DIY – Seed bead bracelet / necklace

A mini project for a lazy afternoon: a colourful bracelet, that can also be worn as a necklace.

It wraps around my wrist for about 8 times and as a necklace for about 3/2 times, depending on how long you prefere it.

Looks nice with a black top 🙂

List of tools:

scissors

seed beads (many different colours)

lobster clasp + 2 jump rings

transparent nylon thread (or regular thread)

 I used 5 different colours, alternating them, and using black as the main colour. It’s an easy project you can do even with your kids. You just need to pay attention to the order you string your beads on not to skip any colour. That way the colours will  look nice and uniform. I kept forgetting the black after each colour 🙂

… work in progress

 … and the finished bracelet / necklace

 

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DIY – Felt hair clip / pin

Never worked with felt before, but there’s a first time to everything, right?

I did a lot of versions of this air clip / pin until I finally  thought this is acceptable and remained at the version you see in the photo.

Experimentation is everything 🙂

List of tools:

Some instructions:

I think it’s easy enough to figure out how I did it from the picture above, but to be sure here are the steps:

  – cut 2 droplet shapes, one larger than the other (step 1)

 – glue them together (step 2)

 – start sewing some beads around the smaller droplet (step 2)

– if you want, you could sew a little flower on one side as well (step 3)

– cut another droplet shape, larger than the 2 before (step 3)

– glue this larger piece underneath the other two (step 3)

– sew some beads around the middle droplet shape (step 4)

– cut a small rectangular piece and glue the 2 sides of it to the back of the hairclip (leave the middle part unglued, so you could fit the hairclip in) (step 5)

– place your hairclip through the rectangular piece (step 5)

Makes sense? 🙂

This is how it should look. Even though when I started this project I meant it to be a hair clip, I think it looks better as a pin. One bead from the tiny white flower is a bit crooked on the photo, but please look past that 😉

 

DIY – Pillow case

An older project which has been lying on my bed for quite  some time now …

It measures 36 cm x 38 cm, is made of some really thick green fabric, which I think used to be a drapery at one point, it was sewn by hand and  it’s the easiest project! 🙂

In short:

– I cut out  about a 34 + 2 +2  cm wide and 87 + 2 +2 cm long piece of fabric (the extra 2 cm are for the 2 side seams and hem)

*According to the size of your pillow, you’ll need to adjust these measurements.

 – I then folded and sewed the fabric  according to the ‘diagrams’ below …

…like so:

 

– I decorated one corner with three different sized flowers and some colourful beads.

 

And that’s all there is to it.

Enjoy! 🙂