Archive for the 'DIY' Category

Ikea Hula Hoop Tent

September 2, 2014

So much fun to have my daughter back from vacation.

She enjoys this tent a lot, brought all her stuffed animals, mommy and daddy inside, and wants to sleep in it…

Got the fabrics from Ikea, a hula hoop for 3$ at Walmart, the smallest I could find… i didn’t want it to take up the whole room space, butI think a larger one would have been more roomy.

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Sew some pockets on the underside of the tent.

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It needs a big round foam pillow…on the to do list.

It is pretty dark inside, I do not think of it appropriate for reading…

I could add a window.

I also want to hang a birds mobile inside, since I already have the birds all sewn up and the embroidery hoops.

http://www.ecabonline.com/2010/07/diy-bird-mobile.html

Here’s a simpler tutorial:

http://bluehousejoys.com/2013/05/hula-hoop-tent-tutorial/

 

Here’s a ready made version…on the expensive side:

Kalotaszegi Print on T-Shirt

September 2, 2014

Kaloraszegi stitches take way too long.

Here’s a quick way to get the design onto a t shirt:

Print the Kalotaszegi design onto multiple A4 papers tiled, copy it to the freezer paper on the paper side not the plastic side, cut the outline using an xActo knife.

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Mix 2 parts acrylic, 1 part textile medium

Iron on the freezer paper stencil, plastic side down towards the fabric

 

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Place a piece of plastic or cardboard under the design, in between the layers of the shirt.

Using a foam brush, paint over the paper to cover the fabric really well.

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Let dry and then iron it on the backside to treat the paint and fix it to the fabric.

It has been in the washer/dryer a few times, lasts pretty well, but the paint will crack if the fabric is stretched.

 

 

 

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My Version of the Maramures Shirt

August 29, 2014

From Burda 03/2009.

 

A girl’s top transformed into what resembles a traditional Romanian shirt from the region of Maramures.

Added lace under the neckbands and around the gathered sleeves and a woven colored ribbon at the neckline and sleeve ends.

This is my first version of the top, proudly worn by my best friend’s girl:

Lace Waist Dress – without the lace

August 8, 2014

Finished sewing this dress finally! In black and white flowers print.
Had to stitch closed the darts in the upper and lower back to reduce puffiness and take it in about 1cm on each side.

http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/lace-waist-dress-052013

White Jersey

July 29, 2014

A top from Burda in white jersey, sewn a few years ago.

Vintage necklace made out of cut peach seeds with copper links, made by a friend’s dad.

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Silk from India

July 29, 2014

 

 

My friend Joytsna went to India for vacation and got me this gorgeous pink silk fabric.

I combined it with the red floral print silk organza and used a Burda pattern to sew it.

I left the edges of the flounces unfinished and fraying on purpose, it gives it a light feel.

Picture are from Roxana’s Baptism in 2012 (I was still pregnant at that time, hence the big belly)

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July 29, 2014

A metallic blue jeans dress made from a Burda pattern, can’t even remember which.

From Michael’s Baptism in 2012. yup I was pregnant :)

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Sonia’s Baptism

July 28, 2014

 

Photos from 2012 at Sonia’s Baptism. She is 2 years old now.

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The dress is made out of cotton sateen based on the same La Mia Boutique Pattern.

 

Sonia is wearing a traditional Romanian dress made by grandma with hand stitched embroidery.

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Blue

July 28, 2014

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Long lost photos of the blue silk dress with hairpin lace, silk jacket with embroidery, covered button and bound button-hole, cotton sateen dress from the cover of La Mia Boutique.

Little Foxy

October 31, 2013

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Dress Pattern: http://www.liveinternet.ru/community/3203889/post232411256/

Hat pattern: http://goodknits.com/blog/2013/10/01/crochet-sly-fox-hat/

Yarn: Elann Lara

Needle: 2.5mm

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I wanted Sonia to have a foxy dress for autumn, she likes her Ikea stuffed foxes and says Vulpea all the time.

I followed the basic pattern in the link, but couldn’t read it in Russian, so I followed the schemas and approximated the number of repeats and increases.

It is not made in the round, I turned in the center back, leaving an opening for about 15cm. When the dress was done, I crochet again along the neckline, adding the picots and the button holes in the back opening. it has 3 sewn on flat buttons.

I’ve made a lot of mistakes, but almost everything in crochet can be fixed with steam! shhh!

The applied fox is a simple crochet circle, with ears and an elongated nose.

The eyes and nose are embroidered over using a big needle with crochet thread number 10, in brown, black and a dot of white.

It is sewn on with needle and regular sewing thread as a pocket, from upper ear corner, around the bottom nose, and up to the other ear corner, leaving the top part open for the pocket.

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How to crochet the ears on the applied fox head:

Crochet 5 single crochet stitches.

Slip stitch into the second stitch from hook

Single crochet into the next stitch.

Half double crochet into the next stitch

Double crochet into the next stitch

Treble crochet into the next stitch

Skip 5 stitches from the circle and slip stitch in the next crochet.

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This will create the basic triangle shape of the ear. Repeat for the second ear… I approximated the distances.

I also crochet the foxy hat to go with the dress, and Sonia admires herself in the mirror repeating the word Vulpea (Fox) when wearing it.

Happy Halloween!!!

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