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DIY Headband

31 Jul

Super Quick and Easy DIY Headband

No joke, this will take you less than an hour and doesn’t require that much focus so you can even get other stuff done at the same time. All you need is:

- A piece of leather braiding (you can find this at any fabric store – or if you can’t find any you can just braid together long strips of fabric)

- A piece of flat black elastic

- 2 small squares of black fabric

And then it’s as simple as:

1. Hold leather braiding on your head where you would wear a headband. Cut it to the length of the bony parts just behind your ears.

2. Cut the piece of elastic the length of the gap between where the braided leather pieces don’t touch.

3. With black thread sew the elastic to 1-2 centimeters of the braided leather.

4. Take your squares of black fabric. I used a sewing machine to fold the edges under in order to achieve a cleaner look but this isn’t mandatory. Then you place a drop of hot glue on the inside of the leather braid and press down one side of the fabric immediately. When this is dry, wrap the remaining fabric around the braiding and elastic and glue gun in place. Repeat on the other side. If you don’t have a glue gun this can also be done with a needle and thread.

5. There you have it! A brand new headband for a couple bucks!

My first sewn outfit

28 Jul

So, as I mentioned in an earlier post, I recently received a sewing machine for my birthday. And it brings me great joy to report that today I completed my first outfit on my new machine. Here is my new business/casual dress:

I have wanted an elastic waist dress for so long but didn’t want to spend a lot of money or get one that was really bad quality. I was inspired by the instructions provided here and made the dress for a grand total of 10 bucks! And I had a ton of fun doing it! Wins all around!

Decluttering Jewelry

26 Jun

Since moving into my new apartment my necklaces and bracelets have sat in a tangled clump on my desk. I finally decided that pile of clutter needed to go but I didn’t want to spend a ton of money so I came up with this:

The base is just an old cork board with a wooden frame that I had lying around from my childhood (but I’m sure you could achieve the same effect with any wooden board). I painted the frame with an old brush and then added the gold dots using a Q-tip. Then I decorated the middle by dabbing white, gold and silver paint with a sponge. I put small nails in each of theĀ  gold dots on the bottom of the frame and in every third or fourth dot along the side and on the top. To give it a more finished look I painted all the nails gold and was done. It was incredibly inexpensive, fast and easy. And now it’s unbelievably easy to pick out my jewelry for the day – and that makes me happy!

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