Refashion: Leather Belt

You know those purchases that you get home but never wear? This belt was one of those. I bought it about a decade ago on a whim, but the leather is just too thick. I tried it on with dozens of outfits but it just never ever looked right.

One wide leather belt cut into three. Who would've thought?!So I got ruthless. The design means it was perfect to chop into three strips, although if that failed I was game to unravel the leather and try plaiting it.

One wide leather belt cut into three. Who would've thought?!

Fortunately, just chopping down the length worked! But if you have a belt that doesn’t allow this, perhaps you could try to salvage long lengths of leather and just plait them into strips?

I mitered off the end when I got there too.

One wide leather belt cut into three. Who would've thought?!

Next I found some worn old belts at the recycling centre that had good buckles in the size I wanted and cut those off.One wide leather belt cut into three. Who would've thought?!

When I put the buckle on, I pushed the long bit (what is that thing called, anyway? The bar?) through a gap in the leather weave.

One wide leather belt cut into three. Who would've thought?!

Then I looped the end over and hand stitched it down. You could do it by machine using a leather needle, but I opted for a standard hand sewing needle, normal cotton thread and a thimble to help push it through without injuring my finger (while watching an episode of Revenge. I’m hooked!).One wide leather belt cut into three. Who would've thought?!

One wide leather belt cut into three. Who would've thought?!

So quick, simple and much more to my liking.

One wide leather belt cut into three. Who would've thought?!

Of course, no girl needs three identical belts so I also get to share the love. Fun! One is already going to my sister and the other will make a great birthday gift or random act of kindness for a friend.

Modflowers Brooch

Modflowers Brooch

After Refashion Runway, I was generously given a voucher to spend at Modflowers (update: her store is closed, but you’ll find the Modflowers blog here). Her vintage, handmade items made for some fun browsing, but I must say that I was instantly drawn to these cute brooches.

I think that the wooden edging is handcarved and I love the earthy touch that offers. The fabric inserts are all from vintage fabrics she has discovered on her shopping adventures and she was so sweet to deal with.

Modflowers Brooch

Poppet is so intrigued and loves to admire it while I steal a little snuggle from her. As my first brooch ever, I think I’ll need to add a few more to the collection. They’re a nice pop of colour.

Thank you Modflowers!

No Sew Tutu

no sew tutu

The internet is swimming with tutorials for No Sew Tutu’s exactly like this one. Maybe it’s because they are just so ridiculously easy, fast and fun to make.

What? You haven’t seen it 23 times elsewhere yet? Fantastic! Because I’ve also written a tutorial here just for you. Continue reading

Upcycle: T-Shirt to Baby Hat

There is something about a baby in a hat with ears that makes me just melt.  I don’t consider myself a “clucky” kind of person, but this gets me everytime.  I mean, really, how can you not smile at that?

She may berate me for it in years to come, but I don’t really care.  I think she’s gorgeous.  Although I do wish I had used a better setting on the camera for the photo.  Ah, we live and learn.

Simply made using an old T-Shirt, some scrap fabric and a touch of ribbon.  It’s fantastically quick to sew up, yet looks like you’ve spent a lot of time and effort on it (my favourite type of project!). Continue reading