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SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper ClutchAre you also always starting many new projects and have a ton of leftover pieces of fabric that are too small to turn into something wearable, but too pretty to throw away? Well, do I have a great solution for! Turn them into a patchwork clutch!

And no, by patchwork I don’t mean a granny style purse, but an on-trend geometric zipper clutch that is both practical and pretty.

I have made a bunch of these in a variety of fabrics and they always turn out wonderful. You might recognise the fabrics from my Mollie Makes projects or my latest collaboration with Spoonflower. The combinations are endless and you just simply can’t go wrong here.

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


 

SUPPLIES

– 3 pieces of scrap fabric
– Lining fabric
– Zipper
– Piece of paper
– Ruler or measuring tape
– Scissors
– Pins
– Sewing Machine

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

STEP 1

– Take your piece of paper and place your zipper at the top. Cut the paper in the same width as the zipper.

– Decide the length of your clutch and add 1 cm at the top and 1 cm the bottom of that size.

– Cut the piece of paper.

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STEP 2

– Draw 2 lines within your clutch template to create the patchwork look.

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

STEP 3

– Cut the patchwork pieces out of the paper. Mark the individual pieces to remember where each goes.

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

STEP 4

– Place the patchwork template pieces on your pieces of scrap fabric and cut them out.

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

STEP 5

– Sew two of the fabric pieces together. And fold the crease at the back open.

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STEP 6

– Attach the last piece of fabric to the rest and fold the back crease open.

– Repeat step 3 to 6 for the back of the clutch.

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STEP 7

– Place your patchwork piece on top of the lining and cut the shape out twice.

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STEP 8

– Place your zipper along the length of the patchwork piece of fabric. with right sides together.

– Position a piece of lining fabric on top of the zipper with the right side facing down and raw edges aligned.

– Pin and sew along the top of the zipper.

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STEP 9

– Fold your layers open so the patchwork fabric and zipper are right sides up, with the lining fabric layered underneath.

– Top stitch along the seam, close to the edge of the zipper.

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STEP 10

– Repeat step 8 and 9, with the remaining pieces of fabric.

– Open the zipper

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STEP 11

– Pin both the patchwork pieces and the lining pieces right sides together.

– Sew around all four edges leaving a small opening in the bottom of the lining.

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

STEP 12

– Turn the clutch right sides out through the opening in the lining.

– Sew the opening in the lining shut with a straight stitch along the seam.

– Push the lining neatly inside the clutch.

 

* Styling tip: attach a ribbon to the zipper for a finished look

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Once you have made your template in steps 1 to 3, you can make as many clutches as you want in a variety of styles.

Mix and match different types of scrap fabric and make your own clutch collection! They make great gifts!


 

Or.. if you are not feeling crafty, don’t have a pile of fabric scraps that are suitable for this project or you just like the one that I made?
No worries! You can actually also purchase one (or 2 or 3..) in my Etsy shop! Get your brand new handmade clutch today!

DIY it, BUY it, it is up to you.

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DIY | Concrete and Gold Leaf Pendant

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Today I am so pleased to share my new project with you: a concrete and gold leaf pendant!!

You might recognise this pendant from my Etsy shop collection. Yes, that is right you can make one yourself with this tutorial or if you don’t have the time, resources or energy to make one: you can also purchase a handmade pendant in the LRS Shop!
I have made a bunch of pendants in 3 different shapes and you can find them all on Etsy.


 

But if you feel like making one yourself here’s the story:

While making my Concrete Planter DIY project, I noticed that I really enjoyed working with concrete, and how easy to use the material is.

This inspired me to experiment and see what else I could make that involves this crafty supply. I really liked to find out if I could use it for something that you wouldn’t usually see in this material and that is how I came up with a collection of concrete pendants!

I found a great silicon mold in the shape of a square with an inward pyramid, that is perfect for this project. And after experimenting a lot, I finally found the best way to turn the concrete into a light-weight subtle pendant.

To give the concrete a more finished and luxurious look, I added a gold leafing detail, accentuating the shape of the pendant.

Are you excited to wear one of your own concrete pendants?

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


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SUPPLIES

– Concrete
– Silicon Mold
– Mixing bowl
– Gold Leaf
– Adhesive (which I forgot to include in the picture..)
– Silver Wire
– Pliers
– 2 Paint Brushes

Optional
– Painterstape
– Mod podge, or something similar to create a protective coating

– Sandpaper

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STEP 1

– Take a smal piece of the silver wire and *push it through the silicon mold, this will be the wire that connects the necklace to the pendant.

*Make sure that the wire is in de middle and will be completely covered by the concrete.

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STEP 2

– Mix the concrete according to the directions on the pack.

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STEP 3

– Pour the concrete inside the silicon mold.
– After filling the individual shapes, shake and tap the mold to remove most of the airbubbels and to even the tops out.
– Let the concrete dry for at least 24 hours, before removing it from the mold.

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STEP 4

– After 24 hours, gently remove the dried concrete from the mold by lifting it sideways, pulling the concrete and the attached wire from the mold.

*If the back of the pedant has sharp edges, you can use a piece of sandpaper to sand the back.

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STEP 5

– Apply a thin layer of adhesive onto the parts that you want to cover with gold leaf.
– You can use painters tape to protect the parts that you don’t want to cover with gold leaf.
– Let the adhesive sit for about 5 to 10 minutes before moving to the next step.

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STEP 6

– Carefully take a few pieces of gold leaf and press it onto the parts that have adhesive on them.
– Apply pressure onto the gold leaf, without rubbing, press the leaf onto the glue.
– Let the gold leaf sit for about 30 minutes.

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STEP 7

– After 30 minutes, use your finger, a dry brush or a cotton swab(this was the only thing soft and small enough to reach all corners) and gently rub over the applied gold leaf. While rubbing, the excessive leaf should come off and the glued leaf will be attached to the concrete.

* In case some parts have not been covered properly onto the concrete, you can repeat steps 5 to 7.

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STEP 8

– Apply a thin layer of mod podge or any other type of sealant to protect the concrete and gold leaf from scratches.

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STEP 9

– Use your pliers to bend the silver wire, creating a circle shape.
– Attach a jump ring and chain for your necklace.

All done!

DIY | Concrete and Gold Leaf Pendant

I love that not one piece looks the same, giving it a unique quality. And I also made a few others with different molds, so you can also experiment with different shapes and see how they will turn out.

This really is a fun project if you like to experiment with a new material, I highly recommend trying it:)

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Thank you for stopping by! And as I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I also just started to sell some of my favourite DIY products in my own LRS Shop!

They are all products that I created for this blog as a part of a Do-It-Yourself project. This means that you can either make one yourself with the help of my tutorial or purchase the final result in my Etsy store.

 

 

DIY | Copper Origami Brooch

DIY | Copper Origami BroochI guess you can say that I have gone origami crazy! After my origami embroidered book cover DIY, I started to make even more projects with this fantastic technique!

Today I am sharing my new jewellery DIY project with you: an origami swan made out of copper foil.

Copper foil is a material that always seemed way to advanced to use. I would see a pretty pendant or a pair of earrings on Etsy and figured that the only way that I could make something like that would require some serious professional tools.

But guess what, I could not have been more wrong! When walking in a big craftstore here in Berlin (Modulor), I noticed a piece of copper foil and it was actually bendy, pretty and affordable! (I am still confused by the term foil, because 0.1mm foil feels to thick to be considered foil.. oh well:))

After making a couple of different shapes I decided to share my Origami Swan pin with you. It’s easy, it doesn’t require lot’s of supplies and you can turn it into a brooch, necklace, earrings, and so much more!


Origami Swan DIY


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


I bought two pieces of foil and started experimenting with it. And it is such a fun material to use!
Here are some things I learned about using copper foil:
– Up to 0.3mm foil is perfectly suitable to be cut with regular scissors.
– Up to 0.2mm foil also let’s itself be cut with a hobby knife, making it possible to create a stencil, etc.
– Once you make a crease, it is almost impossible to remove it, so plan ahead with your design.
– You can use a pushpin to make holes in the thinner pieces of foil, perfect for including hoop rings.

For this tutorial I found that up to 0.2mm foil works the best (thicker than that, and it will be hard to fold the last steps of the swan)

DIY | Copper Origami Brooch

MATERIALS

– Copper foil/plate or silver foil/plate – Mine was 0.1mm thick. You can also use 0.2mm. (I don’t recommend using a thicker version than that)
– Scissors
– Pin/ Brooch
– Jewellery Glue
– Paper
– Pencil

STEP 1

– Decide the size of your swan. If your are not sure, I suggest looking at the size of your brooch and go from there.
– Draw a square in your desired size onto a piece of paper. (I used a post-it, because the sticky part will come in handy later on. But any kind of paper will work.)

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STEP 2

– Cut the square out of the paper with your scissors.

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STEP 3

– Place your paper onto the copper foil . Cut the square out of the foil with your scissors. Try not to let the foil bend too much. Any crease will be hard to remove from the material.

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STEP 4

– You will now have your square ready. 1 Square is good for two origami swans. If you would like to make more, you can cut as many squares as you would like.

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STEP 5

– Cut the square in half, following the diagonal line.

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STEP 6

– Place your triangle onto a flat surface.

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STEP 7

– Fold the triangle as shown above.

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STEP 8

– Flip your foil vertically and fold as shown above.

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STEP 9

– The basis is ready, now it’s time for the neck: Fold the neck as shown above. The angle of the fold will decide the angle of the neck.

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STEP 10

– Fold te tip of the neck as shown above, to create the ‘face’ of the swan.

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STEP 11

– Add a drop of jewellery glue to the back of the swan and press the brooch or pin onto the back.
– Let the glue dry for a couple of hours before wearing your pin.

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Style tip: Combine the brooch with other pins on a sweater or jacket. I have been spotting many pins and brooches on the runway for next season and I love that they are coming back in style!

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Since the material is fairly cheap and you won’t need much to make a piece of jewellery, this would make a great gift! Bridesmaids, friends, mothers day, you name it! (or keep it all to yourself and embrace the compliments you will be getting ;)DIY | Copper Origami BroochDIY | Copper Origami BroochBeing origami crazy as mentioned before, you can expect more origami themed project on the blog pretty soon.

I will also share another copper foil tutorial this month, involving a thicker piece of foil and an unexpected extra material. Curious? Stay tuned!

 

DIY | Origami Embroidered Book Cover

DIY | Origami Embroidered Book Cover

I guess I have been a little bit obsessed with origami shapes lately. I just love how a few simple lines can create this delicate and unique looking shape.

Today I am sharing my new very simple project with you: An origami embroidered book cover!

I am not kidding when I say that I made this project today (the day that this post is published). That is how easy and quick this DIY is!

And I can even bet that you have all of the supplies for this project already lying around at home ;)

You can follow my lead and create this kolibri origami bird or you can pick whatever shape you like, maybe an origami crane?
And you really don’t need to worry about the thickness of the book cover either, because mine was pretty thick, and with the simple help of a pushpin, you can easily create tiny holes into the cover.

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


DIY | Origami Embroidered Book Cover

SUPPLIES

– Notebook with boring blanc cover
– Thread
– Needle
– Scissors
– Pushpin
– Free template – download the template here

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STEP 1

– Prepare your book. Decide the location of the origami bird and place a piece of cardboard between the cover and the first page, to protect the pages.

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STEP 2

– Download and print the free template. Or copy the drawing on a piece of paper in the desired size.
– Place the template on the book*.

* You can use a piece of painters tape to keep the template in place for the next step

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STEP 3

– Use your pushpin to create holes in the cover. Repeat making holes while following the dots on the template until you have finished them all.

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STEP 4

– Remove the template from the cover. Check if you missed any holes and test if the holes are big enough for your needle to go through all the way.

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STEP 5

– Start embroidering by tying a knot in the thread and connecting the holes. Keep the template close by as a reference.

DIY | Origami Embroidered Book CoverSTEP 6

– Once you have embroidered the entire piece, secure the end with a knot.

* optional: You can glue the first page of the book to the cover, to hide the messy embroidery on the inside.

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Or.. if you are not feeling crafty, don’t have a sketch/note book that is suitable for this project or you just like the one that I made?
No worries! You can actually also purchase one (or 2 or 3..) in my Etsy shop! Get your brand new handmade notebook today!

DIY it, buy it, it is up to you. Stay crafty everyone! Lana x