A quick mini DIY this morning with photos I found on the depths of my harddrive. But no I will most likely not be starting to do regular tutorials again, I just don’t have the energy for them right now.
- Nail file
This one isn’t so hard… just use the nail file to scratch up the surface of the frames so the paint sticks and pain them one section at a time using thin coats.
If you don’t like the finish you can topcoat with clear nail polish or PVA glue.
Then just stick on some little flowers!
Yay! A really fun project today: Bergamot Bunny baseball cap make over! Argh so fricking cute, I want to wear it all the time! I previously made this cap over but I haven’t worn it in ages so it was time for another rethink: answer? Bergamot ears!
For this tutorial you will need:
- Baseball cap
- White fabric
- Felt or roving for the pink parts of the ears
- Lace for the bow
- Hot glue
- Needle and thread
Draw the Bergamot ear shape on to a piece of cardboard.
Cut them out!
Cut a rectangle of the white fabric big enough to cover the ear on both sides. I’m using some fluffy polar fleece.
Roughly draw the shape onto the fabric and draw where the heart will go on the ear as well.
Cut the extra off around the edges.
I decided to needle felt the pink heart in place but you can just use a piece of felt and stitch it on depending on which materials you have on hand.
Place the cardboard inside and the fold the fabric in half around it. Repeat for the other ear as well.
Now stitch or hot glue the fabric onto the cardboard so it covers it nicely and looks neat.
Now make a little lace bow as well. You can make the bow out of lace or ribbon depending on your tastes, it just needs to be as wide as both the ears because we will use it to hide the base later.
Now on your cap, use an unpicker to open a seam at the top.
Poke the ears through the hole and either stitch or hot glue them in place. Make sure you stitch or glue the seam on either side of the ears too otherwise it will unravel later.
Hot glue or stitch the ears together so they won’t flop around.
Lastly, glue the bow at the base of the ears to hide the seam.
Really you could do this with just about any kind of hat as long as you could poke a hole in a seam!
Only thing to do now is enjoy it!
I know what I’ll be wearing all the time now! What do you guys think??
Ages ago the lovely Miss Chrissy hand made me a detachable crochet collar and it was just about the cutest thing ever. I liked it so much that I thought I should make some different versions in different lengths to wear with different outfits.
This is the first one I made:
Here is the one that Chrissy made for me. It’s completely amazing and there are little pearls in every scallop!
Ok so let’s get started on ours! To begin with chain a foundation row which is as long as you want the inside of the collar to be. I made mine quite long because it was to fit a deep neckline.
Next do a row of single crochet.
Then a row of double crochet.
The increasing size of the stitches should allow you to shape it into a circle. Later on you can also thread ribbon through the double crochet row for a really cute look.
Next we start the lace section. Chain 9 and single crochet into every 5th stitch, repeat until the end. You will need to estimate how many stitches to leave between the single crochet depending on the length you made the collar so it works out evenly.
You should have something like this:
Now chain 11 and single crochet into the middle stitch of the scallop below. It will from a sort of lace mesh like this:
Now do one more row of the scallops with 11 chain between each single crochet as well.
There you have it! 3 layers of scalloping with a thicker base.
If you want to, you could even do a row of single crochet around the edge to make it thicker and cute. You can add a button to hold the sides together but I’m really partial to using the ribbon woven through to close it!
And there you go! This is a fairly quick project you can do while watching movies.
I hope you guys enjoyed the tutorial, let me know if you give it a try too, they are so perfect for almost any outfit!
Today’s tutorial is a reader request: how to make your own Lolita style wrist cuffs.
I really haven’t followed Lolita fashion in years but a lot of the things I post here could cross over easily so many of the reader requests I get are about how to diy Lolita items. I usually steer fairly clear of that because it doesn’t match with my style anymore (and I have no idea what’s even fashionable in those circles now) but this request was interesting to me because I made a lot of these when I wore the fashion!
For this tutorial you will need:
- Thick lace
- Thin eyelet lace and ribbon to go in it
- Needle and thread
This is the most basic of these style of cuffs and it is going to be hand stitched. You could easily machine stitch them, use elastic or any other kind of embellishments you want.
Begin by cutting a piece of the large lace which is at least 3 times the length around your wrist. Ideally you would like it to be even longer than that because more ruffles = cuter.
Cut a piece of the eyelet lace which is around twice the length of your wrist. My pieces below are a bit shorter than I would usually use because I didn’t have much of either of these left. I would also suggest using a longer piece of ribbon so it’s easier to put into a big bow.
Fold the edges of the thick lace over twice and the running stitch up it to seal in the edge.
Now loosely running stitch down the long side so it gathers into a ruffle.
Pull it tightly so the thick piece is the same length as the eyelet lace.
Fold and stitch the edges of the eyelet lace over.
Place the eyelet lace over the gather in the thick lace. I like to leave it a little lower so the top of the thick lace ruffle can be seen on the other side. Stitch it in place all of the way across and then stitch another row under the ribbon so it’s very secure and even.
You should have something along these lines…
You can just put them on like this but I prefer to move the ribbon through the eyelets so it sits on top with the split in the lace at the bottom.
Tie the ribbon into a cute bow and you’re done!
Wearing my old clothes makes me wish it was 2007 and I was in Japan again!
You can vary these easily by adding another layer of the thick lace.
Hope that answers the request and make sure you let me know if you have any others!
The cable knitting obsession continues even further with a hat to match the cardigan I made.
I think the hat actually took longer than the cardigan because it’s such a tighter gauge to work.
To begin with I cast on 156 stitches. This is a big floppy hat so that’s one of the many reasons it look so damn long!
The ribbing at the bottom is k2 p2 continually as I was using circular needles.
I’m not sure how many rows it was but I continued the ribbing for around 25cm long.
At this point I did one row of decreases so k2, k2tog. I made sure the decreases were on the purled stitches so that the knitted stitches would continue into the cables.
I then counted the remaining stitches to work out a nice cable pattern which would fit. I had 104 stitches so my cable pattern became:
K3 p3, 2 strand cable with 3 stitches per strand, p2. Repeat this pattern 8 times and you should be at the end of the row.
I found cables a bit harder to work in the round as it was harder to distinguish where I was in the pattern at a glance. I knit to tune out while I’m watching tv so counting stitches is not something I enjoy doing much.
I did 8 cable twists which got the hat long enough for my head. Then I began to decrease one stitch in the k3 part of the pattern every row, then the p2 part etc until there was only the cables strands left on my needles and eventually there were to stitches left and I tied off.
Done and omg so glad it’s over! I always remember knitting beanies fondly until I’m actually doing it and remember what a pain in the butt they are for being such small projects!
The only thing missing at this point was a thick pom pom for up top.
As much as it wasn’t my favourite project ever, I really love the finished product! I don’t think I’ll be doing any beanies for a long time though… maybe a beret though… No, bad Violet!
Hope you enjoyed looking at my latest project!
I think I’ve seen just about every incarnation of the tape measure bracelet but even though I love the concept I never found one that was perfect for me. So obviously it’s time to make my own!
The main points I wanted to include were a stiff bangle base and bunch of roses. I prefer roses grouped in threes so I went with that for a design.
Let’s get into it!
- Old tape measure to cut up
- Needle and thread or Hot glue gun
Let’s make the bangle part to begin with.
Measure your wrist and cut the two ends of the tape measure off so together they are long enough to wrap around your wrist.
Hot glue them together in the centre.
Measure out some wire which is 3 times as long as the tape.
Fold it up so it’s the same length as the tap and hot glue it to the bottom.
This will allow the bracelet to move and bend but remain stiff on your wrist.
Now cut off a piece of ribbon as long as the tape, fold over the edges and hot glue it over the wire.
This will hold everything in and hide the wire but it will also make sure the metal ends don’t irritate your skin.
A good tip when gluing things like this around curves is to bend the bracelet roughly in the finished shape before you glue, this will avoid any bumps in the ribbon at the end.
Now we need to make the rose.
These are the same kind of rose that people often make from ribbon. I’ve done a full tutorial for that over here so have a look if any of this is a bit confusing.
Take the end of the tape measure and fold it at a right angle.
Roll the folded part (the stem) up towards the fold.
Fold the tail of the tape backwards again at a right angle.
Continue rolling the stem over the fold you made.
Keep going with this process, fold backwards and then roll the stem over it.
As you keep going it will form petals.
Continue until you think the rose is big enough and then secure the end with some hot glue. I made one big rose and two smaller ones.
Next, snip the stems off the roses and glue them to the centre of the bracelet you made.
And there you have it, my take on a classic.
I love having jewellery which matches my hobbies! Let me know what you guys think and if you try it out!