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.

batik wallet open

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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 and then experimented with basic shapes, different 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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