Tag: DIY

DIY: Lettered Sweatshirt

Want an easy way to embroider words onto your sweatshirt or t shirt? Just use iron on chenille letters like we did. It’s an easy and fun way to make matching sweatshirts for an event or bachelorette. Watch this video to see how you make your own and scroll down for more detailed instructions.

Here’s what you’ll need: 

Sweatshirt (or whatever you’re ironing on – cotton works best)

Iron-On Chenille Letters – We used These

Iron-On Chenille Symbols – Like These

An Iron

Tip: We recommend also using a teflon sheet or a thin cotton fabric to cover the letters while ironing.

Step 1: Place the letters how you want them on the sweatshirt.

 

Step 2: Cover the letters with the teflon sheet or fabric and Iron over it, pressing down on each section for about 20 seconds. Repeat if necessary.

Step 3: Reverse the sweatshirt and iron on the back of where the letters are.

That’s it, you’re done!

DIY: Faux Leather Keychain for Dad

Shopping for dad can be quite the task but we have a DIY that’ll make your life easier. It’s the perfect father’s day gift – stylish yet functional. This minimal keychain will be your dad’s new favorite accessory.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Vinyl Trim like this one

Screw on Studs like these

A keyring

Scissors

Step 1: Cut the vinyl trim to the length you want your keychain to be x 2. For example if I want the keychain to be 4 inches long I’m going to cut 8 inches.

Step 2: I wanted to add a point at the end of the key chain so I cut off 0.75 inch at a 45 degree angle.

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Step 3: I then placed the key ring inside the folded trim and made a hole at the center of the ring.

Step 4: Push the screen into the hole and screw the stud on from the other side.

Step 5: Pull the ring back down and make a hole on the other side of it. Repeat the stud inserting process.

You can experiment with different styles with the same tools.

Now steal your dad’s keys and surprise him with his brand new key chain.

DIY: Floral Patched Jeans

Seems like patches are everywhere since spring of last year. And they don’t look like they’re going anywhere. One of the more popular incarnations of this trend are the floral patched jeans. Watch this video to see how you make your own and scroll down for more detailed instructions.

What you’ll need:

A Pair of Jeans

Iron On Flower Patches – We used this, this and this

Iron

You can also keep a cotton cloth handy for using over the patches while you iron.

Step 1: Place the patches where you want them. It might help to wear the jeans and mark the spot where you want the patches to finally be.

Step 2: Using an iron on its hottest setting, press down on each patch for 20 seconds at a time. Repeat if necessary. Using a cotton cloth over the patches while you iron will protect your jeans and your patches. Do not use steam for this step. Repeat on the other leg.

Tip: Let the glue cool before moving your jeans around or wearing them.

That’s it. You’re done!

 

DIY: Vintage Trim Cuffed Jeans

Have you ever wandered into a store and found a beautiful jacquard trim or a vintage trim, but didn’t know what you could use it for? Your jeans of course! This DIY is cool because of its semi-permanence. Cuff ’em and show of the trim or un-cuff ’em and have your jeans back and no one’s the wiser. Watch the video below to see how to make them and scroll down for more details.

What you’ll need:

A Pair of Jeans

A Vintage Trim/Jacquard Trim

E6000 Glue

Scissors

Step 1: Measure the bottom of your jeans. Add two inches to that and cut the trim to that measurement.

Step 2: Apply glue to the end of the trim and fold it over once at about an inch. This is to hide/seal the frayed end.

Step 3: Apply a line of glue to the jeans at the seam and at the top and bottom of the cuff. Start glueing the trim all around. E6000 takes some time to dry and it helps if you don’t jostle the fabric too much.

Step 4: Repeat Step 2 when you get to the end and glue down the end to the jeans.

 

That’s it, you’re done!

DIY: Rhinestone Hem Jeans

If minimalism is your style but you have a soft corner for some bling this DIY is for you. This easy tutorial will show you how to give your jeans a little glitz and glam. You can dress it up and dress it down as you please. Watch the video to see how to make them and scroll down for more detailed instructions.

What you’ll need:

A Pair of Jeans

Iron-0n Rhinestone Trim

Sew-on Jewels

Needle and Thread

Scissors

Iron

Step 1: Measure the bottom of your jeans and cut the rhinestone trim to that measurement, adding an extra inch.

Step 2: Iron on the trim slowly making sure you apply heat uniformly. You can use a cotton cloth over the trim to protect it from the heat. Do not iron on the steam setting. Add the second row.

Step 3: Using the sew on jewels, make a three petal flower at the center. Using a needle and thread, sew through the jewels till they feel secure.

That’s it, you’re done!

DIY: Beaded Summer Sandals

It’s time to free those toes! Put away the stuffy boots and slide into some flirty sandals, because spring is here! We just got these great new beaded iron-on trims and had to put them on something quick. 

What you’ll need:

A Pair of Sandals

Beaded Rhinestone Trim (This one is Iron-On but we didn’t want to iron it onto vinyl)

Pom Pom Trim

E6000

Scissors

Step 1: Cut the trim to size by measuring it on the sandals. To play it safe, cut a little extra on either side. You can always trim that later.

Step 2: Apply a thin line of E6000 on the the strap. Stick the pom pom trim to it with the pom poms facing outward.

(E6000 is a great glue but make sure you’re working in a well ventilated area since it’s a powerful formula. It also takes longer to dry than other glues. You can use a glue gun for quicker results)

Step 3: Apply glue between the two pom pom trims and glue on the rhinestone trim. Since this is an iron on trim you have the option of ironing it on if your base fabric will allow it.

Step 4: Trim the excess on either side and let dry.

And you’re done!

DIY: Decorated Graduation Caps

Graduation time is here! Nothing is more exciting than putting on your cap and gown and walking across the stage. But those plain cap and gowns they give you are a bit boring, now there is nothing wrong with being just another cap in the crowd. But if you want your family to be able to spot you from the bleachers, go out in style by decorating your cap. Here are two great ideas on how to stand out and show your individuality.

Cap #1: Decorate with Patches

Customize your cap with some of your favorite things, and what better way to show your style then with patches?

What You’ll Need:

  • Graduation Cap
  • Patches
  • Iron
  • Thin cotton cloth

NOTE: Make sure you know which is the front of your cap so your design sits properly.

 

Step 1:  Grab an assortment of patches in various sizes and play around with the layout until you’ve got it right.

Step 2: Iron the patches for 20 seconds each on high heat (no steam). Repeat if necessary.(Use a thin cotton cloth over the patches, to protect them)

Viola! You’re finished.

 

Cap#2: Decorate with Rhinestones

What You’ll Need:

  • Graduation Cap
  • Monogram print out
  • Rhinestones
  • Iron-On Rhinestone Trim (we used this one)
  • Iron safe transfer paper
  • Iron
  • Tweezers

NOTE: Make sure you know which is the front of your cap so your design sits properly.

Step 1: Choose the font and size you want your monogram (or quote) to be and then print it out . Make sure to print the “mirrored” version so it is the correct way once it is on your cap. For this we used the font Paduka Script

Step 2: Place your monogram under the transfer paper and peel back the protective layer to reveal the sticky side.

 

Step 2: Fill in your monogram with rhinestones. Put the rhinestones flat back up, jewel side down, so that the top of the jewel is on the sticky part of the transfer paper.

Step 3: Transfer to your cap. Carefully put your cap over the transfer paper and flip both over. Then position your monogram where you would like it to go.

Step 4: Iron on. Place a thin cotton sheet over the transfer paper and iron your monogram onto your cap. About 30 sec in each place then move around until its on there good.

Step 5: Lay out your trim. We cut this trim so it was a little thinner. Measure each side with the trim and make sure to account for any overlap in corners so that the trim lays flat all around.

Step 6: Iron on your trim. Just like with the rhinestones, place a thin cotton sheet over your trim and iron on. Holding for about 30 sec or until it is not loose.

That’s it, you’re all done!

 

 Now go strut your stuff across the stage and congratulations!

DIY: Matching Infinity Bracelets

Finding a gift for your mom is one of the hardest things to do. There’s nothing that can express your gratitude and love for someone who’s loved and cared for you selflessly all your life (and before!). But every year, in May, we try! A mother and child’s bond is forever and we wanted to express that with these simple DIY Infinity Bracelets, one for you and one for your mom, so you can wear your special link wherever you go.

What you’ll need:

Gold Link Chain

Suede Cord

Pliers

E6000

Cord Ends

Jump Rings

Lobster Claw Closure

Step 1: Measure your the cord wrapped snugly around your wrist and cut. Do the same with the second color. Cut the chain to the same length.

Step 2: Apply a little E6000 to the ends of the cords and insert into the cord end. Let it dry. Once it’s dry you can use a flat nose plier to flatten the cord end to pinch the cord and secure it.

Step 3: Add a jump ring, linking the two cord ends.

Step 4: Loop the chain inside the cord and connect the ends with a jump ring. Before closing the jump ring add a lobster claw closure.


And you’re done!

We hope your mom loves it!

DIY: Tassel Wall Hanging

Wall hangings have been all the rage the last year or so and the trend doesn’t seem to be dying down. Whether it’s a woven tapestry, macrame or fringe, a handmade wall hanging is a beautiful addition to any room. I decided to use the stunning colorful tassels we have and make a simple hanging that is vaguely bohemian.

What you’ll need:

A dowel or sticks (I used long thin sticks from the floral section of the craft store)

Twine/Cord

Tassels (I used multiple colors but you could also try the all white or all black look)

Step 1: If you’re using multiple thin sticks, bind together a few to make it more sturdy. You can skip this step if you use a dowel.

Step 2: Decide how you want your final hanging to look. Do you want them all the same length? Do you want a ‘V’ Shape? I chose to do an asymmetrical upside down ‘V’. Keeping your design in mind, tie the cords to the sticks and cut to whatever length you need.

Step 3: Using the loops, attach the tassels to the ends of the cords.

Step 4: Tie a cord on both ends of the stick to hang the hanging from.

And you’re done!