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1  Upcycled milk crate to cute scooter top box - TUTORIAL with pics in Completed Projects by JitterbugTina on: November 25, 2013 01:03:38 AM

Let's face it, the range of scooter top boxes out there are pretty limited. You can fork out $200+ for a brand box with limited space and limited aesthetics, strap on a wicker basket which does nothing to protect your gear from flying out, or attach a milk crate and let everyone know you grew up on a farm and like to chew on straw.

Milk crates should be the ideal top box, but they just aren't pretty. And I care about pretty. So, for all those chic-conscious motorists out there, here is an upcycle you'll definitely want to bookmark!

You will need:
- 2 milk crates
- Some kind of saw
- Staple gun
- 1.5 metres of tablecloth material (waterproof, durable and cheap!)
- Zip ties
- Scissors
- Measuring tape
- Clip, hook OR button (for latch)
- File (optional)
- Serrated blade (optional)


Take a saw and one milk crate. Carefully saw around the base on all four sides until the bottom comes off.

This will be your box lid.

Optional: If you want to get pedantic, use a serrated blade and file to even out any jagged edges. This will also prevent material from tearing.

Take four or five zip ties and secure the lid to your other milk crate. Don't pull too tightly, or your lid won't be very flexible.

Edit: Before you secure the lid, staple measured material from next steps. I found it quite difficult to secure once I had already attached the lid, although this might have something to do with my never having used a staple gun before...

Measure your lid. Allow a couple of inches around each side for tucking under.

Trace your measurements onto the wrong side of the tablecloth material. Cut the square.

Start stapling! I started off with really dodgy gunning, but it is just so easy after a while and I got a little too into it... so much so that I actually ran out of staples and had to finish this with double-sided tape. Don't get carried away unless you have the ammo handy.

Measure and cut the rest of your material. I wrapped one long piece around three sides and used a shorter piece for the back and bottom, which made things nice and neat.

A seriously stapled box!

Poke scissors through the lid and box at the front - two holes each - for a latch. Find some kind of hook, or even just a button.

I found this handy dandy clip and it did a great job. Thread zip ties through both ends and attach latch. Secure!

Take your box to your scooter and poke some holes in the bottom for... you guessed it, zip ties.

Attach the box as tightly as possible.

And that's it! Congratulations, you now have a scooter top box that is durable, weatherproof, and most importantly, stylish!

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2  The world's easiest bikini - TUTORIAL in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by JitterbugTina on: August 04, 2013 09:07:15 PM

In my neck of the woods, it's the middle of winter. My lily white skin is quite allergic to sunlight, but that doesn't stop me from dreaming of warmer days - wearing nothing but a thick coat of sunscreen and a teensy tiny bikini. Swimwear is ridiculously expensive, but for a pittance you can make your own! Here's how.

You will need:
1 metre of spandex/lycra
1/2 metre of nylon tricot lining (or anything you can get your hands on to minimise see-through panties)
1 metre of 3-4mm wide elastic
1 old strapless bra, or a bra with straps chopped off.

Cut a rectangle of material bigger than your bra. Pin it around the edges. Watch for that underwire, nobody likes a crooked pin. Cut a slit down the middle. What you do with it is up to you. I found that tying mine around tied (hahaha) in with the bow theme my material had going on.

Sew around the bra. Again, mind that pesky underwire, or your sewing machine will resent you. Don't worry about the back just yet.

Your bra should now resemble a bikini top. If it doesn't, it's time to get friendly with your seam ripper and try again.

I added a halter strap by attaching two strips of material, again to match the bow theme. So many bows! This step is of course entirely optional.

Cover that back band, leaving the hooks exposed so you can actually do it up.

That's better. Onto the bottom bits!

Go to your underwear drawer and select the pair of panties which you would like your bikini bottoms to most resemble. Use the front to draw a pattern, remembering seam allowance, then flip them upside down and trace the butt, again remembering seam allowance.

Trace your lining using the spandex material as a guide, and sew them together.

Measure around your hips, and cut a piece of elastic 3cm shorter than this. Measure around the tops of your thighs, and cut a piece of elastic 1cm shorter than this. Fold your seam allowance over the elastic and, using zigzag stitch, carefully sew the elastic in place. Take your time here, or you'll end up saggy in some areas and screaming for space in others. Make sure you stretch the elastic gently and consistently as you sew around. There should be a little bit left at the end when you're done.

I chose to continue my bow theme, and folded the sides of my material over themselves, sewing a small gap where I looped a long strip of material through on each side and tied them together at the bottom. Alternatively, just sew them together. Make sure they're tight enough, or you may lose them in the surf!

And that's it! Go on and take a bow (hahaha). You have now created your own gorgeous bikini, and I'll bet it took half the time you thought. Now go work on your bikini body, which is as easy as putting your bikini on a body. Summer isn't exactly around the corner, but when it comes, I am so ready!
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3  Turn a backpack into a utility belt! (TUTORIAL WITH PICS) in REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING by JitterbugTina on: October 17, 2012 09:11:54 PM

From this:

To this!

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4  Turn a backpack into a utility belt! (TUTORIAL WITH PICS) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by JitterbugTina on: October 17, 2012 09:08:53 PM

Skip this part if you don't like backstory:
I've never been a fan of backpacks. Nothing against them as a species or anything, but I feel uncomfortable when I'm wearing them and live in constant fear of resembling a turtle. I'm jet-setting over to South-East Asia, namely Cambodia, in a few weeks and will need a bag to carry with me on day trips. Although I've heard the locals are very friendly, it is admittedly an extremely poor country and I don't want to risk my valuables falling into the hands of pickpockets. The obvious solution? A utility belt! No, not a bum bag. These are the cool younger sibling of the bum bag. You won't feel ashamed wearing one, but you will reap the benefits of convenient accessibility and safety which utility belts provide. The set-back? They're fucking expensive. I went up to a market stall and found an amazing utility belt for only $35. I eagerly held out a $50 note to the owner, who laughed at my face and pointed out the 2 in front of the "$35" which I had missed. So when I stumbled across this wonderful suede backpack at a clothes swap, I saw its potential for a facelift!

Tutorial Time!

You will need:
A handsome backpack willing to undergo experimentation
Sewing machine
Adornments to personalise your creation

Spend some time exploring your backpack's individual traits. Does it have some cool sneaky pockets? Interesting straps? Envision your utility belt.

Now start cutting!

Scalpel out the body parts of your backpack with the meticulous attention to detail of a serial killer. Label them and splay them out neatly over your table, admiring your handy work with a knife. Don't toss the scraps, you may decide you want to turn them into extra pockets or detailing later.

Take the longest strip of material - mine was the side/bottom panel - and wrap it around your hips. Does it fit? Congratulations! Does it look funny? Adjust as necessary.

I chose to hem the edges of mine for a nice, finished look. Of course, if you're time poor or just lazy, this is entirely optional.

Take your straps and buckles and position them where you want your belt to do up. Pin them in place.

Now sew away!

Play around with where you want your pockets to sit. I've gone for two on each side and a hidden pocket at the front. You may want to add more later, after all the more utilities the better the belt! For the purpose of this tutorial I'm keeping it pretty simple, but will experiment later.

Pin those pockets in place and sew them in nice and tight. The last thing you want in the bustling streets of wherever-the-hell-you're-going is a lost pocket!

Cut that hidden pocket to size, preferably just big enough to tuck away a passport and some money. I've positioned mine at the front to make it very awkward for potential thieves who may be mistaken for lady-fondlers.

Sewing time! For extra security I've gone for zigzag stitch here. I left the top open and just sewed the sides and bottom, creating another pocket. I love pockets.

If you want to add more, accessorise, etc, now is the time. Otherwise, you're done!

Step back and admire your handywork. You have now turned a backpack into a utility belt! Kudos you.

My backpack was very happy with its transformation and looks forward to a well-travelled future!
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5  Felt iPhone Case WITH TUTORIAL in Needlework: Completed Projects by JitterbugTina on: December 02, 2009 10:17:10 PM
Because I'm too poor for an iphone, I decided to make a felt phone case that would fit an iphone and also resemble one... until I  can save up for the real deal!

Felt iPhone (case) Tutorial

You Will Need:

Felt in the following colours:
Black (adhesive back)       Green
White (adhesive back)      Blue
Grey            Pink   
Red            Purple
Yellow            Orange

Hot Glue Gun


Needle and thread in black and white


On black adhesive backed felt, measure two rectangles 11.7 cm x 2.6 cm. Cut out and set aside.

Repeat this step with grey felt. Peel the adhesive backing off the black felt and firmly stick to one side of both pieces of grey felt. Trim any excess.

Cut small felt squares for the "applications", and arrange as below one one of the black/grey rectangles (black side):

You will also need a circle for the button at the bottom of the phone, which for some reason wasn't in this photo.

Begin detailing the squares. Attach them individually to the rectangle, stitching the corners.

Top left hand corner: Stitch "SMS" into the speech bubble
Top middle: Stitch a day of the week and a number of the month
Middle left: Stitch a bar graph (in white)
Middle centre: Stitch the hands and face of a clock
Bottom centre: Stitch a music note symbol surrounded by a circle
Bottom right corner: Stitch the symbols of a calculator

On the bottom bar stitch detail on the envelope, and a circle around the navigation symbol.

Your "phone" should now feature the following on its menu:
SMS, Calender, Photos, Stocks, Clock, YouTube, Settings, iTunes, Calculator, Phone, Mail, Safari, iPod.

Because of the stitch detail, the back of your rectangle will look very messy. Cut one more grey rectangle and stick it to the messy side.

Blanket stitch the top side of your front and the grey rectangle you just cut so that they hold together. You do not need to stitch the entire way around because you are about to that with the other side joined.

Hold the two rectangles together, and blanket stitch every side but the top, which will need to be left open so that you can slide your (non-existant) iPhone inside.

As a finishing touch, add an Apple symbol to the back side of your case

Completed case:

You can use this for any phone that will fit comfortably, as a funny way of letting people know you are poor like me.
So there you go! A felt iPhone case not necessarily for an iPhone that looks like an iPhone for when you can't afford a real iPhone! iPhone. Enjoy Smiley

My blog: http://jitterbugtina.tumblr.com
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6  Marzipan attack!! in Dessert by JitterbugTina on: November 09, 2009 03:31:03 AM

I went a little crazy with cupcake creations tonight Smiley Ignore the white power one, it's an inside joke between me and my friends, not a racist cupcake...

Just a basic cupcake recipe with various icing techniques Cheesy Good game
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7  Ladybird dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by JitterbugTina on: October 24, 2009 11:48:04 PM

I spent all morning stewing about how I ruined my second attempt at the cheshire cat onesie, but then I decided to be productive so I have changed my Halloween costume to ladybug Cheesy Ive only done the dress so far, lots more to come hopefully yes, that dress is deliciously furry (go go Spotlight). I didn't follow any pattern, just used my body measurements as a basic guideline.
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8  Re: Procrastination --> new high waisted skirt reconned from 5yr olds dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by JitterbugTina on: July 07, 2009 04:30:21 AM
This is so good, you totally inspired me!  Cheesy


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9  Hama bead adventures! in Beads: Completed Projects by JitterbugTina on: July 02, 2009 06:53:41 PM
There's nothing I like more than wasting countless hours hama beading, it's so addictive.

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10  Miniature Knitted Love Dolls in Knitting: Completed Projects by JitterbugTina on: July 02, 2009 06:48:38 PM
Permanently stitched together, how romantic.

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