Making Leather Cuff Bracelets – Tips How To Make Them

leather bracelets diy

I love making leather cuff bracelets, they make great presents and are quick to create. Leather is one of my favourite materials to work with.

I make rings, necklaces and earrings out of leather and draw on them with a pyrography tool (basically a hot pen), or decorate them using leather stamps, acrylic leather paints, rivets or charms.

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Stenciled Linen Top

Make your own stenciled fabrics

I love hand printed fabric. I often buy plain fabric to challenge myself finding ways to decorate it and give it some sparkle. I find stenciling fabrics an easy and fun way to beautify fabric. There are many ways to go about it. Here I did the most basic way of creating a stencil.

I used what I had around the house, paper, a craft knife, some textile paint and a piece of foam. I drew a design on paper, cut the stencil out with the craft knife and dabbed textile paint through it with a piece of foam. I then used a fabric paint pen to add a bit more colour.

I used red linen from Organic Textile Company, the binding is silk and the edge I crocheted with embroidery thread. The pattern is self drafted. I read this book to teach myself basic pattern making Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified.

Sandal Making Book in progress – Writing an ebook

sandal making book sneak peek

I am in the end phase of writing an e-book on sandal making at home. These photos show one of eight sandal making projects I describe in the book. I hope to finish it soon.

sandal making book sneak peek

Although I’ve been making sandals for over 10 years now, I’ve learned so many new things while making the projects for the book, researching everything from scratch as if I was a beginner.

They say the best way to get familiar with a subject is to write a book about it, this is so true. It certainly has taken my sandal making to a new level.

But it’s not only the content of the book that has challenged me to go new ways, it’s also the technical side about self-publishing an e-book that opened a new world to me, I’m so fascinated by it all.

In the process of writing the book, I’ve taught myself taking photos of objects, in design and setting up a blog and landing page. Of course, there is no end to learning, something new to master always comes up.

I’m reading this book on the topic APE – How to Publish a Book.

Update

The book How to make unique leather sandals is available now! Follow the link to find out more about the book!

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Reverse Appliqué T-shirt – Making Fun Clothes For Boys

reverse applique top

Why do boys’ clothes have to be so boring? My 5-year-old loves colours and so do other boys, I’m sure, yet the clothes available for them are often so dull.

This t-shirt I made using the reverse appliqué technique. I first stenciled a design onto the fabric, sewed around each shape with embroidery thread and then cut the shapes out to reveal the fabric underneath.

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Batik Leather Wallet – Decorating Leather With The Batik Technique

batik leather wallet

I love decorating leather. This batik leather wallet is the result of my recent discovery that leather can be decorated using the batik technique.

I was inspired by photographs in a leather craft book from the 70s where someone applied paint to leather with the batik technique, when I saw the photos (black and white, unfortunately) I just had to try it out.

I experimented with different designs and colour combinations using up all my leather scraps in the process (and a lot of dye) until I had a surface I liked and which I stitched into this wallet.

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Peace Silk Tunic

Peace Silk Tunic

I made this tunic for my daughter out of handwoven silk from India. Silk is my absolute favourite fabric, I buy peace silk, so-called because no silkworms are harmed or killed in the production process.

You can find peace silk fabrics at FabricTreasury an Etsy shop, located in India. The pattern I used for the tunic is from ottobre magazine 2/04, I made a few changes though.

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Making Boots at Home – Inspiration For Shoe Making

Homemade boots

Making boots at home is the most wonderful feeling of accomplishment. You can make them look exactly like you want them, choose the material, colour, decoration, height and so much more!

I started making shoes 10 years ago, they didn’t look like these then. I used to take apart old shoes to figure out how they were constructed. I experimented with basic shapes, different kinds of leathers, dyes and ways to decorate it while teaching myself leather craft techniques.

I got so fascinated by the fact that I can actually make shoes at home that I haven’t bought another pair of shoes since.

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