I’m planning on traveling quite a bit over the summer and early fall this year. I’m actually planning a two month trip to Europe later this year. With long trips that means packing versatile clothing that travels well (no one likes wrinkles or ironing) and can be easily washed (no dry clean only items). I’ve seen the Bina Brianca wrap before and thought it was genius, however I was not so happy with the price tag. But luckily enough I found several tutorials on how to make one for a fraction of the price. The tutorials I found all required more sewing that I wanted or thought needed to happen so I thought I’d share my version of the DIY convertible travel wrap.
I haven’t worn a one piece swimsuit since I quit swimming competitively my junior year of high school. I have memories of the tan lines that all swimmers have like badges of honor to show how much time they spend in the sun. It was the worst when trying to hide for formals and junior prom!
Since then I’ve strictly stuck to two piece suits, not having any desire for strange tan lines again. Until I came across the Flora One-Piece on Free People and was in love. However the price tag was a bit too steep for me so I set out to make my own version.
Fringe is a big trend this season. I saw a blog post of Olivia Palermo’s street style and was inspired by Michael Kor’s suede fringe skirt she wore. It’s was definitely out of my budget, so I figured I could try making a faux fringe skirt like it. Faux suede doesn’t have the nice weight real leather has I wouldn’t wear the skirt on an especially windy day because it would probably end up a tangled mess. But other than that, I was fairly pleased with the results.
I always associated cardigans and blazers with elbow patches with professorially types who lean on their elbows while reading scholarly tomes cupping their chin in your hand thinking deeply and therefore needed clothing that had reinforced elbow patches to help combat the wear and tear. But I’ve come to realize that I also lean and ponder but I think about my next weekend plans or vacation. I was inspired by Purl Bee’s knit elbow patches and a pin I saw on Pinterest to make my own version of an elbow patch to add to an old cardigan that I did a lot of thinking in.
Even though the weather in California has been wonderful, this past weekend the temperatures have taken a bit of a dip. So I made a few more winter-wear items that was inspired by Katie Did’s sewn scarf that she made for her daughter. However her directions to gather strands of yarn and sew back and forth was not adequate enough for me. I struggled a bit to make an adult version for me and I figured my trials and error could help someone else trying to make a similar scarf. Read More
Every year I usually buy some gifts from Macy’s so I could get their free gift wrap boxes which makes wrapping the gifts very easy. This year I didn’t even step foot in Macy’s or any other department store that gave complimentary gift boxes, so I had a problem wrapping gifts that weren’t naturally square and easy to wrap. I saw this pin on Pinterest that lead to very minimal directions. When I tried it out I thought of a couple of tips I figured would help another person trying it out.
Most of my friends know that I love naps and can take a nap anytime, anywhere. However, recently I’ve been having trouble sleeping when there’s even a little bit on light around me. To fix this problem, I made myself a quilted sleep mask from the fabric scraps of my pillow covers. Since everyone needs their beauty sleep, this DIY version would be perfect as a last minute gift this holiday season or to keep for yourself.
Blanket scarves and coats are all the rage right now. But they’re insanely expensive to buy, so I decided to make my own version a few weeks ago from a blanket I purchased at a thrift store. I wore it for a night out in San Francisco and it was the best thing ever; I felt so warm and cozy.
When I was making the DIY Decorative Pillows a few weekends ago I also made some wrist rests for my computer at work. A few of my coworkers were sporting wrist braces from their years working at their desk. I was slowly feeling the strain from all the mouse clicking and realized I needed some wrist rest pads to help fix that. I was thinking of buying them on Amazon, but realized I could DIY my own for much less.
It’s fall and that means scarves! I was at a Jo-Ann store recently and came across a plaid fabric that I loved and I bought it on a whim not really knowing what I would make out of it. Whenever I find a fabric that I like but don’t know what to do with I usually buy a yard of it and store it in my fabric bin until I figure out what I should make with it. This is a bad habit that I should break because I’m slowly becoming a hoarder of fabrics and would probably appear on the A&E Hoarders show if it was still running.