Beetle Brooch DIY

For this DIY I used black fimo effect clay, make-up glitter, metal wire, a brooch needle, pliers and some thicker needles to use for sculpting details. I also used fimo gloss varnish.

polymer clay beetle brooch diy

I used the wire to make a skeleton for my beetle.

polymer clay beetle brooch diy

I also attached the brooch pin to the skeleton.

polymer clay beetle brooch diy

When I felt that the skeleton base had a good shape I started to add clay to it.

polymer clay beetle brooch diy

polymer clay beetle brooch diy

polymer clay beetle brooch diy

polymer clay beetle brooch diy

I used a needle to add details.

polymer clay beetle brooch diy

Before baking the brooch in my oven, I added some purple/green body glitter to it. This NYX body glitter is made from aluminium, so it is oven safe.

polymer clay beetle brooch diy

At first I was planning on putting on the glitter with a brush, but ended up dabbing it on with my fingertips.

polymer clay beetle brooch diy

After baking it, I let it cool for a while before coating in with a few layers of varnish.

Kimono DIY

kimono diy

This is my third post on how to make a kimono top. Back in 2012 I did this oversized kimono wrap top and then in 2013 I made a kimono winter coat in wool. I’m not going into depth with this tutorial as that would just be a repeat of my previous posts.

I made this kimono very quickly. The only thing you really need to succeed with this project is a few measurements for the sleeves. You can basically make them as wide as you want, the only thing to think about here is whether you want to wear your kimono top with a belt or not. If you want to use a belt you should make sure the sleeves do not reach past your waist. That would make the top really weird and constricting.

Here’s a photo of me measuring the width of my sleeves. I’m not planning on wearing mine with a belt but decided that I wanted the sleeves slightly above my waistline anyway.

I marked down my measurement on the fabric. I got 13.5 inches. Btw, my measuring tape is great, it has inches on one side and centimetres on the other! It makes following American DIY tutorials A LOT easier…

And here I am checking to see where I want my sleeves to begin.

Marking that down too so I could see how far I would cut the fabric.

Aaaand, here it is cut! I of course also cut up the middle of the front to get an opening. I then sewed all edges and I was done.

kimono top diy

kimono top diy

Mini Skirt DIY

mini skirt diy

Here’s a quick DIY tip from me to you. Find some stretchy, preferably knit, fabric and make a miniskirt without any pattern in mere hours!

-You’ll need two pieces of stretchy fabric. The two pieces should be wide enough to go over your hip when pinned together and long enough to get about 5 cm, or two inches, of seam allowance for the waist and hem. I pinned the two pieces together inside out and put them on. Pinned the whole thing to fit me and (carefully) slipped it off. Evened out the sides to get the same curve on both and quickly stitched the pieces together.

-I put on the skirt again just to check if the fit was good, and tight, enough.

– Sewed the pieces together on my machine with the overlock stretch stitch (any stretch stitch will work). The waist and hem folds I loosely stitched by hand because I figured they had to be able to stretch the most. Here’s a photo of the skirt finished and inside out.

stretchy fabric mini skirt diy front

mini skirt side seams

And then I made another skirt, this time in a black velvet type of stretch fabric. Instead of pinning it into the shape I wanted I decided to just use the first skirt to draw an outline where the stitches should go and then sew the two pieces together. Just like the first one I hand stitched the hem and waist folds.

black velvet stretchy mini skirt diy

And then I made this skirt that is a little more advanced but I still made without a pattern. I got the general shape from an already existing skirt and then tailored it to fit me bit by bit. Took more than a few hours to make though… The leather buttons I used are oooooold. My grandfather had them on a coat in the 1950’s!

diy wool skirt with leather buttons

Fluffy Bag DIY

fluff bag diy

This is a bag I made earlier this year. I had been ogling at fluffy bags on Instagram and other places for months before it dawned on me that I could actually try and make one myself. All of 2017 was such a disaster DIY-wise for me, I made basically nothing all year. I almost forgot how happy sewing makes me! This bag saved me though and now I’m actually making things again!

fluffy green bag diy 1

Not putting up a tutorial for this because there’s a ton of tutorials out there on how to make this very basic type of bag… There are other tutorials coming though! Stay tuned…

fluffy green bag diy 2