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RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design

RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design

Yes, the day has finally come where it actually isn’t hard or way expensive to give your living room a giant DIY update! And what is the biggest statement piece in most living rooms: The Sofa!
It has been bugging me for years that whenever I moved to a new place I could basically make anything I needed by myself on a budget. However, making a sofa from scratch is still a pretty tricky and often expensive thing to do (especially if you have a specific design in mind, like I do).  And re-upholstering still frightens me, especially because I am so afraid of doing it wrong and having ruined expensive fabric in the process.

Which is why I did a happy dance when I spotted this Ekebol couch at Ikea. It has removable cushions! So goodbye heavy tools and hello sewing machine!

RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design: Before / After
Before

Why it’s a game changer:

  • It’s perfect for my tiny studio (there is a home-tour coming up on the blog soon!)
  • The cushions are removable!
  • It has shelves all around
  • It could be used as a guest bed
  • The shape makes it look less big in a tiny home

And I can go on like this for a while (I am not sponsored btw, I just really love it!)

The only downside to the sofa is also my biggest frustration when it comes to the current home-decor trends in stores: ‘safe’ fabrics. Prints are making a small comeback since the seventies, but for some reason sofa fabrics are still mostly available in boring beige and grey. There are exceptions, but they usually are way over my budget.

RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design: Before / After
After

The first thing that I did after buying the sofa was contacting my all-time favourite company: Spoonflower. I remembered that they offer velvet fabric and that was perfect for my sofa project! They quickly got on board and made me the happiest DIY blogger in the world!

I once again used the Rijksmuseum archive to create a collage out of their online art collection. The entire collection is rights free and you can download all of the artwork in high ress. quality. This time, I wanted to go for giant flowers and embraced soft pink as a background.

Always being on a budget, I want to mention that I was very surprised by how affordable printing your own fabric is nowadays. I am collaborating with Spoonflower, but this statement truly comes from being a classical Dutch (aka cheapo) person. As stated before, I have been looking for the perfect sofa for years and the total costs of the sofa and the fabric is about the same amount of a buying a regular (beige;)) decent priced couch. (I think that the total costs were around €600,-)

Are your ready to make your own custom sofa? Scroll down for the full project!

RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design


SUPPLIES


– Measuring Tape
– Scissors
– Sewing Machine
– Needle & Thread
– Pins
– Fabric (You can design your own fabric!!)


FABRIC DESIGN


Before we start:
Designing your own fabric. There are multiple ways to design fabric:
– Repeating print-  You design one square of artwork and have this square repeated across the entire fabric.
– ‘Life Size’ print – This is what I made. It means that you will have to design the fabric in it’s ‘true size’. So if your sofa cushion is 100cm by 100cm, the design file has to be made in 100cm by 100cm. I love this way of designing, because you can calculate which part of the print goes where. It does however require a fast computer, because in te end you will have to export an extremely large file and upload it to order the custom fabric.

Copying an existing sewing pattern:
– The reason why I bought this sofa, is because it has removable cushions. This tutorial is made with that in mind. If you want to re-upholster your sofa, you can follow the fabric design steps in this project. For the upholstery I suggest that you read the ‘Do It Yourself Divas’ blogpost on this subject. Which has an excellent tutorial on how to reupholster your sofa.

RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design

STEP 1 – Measuring

– Remove* all of the sofa covers and flip them inside out.
– Write down all of the cushions dimensions by placing your tape measure on all of the seams.

*My sofa has removable covers with a zipper, making it easy to remove the covers. If your sofa cushions don’t have any zippers, carefully open up one seam and flip the cover inside out.

RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design: Before / After

STEP 2 – Digital outline

– Once you have measured all of the cushions seams, use those numbers to create small technical drawings* for the outlines of the cushions.

* I advice to make these drawings digitally for the next few steps. You can use programs like Photoshop, Paint or even Word to create them.

RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design: Before / After

STEP 3 – Digital outline

– Make an outline drawing for each individual cushion.

– If you are designing your own ‘life sized’ fabric print like I did, you will want to create a file with all of the actual dimensions. Making it easier to design and order the fabric later on.
– If you are designing a repeating pattern, or are using a store-bought fabric, you will only need the dimensions to calculate the amount of fabric that you will need.

RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design

STEP 4 – Fabric 

– Design your own fabric! (or buy one, or repurpose old materials!)
– This is the third DIY project where I am designing my own fabric and it truly is an addiction! For my design, I used the Rijksmuseum database and turned floral artworks into a textile collage.

RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design: Before / After

STEP 5 – Custom Fabric

– Before your buy or design your fabric, you will need to know the amount needed.
– The digital designs that you made in steps 2 and 3, will make this very easy! Simply place the cushion outlines in one file, side by side. And you can calculate how much yards/cm of fabric you will need. (don’t forget to add seam allowance!)

– If you are designing your own ‘life size’ fabric print, this step is also perfect to finalise the design and let’s you choose which part of the print goes where.

For this project, I collaborated with the amazing Spoonflower and they printed my design on the richest softest velvet fabric! The flowers, the pink and the velvet go together so well, I just couldn’t stop touching it when it was delivered at my home :)


SOFA DESIGN


RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design

STEP 1

– Use your measurements made in the previous steps and cut all of the pieces of fabric needed for each cushion.

RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design

STEP 2

– Place your fabric -wrong side out- around each cushion.
– Use your pins to create the cushions outline. The fabric should be pretty tight around the cushions.
– Leave one side open.
– Remove the pinned fabric from the cushion, through the open side.
– Sew all of the pinned lines.

RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design

STEP 3

– Flip the sewn fabric -right side out-.
– Place the cushion in the new cushion cover.
– Fold the edges of the opening inwards and keep it in place with a few pins.
– Use your needle and thread to close to the opening with an invisible stitch.

RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design

What I love most about this project

  • You can make your biggest designing project, your homes statement piece
  • Add extra cushions on the sofa for a fun mix and match of prints
  • No need to get a new sofa in a few years, just design your new favourite project and sew new cushion covers!

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RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design

CREDITS

Velvet Fabric – Design by LRS in collaboration with Spoonflower
Sofa – by Ikea
– Hanging Planters – by LRS (DIY project coming soon!)
Rugs – by Ikea
Floral Framed Artwork – by LRS and Spoonflower
Portrait Artwork – by Piet en Kees

This blogpost is an original LRS Project.

DIY | Candle Wax Table Lamp

Let’s take those DIY skills to the next level and use them to create your very own table lamp project, from scratch! And yes, you read that right: this table lamp is made almost completely from candle wax!

The idea behind this project came from a gift that my parents gave me: an awesome looking flamingo bulb from Bitten-Design that deserved more than a plain Ikea lamp. I had done a few concrete mold projects that would have been great for this, but I was also looking for a new innovative version that didn’t require special supplies and scary advanced pottery skills and basically just something ‘new’.

Which let me to wax. And no, not some kind of special sculpture wax, (which would also be great for a future advanced-project!) but plain old candle wax.

The great thing about using candles, is that they come in a million colors. Which means that you can really match your home’s color palette or the bulb that you are using like me. You can go for:

  • black, white and grey
  • An ombre effect
  • Pastel tones

And I can go on like this for a while, because the options really are endless.
Not to mention the shape of your lamp, because as a mold, I used a simple juice carton.

I think that it is safe to say that I had a great time making this project and I can’t wait to see what the result of your lamp will be!

 

 

 

Are your ready to make your own table lamp? Scroll down for the full project!


DIY | Candle Wax Table Lamp

 

SUPPLIES
– Carton in the shape of your choice
– Lamp Wire ( I used this cord set from Ikea)
– Power Plug
– Candles to melt
– Baking Paper
– Scissors
– Hobby Knife
– Tape
– Round Cardboard Tube ( I used the leftover tube from an aluminum roll. The important thing is to make sure that the lamp fitting fits inside the tube)
– Pan
– Glue Gun
– Bulb (LED, because we don’t want our special wax lamp to melt;))

STEP 1 

– Empty and clean your carton. Wipe the inside dry.
– Use your hobby knife to remove the top* of the carton.

* This doesn’t have to be in the exact size of your lamp design. Just as long as you don’t cut it too short.

STEP 2

– Decide how tall you want your lamp to be.
– Mark the length on your cardboard tube and use your hobby knife to cut the tube.

STEP 3

– Take a piece of cardboard or thick paper and place it on your baking paper.
– Roll the two forward, creating a tube-like shape. (make sure that the opening is big enough for your cord to go through)

STEP 4

–  Use some tape to keep the rolled up scroll in place.

STEP 5

– Mark a small line approx. 2cm from the bottom of your cardboard tube with a pencil.
– Draw a circle in the same size as your rolled up baking paper scroll above the 2cm line.
– Use your hobby knife to cut the hole out of the tube.
– Make a matching hole in the bottom of your carton, using the exact same placement specifications.

STEP 6

– Pull your cord though the top opening of the cardboard tube and out of the hole that we made in step 5.
– Keep pulling the cord, until the socket slides into the tube.

STEP 7 

– Use your glue gun to attach the lamp’s socket to the top of the tube.

STEP 8 

– Cut a small piece of baking paper and wrap it around the socket*.
– Use tape or your glue gun to keep the baking paper in place.

* This will protect the socket from the hot candle wax.

STEP 9 

–  Take the cord coming out of the tube and pull it through the carton and out of the opening on the bottom side of the carton.
– Hold the tube in place and see of everything fits correctly. If you need to shorten the tube, level the bottom etc. this will be the step to do that.

STEP 10 

–  Use your glue gun to glue the bottom of the cardboard tube. Quickly, before the glue dries, stick the tube to the bottom of the carton.
– Slide the cord coming out of the carton through the baking paper tube.
– Press the baking paper tube through the hole in the carton as well as the hole in the cardboard tube.

STEP 11 

– Place your pan on the stove and melt the candles.
– Once the candles have melted, remove the wicks.
– Let the wax cool off for a while, until it has the thickness of yoghurt*.

* If the wax is too hot, there is a chance of the middle part of the mold slightly sinking in.

STEP 12 

– Pour the wax into the mold. Try to keep the entire carton as level as possible.
– If you want to create multiple layers like I did, let the wax completely cool off, before you pour the next color/layer.

STEP 13 

–  After the wax has set and doesn’t feel warm anymore, you can carefully remove the carton.

STEP 14 

–  Attach your power plug according to the instructions on the label*.

* If your label doesn’t come with instructions, you can use this website on how to attach your power plug.

STEP 15 

–  Find the perfect bulb for your table lamp and check to see if everything is working properly.

And that’s it! You will now have your very own handmade candle wax table lamp!

DIY | Candle Wax Table Lamp

What I love most about this project

  • You can mix and match with candle wax colors! Use 1,2, 3, 4, 5 different colors!
  • Mix & Match with the candle wax lines. If you lean the carton mold against a wall, letting it slightly tilt. You can create some fun geometric lines.
  • For this project, I used a tall square carton. But you can create a completely different looking lamp when you use a short triangle shaped mold.

DIY | Candle Wax Table Lamp


CREDITS

– Flamingo Light Bulb – by Bitten-Design
– Neon Heart Light – by Kwantum

This blogpost is an original LRS Project and was not sponsored.


 

DIY | No-Sew Wire Headband

DIY | No-Sew Wire Headband

Get ready for this 15 minute no sew wire headband project!  Yes, you read that right: this headband tutorial is not only super fast to make, it also doesn’t involve a sewing machine, hurray!

How did I come up with this project you ask? Well here is:
A short history of my winter frustrations, resulting in a fun headband project

Ever since the winter has arrived in The Netherlands, I have been going crazy because of all the static electricity in my house. I am not able to wear 80% of my dresses because they will stick to my legs, my cats are giving off electric vibes when walking near me and my bangs have a new found crush on my forehead… And after buying a humidifier, using hairspray on my tights and following every single how-to-remove-static tutorial there is, I have given up and decided to play along.

I haven’t found a solution for wearing long dresses without them sticking to my legs yet (any advice anyone?) But my hair problems are officially over, now that I have made this wire headband!
As of today I can keep the sticky hairs out of my face and still have a fashionable ( and retro! ) hairdo.

Besides it being perfect for keeping your bangs and hairs out of your face, this headband is also very suitable for any season: just imagine you sitting on the beach in your pretty bathing suit, sporting a headband that is made out of your favourite piece of fabric.

Because before I forget: this project is one of those opportunities to clean out your closet or fabric stack: You can cut up that skirt with the stain that will never go out, or use the piece of fabric that has been too small to actually make anything with it.
I used a leftover piece of lining fabric that I designed for my robe coat project. Which means that I can also match my coat now, so fun!

Are your ready to make your own wire headband? Scroll down for the full project!


DIY | No-Sew Wire Headband

SUPPLIES
– Long piece of fabric
– Textile Glue
– Long Wire
– Iron
– Measuring Tape or Ruler
– Scissors

DIY | No-Sew Wire Headband

STEP 1

– Cut your fabric in the size: 90cm x 10cm.
– Iron the fabric to create a smooth canvas.

DIY | No-Sew Wire Headband

STEP 2

– Place your fabric wrong side up.
– Use your iron to fold the outer left and right edge. Fold the fabric approx. 2cm.

DIY | No-Sew Wire Headband

STEP 3

– Use your iron to fold the outer top and bottom edge. Fold the fabric approx. 2cm.

DIY | No-Sew Wire Headband

STEP 4

– Starting on one side, measure the vertical middle of the fabric with the top and bottom folded inwards.
– Fold the outer edges inwards to the vertical middel, creating a triangle shape.
– Use your iron to keep the fold in place.
– Repeat this for the other side.

DIY | No-Sew Wire Headband

STEP 5

– Fold the entire piece of fabric horizontally double.
– Use your iron to make a crisp fold.

DIY | No-Sew Wire Headband

STEP 6

– Take your wire and place it on top of your fabric.
– Cut the wire in the size of the fabrics widest edge + 2 cm
– Fold one side of the wire 1cm inwards*.
– Fold the other side of the wire 1cm inwards.

* This will prevent the wire from piercing through the fabric

DIY | No-Sew Wire Headband

STEP 7

– Glue the edges of the fabric together with your textile glue*, leaving one side open.

* Try out your glue on a piece of scrap fabric first to see if it might bleed through.

DIY | No-Sew Wire Headband

STEP 8

– Place the wire inside the headband through the small space you left open in step 7.

DIY | No-Sew Wire Headband

STEP 9

– Apply a small amount of textile glue to close the entire headband.
– Let the glue dry according to the instruction on the tube.

And thats it! You will now have your very own no-sew headband!

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What I love most about this project

  • The inserted wire let’s the headband stay in place. (I am one of those people that can’t wear regular headbands, because they will slide off within minutes)
  • It’s practically a FREE piece of accessory. I had every single one of the supplies laying around at home!
  • Use the same fabric for a skirt or top and you will have a very matching outfit.
  • Make a bunch of these with your fabric scraps and wear them according to season: velvet for winter, linen for summer, etc.

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CREDITS

– Leaf Fabric design – by Lana Red Studio in collaboration with Spoonflower
– Tassel Earrings – by Lana Red Studio for Mollie Makes Magazine

This blogpost is an original LRS Project and was not sponsored.

ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting Card

ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting CardI have been wanting to make my own set of postcards for a while now, but I really wanted to use the process as part of a DIY project to share how incredibly fun it is to see something that you have made in print!ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting Card
So, let’s start by collecting all of the scrap paper that you have laying around (this can be from your kids craft collection, old newspapers, etc.) and instead of bringing them to the recycling bin, turn them into your very own art card project!

The idea behind the card design is to play with a real collage made out of paper (or other materials if you feel like trying something new) and use the layered effect to create a subtle 3d look. Later on, you photograph or scan the result and print it onto cardstock.

What I absolutely LOVE about this process is that you actually get to play around with different shapes and materials and try things that you might not think of when you are designing something on the computer.

Are you excited yet?! Let’s start making that card!

 

 

ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting Card


This project is a part of the LRS DIY / BUY it collection.
Make it yourself, or buy it today!


SUPPLIES

– Any kind of scrap paper that you like (I used kids craft paper and payed special attention to the color combination for the card design)
– Scissors or hobby knife
– Scanner or camera
– Printer (or you can order your cards online, like I did)

ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting Card

STEP 1.1

Designing

– I made 2 cards and used 2 different designing techniques. For the first card, I designed the image on my laptop in Adobe Photoshop. I played around with simple squares, circles and other regular shapes until they formed a portrait (the braided hair is actually a bunch of circles)
– You can of course design anything that you like, and use any computer software that you are comfortable with.

ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting Card

STEP 1.2

Designing

– For the second card design, I traced a photo of myself onto a piece of paper (keeping in mind to use the right proportions to that of a regular A6 sized card). I only traced the outer edges of my hair, the jacket, etc.
– After tracing the image, I used different colours to colour the big empty spaces.
– What I loved about this, is that I already got to experiment with colors and got to see what did and didn’t work.

ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting Card

STEP 2

– I you have designed your image on the computer, you can print it onto a regular piece of paper. It doesn’t have to be printed in the exact card size, just as long as the proportions are similar to that of a regular card (I made my cards in A6 format)

ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting Card

STEP 3

– Wether you have printed your design or painted it in a piece of paper, place it on a flat surface and start by cutting away the bigger shapes.
– After you have have traced a few bigger shapes with your scissors or knife, stop this step and follow the instructions in step 4.

ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting Card

STEP 4

– Place one of the cut out pieces on a piece of your chosen scrappaper and trace the shape.
– Cut the traces shape out of the paper, this is your first piece of the collage!
– Repeat step 3 & 4 until you have traced and ‘copied’ all of the shapes from your design.

– You can trace one piece unto different kinds of paper and see which one works best. Play around, trust me it’s fun!

ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting Card

STEP 5

– Take Another piece of paper and cut out a hole that has the proportions of a regular card (size A6, A5, etc.)
– Place it over the design. This step really helped me to decide how zoomed in or out I wanted the design to be. Here you can think of how many space you would like all around your design and if something might still be missing in the design.

ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting Card

STEP 6

Digitising your design

– There are many ways to digitise your design:

  • Take a photo of the design and print it onto cardstock with your own printer.
  • Scan the image with a scanner and print it onto cardstock with your own printer.
  • Take a photo of the design and order the cards online (or at a local printshop).
  • Scan the image with a scanner and order the cards online (or at a local printshop).

– I photographed the two designs and had them printed onto 330gr. cardstock. I also made a small design for the back of the card.

And that is it! You will now have your very own art cards!

ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting Card

ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting Card ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting Card

Extra ideas

– Both of my cards have been printed on both sides. The front has a smooth glossy surface and the back card design is matt and writable. But there are many more possibilities, whichever works best for your design!
– You can also turn the back of the card into a postcard and design lines and a stamp area from scrappaper!

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SHOP Lana Red Studio


Are you interested in the cards that I made? You are in luck! Because they are available in the LRS Etsy shop:

LRS Greeting Cards


 

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Dresser

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

Are you ready for a fun ‘Before and After’ post?! Today I will be sharing my budget friendly dresser restyle project!

Upcycling is one of my favourite activities! And when I moved into my current studio, I had very little money to spend on decorating the small space and also didn’t want to invest in a new piece of furniture, since my next home might be too far away to bring it with me (yes, the luxurious struggles of a nomadic lifestyle!)

Luckily I found this old dresser for free and decided to give it a new life with just a few easy tweaks that completely changed it entire look.
My main wish for this dresser was to lift it to create space underneath it, since my studio is pretty small and one of the ‘tricks’ for living in a small space is to keep the floor surface visible.
And I wanted to paint it into a subtle color, since all of my walls are white, and I wanted to turn it into a practical statement piece.

Budget-friendly Dresser:

Upcycling old pieces of furniture really doesn’t have to cost much. The total costs for restyling this dresser were only: €19,00!!

  • Dresser: free! (ask your friends, family, eBay for unused pieces of furniture)
  • Wooden legs: I found these wooden table legs at a thrift store for 1 euro each and they matched perfectly!
  • Handles: The leather handles are made out of a thrifted leather jacket that only cost 2 euro. The carriage bolts and matching nuts cost 8 euros at the local hardware store.
  • Paint: Try Dollar/Euro stores! They often sell left over name brand paint cans. (And for the Dutchies among us: I bought the chalk paint at Action for only 5 euros.)

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

I was in a very pastel phase, when restyling this dresser. But as I try to do in all of my tutorials: you can adjust the project to your own style! Paint each drawer in a different color, choose felt instead of leather for the handles, put wheels under the dresser, etc. The possibilities are endless!

Are your ready to give your old dresser a new look? Scroll down for the full project!


DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Dresser

SUPPLIES
– Old dresser
– 4 Table legs
– Paint ( I used chalk paint for a matte effect)
– Primer – that is suitable for the surface of your dresser
– Paint roller and brushes
– Sandpaper
– Pieces of Leather
– Carriage bolts and matching nuts
– Fabric Hole Puncher

Optional
– Piece of wood for the bottom of the dresser
– Drill to attach the legs to the bottom of the drawer

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

STEP 1

– Remove the original handles of the chest of drawers.
– Take all of the drawers out of the dresser.

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

STEP 2

– Lightly sand the entire dresser including the front of the drawers.
– Clean the surfaces with a damp cloth after sanding.

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

STEP 3

– With a soft roller, apply the primer to the outside of the dresser and drawers.
– Let the paint dry.

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

STEP 4

– After the primer has dried, lightly sand the painted surfaces.
– Clean the surfaces with a soft cloth before the next step.

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

STEP 5

– Apply* your choice of paint to the outside of the dresser and drawers.
– let the paint dry, and if necessary, apply an extra layer.

* Use a roller or brush that is suitable for the type of paint that you are using
* I used a chalk paint in the color: mint

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

STEP 6

Preparing the leather handles

– Decide the width and length of the leather* handles.
– Double the length measurements (you will be folding the leather handle later on) and draw the measurements on a piece of paper or cardboard.
– Cut the measurements out of the cardboard.
– Make a hole on one side of the cardboard for the bolt.

* Are you also always on a budget? No worries! I made these leather handles out of a thrifted leather jacket to keep the costs to a minimum. And you can also always opt for animal friendly faux-leather pieces.

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

STEP 7

– Place your cardboard mold on a piece of leather and cut along the edges.

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

STEP 8

– Mark the hole placement and fold the leather piece double.
– Use your hole puncher (or something similar) and punch a hole trough both layers of the fabric.

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

STEP 9

– Repeat step 7 & 8 for as many handles as you need.
– Prepare the handles by inserting the bolts trough both of the fabric layers.

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

STEP 10

– Press the bolt through the existing hole in the drawer, with the leather piece on the outside of the drawer.

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

STEP 11

– Attach the nut to the back of the bolt inside the drawer.

STEP 12

Attaching the legs

Attaching the legs to the bottom of the dresser shouldn’t be too hard, depending on the type of legs and the bottom of the cupboard.
– If the dresser has an open bottom, take a piece of wood (you can have it cut in the size of the dresser at the hardware store) and paint the edges in the color of paint as the rest of the dresser.
– Turn the dresser upside down, and use small screws to attach the piece of wood to the bottom.
– How to attach the legs to the new bottom depends on the type. This website shows three different ways to attach new legs to your dresser.

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

And that is it! You will now have a brand new looking dresser!

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CREDITS

– Chalk Paint by Action
– Star Light by Hema
– Gold Planter by Ikea
– Black Planter by Søstrene Grene
– Painting by Lana Red Studio

This blogpost is an original LRS Project and was not sponsored.

PRINTABLE DIY | Oh Deer Christmas Wrapping Paper

PRINTABLE DIY | Oh Deer Christmas Wrapping Paper

How about a fun and original way to wrap your smaller sized Christmas gifts this year?! This ‘Oh Deer; Christmas wrapping paper is available as a free downloadable print and allows you to bring your gifting skills to a whole new level!

I always wanted to design my own wrapping paper, but never realised that you can just wrap presents with regular printer paper. Because, even though the paper is thicker and sturdier than regular wrapping paper, it still looks pretty good to me when you decorate it with a custom print!

It is so easy! You print your paper, wrap your gift and give the deer a red nose for a playful effect!


PRINTABLE DIY | Oh Deer Christmas Wrapping Paper

SUPPLIES
– Felt Poms (or something similar)
– Glue
– Paper in the colour of your choosing
– Printer

PRINTABLES
A4 sized paper printable
Printable Deer

PRINTABLE DIY | Oh Deer Christmas Wrapping Paper

STEP 1

– Collect the gift that you want to wrap* and measure the size.
– Depending on the size of the gift you can:
Download an A4 sized template with a large deer image in the middle.
Download the deer image on it’s own and use a program like Word, Pages or Adobe Photoshop to scale the image in the correct size.

*If you have a printer that is suitable for A4 sized paper like mine, you will be able to wrap many small gifts like: jewellery boxes, pocket books, etc.

PRINTABLE DIY | Oh Deer Christmas Wrapping Paper

STEP 2

– Place the coloured paper in the printer and print your image.

PRINTABLE DIY | Oh Deer Christmas Wrapping Paper

STEP 3

– Wrap the gift with your paper, making sure that the deer image is on top.

PRINTABLE DIY | Oh Deer Christmas Wrapping Paper

STEP 4

– With a dot of glue attach a small pom on top of the nose of the deer.

PRINTABLE DIY | Oh Deer Christmas Wrapping Paper

EXTRAS

You can go so many ways with this project!
– Print the deer on all kinds of different paper, from regular white paper, to coloured, thin, photo, you name it!
– Rudolph has a red nose, or maybe he is sporing a blue one this year?
– Download the deer image and place multiple deers on one piece of paper!

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DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

Clay, yes I guess it is my new obsession for jewellery projects! And why not?! The possibilities are endless, it is affordable and so easy to use!! For this project I combined three different colours of polymer clay and made these tiny and subtle heart shaped dangle earrings!

Like most of my projects, this is very suitable to adjust to your own taste:
– Make a heart, star, circle, etc, shape
– Black-pink-white. Red-orange-yellow. Blue-green-purple. Choose your favourite color combo!
– Not a fan of gold earrings? Choose, silver or rose gold!

Use the tutorial steps below and make your new favourite pair of earrings in the style that you like best!

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings


This project is a part of the LRS DIY it / BUY it collection.
Make it yourself, or buy it today!


 

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

SUPPLIES

– 3 Shades of polymer Clay
– Rolling Pin
– Earring Hooks
– Pliers
– Something to create the heart (or circular, etc.) shape. I used a mold that I found in the baking section of a dollar/euro store.
– Jewellery Glue

– Oven

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

STEP 1

– Preheat your oven according to your polymer clay instructions.
– Take a piece of polymer clay and roll it up into a ball.

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

STEP 2

– Prepare your surface, you can use a baking sheet, smooth desk/table or a piece of plastic.

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

STEP 3

– Roll the polymer clay ball out on the smooth surface.
– Roll it slightly thinner than you would like (the next step will add a bit of extra thickness)

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

STEP 4

– Take small pieces of clay from the other two colors and randomly place them on top of the rolled out clay.
– If you are using black polymer clay like I am, touch it as little as possible* and apply it at the last moment.

*Black polymer clay is unfortunately known for making your hands and surface black, which will also effect your other clay colours. To avoid ending up with grey all over your pretty clay earrings, clean your hands, rolling pin and surface as often as possible.

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

STEP 5

– Use your rolling pin and merge the small pieces into the flay clay surface. Roll until you have reached your desired thickness.
– Take the mold and start making your earring shapes.

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

STEP 6

– Repeat making as many shapes as you like.

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

STEP 7

– Take your earring and pliers for the next few steps.

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

STEP 8

– Use your pliers to cut the end of the earring off.

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

STEP 9

– Make sure that you still have about 1 cm left on the earring to attach the clay shape.

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

STEP 10

– Press the end of the earring inside the top of the earring, gently pressing it down, making sure that it doesn’t stick out in the back or front.
– Remove the earring from the clay and place your clay pieces on a baking sheet and place them in the oven.
– Bake your clay earrings according to the instructions of your polymer clay.
– Once they are done, take them out of the oven and let them cool down.

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

STEP 11

– Apply a tiny bit of jewellery glue to the end of the earring and slide it into the previously made hole in the clay.
– Let the glue dry.

And that is it! You will now have your very own clay heart earrings!!

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

Shape it up:

– Why stick to a heart shape? Just look around your room/house and I bet that you will find all sorts of fun shapes (marker caps for instance) that you can use to make a new pair of earrings.
– One, two, three, ten, you can use as many colours as you like to do this project!

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

Fabric scraps, discount fabric coupons or simply that old dress that doesn’t fit anymore, I just love to use one-of-a-kind materials that would normally go to waste and turn them into a handmade statement piece like this cushion cover project!

Today I will be showing you in a very detailed step by step how to make your own geometric patchwork cushion cover.

As you might know, I try to make DIY projects that are adjustable to everyones taste. I mean you can copy away if you like ;) But how amazing would it be if we all followed the same step-by-step tutorial and had completely different end-results! Well, I believe that this is one of those projects.

Because not only can you go for your favourite colours and materials, even the patchwork shapes are adjustable! And you can make the pillow cover of your dreams and still have enough material left over for a new project like these patchwork zipper pouches.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover


This project is a part of the LRS DIY it / BUY it collection.
Make it yourself, or buy it today!


SUPLIES
– Different types of fabric
– Zipper
– Sewing Machine (and serger)
– Pins
– Measuring Tape
– Drawing Chalk
– Big piece of paper
– Pencil
– Scissors

– Pillow Insert

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 1

– Cut a large piece of paper in the size of your choosing for your cushion cover. The cover that I made is 50cm x 50xm
–  Take your pencil and divide the piece of paper into as many pieces as you want, by drawing straight lines. Each piece will represent a part of the patchwork pattern. (if you wish to use my pattern shoot me an email and I will send it to you)

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 2

– After your have divided the paper into multiple pieces, cut the paper by following the drawn lines, but make sure to keep them all in place!
– Once you have cut all of the pieces, assign a number to each of them to keep track later on.
– Write the number of the pieces that are side by side along the edges, this way we won’t loose track later on and avoid cutting a piece of fabric in the wrong size.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 3

– Place each pattern piece of the fabric of your choosing with the right sides up.
– Add 1cm all around with fabric chalk (or something similar) and cut the fabric.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 4

– You will now have the patchwork pattern pieces ready!

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 5

– Use a serger or zigzag stitch and follow all of the pattern piece edges.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 6

– Once you have serged or zigzagged all of the edges, place the pattern pieces in their original pattern to keep track of what you are doing.*

*This may seem a bit excessive, but if you are making an elaborate patchwork pattern with a lot of pieces, trust me it will make sense!;)

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 7

– Start attaching the pattern pieces. Pick two of them and use your sewing machine to sew them together.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 8

– Once you have sewn the two pieces together, use your iron and flatten the seam. This will be important before attaching the next pieces.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 9

– Place the pieces back in their place and decide in which order to sew the next pieces.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 10

– Repeat sewing and ironing the pieces together.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 11

– Once you have sewed all of the pieces together, carefully iron the top of the seams flat.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 12

Creating the back

– Place the front of the cover face down on a piece of fabric.
– Cut around the shape of the cover and add an addition 20cm to the top.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 13

– Take the back piece and cut a straight line approx. 4ocm from the top of the fabric.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 14

– Finish the edges with a serger or zigzag stitch.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 15

– Fold the top of the biggest back piece towards the inside.
– Attach the zipper in the middel and pin it to the folded edge.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 16

– Sew the pinned zipper line.
– Close the sipper for the next steps.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 17

– Fold the top back piece inwards.
– Place it on top of the zipper and let it overlap slightly.(approx. 1 cm)

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 18

– Start by pinning the fabric to the top of the zipper line.
– Add a pin to both ends of the zipper.
– Pin the remaining fabric together towards the side.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 19

– The zipper should still be closed.
– Check if the top fabric is overlapping the entire zipper and if the ends of the zipper aren’t showing.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 20

– Carefully attach the zipper by sewing the pinned line.
– After you have finished the zipper, open the zipper for the final step.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 21

– Place the two cover pieces face down on top of each other. (remember to keep the zipper open!)
– Sew the outside lines together.
– Fold the cushion cover inside out through the zipper opening.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

Go professional:

– Add your own fabric label to take your items to the next level!
– Simply attach it in the last step of this DIY, by placing it in between the two covers when you are closing up the edges.

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DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

Patchwork, unfortunately still has an outdated label so lets go with geometric!
With the ‘geometric’ technique you can make a million combinations and designs! And what I love the most about it, is that if you use only a few basic fabrics it will easily result in a matching series of cushions! Your sofa or bed will immediately be stylishly matched!

RECIPE | Sugar Free – Banana Bread

RECIPE | Healthy Sugar Free Banana BreadBread that tastes like cake and is also sugar free? Yes please! This banana bread recipe will be the perfect solution to those quick mornings when there is no time for breakfast or late afternoon cravings when the cookie jar is starting to look way too tempting!

I am not a fan of cooking, which means that eating healthy has always been a problem for me. So I am slowly trying to come up with alternatives to at least eat healthy during the day.
My mornings usually start with a homemade smoothie or a quick and easy banana pancake. But what about those cravings during the day? Or the mornings where there simply is no time to make a smoothie or pancake?

Solution: Banana Bread!

I still don’t get why I haven’t thought of this before, because it is:
– ‘healthy’: there are mixed nuts in this bread and it is sugar-free, etc. (I guess eating an apple would be considered more healthy, but to me this is already a great improvement!:)
– Perfect for eating breakfast on the go.
– Adjustable for vegans: substitute the eggs for soy yoghurt and the honey for agave syrup.
– Budget friendly, use trail mix instead of expensive fancy nuts.
– Time friendly, I usually slice the bread and store it in the freezer. This way I only have to make a bread about once every 2/3 weeks.

Did I get you excited yet?! Read the full recipe and instructions below:


RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 Medium sized ripe bananas
  • 100 grams Oats
  • 100 grams Flour
  • 3 Eggs (or 3/4 tbsp of soy yoghurt for vegans)
  • 3 tbsp Coconutoil
  • 3 tbsp Honey (or agave syrup for vegans)
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 Handfuls of mixed nuts

RECIPE | Healthy Sugar Free Banana BreadSTEP 1

– Preheat the oven to 175 degrees.
– In a bowl, mash the three bananas with a fork.

RECIPE | Healthy Sugar Free Banana Bread

STEP 2

– Add three tablespoons of coconut oil to the mashed bananas.

RECIPE | Healthy Sugar Free Banana Bread

STEP 3

– Add three tablespoons of honey to the mashed bananas.

RECIPE | Healthy Sugar Free Banana Bread

STEP 4

– In a separate bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients: 100 grams of flour, 100 grams of oats, 2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

RECIPE | Healthy Sugar Free Banana Bread

STEP 5

– With a sharp knife, chop the 2/3 of the nuts.
– Add the chopped nuts to the bowl with the dry ingredients.

RECIPE | Healthy Sugar Free Banana Bread

STEP 6

– Add the wet ingredients to the large bowl with the dry ingredients and mix them with a spoon.

RECIPE | Healthy Sugar Free Banana Bread

STEP 7

– Add the 3 eggs to the  mixture and stir the batter with a spoon.

RECIPE | Healthy Sugar Free Banana Bread

STEP 8

– Line the loaf pan with baking paper.
– Evenly divide the batter into the pan.

RECIPE | Healthy Sugar Free Banana Bread

STEP 9

– Decorate the top of the bread with the leftover, un-chopped nuts.
– Place the bread in the oven for 45 to 65 minutes (depending on your oven)

RECIPE | Healthy Sugar Free Banana Bread

Let the bread cool down after baking or have a tasty warm slice!

* Extra tip:
Cut the bread in snack-sized slices and store them in the freezer. Take them with you to work and they will defrost before it is your pre-lunch snack time!

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SEWING DIY | Cut and Sew Wrap Dress

SEWING DIY | Cut and Sew Wrap Dress

Sometimes there are these projects where I just can’t believe that I get to do this as a part of my work, this is one of them!

Upcycling is my friend, but creating things from scratch also has a magical feeling to it. The first sewing project where I designed not only the sewing pattern but also the fabric pattern was my Robe Coat project. And today I am going to take it to the next level (yes, that is possible!) with a ‘Cut and Sew’ sewing project!

 


What is ‘Cut and Sew’ you ask?

This means that you design and outline a piece of clothing during the design process. For instance, you design a life size back and front of a t-shirt, paste a photo inside this lay-out and print both pieces on fabric. All you have to do once the fabric is printed, is ‘cut out and sew’ the t-shirt together.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap DressFor this DIY project, I created a simple wrap dress pattern. It only has 5 pattern pieces (excluding the ribbons) so once it has been printed on fabric, you will only need to sew the 5 pieces together like a fun kimono puzzle.

Besides it being extremely easy and practical to have the pattern pieces printed in life size instead of having to use tracing paper and chalk on fabric. It is the design which makes this way of sewing so unique. – When you buy a piece of fabric on the market or in a store, you work with a design or repeating pattern that someone else has created. But what if you want to have a fabric that you can design based on your body type and taste? If you have wider hips like I do, you can darken the sides of the dress a bit, or you can place the focus on the bottom of the dress with a landscape. Because the outline of a wrap dress is so clear, you can really design a dress on and for your body.

 

About the design

For this project, I went to my favourite source of visual inspiration: the Rijksmuseum website. This is a website by one of the biggest Dutch museums and they have a large amount of their artwork online, encouraging everyone to download and use them for projects like this. All of the images are high ress. and rights free.
I collected ten different artworks from around the world and used photoshop to combine them into this design. The artworks range from paintings made in Japan, to embroidery pieces from France.
I used pictures of fabric to create the illusion of a velvet trim and embroidered sleeves, while in fact every piece of the dress is made out of the same material, it looks like it is a combination of different textures.

 

There are many options to do this DIY project:
– Follow my full detailed tutorial (below) and order my cut and sew – wrap dress design from Spoonflower
Request the outlines of the wrap dress, design your own fabric and order it online. (this does involve a bit of designing knowledge, the files are very big, so your computer needs to be able to handle this)
– Design another cut & sew pattern, like a T-shirt and use this tutorial as your guide for your very own project! (just make sure that the t-shirt is designed in a ‘life size’ file, we don’t want to end up with t-shirts for our barbies;)

 

Technical information:
– The wrap dress pattern is designed for sizes: Small, Medium and Large.
– Because everybody has different body types, you can cut the pattern pieces wider, by including pieces of the red parts (see images below) to make sure that the dress won’t be too small. I actually did this at the shoulders to show you how easy it is to alter the patterns.
– The size of the first printed piece including the: back of the dress and the two ribbons is: 52″ x 72″ (2 yards centered) at 150 dpi.
– The size of the second printed piece including the: left and right side of the front of the dress and the left and right sleeve is: 52″ x 108″ (3 yards centered) at 150dpi.
– The fabric of the dress is: poly crepe de chine and it is machine washable and very flowy and soft.

 


DIY

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

SUPPLIES

– Custom Cut & Sew Fabric – Order my design or design your own with the template.(Interested in the outline Photoshop files? Shoot me an email and I will send them to you!)
– Sewing Machine
– Scissors
– Pins
– Needle & Thread
– Iron

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 1

– Design your own cut & sew fabric and order it online, or order mine.
– Place the fabric with your ‘cut and sew’ design on a flat surface and cut around the pattern shapes.
– If you are not sure about the sizing, you can cut wider around the edges, pin the garment together and see how it fits ( I did this with the shoulders)

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 2

-Flatten or iron the fabric to prepare for the next steps.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 3

– Pin and sew the shoulder pieces* (wrong sides) together.
– Use your iron to flatten the sewn seams.

*As you can see in the picture above, I added 3 cm to the top of the shoulder when cutting the original cut-and-sew shape. I wanted to make sure that it would fit and figured I could always remove it later. 

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 4

– Place the side parts above the waist with the right sides together on top of each other on a flat surface.
– Pin and sew the sides from the arm opening to the top of the waist line.
– Repeat this on the other side.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 5

– Fold the sleeve horizontally double with the right sides inward.
– Pin and sew the side of the sleeve together.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 6

– Starting at the armpit, pin the sleeve inside the armhole.
– Leave about 5 cm open at the top of the shoulder.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 7

– Thread you needle and run it through the excess fabric at the top of the sleeve to create a ruffled line.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 8

– Spread the ruffles out over the length of the shoulder opening and attach it to the shoulder with a few pins.
– Sew the pinned sleeve.
– Repeat this for the other sleeve.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 9

– Fold the edge of the sleeve twice and pin it, to keep it in place. Iron and sew the edge of the sleeve.
– Repeat this for the other sleeve.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 10

– Sew the sides of the dress from the waist to the bottom.
– Iron the seams of the dress open.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 11

-Use a small pair of scissors to open the seam at the left*  waistline of the dress.
– Sew along each openend line.

* You can also create the opening at the right side of the dress, whichever you prefer.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 12

– Fold the fabric of the neckline double and pin it in place. Do this for the entire inside seam.
– Sew the pinned seams.
– Repeat this for the bottom of the dress.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 13

– Take one of the longer ribbon pieces and fold it horizontally double with the right side turned in.
– Sew the edges together.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 14

– Slightly move the ribbon, to get the seam to the middle of the ribbon.
– Use your iron to open up the seam and flatten it.
– Sew one end of the ribbon.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 15

– Fold the ribbon inside out.
– With the seam in the middle, iron it flat.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 16

– Fold the edge of the ribbon to the inside.
– Pin and sew the edge with a straight stitch.
– Repeat step 13 to 16 for the other ribbon.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 17

– Attach one of the ribbons to the inside of the dress, at the waistline with two pins. (with the right side of the ribbon to the wrong side of the dress).

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 18

– Attach the ribbon by sewing two lines, following the corner line of the outer seam and the corner line of the dress pattern.
– Repeat this to the other opening of the dress.

And that is it! You will now have your very own custom wrap dress!

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

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DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress
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CREDITS

– Fabric by Spoonflower
– Shoes by Maguba
– Project by Lana Red Studio

Because this cut and sew project has a lot of information, please feel free to ask any questions in the comment section below or shoot me an email. I would love to help and guide you with your design!