Let’s Rip Out EVERYTHING!

My new blog is not ready yet, but I just have to post an update on my apartment. Today I ripped out the paneled ceiling in the kitchen and a wardrobe.

The ceiling in the kitchen was pretty awful, WHY would anyone ever add panels like this?

panels ceiling

Oh, I guess this is why:

panel off

So, someone spent a substantial amount of time adding the panels, and some seriously over-ambitious support beams (WHYYYY!!!) to hold everything up, instead of just fixing the damages to the ceiling, paint it and call it a day. Not only did the panels make the ceiling SO much lower, they also screwed up the lightning fixture and I have no idea what I should do to fix it. I will probably have to call an electrician. :(

My plan is to do a complete kitchen renovation in the future. The cabinets are supposed to go all the way up to the ceiling, as you can tell by the damage in the ceiling.

The wardrobe was original to the apartment though and built to sustain a nuclear blast. I spent the entire afternoon trying to rip through it with a crowbar.

wardrobe demo 1

wardrobe demo 2

It’s pretty sad that I decided to rip it out. My history of architecture professors would probably kill me if they knew, but it was just a bit too dirty for me to be able to put my clothes in there. I probably wouldn’t have been able to fit all my stuff in there either. It had to go. One of the doors will be my new desk though! Pretty excited about that project…

Oh, and I found this behind the wardrobe:

pipe

Not that fun, I will have to hide it somehow and build my closet around it.

Can’t believe the amount of crap that has accumulated in just five days. WHAT AM I DOING. HELP! There are MOUNTAINS of wallpaper in there too! I think I’ve steamed off eight or nine layers…

much stuff

New Apartment!!!

tiny apartment

Nope, I’m not dead, I just bought a (tiny) apartment and have been a little busy preparing everything. I got the keys today and things got crazy pretty fast.

I was cleaning and then all of a sudden I was tearing up the kitchen floor. The floor was really weird though, so it had to go. I think I’d rather have the vinyl floors that I found underneath then some lose fake hardwood.

kitchen floor

In other news, I will soon switch to another blog. I’ve been feeling for quite some time that English just doesn’t do it for me and I really need to start writing in Swedish. I will keep this blog up though. I’ll announce the new blog, and it’s address, soon.

Gymsack Drawstring Backpack DIY

gymsack backpack diy
I recently saw this Alexander Wang gymsack leather backpack and was inspired to make my own.
It’s very similar to the leather drawstring bag I made last year. My new bag has the exact same construction as the one from last year (so check it out if you want to make the backpack!) with the exception of this one being an actual backpack. Attaching the straps to get a backpack is not hard though, actually, the most complicated thing for me was to figure out how long the straps had to be to sit comfortably on my shoulders. Lots of trial and error was needed, but I got them right in the end.

gymsack diy bag

drawstring suede bag
I only had little scrap pieces of the blue suede I wanted to use.

suede patches
I patched them together on these two 40×50 cm brown cotton fabric rectangles.

pacthwork

patchwork 2
I sewed together the two patchwork pieces and made the tubing at the top of the bag.

top of bag tubing

tubing
My initial plan was to sew on the lining with my machine as well (like I did with the lining on my drawstring bag last year). Despite using a leather needle my machine was unable to get trough the multiple layers of suede and fabric. I had to hand stitch the lining onto the bag, but it’s OK, It’s not noticeable.

lining
I took the bag to a shoemaker to make the eyelets. I have one of those eyelet punchers (in plastic- worst thing ever!), but I’ve never had a good result with it. Much better to let someone with professional tools do it!

eyelets
For the drawstring/backpack straps I used some brown leather.

straps 1
As you can see I had to patch these together too.

straps 2
I pulled the straps through the tubing.

straps 3
And then I attached the ends to the eyelets.
As I said earlier in the post, it’s a bit tricky to get the straps the right length. One thing to have in mind is that this bag is quite different whether or not it’s empty or full of stuff. My tip is to get some stuff in it and then see how long the straps need to be. Don’t try it on and determine the strap length when it’s empty, because once you put something in there the straps will tighten up!

straps in eyelets
I’ve been using the drawstring bag I made last year constantly and I will probably do the same with this one. It’s really comfortable to wear and you can carry a lot of stuff in it.

drawstring backpack
So, there it is. An easy, fun and surprisingly stylish bag made almost entirely out of re-purposed materials (the eyelets and thread were new)!

blue suede backpack with brown leather straps

open backpack

A Skirt to Go with the Top

remake outfit top and skirt diy

I used this dress to make the skirt for the top I made in my last post. It has these little ribbons underneath the bottom of the dress that you can tie up and get a bubble effect at the hemline (compare with the top photo).

dress

I cut off the top seam and shoulder straps.

top seam and shoulder straps

Added a belt.

belt 2

belt 3

And a zipper (not my best zipper work, very hard to get it right!). I will also have to add some type of other closure here. Probably a hook.

zipper

Hey, guess where I got the fabric for the belt?

1998 witch hat

It’s from the witch hat I’m wearing in this photo from 1998. I’m the weirdo with the Adidas jacket… RECYCLING!!!