Archived entries for Tutorial

Video Tutorial: Simple Cushion Cover

A quick animated tutorial on how to make a simple cushion cover.




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)


Nail polish

Pliars or something to flatten the studs

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


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.


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


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

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.




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.

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.


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)



Tutorial: Sandal Customise

A  quick tutorial on a really quick upstyle of some summer sandals.

I used:

A pair of plain leather sandals (mine were from here)

6 x gold coloured conical studs (found here)

Leather awl

Measure the area you want to stud and mark where you want the studs to go, it looks much better if you take time to be accurate with this stage.

Place the studs before you punch the holes to get an idea of how it will look/to see if any changes need to be made.

As you can see mine were 2 prong studs so i used the awl to punch 2 holes through the marks I had measured. Be careful to punch onto a matt or something, not through your hand.

Tightly fold back the prongs on the underside of the strap to ensure they don’t scrape or hurt your foot and you’re done!

Tutorial: Patchwork ‘&’ Cushion

Ampersands are on everything these days so I decided to have a go at making my own version of the many (many!) cushions that are out there.

I used:

46cm x 46cm feather cushion (€8 approx)

Printer and paper – for template

Fabric for & (1 fat quarter is loads or whatever scraps you have)

Background fabric (1 meter is loads)

Iron on Interfacing

Sewing machine, needle, thread and all that stuff

Start by cutting out the background fabric. Cut one front piece measuring 54cm x 54cm (includes 2cm seam allowance) and 2 back pieces measuring 54cm x 36cm (again, includes 2cm seam allowance).

This cushion will have no zip or fastenings at the back, the flaps overlap each other allowing for easy removal for cleaning, and less fiddly sewing.

For the template I printed a 1000pt Franklin Gothic ‘&’ onto A3 paper and cut it out. This picture gives an idea of the look I was going for, the size fit perfectly.

Next step is to cut the shape out of interfacing, remember to have the “sticky” side facing up as we need this to hold the patches.

After that, cut your template up into as many pieces as you like, not too many that it’s going to be annoying to do, I had about 20 similarly sized bits.

Then cut each piece of the jigsaw out of your fabric, ensuring you draw the shapes on your fabric facing down with your pieces facing down. This ensures all your bits are the right direction.

As you can see from the picture below I tried to randomly place the pieces so, even though I’m using only 1 pattern, it gives it more of a patchwork effect.

After you have cut all your pieces, it’s time to put them back together on your, already cut, piece of interfacing. Remember, you want the wrong side of your fabric to face the tacky side of the interfacing. This step is probably best done on your ironing board.

Now, lightly iron over your ‘&’ to fuse the fabric to your interfacing (good instructions from Burdastyle here).

One your ‘&’ has cooled, centre it on your cushion front piece and carefully pin it, making sure it’s as flat as possible.

Next is the laborious part, using the zigzag stitch, applique the ‘&’ onto the front fabric, sewing down all joins where the patches meet. On my machine I chose the longest zigzag with the shortest stitch length. Also, sew all around the shape using the same stitch (be sure to trim any stray thread as you go along.

This part takes a while but the more cautious/careful you take it, the neater the result.

Finally it’s time to put your cushion together. Working on the back parts, along one long side, fold down 1cm and iron flat. Fold again, iron and sew, as below. This gives a neater finish. Repeat on the other back piece.

When both back pieces are done, pin, with wrong sides facing, to the font piece, you will now see your overlap at the back.

The pieces are pinned together like this as we are going to do a french seam, this is often seen on commercial cushions and covers as it hides any raw edges on the inside.

With wrong sides pinned, sew all around the edge of the cushion cover with a 1cm seam allowance. Turn inside out, iron the seams and sew along the edge again, this hides the raw edges.

Turn you cushion cover the right way around, iron one last time, stuff with your cushion and have a nap!

Tutorial: Photo Bunting

I’m always trying to find ways to display photos without turning my walls into Swiss cheese so when I found little brass eyelets in a craft shop recently I thought I’d put them to use and make some easy, and more importantly cheap, photo bunting.

What I used:


-A punch

-Eyelets (mine were 1/8″ goldey brass ones)

-Eyelet Setting Tool and mat

-Nice string or wool

I started by picking the photos and on the back measured 1/2 cm in from the sides in the top 2 corners.

Then I punched the holes where marked, just big enough to fit the eyelet through.

When placing the eyelet keep the folded (neater) side on the side you want showing.

Then I turned it around and flattened the other side with the eyelet setter to secure it.

Finally I arranged the photos in the order I wanted and strung them up with some cute bakers twine.

I’m looking forward to switching up the photos as new ones come along, so simple.