For the past two days I’ve worn dresses to work… Me, in dresses. That’s how I know summer has really kicked in. It’s definitely time to bring out the BBQ and start serving up the ice cold cocktails and of course, this means scouting for some scorching summer DIYs to make your outdoor dining even hotter!
I don’t know if you guys remember my marbled slip on tutorial I wrote way back sometime in March. I loved this DIY. I loved the shoes even more. So much in fact that I’ve worn the marbling right off them! To be fair, they have gone through a wash a couple of times (Paris, whilst lovely was very poluted) and the marbling has turned into these paint splatters that just look like I’ve been redecorating. I figured they needed a new lease of life and I also needed to use up some of my fabric stash. (Remember that? I’m still trying!) The result? Leopard Print Slip Ons! My new fave.
Leopard Print Fabric (the link is for FQ amounts. Measure your shoes to make sure you get enough fabric to cover them)
1. Stuff the shoe to give you a sturdy surface to work with. Newspaper/scrap paper will do the job.
2. Measure out more than enough fabric to cover the front panel. Spread Mod Podge over the panel evenly.
3. Press the fabric over the panel working out any air bubbles and making sure all the sides are covered.
4. Rough cut off the excess fabric and leave to dry.
5. Once the glue is dry use the stronger glue to seal the edges.
6. After this glue has dried use a sharp craft knife to accurately cut the fabric to size. Fold the excess under the tab and glue in place.
7. Hold the fabric in place with pegs whilst it dries to prevent it shifting.
8. Repeat these steps with the second panel.
9. Cover the whole shoe with a layer of Mod podge to seal and protect the fabric.
I don’t know if many of you know this but I have a degree in textile design. It’s been a while since I finished but I’m still fascinated with texture, pattern and surface design especially of tactile materials like fabric and porcelain. What I absolutely love is pattern made from random formations and gradients, so you can imagine how excited I was to find a really easy way to create this fabric at home with old denim jeans off cuts. There are two different techniques I’m going to show you in this tutorial; Shibori and tie dye. Lets start with the reverse Shibori style tying process.
Denim Fabric – The perfect use for all those denim short cut offs!
Small off cuts of wood/plastic
1. To create the uniform shibori dye style fold the fabric neatly into a square/triangles.
2. Secure wood blocks and/or elastic bands to block off sections of material.
Tie Dye Instructions:
1. Take the fabric in both hands and twist in opposite directions.
2. Fold the twist in half and secure with elastic bands. Keep twisting and folding until you have a small ball of fabric. Hold in place with an elastic band.
1. Pop on some rubber gloves. You don’t want to get bleach on your hands… trust me.
2. Submerge your tied fabric in the bleach. It will probably float so you will need to weigh it down with something heavy that you don’t mind getting a bit bleachy. I used an old plastic bottle full of water.
3. Leave for around 10 minutes and then turn over. After another 10 minutes check the colour. Keep turning the fabric until you have bleached the exposed fabric to a lighter shade.
4. Once you’re happy take the material out of the bleach, remove the elastic bands and wood blocks and rinse thoroughly for about 5 minutes until all of the bleach is removed. Once you’ve made enough fabric for your project put it all on a quick wash in your washing machine to get rid of that strong bleach smell.
For me this summer is all about tassels, fringing, long dangly bits that move in the breeze and reveal sun-kissed skin. There’s something opulent in the organic way fringing moves, swaying individually, but surging all as one. It appears I’m not the only one obsessed with these tasselled delights. Basically if you can wear it, you can get a tassel on it. And why not!? I love this Miu Miu Fringed Leather Bag. Most of us will have a black leather handbag lying around unused somewhere. Why not give it a new lease of life?
1. Measure the length of the bag and how long you want your tassels to be. You’ll want them hanging down below the bag. Add an inch to each side (you can trim later) and cut these measurements out of your faux leather.
2. Cut the leather into strips leaving around an inch of fabric uncut along the top. It’s easiest to do this with a ruler and rotary cutter, but scissors will work if you’re careful.
3. Glue the strip onto the bag using really strong fabric glue and leave to dry.
If you want a more wanderlust vibe you could use faux suede or a tribal patterned fabric on a canvas/colourful bag to create a softer look instead. Perfect for the beach or a lazy Sunday shopping trip. The choice is yours!