Cardboard Coffee Table – Create Low Cost Furniture

Ever since I made a bag out of cardboard I’m captivated by the possibilities of this versatile material. You can fold, roll , sew and sculpt it and transform it into stunning furniture. Here I made a cardboard coffee table, you can also make chairs, sofas, tables, shelves, cupboards, even beds I’ve seen.

cardboard table

This table is easy to make, because of its simple design. I saw a similar table many years ago, I wanted one then, but found it too expensive (although it was probably made out of paper too).

The one I’ve built now out of cardboard wasn’t expensive, just the cost of paint and varnish, how awesome is that.

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Hand Embroidery On Denim – Discover Needle Crafts

I love hand embroidery on denim because it transforms the rather plain fabric into something beautiful that you don’t see every day and many colours look bright and shiny on the dark blue background. Here I embroidered denim fabric which I then sewed into a pair of jeans.

Hand Embroidery On Denim

I used very basic embroidery stitches like running stitch and lazy daisy stitch (also known as detached chain stitch). The thread I chose is a silk and rayon mix, it’s very shiny and special looking. I used five different colours and added tiny beads for extra sparkle.

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Sandal Making – Make Your Own Sandals, eBook available now!

Sandal making

Yes, you can become the maker of beautiful and unique leather sandals. My eBook How To Make Unique Leather Sandals will show you everything you need to know about creating your own sandals.

Sandal making is a wonderful craft to pursue. I love how it combines creativity and craftsmanship with fashion and functionality.

Wearing shoes you created yourself is deeply satisfying and once you started making your own footwear you will not want to wear anything else.

It’s thrilling to craft the sandals you’ve always wanted but could never find. With a bit of practice, so much is possible.

What you will learn from this eBook

How to make unique leather sandals will show you step-by-step how you can make long-lasting sandals that will be the envy of all your friends.

It explains all the leather craft techniques needed to make a high-quality product using tools and materials that are easy to source.

In addition, you will learn about different ways to decorate leather so you can create sandals that are truly yours.

The book features 8 sandal making projects with detailed instructions and photography making them easy to execute.

With a bit of practice

you can craft a pair of sandals in a weekend.

And in no time at all, people will ask you if you could make them some sandals….

Get the eBook here and see lots more photos too!

Sandal making

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Making Winter Pants

winter pants with dots, detail

I always look for a bit different fabric when I want to make a pair of trousers, so I was happy to find this really beautiful, slightly shiny, denim fabric with tiny dots. Although it’s not organic, it’s oeko-tex certified meaning  that the fabric was tested for harmful substances and produced in an environmentally friendly and socially acceptable way.

winter pants with dots, detail

There are other designs available (flowers, squares, bigger dots). The pants pattern is from Sew U: The Built by Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe, which has detailed instructions on all the steps involved in creating the trousers. The smallest size XS fits my 12-year-old daughter. I made summer linen trousers with this pattern, have a look here. The denim fabric is from Dots N Stripes.

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Making Shoes At Home – Colourful Shoes With Stamped Edges

handmade shoes, diy

Making shoes is one of my favourite crafts. Twice a year when the seasons change I make new ones for my children, either winter or summer shoes. They outgrow them so fast!

These I made for my daughter in autumn colours, using brick-red, ochre mixed with cream pearl and cranberry for heel covers (see below where to find them). The edges I impressed with leather stamps to give them something extra.

The lining is thin leather, I had only bits of different colours left, that’s why one is red inside and the other is green. Looks kind of funny, but then who will notice.

handmade shoes detail

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Turquoise Clay Bead Necklace – Tutorial

turquoise clay bead necklace diy

Here I made a turquoise clay bead necklace with beads that resemble turquoise semi-precious stones using a technique called antiquing.

I used polymer clay to make the beads, it’s a wonderful medium – easy to work with and doesn’t need a lot of equipment. You can create so much with it, my kids and I often sit for hours shaping figures, food, and animals that we then use as charms for necklaces and bracelets.

Polymer clay is hardened by baking in the oven and once baked in can last for a long time.

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Stencil Printing On Fabric With An Airbrush Gun

Stencil printed top dragonfly

Here I stencil printed a design onto fabric with an airbrush gun. Spraying with an airbrush gun is like instant screen printing, the process is so much faster and easier too. I used createx airbrush paint pearl gold and for the upper wings gold mixed with a few drops of red transparent.

If you don’t have an airbrush gun, you could use a recycled or new spray bottle with manually adjustable nozzles.
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