Archived entries for D.I.M.

Bits & Bobs

Summer time and sunshine aren’t really craft friendly, I find it far too easy to get distracted…

But here are some bits and pieces I have been working on lately.

Bits-and-bobs

Clockwise from top:

My Rail – I finally (with a lot of help) transformed the pipes from this post into a new clothes rail. It fits loads, I am so delighted

Baby Card

Studded Converse – Gave life to a tired old pair (same method as here)

Transparent belt – Using a strip of PVC, hardware from an unwanted belt and rivets (see here) I made this cute belt that goes with anything really

Painting – (i.e. messing)

Batty – My first attempt at puppet making as a favour for a friend

Tutorial: Dotty Belt

It’s all about the belts these days.

I spotted (excuse the pun) this belt on ASOS recently and knew it would be easy to recreate something similar.

ASOSDotty Belt

I used:

A skinny belt (came with a dress)

Studs

Nail polish

Pliars or something to flatten the studs

Hole punch (if you need to make the belt smaller)

Materials-DottyBelt

First step is to measure your belt and figure out how many studs you want, I used 9 spaces evenly along the belt and marked with a pen.

Next, paint your studs, nail polish is perfect for this, I chose black to contrast with the light tan of the belt. Give them 2 coats for good coverage and leave to dry.

Drying-DottyBelt

Attach your studs to the belt, neatly mine wrapped right around it.

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And you’re ready to go!

Wrap-Dotty Belt

D.I.M. Necklace Update

Since I favour gold jewelry over silver I found I wasn’t really wearing this necklace so wanted to update.

necklace silver

 

Initially I decided to go neon with it so gave a few coats of neon green.

Necklace green

(necklace after 3 coats of neon)

I wasn’t happy with it as I thought the silver was still shining through too much so I took out another can of spray paint, this time matte yellow and gave it a couple of coats.

Delighted with the results, am mostly wearing it high on the neck with a buttoned up shirt. Think the yellow will be really nice for summer!

Necklace yellow

My Proudest Moment So Far…

… has to be finishing this granny square quilt.

I don’t exactly remember how many squares I ended up with but it comfortably covers a king size bed!

It took a lot of time (and wool) but was so worth it, it’s mad warm and I know I’ll have it forever.

 

Crochet-Blanket

 

D.I.M Belt Quick Fix

I’ve had this lovely Monsoon leopard print skinny belt for a while but slowly the patterned side started detaching from the leather underneath. It was beginning to look very tatty.

So for a quick and easy fix I used studs to join the 2 parts back together and now it’s good as new!

It’s too simple, I just measured the belt and spaced the studs evenly across it, I used about 10. Then with a leather awl I punched the holes, fitted the studs and was done!

One thing to be careful of is that the prongs of the studs are well pushed in so they don’t snag off any of your clothes.

 

belt-before

belt-after

Another option would have been to glue but that might not have coped with all the stretching and bending a belt goes through as well the studs.

D.I.M. Gold Skirt

Some terrible phone photos of a skirt I made over Christmas with vintage gold fabric, rush photography but it turned out great.

Video Tutorial: Paper Heart Bunting

I first saw this idea on Oh So Crafty and there are hundreds of other variations online, but here is a short video tutorial on how to make paper heart bunting.

 

D.I.M. Laptop Sleeve

This was a laptop sleeve I made for a friend, didn’t take pictures as the process was a bit trial and error, but will definitely be making more.

Hope it fits!

 

 

Tutorial: Polkadot Denim

After seeing polkadot denim/chambray everywhere this summer I decided to give it a go.

I used:

A pair of  clean, dry jeans

Household bleach

Pencil with an eraser top (or round rubber stamp with similar diameter)

Plastic bags

Tailors chalk or wash off fabric marker

 

First step is to stuff the legs of your jeans with the plastic bags, you don’t want the bleach to steep through to the other side or onto your work surface.

Next, mark up your jeans, I marked horizontal and vertical lines approximately 1 inch apart and used this grid as a template for my stamping.

Then start dotting, dipping your eraser in bleach each time. Be careful not to spill as this will ruin your pattern.

 

For a stronger result I went over all the dots a second time, you don’t need to wait for it to dry fully to do this.

 

Leave the bleach to dry fully, remove the plastic lining and wash your jeans. (I only did the front of mine but if you want to do the back also, leave front to dry, turn over and repeat process on back before you wash them)

 

 

Finished Bits

Here are some little bits and pieces i’ve been working on, mostly gifts, lets be honest – mostly bracelets.

 

Gift tag tutorial found here.

And the finished product from an old W.I.P post.

Now to get working on more.



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