How To Jazz Up Sunglasses For Summer! Tutorial

 

Well it’s not Summer here but I think I’m a bit tired of Winter so I’m pretending it is >_>

For someone who only ever seems to wear one pair of sunglasses I sure have a lot of them hanging around the house. So on a mission to get rid of the things I didn’t use I decided to give some of the sunglasses a make over and actually start using them!

The end result is pink and green, perfect for a warm Spring day out! Now if only we had some warm days!

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How To Turn a Kids Sweater Into A Puppy Sweater

I admit that I am a craft supply/clothes horder. I love finding new uses for items of clothing which I can no longer wear and that’s how Lottie came to have a cute new sweater.

While she doesn’t really *need* a sweater because of all of that fur, she is a total baby when it comes to the cold so the second it’s under like 15 degrees she’s trying to take my hot water bottle >_> we are both only children so neither of us share well and this was the compromise. Luckily it works so she can have her warm tummy and I can be selfish and not have to share my hot water bottle!

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How To Make A Simple Tshirt Necklace/Scarf

Before we get deep into the sewing for next week’s tutorials I thought I would show you guys a very quick no-sew project!

This is another super old idea which has been around the internet like crazy and I never thought I would actually make one until I recently realised I have very few big chunky necklaces.

And so my version of the traditional tshirt scarf/necklace turned out like this:

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How To Make A Leather Cuff From A Belt

Craaaft time! YAY~

Today is something really simple, a braided leather cuff made from a belt!

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How To Make A Chain And Leather Necklace

I’ve been playing around with some darker looks in terms of jewellery and clothing. While I was trying to put together looks I realised I don’t really have very many non-pearl necklaces and bracelets. So I set about making myself some!

This was my favorite of the pieces I made that first day by far:

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To make it I used some chain, a butterfly I pulled off a broken ring and a strap of leather from a woven belt I bought for $2 from a thrift shop while I was out one day poppin’ tags and looking for a come up 😉

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The butterfly was all broken so I glued it back together again and cut two even pieces of chain. At the beginning I considered adding some bling but the end result didn’t need it. Less is apparently sometimes more 😉

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I used a couple of rings to attach the chain to the butterfly wings and added a clasp to the ends.

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I then cut some lengths of leather which were a bit longer than the chain.

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I folded the leather around the end of the chain, glued the end down and then wove it through the links. Once reaching the other end I cut the extra off, folded under again and glued in place.

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Easy! That’s all there was to it and it took me more time to decide on the design than it did to make it.

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Bonus shot of the designer wearing it!

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I think the butterfly is still quite delicate so it adds a nice touch to a darker outfit. What other kinds of jewellery should I try making? I’ve had an obsession with thick bangles recently!

 

How To Make Plaited Bead Bracelets

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These wrapping bracelets have been in a lot of stores lately but they’re so easy to make that I really don’t think they’re worth spending much money on.

You need:

  • Thread or yarn
  • Beads
  • Basic knowledge of how to plait

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Cut 3 long strands of yarn and tie the ends in a knot. Leave a little extra before the knot so you can make a tie later with it.

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This is easiest to do with something holding the yarn steady, I used a bead container and closed the lid on the thread.

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String a heap of beads onto each thread. I started with 6 on each strand, you can always add some more later.

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Start plaiting. Move the right thread over and to the center.

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Move the left thread over and to the center.

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Push the first bead up the middle thread and place it in the center of the plait.

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Move the right thread around the bead and to the center. The bead is now trapped.

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Move the left thread to the center and push up another bead. Continue the plait like this, every time you move the thread on the left to the center, push up another bead.

It will look something like this:

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Plait until you run out of beads or it’s as long as you wanted. I think these look really cute when they wrap around a couple of times.

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Plait the loose ends at the beginning and tie them in a loop.

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Plait the rest of the yarn without the beads and then tie the end into a large knot.

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You can push the knot through the loop to secure it.

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Done!

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Now you can experiment with different materials, I make one with wire too and it was really pretty!

 

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These make really nice presents too!

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Hope you found it useful, let me know if you tried it out!

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