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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fox stole/scarf with tutorial. on: August 17, 2006 06:09:40 AM


I made this recently for my blog Style Bytes where I sometimes share my DIY ideas. Here's a summary:

It's not my idea originally, but in the stores they cost $100, I made mine for $5.  Its all hand sewn so you wont need a sewing machine.

You'll need:

Fabric - The easiest is to use a blanket. A thick wool blanket is best. I used a fleece blanket from Ikea. Colors used originally are blue, red and gray.

Yarn - The color doesnt have to be the same, its nicer if it gives a little contrast.

Buttons - Two buttons in wanted color and size.

How to do it:


Since I used a fleece blanket I put it double before I put on the pattern. If you use a thick wool blanket this isnt needed, but you should still do the stitching as itll look nicer. Draw a pattern and pin it on. I kept the pins in while sewing so that the fabric pieces wouldnt move out of place.

Once the pieces are ready you can start with the stitches. Its up to you what you think is nicest. I used something called blanket stitches. This is fast and easy and looks nice. You dont have to be too careful about having it looking perfect either. Stitch around all the edges.

Once youve stitched the pieces you can sew on the buttons. Then all you need to do is fasten the head to the body. Leave the ears free.

You can use the pictures of my pattern pieces below to make an approximate pattern. The width of the scarf is 23 cm (about 9″) and the length is 150 cm (about 59″). The head is 17 cm wide (about 6.5″) and 18 cm high (about 7″). You dont need a pattern between the upper body and lower body because its all one straight line. You can just cut from one end to the other without marking it up before.

You can make this in one night but it may take more like two. These are perfect christmas gifts.

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Easy Made Fanny Pack on: July 13, 2006 04:12:00 AM
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I don't know if anyone in here have made this before, but I got the idea since the fanny pack is coming back in fashion: It's a fanny pack you can attach to an ordinary belt.

I wont post a tutorial for this cause frankly mine didnt work out very well. The shape is off, I made some serious mistakes and my sewing machine just didnt cooperate. However, I think the idea is good, so Ill post a picture so you see what Im talking about. It's pretty easy to make, so it should be no problem.

The idea is a little pocket that you attach to a belt you already have to make something like a fanny pack. All you need is to sew a pocket in a wanted shape and size and youll need to sew on a piece in the back of the pocket to put your belt through - kind of like a wide version of the belt loops on jeans. This doesnt have to look very nice as its hidden in the back. You may also want a button or something to close the pocket with.

All in all its a very easy thing to make, and since its so small you dont even need a sewing machine. What to keep in mind is that you should sew on the loop in the back first.


3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pouffy capelet and "skirt" in one on: January 04, 2006 12:57:16 PM
This is more of a quirky creation and I don't know if it really can be worn. At least you can dress up for your boyfriend as on the pictures. Wink Anyway, here's the inspiration:



And here's how mine turned out:



It's softer tulle so it's not as pouffy, but then again it makes it look better as a capelet. It might work over a cute dress or jeans as well, but I haven't tested it out much yet. I am also making one that is more pouffy in black tulle. I think it might look good with dark skinny jeans and black pumps for an 80's rock look. I'll post it when I have it done. But before I start, maybe you guys have some ideas or thoughts? You can read how I did it here: http://stylebytes.net/2006/01/04/pink-pouffyness/
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Easy Made Cape on: December 14, 2005 01:34:59 PM
I decided to make a cape since the ones in the stores usually are expencive. I have little sewing experience, but thanks to this link http://www.sewing.org/enthusiast/html/eo_sew_cape.html I managed to pull it off. The one on the site is an Halloween outfit, but it works for an ordinary cape as well. I was very surprised by how simple it was and how good the result ended up to be. I used a wool fabric allthough I wish it had been a thicker fabric.



5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Flower Necklace on: December 13, 2005 02:14:23 AM
I made another romantic necklace as that seems to have become my speciality.



Hope you like it! Tutorial can be found in my blog Style Bytes in this post: http://stylebytes.net/2005/12/13/another-romantic-necklace
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / LOTS OF JEWELRY WITH TUTORIALS on: October 29, 2005 10:53:40 AM
I've posted these earlier in my blog and I figured I'd just post them here as well. I'll try explaining as well as I can, but just ask if something is unclear. I guess the pictures will help explain how I did it.



For this necklace I used a bunch of beads, some fabric flowers and vaxed thread. I started at one end tying a bead to hang from the thread. Then I tied on more beads with a little less than an inch space between. To make the knots look good I used a needle to pull them tight into the pearls. Once in a while I put on a fabric flower. How to do this depends on what kind of flower you use, but mine had a hole in the middle, and I'll try to explain how I did it: First I tied a knot just about where I wanted the flower. Then I put the thread through the flower from the back, put a bead on, and then pulled the thread back through the hole and tied another knot. This way the bead had it stay put. Hope this wasn't too confusing. The necklace has to be quite long. It's supposed to be wrapped around the neck and both ends are hanging down the front. It's looks really pretty when worn.



For the next two I used scraps. To make them durable I used hard seethrough plastic. For the earrings I put to pieces of plastic with the scrap inside and glued it together. Then I cut around it. I made a hole with a needle on the top to make it possible to fasten it to the hook-thingy. For the necklace I decided to sew the two plastic pieces together. I also put some laces inside for that utlra romantic look. Then I sewed them with my sewing machine. It might sound a little strange, but it actually ended up quite nice. I made holes on this with a needle as well, put a vaxed thread through it and put on a few beads. Super easy.



For the two bracelets (number one and three) I used the same metho:. I started off with two threads tied to a lock, put beads on each of them until I had reached the middle. Then I put both threads into the same bead and continued putting beads on each of them utnil I tied them to the other end of the lock. I figured out that it looked best when I tightened it hard so that the two sides kind of seperated. The necklace is just a simple thing with vaxed thread, a few beads and a fabric flower.

Hope you like these! I'll be happy to recieve your comments and suggestions for how I can make them look better.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Chain Wallet *TUTORIAL and PICS* on: October 21, 2005 11:06:12 AM
I got an idea, and made myself a more feminine version of the chain wallet. Smiley



You'll need:

A bunch of beads

Something that works as a hook

The metal ring from a key chain

Durable thread, like vaxed thread

A ribbon

How to:

Start by tying the thread to the hook. Then put the beads on in wanted order until the length is about right. Then tie the end of the thread tighly to the metal ring. If you like to, tie a ribbon at the end like a bow. You can put your wallet on the metal ring, or just hang it from your pants as an accessory.

Here's what it looks like up close:



It's made in seconds, and can be varied in endless ways.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Easy Made Necklace on: October 19, 2005 12:13:54 PM
I made this necklace today after seeing something similar.



I'm not quite happy with how mine turned out. I like idea though, and it's very easy to make. It's basicly just beads on a string, and then you hang a pendant on a ribbon and wrap it around.

I'll change mine into something else, and rather make a simpler version of this later. I have an idea of what to make and I'll post it as soon as I have it done.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Make your own Anna Sui Necklace on: October 10, 2005 09:33:23 AM
For my blog, Style Bytes I am this fall making different accessories inspired by the spring collections. I thought I'd post it here as well. Here's the Anna Sui necklase I used:



And here's my version:



I hope you like it!. Smiley More pictures and a tutorial can be found here: http://fashiondiy.blogsome.com/2005/10/10/anna-sui-necklace/
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / TUTORIAL: Tie necklace on: October 03, 2005 12:32:49 PM
Here's an easy way to turn an ordinary tie into a necklace. All you need is a belt buckle like the one on the picture. It has to be pretty small, but these are easy to find secondhand. You also need a tie. To give you an idea, here's what you'll end up with:



First you have to cut a piece of the narrow end of the tie. Measure it around your neck, and make sure to make it a an inch or two longer. Then you sew the end of the tie to the middle part of the buckle with hand stiches like this:



Here's what it'll look like from the other side:



And tada, here's a tie necklace:



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