Sewing: The Final Frontier

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This is how I feel about sewing! I’ve been learning to sew on and off again for about a month. At first, I wanted to make some peplum shirts. Then I realized why all the beginner sewing projects are things like laundry bags and napkins. Sewing is hard! There’s a huge learning curve. I don’t know what I’m doing.

Not to say that I hate sewing and am not returning phone calls. It’s just that sewing and I are going through a rough period of getting to know each other. Toes have been stepped on. Names have been called. Forgiveness has been sought.

Feelings aside, I want to present my first presentable and completed! sewing project.

Oh my glob! I know.  It’s the coolest Beginner Laptop Case you’ve ever seen!

JoAnn Fabric has a small, but surprising amount of Star Trek Fabric. This was my favorite. I brought about a yard.  Then I brought some quilt batting and double up.  For the lining, I used Christmas fabric that was 50% off.  It worked out well, since I ended up just looking like stars.  In order to make the comic covers pop up, I sewed around it. The lady at the store suggested black thread. I don’t know how that turned out.

The Lining

I actually took pictures of my process. But, let’s be honest here, I don’t know what I’m doing.

Lauren over at Introvert’s Introduction has a very good quilted laptop case. I would highly recommend going to her site and checking it out.

Until then, I brought a bunch of craftsy courses a while ago (when they were on sale). I’ll tell y’all how it goes.

Miu Miu Inspired Sneakers

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“600 dollars for a shoe – that’s just some ignorant bi-ch (sh-t)
I call that getting swindled and pimped (sh-t)
I call that getting tricked by a business
That shoe’s hella dough” (Thrift Store by Macklemore w/ some obvious lyric changes)

I will never be able to wrap my head around paying 600 dollars for a pair of sneakers. So when I saw this Miu Miu Glitter Sneakers DIY floating around, I had to try it for myself.

Supplies

Canvas Shoes (A lot of people used Chucks, but I brought two pairs of 5 dollar Wal Mart Canvas shoes instead.Works just fine)

Modge Podge Matte Finish

Paint Brush

Glitter ( 4 oz gold, 4 oz silver tubes can be found at Wal Mart. 2oz Extra Fine Sapphire, 2 oz  Extra Fine Onyx)

Painter’s Tape

Paper Plates or anything to put glue on

Newspaper.

Gem Glue ( I used Gem-Tac)

Black and Silver gem stones

36 inch Black and 36 inch silver shoe laces (Optional. You can always use the shoe lace the shoes came with.Bu I think the laces really make the shoes special.)

NOTE: The process for the black/blue shoes and the gold/silver shoes are exactly the same. I just posted pictures of the ones I took. But the process doesn’t change! 

Step 1) 

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Tape the inside of the shoes, rubber bottom and toe front of the shoes. Basically any places you don’t want glitter on.

NOTE: If you are using an old pair of shoes, you will want to clean them beforehand. It will make a different. 

Step 2)

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Add an even layer of glue, one side at a time.

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Pour Glitter over the sneakers. While the glue doesn’t dry fast, you will only want to do one side at a time. So glue, then glitter, then repeat another side.

I found this easiest to do on two paper plates. Go back and forth, with one plate catching extra glitter and the other pouring glitter.

Don’t forget to do the tongue!

Step 3)

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Wait a couple of hours and then remove the tape at the toe front. I waited about 24 hours. You don’t need to wait that long.

Use the same step for the toe front as you did the body.

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Step 4)

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Wait a couple of more hours and then once the shoe feels dry, shake off excess glitter. You will find that you have a couple of ‘bald spots’. That’s totally normal. Just got over the bald spots with glue and glitter.

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While the shoe is drying, you can decide what you want on your toe. For the Blue/Black pair, I did a more traditional opulence center piece. For the Gold/Silver, I did a more simple bow design.

Glue your design where you want it. You will find that you can only do one side at a time. Once the front side was dry, I turned the shoe over to do the side and then let it dry in this position.

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Step 6)

Once everything is dry, add an even layer of modge podge over the entire body of the shoe. I skipped over the toe gem part. Adding a layer of glue will keep the glitter on the shoes for longer. It dries clear, so the shoes will look the same.

Step 7)

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Lace up! You may find that your shoe lace hole has been covered by glitter. Don’t worry! It’s not permanent. Use an exacto knife or regular knife and carefully remove the excess glitter and glue.

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For the blue/black shoes, I did the bar lace. It’s important if you are using the Wal Mart canvas shoes or any shoes with only four or less holes, that you don’t buy your shoe laces too long. I found 36 inches to be perfect. The 45 inches were too long!

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For the gold/silver, I did the Sawtooth lacing.

NOTE: There is a subtle, but definite difference between the coarse/regular glitter and the extra fine. The extra fine glitter was a much more muted feel. You can still tell it’s glitter. But it’s more smooth. While the coarse/regular, is very in your face, Ke$ha style glitter.

Enjoy!

Free People T-Shirt Refashion

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I understand the reasoning behind owning more than one white shirt. But I could never buy a duplicate of something I already own. I’d rather squirrel away the money for something else. So when I lost my only white shirt to an unfortunate food stain, I was at a lost. What to do? 

A few months ago, I came across this blouse design. I’m usually not for such a bold graphic design. But I like the elegant simplicity. The problem is that the blouse was part of a gown that cost over ONE THOUSAND dollars. That’s ridiculous. So I thought, why not just transplant my favorite part of the gown onto a much cheaper shirt. 

Supplies

Fabric Paint (I brought Tulip Slick Black. You can buy Matte, but the slick gives it a closer feel to the Free People’s inspiration gown)

Wax Paper

Ruler 

Step 1)

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Iron out your shirt. You want a smooth surface to work on. I place my shirt on an old drawing board. You don’t need this. A desk would do fine. Lay wax paper underneath. This is very important! The paint will seep onto the other side if you don’t. 

Step 2)

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Paint! Make sure you buy a fabric paint that comes with the narrow tip as opposed to just the tube. While you can use a paintbrush to this design, it is so much easier just to squeeze it out of the tube like frosting. 

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I used a ruler to keep my lines and pattern straight. Make sure to wipe down the ruler after each use. It will catch paint no matter how careful you are. 

Step 3)

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Let dry for at least 24 hours to wear and 72 to wash. I have worn this shirt a couple of times. I find it best to turn the shirt inside out, before hand washing. The paint so far have held up. 

 

Enjoy! 

 

Owl You Great Sweater

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I found this sweater while ‘fantasy’ shopping on Polyvore. Unfortunately,I can’t seem to find the link anymore. But I am fairly certain it was MUCH cheaper to DIY than to buy straight off. The sweater was a Thrift Store find and most of my crafting items were found on Jo-Ann. Remember to go look on their website for coupons!

Supplies 

Sweater

Gem Glue ( I used Gem-Tac. It worked fine.)

3 Bags of Topaz 3MM Rhinestone (with a LOT left over.)

2 Bags of Crystal 5MM Rhinestones (Just enough. Depending on the size of your owl, you may want to buy 3)

2 Black Rhinestones (you can buy them separate. But I had to buy the entire 20 piece pack.)

Wax or Parchment Paper 

Newsprint or Blank Paper 

Tape

Tweezers (like for eyebrows)

Step One

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I free hand drew the owl. But feel free to use a google image find if you are uncertain about your drawing skills. I recommend you draw it with the sweater nearby so you get a feel for the relative size. I used newsprint, but any paper will do. 

Step Two

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Cut out the owl. Put on the sweater and place the owl where you want it to see on you. Then place some tape to secure the owl in place. You don’t want wobbly lines on your owl. Put wax paper inside your sweater. Otherwise, it will begin to stick on to the other side!

Now, you’re ready to glue. I found it easier to first put down your glue and then place rhinestones  on. Be sure to only do small areas at a time. The glue does dry faster than you think! Secondly, use tweezers to put the rhinestones on. It is possible to do the larger clear ones by hand. But it is virtually impossible with the smaller topaz one. 

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Remove the paper to get the outline. You will probably have some paper stuck between the rhinestones. It can be tricky to remove. So use tweezers and do the best you can. From far away, no one can tell. 

From then. Keep Gluing! 

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To get symmetrical eyes, you’ll want to use a cut out. I used the cap of a vitamin bottle as a template. I just eye balled where I placed it. Once your done with the outline, add the black rhinestone ‘eyeballs’. 

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Feel free to use any belly design you want. If you do want to use zig zags, I would recommend cutting out another template. It gives it a more even look. 

Step 3

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Once your done with your owl, wait 24 hours for it to dry completely. A word of warning, this project requires A LOT of patience. It took me three days to finish it. But it is well worth the effort. 

 

ENJOY! 

 

 

 

Penguins Sweater

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Can you tell the difference between these two penguin sweaters? If you guessed peter pan collar, you’re wrong (well, partially right.) The one on the left I DIY for under 8 dollars. The other is a 60 dollar sweater from modcloth.

Supplies 

Sweater

Fabric Glue (I used Aleene’s Fabric Fusion. It worked great.)

Two sheets of Black Felt

Two sheets of White

Newsprint or any blank paper

Wax Paper

Step 1) 

 

Place a sheet of newsprint or blank paper on the sweater.  Then loosely mark the length of the Tall and Short Penguin so that they both fit and look proportional on the sweater. Free draw penguin. If you are not confident with your drawing skills, then google some penguin print outs.

Step 2)

Once you finish drawing, cut out the penguin. Pictured here is the Tall Penguin, but the procedure for the Tall and Short penguin are identical.  Lay the penguin onto the felt so that it fits. Tape the back so it stays securely onto the felt. Begin cutting.

Cutting out the shape with give you the black body. Be sure to trim any rough edges.

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Now to cut out the white body, cut out the white section of the penguin. To the right of the completed penguin, you can see the white head part I cut out.  Then follow the same steps for the black body.

Step 4) Once you finish cutting out all the shapes, assemble, then glue. The direction on the bottle say to leave it on for at least 3-4 hours. I did my overnight. You want to lay your penguins on a flat surface and make sure the glue is evenly applied. I found that I often left the edges without enough glue. Lay a heavy book or any flat surface object. Let sit until completely dry.

Step 5)

Time to get your sweater ready. De-pill and iron. Tedious, but these steps are very important. Once your penguins are done drying, you can now begin to glue them onto your sweater. Place a sheet of wax paper inside your sweater. It will prevent the glue from seeping into the other side.

Once you’ve arranged the penguins where you want them to be, glue it! Lay it on a flat surface and place something heavy on top of it.

Step 6) When your penguins are dry and securely attached to your sweater, remove the book. Put on the sweater and enjoy the parades of compliments that is coming your way.

Cloud Sweater

I am sorry for the quality of the pictures. I am new to the world of photo-documenting. 

It seems like your favorite sweaters or shirts are always the one that gets stains. There, right in the middle, was this noticeable grease spot. Unable to wash it, I left it languishing in my closet in the “clothes I wear when no one is looking” section.

Until! I came upon this project.

http://www.allonsykimberly.com/2012/11/diy-polka-dot-sweater.html

Instead of doing polka dots, I wanted to do clouds.

Supplies 

Foam Brush

Sweater

Fabric Paint (I brought Tulip Matte)

Wax Paper

Sweater

Tape

Step 1)

With computer or any blank paper, cut our your desired shape. Once you’re ready to start cutting, first remove the handle and inside plastic. The inside plastic can be hard to remove. So go slowly. Tape your shape to the brush and begin cutting. Once done, remove the paper outline and trim any messy sides.

As an option, you can reuse the handle by hot gluing it to the top of the stamp. I found it easier to use.

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Now you’re ready to grid. Lay down your shape to make sure that each row will be large enough for your print. I start off in the middle, where my stain was. But you can start anywhere. Before you start painting, be sure to lay some wax paper inside the sweater. Otherwise, the pain may bleed onto the other side.

Step 3) Painting time. First off, do a few test stamp. You’ll want to drag your stamp from one side to another to make sure the paint covers evenly. Carefully, lay it down in each grid. You may want to hand press the sides . Then slowly release. Do this until all the grid squares are covered.

Step 4) Let dry overnight.

Step 5) Remove tape. Viola! You have a new sweater!