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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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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!

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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!


 

DIY | (faux) Leather Jacket – 3D Embroidery

DIY | (faux) Leather Jacket - 3D Embroidery

After my recent collaboration with Mollie Makes involving an embroidered denim jacket, I just couldn’t get out of the ’embroidery vibes’ and decided to embrace it when this beautiful vegan leather jacket arrived in my mailbox!

Now don’t get me wrong, this jacket (and most jackets) don’t need to be ‘upcycled’ because they look great as they are, but I wouldn’t be much of a DIY person if I didn’t feel the need to restyle everything I own in a tiny way.
To keep the look of the jacket intact, I came up with the idea to add a quote to the back, like I did with the denim jacket project, but this time use a different embroidery technique: a 3d embroidery design!
With the use of rope, you can trace outlined designes and cover the rope with thread for a finished look, yes it really is that easy!

For the 3d embroidery quote a went a little bit political, a tiny bit girly and very nostalgic: Girl Power!! My generation will recognise this from the fabulous Spice Girls, who used this phrase a lot, but it has more history and meaning than just the Spice Girls (you can read about it on Wikipedia)
To me, this was the perfect cool and straight forward message that fit the style of the black jacket. And speaking of the jacket, I have never owned a black leather jacket and I cannot even describe the feeling that I get when wearing it (especially after adding the quote on the back) Let’s just say that when I walked by a parked motorcycle the other day, it felt like I could have done a spontaneous photoshoot on that bike, looking fierce and oh so cool, yet girly ‘me’ at the same time;)
But the thing that I love the most about it, is that it goes with all of my other clothes. A good leather jacket is just one of those pieces that is ‘allowed’ to go with anything. From a minimal pair of skinny jeans for a ‘model look’ to boho clothing for a ‘vintage 70’s look’.

This project is perfect to put on the back of a jacket, but you can use this technique on any piece of clothing that you like, just as long as the fabric is sturdy enough to be embroidered.
Are your ready to restyle and embroider your entire wardrobe?

DIY:


SUPPLIES

  • Vegan Leather Jacket
  • Template (or blank piece of paper and marker)
  • Clear Baking Paper of Tracing Paper
  • Textile Chalk/Pencil
  • Rope
  • Textile Glue
  • Embroidery Thread & Needle

DIY | (faux) Leather Jacket - 3D Embroidery

STEP 1

– Take a piece of A4 sized paper and hold it over the back of the jacket.
– Decide the correct placement and size for your embroidery quote.

DIY | (faux) Leather Jacket - 3D Embroidery

STEP 2

– Download and print the “Girl Power” template that I created here in the correct size from step 1.
– Or design your own outlined quote*.

** Because we will be transferring the quote onto the jacket in steps 3 to 5, the template should be made mirrored.

DIY | (faux) Leather Jacket - 3D Embroidery

STEP 3

Making any design template transferrable onto fabric.

– Place a piece of baking paper/tracing paper over the template design. (make sure that the design is mirrored!!)
– Trace the quote/design with your chalk pencil onto the baking paper.

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STEP 4

– Decide the final placement for your design and temporarily attach*  the paper (chalk side down) onto the back of the jacket.

** Since washi- or painters- tape didn’t stick to the faux leather, I attached the paper to the jacket with pins, but only using the existing seam-lines to avoid damaging the jacket.

DIY | (faux) Leather Jacket - 3D Embroidery

STEP 5

– With the back of a pencil or your fingernail, ‘rub’ the traced chalk design onto the jacket.

DIY | (faux) Leather Jacket - 3D Embroidery

STEP 6

– Once you have transferred the entire design onto the jacket, remove the paper.
– Use your chalk pencil to complete the design in case some parts didn’t transfer well.

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STEP 7

Creating the 3d effect.

– Apply a small amount of textile glue to one side of the rope and attach the rope to the beginning of the design on the jacket.
– Using small pieces of rope, cover all of the chalk outlines on the jacket.

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STEP 8

– Once you have covered the entire design with your rope, let the glue dry overnight.

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STEP 9

Finalising the design with embroidery thread

– Thread your needle with the embroidery thread.
– Insert your needle from the inside of the jacket* and pull it out at the outside of the jacket tightly against the rope. Insert your needle again tightly on the other side of the rope, ‘covering’ the rope with the embroidery thread.
– Repeat embroidering across the entire length of the rope until you have covered the entire design.

** When embroidering the design, be careful not to move the lining of the jacket too much.

 

And that’s it! You have now created your own restyled embroidered jacket with a special 3d effect!!
Scroll down for a few extra design tips!

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What I personally love the most about embroidery projects is how adjustable they are to everyones taste. This project is also very suitable to restyle in your own way:

  • Instead of 1 color embroidery thread, create a rainbow effect and change the color of the thread as you embroider along the words.
  • Not a fan of a big statement on your back? Make a small minimal 3d embroidery version on the (inside) of the collar.
  • GRL PWR, Boss, Fancy, Love – these are only a few of the many things that you can use as a quote or text to embroider on your jacket! I am all for Girl Power and feel free to use my template design, but it is also pretty easy to use your own favourite quote for this project!!

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CREDITS

– Vegan Leather Jacket by Harper + Lange
– Skirt & Blouse by Lana Red Studio in collaboration with Spoonflower
– Hair extensions by Lana Red Studio in collaboration with Cliphair

 


 

SEWING DIY | Custom Fabric Frame Purse

SEWING DIY | Custom Fabric Clip Purse

Are your ready for the most handmade DIY project ever? Because not only can you make your own frame purse, you can also design the inner and outer fabric yourself! Which means that (apart from the frame) everything about this purse will be designed and made by you!

I am all for upcycling DIY projects and restyling and remaking things (I have about 3 vintage dresses at home, waiting to become my next project) but every once in a while it just feels amazing to make something from scratch. And not only make it, but also design it, wear it, use it and show it off!!

A few weeks ago I collaborated with the wonderful Spoonflower and I designed my own fabrics and turned them into a robe coat which I shared on this blog, yes you can make your own robe coat with this tutorial! I loved the project and the people at the Berlin Spoonflower offices were so nice and helpful and it was an incredible experience to make a design on your computer and a little while later, hold it in your hands, printed on their beautiful fabrics:

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You can read more about the process and inspiration for my designs in the DIY Robe Coat project blogpost.

After finishing the coat and wearing it as often as I could, I still had a small amount of fabric left over. And since it was getting warmer outside I couldn’t sport my handmade prints anymore. Solution: a purse that is suitable for anything and is also a good project to share with you!
I decided to turn the faux suede fabric into a clip purse, because I always wanted to try making one, and opening a clip frame purse, is the perfect fancy way of showing off the lining fabric.

Make it your own
And because I am a big supporter of following your own style – this DIY project is adjustable to your taste in so many ways:
– Use the fabric print designs that I made and use in this tutorial.
Design your own fabric and make the ultimate handmade project.
– Use your favourite store-bought fabric.
– Add an embroidery detail for an even more crafty project.
– Get the purse frame of your choosing: gold, silver, round, square, vintage, etc. (you can actually thrift an old clip frame purse, and remove the frame to re-use it!)
– Go tiny and make a coin purse, or go big and make a practical bag.

Are you ready? Here’s how:


DIY

SEWING DIY | Custom Fabric Clip Purse

SUPPLIES

– Faux Suede Fabric (I designed my own at Spoonflower. You can get my design or make your own!)
– Lining Fabric (I also designed the fabric for the inside at Spoonflower. You can get my design or make your own)
– Purse clip frame and Chain
– Interfacing (I used neoprene fabric – not pictured- to add thickness to the purse)
– Pins
– Scissors
– Glue (you can use textile glue, but my all-time favourite glue is jewelry glue, it works on anything!)
– Sewing Machine

Optional:
– Embroidery thread & Needle
– Embroidery hoop

SEWING DIY | Custom Fabric Clip Purse

STEP 1

– Place your faux suede fabric, right side up, on a flat surface.
– Take your clip frame and place it on top at the top of the fabric.
– Cut the fabric 2 cm on top of the frame as shown above.
– Mark the end-point of the clip frame with a pin in the fabric. Measure 3 cm to the outside and pin another pin. Cut a line from the previously cut fabric to the outside pin. Repeat this on both sides of the fabric.
– Decide the length of your purse and add 3 cm to the length size (for the bottom of the purse).
– Starting at the outer pin, cut the fabric downward in your chosen length. repeat this on the other side.
– Cut the fabric in a straight horizontal line at the bottom.
– Trace your cut fabric onto another piece and cut that piece out. You will now have the front and back outer pieces of your purse.

STEP 2

Want to add a special detail? Embroider your fabric!

– Place your fabric in an embroidery hoop.
– Tie a knot in your embroidery thread and thread the needle.
– Starting from the back of the fabric, move your needle in and out of the fabric, following the print.
– Repeat this until you have made a few embroidered details.

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STEP 3

– Double your lining fabric with the right sides together.
– Place the outer suede piece from step 1 on top of the double lining fabric. Trace the shape onto the lining and cut it out.
– Pin and sew the two lining pieces together at the sides and the bottom.

SEWING DIY | Custom Fabric Clip Purse

STEP 4

– Double your interfacing fabric ( I used neoprene instead of regular interfacing fabric) and place the outer piece of the purse from step 1 on top of the doubled interfacing.
– Cut the shape from the outer fabric out of the two interfacing layers.
– Place the two interfacing pieces on top of each other, and sandwich the suede pieces (right sides facing each other) in between.
– Pin and sew the four pieces of fabric together at the sides and the bottom.

SEWING DIY | Custom Fabric Clip Purse

STEP 5

– Fold the suede and interfacing part inside-out.
– Take one bottom corner and flatten it (as shown above). Use a pin to keep it in place.
– Sew the bottom corner with your sewing machine in a straight line.
– Repeat this for the other corner.

SEWING DIY | Custom Fabric Clip Purse

STEP 6

– Cut the excess fabric from the two bottom corners with your scissors as shown above.
– Repeat step 5 & 6 for the lining fabric.

SEWING DIY | Custom Fabric Clip Purse

STEP 7

– Fold the suede and interfacing part right-side-out.
– Fold the lining piece right-side-in.

SEWING DIY | Custom Fabric Clip Purse

STEP 8

– Place the suede and interfacing piece inside the lining fabric.
– Make sure that all of the sewn lines are lined up.

SEWING DIY | Custom Fabric Clip Purse

STEP 9

– Pin and sew one side of the top of the lining, interfacing and suede fabric together, repeat this by going all around the top of the purse, finishing by leaving approx. 4 cm left open.

SEWING DIY | Custom Fabric Clip Purse

STEP 10

– Pull the entire sewn purse through the 4 cm opening at the top.
– Make sure that everything is aligned and pin and sew along the top of the purse, closing the opening and creating a crisp edge for the next step.

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STEP 11

– Apply dots of glue inside the purse frame (you can use all kinds of glue, but I always prefer to use jewelry glue, since it doesn’t stain and is made to attach different types of materials)
– Starting at one side press the top of the purse inside the groove of the purse frame. Repeat this on the other side, until you have pressed the entire top of the purse into the groove.

And that’s it! You now have your very own handmade clip frame purse!

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Do you have even more fabric left over, but not enough for an entire purse? No worries! I also made an easy sewing DIY project for a zipper pouch, using left-over fabrics and textile: zipper pouch tutorial.


Credits

– Fabrics designed by me thanks to Spoonflower
– Photography by Lana Red Studio
– Robe Coat photography by www.der-gottwald.de

 

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.

DIY


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.

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

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.

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

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.

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

STEP 7

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

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

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.

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

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.

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

STEP 10

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

– Open the zipper

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

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

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

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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SEWING DIY | How to Make a Robe Coat in 30 Steps Without a Sewing Pattern

SEWING DIY | How to Make a Robe Coat in 30 Steps Without a Sewing Pattern

Today I am sharing my collaboration with the amazing Spoonflower with you! I designed my own fabrics and used them for this robe coat project. I documented every step of the way, to make sure that you can also do this project at home and design your own fabric and make your own coat!

Let’s start at the beginning: Spoonflower, which is an awesome digital printing company that prints custom fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap, opened a new location right around the corner from my house. I already was a big fan of their work, and grabbed the opportunity to stop by and take a look at what they do. And after seeing the entire process of how a design get’s printed onto their pretty fabrics and meeting the lovely people behind the scenes of such a creative company, I was thrilled to start my own project and share it with you!

The project

I have always wanted to make my own (winter) coat, since every year I struggle with finding the right colourful long coat for my figure (I am sure that I am not alone in this). Spoonflower has a very pretty faux suede fabric and it inspired me to use that for this coat project.

For the design, I went to my favourite inspirational source: the website of the Dutch Rijksmuseum. This museum offers a great archive of beautiful paintings and lets you download and use them for free (see also my temporary tattoo project).
I combined 4 paintings and redesigned them into a new print for the outside of the coat.
For the lining I used another part of a painting and turned it into a ‘falling leaves’ print.

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The timing for this print was perfect, because around the time that I was designing the print, Pantone released their new color of the year: Greenery. How on-trend am I?;)

For you

It wouldn’t be much fun to design and make all of this if I couldn’t share it with you. So this is a very detailed (30 steps to be exact) DIY project to make sure that you can also create this coat yourself!

– No sewing pattern needed, I made this coat project without a sewing pattern!
– You can design your own fabric for this project, or use the print that I designed.
– Don’t need a new coat? You can also simplify this project and use it to make a robe! Just skip the interfacing and lining parts and choose a pretty fabric that works for your new robe.

Are you ready to design and make your own coat? I suggest that you read the full step-by-step below before you start. There are 30 detailed steps to guide you through the process of making a no-pattern coat! And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comment section below.

DIY:


MATERIALS

– 4 meters of Faux Suede fabric – Click here to order the fabric used in this project
– 4 meters of Satin lining fabric – Click here to order the fabric used in this project
– 4 meters of Interfacing
– Snap Buttons x2
– Pins
– Scissors
– Sewing machine

– 1 Dress or coat for the basic shape of the coat
– 1 Coat to trace the sleeves

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STEP 1

– Place the fabric for the coat on a flat surface. Take a non-stretch dress or coat* in your size and place it flat and widespread onto the fabric. (it doesn’t need to have the length, that can be added later.

– Fold the arms of the dress/coat to the inside, to reveal the shoulder seam of the arm.

** The dress or coat should be a non-stretch a-line model with a high neckline at the back (the front neckline doesn’t matter), preferably slightly too large and definitely not too tight.

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STEP 2

– Decide the length of the coat and use pins to follow the side seam lines until you have reached your chosen length.

– Cut the fabric along the shape of the dress/coat, adding about 3cm around the sides and the top, and the added pinned line at the bottom. (this is 2 extra cm to give room for the padding and 1 cm for the seam allowance)

– Cut this shape again for the front.

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STEP 3

– Fold one of the pieces that you made in step 2 horizontally double.

– Cut the folded line open with your scissors to create the front opening of the coat.

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STEP 4

The back piece already has a neckline, but now we have to create the neckline of the 2 front pieces.

– To create a robe/like neckline, improvise by starting to cut a v-shape line from the shoulder seam downwards for about 30 cm. Making sure that the transition to the rest of the front is smooth(see the above photo)

– Repeat this for the other front piece.

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STEP 5

– Fold a piece of the faux suede fabric double.

– Place the piece of clothing that you choose for the sleeve pattern onto the folded fabric, with the longest seam (the line towards the shoulder) on the fold of the fabric.

– Trace the line of the sleeve adding 3 cm all around. (this is 2 extra cm to give room for the padding and 1 cm for the seam allowance)

– Cut the fabric with your scissors.

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STEP 6

– For the front folded seams, cut out 4 long pieces of faux suede fabric that can cover the entire vertical front of the ‘front seam’ and approximately 12 cm wide each.

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STEP 7

– Place the interfacing on a flat surface and trace the: back piece, 2 front pieces and sleeves onto your interfacing fabric.

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STEP 8

– Place the lining fabric on a flat surface and trace the: back piece, 2 front pieces, sleeves and 2 of the long strokes onto your interfacing fabric.

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STEP 9

– Place the interfacing of the sleeve fabric on a flat surface.

– Place one suede sleeve pattern piece, right side up, on top of the interfacing.

– Fold the outer sides inwards and pin and sew together.

– Repeat this for the other sleeve and the lining sleeves.

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STEP 10

– Place the interfacing back piece on a flat surface with the faux suede back piece on top (right side up).

– Place the two faux suede front pieces on top of that (right sides down). And place the accompanying interfacing on top of that.

– Pin the sides and shoulders together.

– Pin the sleeve into the armholes and sew everything together.

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STEP 11

– Place the lining back piece on a flat surface (right side up).

– Place the two lining front pieces on top of that (right sides down).

– Pin the sides and shoulders together.

– Pin the sleeve into the armholes and sew everything together.

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STEP 12

– Turn the 4 strips of faux suede into 2 longer strokes by sewing them together.

– Repeat this for the interfacing.

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STEP 13

– Place the interfacing on top of one of the long strips of faux suede.

– Attach them to the entire front opening of the coat, starting at the bottom and going all around, pinning the right sides together.

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STEP 14

– Once you have pinned the entire front of the coat to the strip of suede and interfacing, sew the pinned layers together.

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STEP 15

– Place the second long strip of faux suede fabric, face down, on top of the strip that you have just sewn to the front of the coat (both right sides should face each other).

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STEP 16

– Sew the pinned layers together and fold last added strip to towards the inside of the coat.

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STEP 17

– Pin and sew the folded part close to the egde to keep the fabric in place.

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STEP 18

Try the coat on and see how it fits. Right now it should fall loosely around your body, and the front opening should be able to fit across your stomach and hips.

– If you want the coat to have a more tailored look, you can use this step to make a few adjustments*, I decided to create a smaller waist and slightly tighter sleeves. Pin everything first, and try the coat on again to see how it fits and once you are happy with the look, sew the pinned lines and cut off any excess fabric.

** If the adjustments are minor, you can continue to the next step, if you decided to make the coat a lot smaller, make the same adjustments to your lining fabric before you continue.

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STEP 19

– Place the coat, right side up on a flat surface.

– Place your lining fabric, right side down, on top of the open coat.

– Try to match all of the seams together as possible and pin the front opening of the lining to the suede strip that you folded inwards in step 16 (right sides together)

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STEP 20

– If you would like to have a loop to hang up your coat, this would be the step to add it.

– Cut a small piece of faux suede and fold it twice horizontally.

– Sew along the middle of the horizontal line.

– Pin the piece to the middle of the neckline between the lining and collar, having the loop stick out on the right sides of the fabric.

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STEP 21

– Once you have pinned the strip to the lining, try the coat on to see if there is any tension in the lining. If necessary make any adjustments and sew the pinned parts together.

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STEP 22

– Fold the coat right sides out.

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STEP 23

– Take the left sleeve and place it on a flat surface.

– Take the left sleeve of the lining fabric and place it on top of your faux suede sleeve, with the shoulder and side seems aligned.

– Cut the end of the lining sleeve slightly shorter (between 1cm and 2 cm) than the faux suede sleeve.

– Repeat this for the other side.

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STEP 24

– Fold the coat inside out with both fabrics right sides in.

– Place the coat on a flat surface and have the lining fabric on the left and the faux suede fabric on the right, with the sides of the coat in the middle and the sleeves out wide.

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STEP 25

– Take the left sleeve of the lining fabric and the left sleeve of the faux suede fabric and place the openings together.

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STEP 26

– Pin the openings of the arms together, creating a circle.

– Sew the pinned lines.

– Repeat this for the other sleeves.

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STEP 27

– Fold the coat with the lining on the outside to check if the inside of the sleeves are sewn together correctly.

– You can sew the end of the sleeve or leave it like this.

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STEP 28

– Fold the coat right side out.

– Open the front of the coat and use a seam ripper or scissors to open approx. 3 cm of the bottom front lining of the coat.

– Repeat this for the other bottom front opening.

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STEP 29

– Fold the lining and the faux suede bottom of the coat inwards and pin them together.

– Try the coat on to see if there is any tension in the lining of the fabric, or if the lining is too loose and is visible at the bottom of the coat. Make any changes if necessary and keep trying it on until it fits perfect.

– Sew the bottom of the coat with your sewing machine, or sew it by hand, to avoid a visible stitch on the outside of the coat.

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STEP 30

– Try the coat on and fold the front openings across the front of your body. Find the best fit and mark the points that would keep the openings in place like this with a pin or fabric marker.

– Attach 2 snap buttons to the marked parts with needle and thread.

And that is it! You are a star!

SEWING DIY | How to Make a Robe Coat in 30 Steps Without a Sewing Pattern

I really love how the coat turned out and it is definitely warm enough for the Berlin winter!
And since this was a very special project I had the talented Matthias of  www.der-gottwald.de take the result photos!

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Credits

Fabrics by Spoonflower
Photography by www.der-gottwald.de

SEWING DIY | Two Step Blouse Upcycle

SEWING DIY | Two Step Blouse Upcycle

I think that this is the quickest DIY project I have ever made! It is just so simple, that I can’t believe I never thought of this before.

Upcycling projects are my favourite kind and I visit thrift stores as often as I can to spot new projects, and to give old items a new purpose. My go-to pieces are usually dresses and skirts, since they can be pretty easy to alter to my style and size. But I am also a big fan of blouses, but they often require a lot of altering when it’s not my size: moving the shoulder seams, shortening the sleeves which means removing the cuffs etc.

Until I spotted this pretty blouse at Anthropologie about a month ago. And one of those lightbulbs appeared above my head and I thought: I can make this!

So the next few times when I went to the thrift store I looked for the right shirt: a slightly oversized victorian blouse, with ruffles along the shoulder seem. And it was actually surprisingly easy to find. They even had a bunch of them.

This is the blouse that I choose:

BEFORE:

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As you can see it is oversized, but I loved the placement of the ruffles and the high neckline.
The altering part was really easy (you can find the steps below) all it actually needs is to remove the sleeves for it to work. But if the blouse that you have thrifted is really too big, you can also take the sides in a bit.


 

DIY:

SUPPLIES 

– An old ruffled blouse. It doesn’t matter what kind of ruffles it has, just as long as they go along the shoulder seam.
– Scissors
– Sewing Machine or Fabric Glue

SEWING DIY | Two Step Blouse Upcycle

STEP 1

– Remove the sleeves from the blouse with your scissors by following the ruffled line.

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STEP 2

– Hem the cut line with your sewing machine or fabric glue
– Optional: Take the side of the blouse in, to make it a ‘fitted’ shirt.

Et voila! You just made yourself a very fancy anthropologie inspired blouse in two steps!

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CROCHET DIY | Granny Square Sweater

CROCHET DIY | Granny Square Sweater

Let’s start off with a confession: I had never used the crochet technique before I started this project. I always thought that it would be waay too difficult and that the results would turn out to be a very poorly old fashioned (in a bad way) cushion cover.
But, wow was I wrong!

A few weeks ago I received the latest Mollie Makes Magazine which included a free crochet hook and I decided to give it a try. So I googled and youtubed to search for what would be the best beginner crochet project. And I choose to begin with a simple granny square. One square let to two, than three and before I knew it I had a pile of squares and no idea what to do with it.

After deciding that I wanted to turn the squares into a sweater I made a plan and design on how I wanted it to look. I googled some more and I found a lot of helpful videos that I used as pieces of my sweater puzzle.
This resulted in many Netflix evenings on the couch with the cats and my crochet project, it felt wonderful. (I guess that this is also the point where I tell you that it is not a one-day project, not even a one-week project. I used a very small crochet hook and pretty thin yarn, and being a beginner I have to admit that one granny square took me about an hour..)

The sweater turned out just as I wanted it to and it has become my go-to indoor cozy cardigan!

Now on to the DIY: since this is my first crochet project, I simply want to show you my process. Crochet tutorials in writing are still very daunting to me and to be honest it feels like I am reading some sort of secret code. This means that I will show you the steps that I took, with the videos that I used to make the sweater.

I used three videos in total: (you can also find them below when you scroll down within the DIY steps, so you don’t have to leave this page to go to youtube)

Video 1 – This video is from SimplyDaisy* and she shows you how to make a Sunburst Granny Square.
Video 2 – This video is from WoolyWondersCrochet and it explains how to make a never ending square. (I used this video for the back and the sleeves of the sweater.
Video 3 – This video is from Bella Coco and she shows you how to attach the squares together with different techniques to choose from.

*”Simply Daisy” was the best video to start my first crochet project with. She explains everything very clearly and it is definitely suitable for beginners.


 

DIY

Supplies:

– 10 x 50g/199m of washable yarn ( I used 5 different colours, so 2 of each colour)

– A 3mm or 4mm crochet hook

– Scissors

CROCHET DIY | Granny Square Sweater

STEP 1

– Start making the granny squares* with the help of the video below:
– Make as many as you want. For this sweater pattern I made 32 squares:
> 20 squares for the front.
> 8 squares for the lower back.
> 4 squares for the cuffs.

*I mixed the colours to get a playful effect, but you can also stick to the same colour pattern for each square.

STEP 2

– To create a matched and detailed look, repeat step 4 from the video above to make an extra edge in the same colour yarn on each granny square. (this will also make the squares slightly bigger )
– repeat this step for all of the squares (see photo below)

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STEP 3

– Make a giant granny square in a different pattern for the back of the sweater with the video below.
– The size of the square depends on the size of you sweater. I held the square to my back every so many rows to measure and see if I needed to go on or if I had reached the desired size.

STEP 4

– Make two slightly smaller granny squares with the video above for the top of the arms.
– Just as in step 3, I calculated the size by folding the square around the top of my arm to see if it was big enough.

CROCHET DIY | Granny Square Sweater

CROCHET DIY | Granny Square Sweater

STEP 5

– You will now have:

32 granny squares ( or as many as you like for your size and style sweater)
1 large granny square for the top of the back
2 medium sized granny squares for the top of the arms.

– To make sure that the sweater will fit, before you start connecting the pieces, you can use safety pins to temporarily pin everything together and try the sweater on. Simply add more rows to the bigger squares in case they are too small.

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STEP 6

Now it’s time to play!

– Place the squares on a flat surface to arrange the back.
The biggest square goes on the top,
Place 8 small granny squares in two rows underneath it for the lower back,
The medium sized squares go at the top of the arms,
And each arm gets two small squares as cuffs.
– Rearrange the squares until you like what you see.

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STEP 7

– Arrange the front
Place 20 small granny squares in rows of 4 underneath each other for the front. (the midline will be the opening of the sweater)
The medium sized squares go at the top of the arms,
And each arm gets two small squares as cuffs.
– Rearrange the squares until you like what you see.

STEP 8

– Attach the squares together with the help of the video above. ( I used the first method that she shows using the blue border colour)
– Attach everything together in the pattern that you chose for your sweater (see steps 6 & 7)

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STEP 9

– To give the sweater a finished look, add a border all around*.
– I started with the left bottom corner of the sweater and used the 4th step from the first video to create a border.
– To go around the corners simply add a chain 3.
– I added 4 rows, but you can add as many as you like.

* You can see in the photo below what the border will look like at the neckline. The green and grey rows are my added border.

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Optional Steps:

– Add a border to the end of the sleeves
– Add a zipper or buttons.
– Add lining and turn it into a coat.

 

And that is it! Those are all of the steps to make your own crochet sweater! I hope everything was clear enough, but in case you still have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to leave them in comment section below!

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DIY | Doodle Stitch Shirt

DIY | Doodle Stitch Shirt

When looking for new DIY inspiration, I quickly noticed so many fun new style trends for this fall. Not only did I see so many colourful pieces, but everything is also so incredibly playful! Patches, embroidery, pins, tassels, glitter, oh so many lovely things!

My favourite collection so far is the 2016 Gucci fall collection, you can find it here

It inspired me to embrace a new way of playfulness for this new project: a Doodle Stitch Shirt!

Doodle stitching, also know as free motion sewing, means that you draw with your sewing machine. It is so much fun and incredible easy! And since playfulness is the key ingredient, everyone can do it! You can make wobbly, sketch-like lines and it will add even more character to the shirt.

I doodled a few random and fun tiny drawings onto my shirt, but you can also go for a theme or one big drawing: the possibilities are endless! Oh, and did I mention that you can use any color thread that you like?! so many options ;)

DIY your own doodle tee:

DIY | Doodle Stitch Shirt

MATERIALS

– Plain Shirt
– Embroidery Hoop (only is you are using a stretchy fabric)
– Quilt Sewing Machine Foot
– Fabric Chalk or Pencil
– Thread
– Sewing Machine

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STEP 1

– Place your shirt onto a flat surface and start doodling with your fabric chalk or pencil.

* Not an experienced doodler? You can also print some doodles on a piece of paper and trace them onto the shirt.

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STEP 2

– Attach your quilting foot onto your sewing machine.
– If your machine allows you to lower the feed dogs, lower them in this step.
My sewing machine is an extremely basic one, which means that it doesn’t lower the feed dogs. I simply taped them with painters tape, which worked pretty well.

DIY | Doodle Stitch ShirtSTEP 3

– If you are using a stretchy shirt like I am, then place your shirt into the embroidery hoop, with one doodle in the middle of the hoop. Try not to stretch the shirt too much when you secure the hoop, just enough to create an even surface.
The embroidery hoop won’t be necessary with non stretchy fabrics.
– Place your hoop onto the arm of your sewing machine and start sewing. Use both hands to guide the hoop and therefore guide the doodle stitch.
– Repeat until you have stitched all of your doodles.

DIY | Doodle Stitch Shirt

Decorate your shirt with pins, to make an even more playful shirt.

Need a new pin? Try this Copper Origami Brooch DIY!

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What kind of doodles would you sew onto your shirt? Let me know in the comment section!

 

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.

DIY


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

DIY | Origami Embroidered Book Cover

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.

DIY | Origami Embroidered Book Cover

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.

DIY | Origami Embroidered Book Cover

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.

DIY | Origami Embroidered Book Cover

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

SEWING DIY | 10 Minute Fabric Basket

SEWING DIY | 10 Minute Fabric Basket

Ever since I moved into my second sublet here in Berlin, I have this mixed feeling about the emptiness of the space. It has all the basics: sofa, table, chairs, shelves, etc. And the walls are pretty and high and clean and light. So it’s a perfect blanc canvas, but unfortunately a canvas that I am not aloud to paint..

And since all of my stuff fits in a suitcase (and secretly also a backpack filled with dresses) I do not have anything to organise or store my clutter. Not to mention that I am despreftaly in need of some decoration items that have no purpose at all, but to prettify my home.

How to solve these problems? I guess I already gave it away with the big picture above: 10 minute storage baskets!

They are the perfect solution! Because they hide all of my clutter, they are extremely multifunctional: Planter, storage, cupboard organizer, etc. and they also look pretty!

To make these I used one of my favourite kinds of fabric: neoprene. In case you haven’t heard of neoprene before, it’s the fabric that looks like a surfers outfit or a laptop sleeve. It comes in many colors and the best feature is that it doesn’t fray. So you can simply cut the fabric, sew it and that’s it! (you can even show the cut edges off, since they are thick and look nice:)

I even used the cheaper neoprene kind that isn’t stretchy, because this basket doesn’t have to stretch and saving money is always a plus.

Are you ready to create your own easy neoprene fabric baskets?

DIY:

SEWING DIY | 10 Minute Fabric Basket

SUPPLIES

– Neoprene Fabric (it doesn’t have to be the stretchy kind)
– A piece of A4 paper
– Pins
– Scissors
– Sewing Machine (but needle and thread will also work)

SEWING DIY | 10 Minute Fabric Basket

STEP 1

– Spread the fabric over a flat surface.
– Place the piece of A4 paper on the fabric, making sure that there is enough space for another similar sized paper all around.
– Mark the placement of the paper by pinning the fabric next to the corners of the paper.

SEWING DIY | 10 Minute Fabric Basket

STEP 2

– Remove the paper from the fabric and place it underneath the previous made marking points (made with your pins in the fabric.
– Mark this positions in the fabric with your pins.
– Repeat these steps all around the marked pins from the first step.

**Make sure that you stack 3 horizontal A4 sized shapes and add 2 vertical placed shaped on the sides of the middle piece, see next image for a clearer view

SEWING DIY | 10 Minute Fabric Basket

STEP 3

– Use your scissors to cut all around the pins. Creating your basket template.
– Remove the pins

SEWING DIY | 10 Minute Fabric Basket

STEP 4

-Fold the corners of the basket and sew a straight line, creating the basket shape. Repeat this for all 4 corners.

** You can show the seems by leaving the basket like this, or you can fold the basket inside out for a different look.

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For these photos I showed you how to use the basket as a stylish planter. But not only your plants have to enjoy these. I also use the baskets for my tights storage, and I have a few of them displayed in my open living room cupboard, to hide my cables and other clutter.

What would you use the basket for? Let me know in the comment section!