought lots of plain cushions in which I would make my own cushion covers to go over them. Firstly, I planned on making some patchwork cushions, to make use of some of my small scraps of fabric. I did one with a pink colour palette and one using blues and greens. The process of making was fairly straight-forward and it involved attaching the pieces together using a plain seam, the cushions covers can also be easily removed, as on the back there is two overlapping pieces of fabric. I adore these cushions and it’s easy to add your own twist and personality to them, because you can choose the fabrics yourself and experiment with different combinations. If you give it a go, I’d love to see them!- Enjoy!

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Laugh and the World Laughs with You- DIY Cushions

Take a trip around the world with these cute DIY cushions! Yesterday, I was pretty much snowed in so I decided to make these gorgeous little cushions using a funky map material from Amazon.com and a soft nude jersey material from another online shop. They are really easy to make and are both made with one square front piece and 2 back pieces that overlap so you can change the cover anytime you want! The one on the left is made with the map fabric on the front and the nude material on the back and the one on the right is made completely with the nude material but with a cutout of the map fabric appliquéd on using a zig-zag stitch!- I really love these cushions and they really add a lot of interest to a plain bed or sofa and there are so many variations you can experiment with! I hope you like them and I may do a step-to-step guide on how to make them if you want!- Enjoy!

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Pleats Lookbook- 3 Simple Looks

This is going to be a post featuring 3 simple looks using the trend pleats!! Now pleats are everywhere at the mo’, especially in skirts so I thought I would device 3 looks all involving a pleated skirt and how I would style it!! These are just template looks which you can accessorize and build upon: The first look uses an old navy pleated netball skirt styled with a vintage belt, an Asos holey white shirt with a Asos lilac bandeau worn underneath!! This look is great for wearing to school because it’s smart but playful!! The second look features this deep turquoise midi pleated skirt which I actually made myslef!!- It’s a very simple construction and great fun so if you would like to make it yourself click here on this Youtube link: How to make a Pleated Chiffon Skirt  ! Ok so I have styled this skirt with a Topshop caramel belt, Topshop white top and Miss Selfridge gold cuff which I got in the sale for just £1!!! The third look is styled around this jersey Topshop caramel skater skirt which is lovely!!- I have then added a printed Zara t-shirt, metallic gold Mini Boden belt and a head band made from the same material as the skirt I made!!! I hope you like these looks and always feel free to tell me what you think and comment!!! Enjoy!!

DIY- Cute Girly Bow Tie

Today I whipped up this cute little nude bow tie with just a few scrap materials!! All you need to do is find some stretchy jersey material and cut out 1 strip of the material at whatever measurements you want- mine is 3 inches wide and 30 inches long but you can always trim it later on to get the length you want!! Then you can stretch the material and tie in a bow making sure the ends come out quite long!! Then you can find a cute button or embellishment and just hand sew onto the centre of the bow!! Then take some ribbon and thread it through the back loop of the bow and your done!! It’s very simple to do and they look great tied under silk shirts!!- Enjoy!!

Vintage Waistcoat Look

This Look features this vintage waistcoat which I bought from a vintage stall earlier this year. I bought it with sleeves on but decided to cut the sleeves off to get more wear out of it! Its made by a german designer and I bought it for just £3!! I have styled it with a simple La Redoute white shirt, Topshop Paperbag skirt, vintage scarf, UO brogues and finally to add more of a vintage feel this straw picnic style bag which used to be used to hold my tea set as you can see below!! This look is great for picnic’s in the park as it is very smart and vintage of-course!! Enjoy!!

DIY- Sleeveless Shirts

This post is a quick DIY which I use all the time. Often I will grow out of shirts as the sleeves are too tight or I just don’t like the shirt with sleeves and feel it would look better as a sleeveles one. I’m sure most people have their own way of doing it but this is what I do and it can be used on shirts and tops too!! Enjoy: all details and steps below and if your trying it out and are having problems just message me below!!

Step 1:

Take your long-sleeved shirt and cut  both sleeves off leaving about 2cm from the seam of the sleeve- enough so you can turn it over.

Step 2:

 This is how it should look like once you have cut both sleeves off and what you need to do now is turn over the excess left so that it lines up with the seam of the sleeves and you can pin it down on just go for it like I do!

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3:

The next step is to set up your machiene, try and find a similar colour thread to the shirt and you need to use straight stitch so A or 0 on top and 2 on the bottom:

Step 4:

All you need to do now is get sewing,  insert it into the machiene go back a bit to secure the stitch and sew around it quite close to the edge, after sewn you can cut away the excess inside with pinking sheers or just normal scissors to neaten it:

 

Step 5:

Now your finished and you can try it on. This one is a tie up blue checked shirt so looks great tied over a white sleeveless top with high waisted denim shorts or just worn normally!! Enjoy!!

 

The Ultimate Party Shoes

These shoes are the defintion of the Ultimate Party as they combine- fun, sparkle and glam in one!!! They are made from black suede and have a cute ankle strap and are from Topshop. However the best element of these shoes, which makes them so amazing is this multi-coloured glittered heel!! I am also posting about these shoes as they can also be recreated through DIYing. On a programme of Gok -he takes a simple pair of black heels and cuts out some glittered paper and glues it on the heel- he adds so much value to a cheap pair of black heels. So if your feeling creative get down to your local art/textile shop and your ready to party!!