What I Did with the Leftovers

This is what I did with the leftover lace from the Lace Panelled Cardigan I made.

I cut about five semi-circles from the lace, and scrunched up the bottom of them to make a petal shape. I stitched all these together to make a flower corsage-y thing. I then stitched it onto a bag, and made a cute clutch! J’adore.

PS- You must excuse my half-on half-off manicure!



DIY Mint “Box” Bag

Okay, so I was obsessed with “box bags” there for a while and just couldn’t find a cheap/nice one anywhere! SO I mixed my love of mint green and box bags…. and got this? You’ll need any class of a sunglasses case, I got mine for three euro in Penneys (I love a steal!) You’ll also need a charm bracelet. My Mam gave me mine so I spent  exactly nothing on it. I also used an elasticated belt I inherited from someone…. Thanks whoever owned it!

First, cut teeny bits off the elastic and loop it through one of the jump rings on the bracelet, and keep it in the loop shape by a few stitches. Now, if use your nail to take away part of the inside of the case, you’ll find it’s soft plastic so sew the loop onto it. Sounds confusing now, but look at the pictures, it’ll help. Do the same the other side of the bracelet and make the handle of the bag. There you go, a cutesy new bag! Here are the pictures:

Don’t throw that out!

3 reasons you don’t throw out old stuff!

1. Tights. A ladder in a pair of tights CAN be a nightmare, but it can also work out GREAT if you know how to handle it. Make even more holes and ladders in them with some handy scissorswork and pile on a pair of patterned tights under them. By the way, pink leopard print tights and blue holey ones are pretty amazers.

2. Tops. It doesn’t sit right. It’s gone out of shape. You just downright hate it. Any of the above? If it doesnt sit right, turning it into a tank top works wonders. If its gone out of shape, turn it into a tank top, THEN sew the bottom up for an eco-friendly, handmade, pretty pretty tote bag. Hate it? Keep it. Patchwork pillows don’t make themselves, you know. Collect a few more horrible t-shirts and you’ll have a pretty pillow cover.

3. Jeans. Too short? Make them even shorter! Roll up the bottoms for cute cropped skinnies or go for the big chop and make a pair of shorts. If you want the shorts kinda frayed, just cut them and over time they’ll be more and more fray-ier. Or you could cut them a few inches longer than necessary and roll them up and then safety pin them in place on the sides. That makes them look rather punk-ish/indie.

Missed ye, love annie.