Bikecap

Since you don’t change bike every now and then, I love to add cute accessories to cheer it up. I already made a basket and bags.  Now I made a bike seat cover.

What you will be needing

  • Strip of oilcloth, 9 by 100 cm
  • Saddleshaped piece of oilcloth
  • Elastic, 1,5 cm wide and 1 m long

You start with stitching the elastic on the border of the long strip its back. Make sure you put enough pressure on the elastic, otherwise the bikecap will be too loose.

Then you have to stitch the strip on the saddlepiece, wrong sides facing. Start in the middle of the back of the seat. Don’t stitch the first centimeters of the strip yet. Try not to stitch too fast, in order to be able to follow the shape better.

When you are at the end, cut the rest of the strip, leaving again a few centimeters. Once you have stitched the ends of the strip together, your bikecap is ready!

This cap will help you find your bike back in the bike rack more easy and prevent your saddle form getting wet…

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Bathroom baskets

My bathroom storage is above the toilet, every time I need something out of it, I am afraid something will fall. Right. Into. The. Toilet. So far, it didn’t happen (bless me!) but to prevent this, I made a few baskets from Lola oilcloth.

Before

Lola basket

After

One year ago I already posted how to make storage bins. Nonetheless, I will repeat the different steps for you.

  • Determine what size you want your basket to be. Add 0,50 cm on each side for the seam. Draw a square on your oilcloth in the required dimensions. This will be the bottom.
  • Next, you need to draw four extra squares to the sides of the bottom square, like in this template. You end up with a cross-like shape that you have to cut out.
  • Sew the sides of the outer squares together, printed sides facing, so that your bin begins to take its shape. This will be the inner layer of the basket.
  • Repeat these steps to create a second layer. Here too, you sew printed sides facing. When stiched, turn the right side out. This will be the outer layer of the bin.
  • Put the inner layer into the outer layer. You can add a square piece of cardboard to the bottom for extra firmness.
  • Sew the two layers together with a matching piece of cotton border or ribbon.
  • As extra you can fold over the edge so that the design on the inside also shows on the outside.
  • Ready!

 

 

Car organizer

One of my friends has a new car. She was telling me about how little space there was to put stuff away. Even though she is the kind of person who always takes too many things with her, people who are extremely organized or who have kids will probably know the problem too… Since I was in a sewing mood (which I am actually all the time) I decided to make her her own Lola car organizer.

I used Donuts Varadero and Love leaf Scuba Blue, two colorful designs of the new Lola collection. I messed around with sketches and paper until I had the design I wanted. For sure I wanted a pocket to put a small bottle in, pockets for pencils and a bigger pocket for a book or a magazine. It was not that easy to puzzle the different parts in place, but I am glad with the result! Little pad on my own back…

Lola car organizer   Lola car organizer

Easter bunny

 

Easter bunny from oilcloth

In a few days it’s Easter and I am already looking forward to all the chocolate! To decorate the house I made a stuffed bunny of oilcloth.

I draw a pattern myself. I must admit it looks more like a Barbapapa, but that’s kinda cute I think. You will need 2 body pieces and 4 ear pieces. First you have to stitch the ear pieces together, right sides facing. Leave the base open. When stitched, turn the right side out. You can use a wooden spoon to help.

Then pin the two body pieces together using paper clips, again right sides facing. Put the ears in place between the two layers. The border of the ears must go parallel with the border of the body pieces and the top of the ears have to point to the bunny’s belly. Stich all pieces together, leaving an opening to turn the right side out and to stuff.

When you stuffed the animal with fill, close the opening by hand or machine. I decided to not add eyes or a tail so you can use the bunny both ways. But of course you can use buttons for eyes or make a pocket on the belly, it’s best to do this before you stitch all the parts together.

 

Bal masqué

This weekend I am having a masked ball and I wouldn’t be Lola if I didn’t make my own mask… When doing so I did a lot of improvisation. This DIY project is perfect to do with kids for carnival or a birthday party.

I looked around on the internet for shapes I liked and combined some of them. When cut out, I decorated the masks with glitters and little stars. You can also use plumes, tinfoil, pearls or … To make the mask stronger, I glued a piece of cardboard on the back. To finish I attached a stick to hold up the mask. For the one I used a skewer, for the other I stapled a straw on the cupboard.

My date? He will be wearing a matching bow tie I made for last blog post.

Masked ballMasked ball Lola

 

Cute bow

This week I am making a super cute bow for multiple purposes. You can use it as a hairpin, a brooch, decoration for presents and so on.

What you will be needingAssemblage bow

  • Template
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Lola oilcloth
  • Glue
  • A hairpin, brooch, safety pin, hair tie or …

You start with printing or drawing the template. If you want a different form of bow, rescale the template before printing. Next cut it out, draw the three different shapes on the back of the oilcloth and cut them out again.

Now you can start assembling. First you take part 1, glue both ends to the middle. Secondly you glue part 1 on the middle of part 2. Then you bend  part 3 around the middle of the two other parts. Before you glue part 3 its ends together, put the pin/tie/… underneath it.

Cute Lola bows   Lola brooch
Lola hair pin   Lola bow tie

Don’t hesitate to share your trials with me! And take a look on my Pinterest page for more images.

Template

Lola around the world

For this year’s collection  I found my inspiration around the world. 3 collections were launched: French Riviera, Baltic Sea Cruise and Club Havana. How else can this “Lola around the world” theme be visualized better than by making a world map from Lola oilcloth? I must admit cutting out the small islands and gluing everything in the right place took a lot of work, but it was worth it!

What you will be needingworldmap_whole'

  • Template of world map
  • Oilcloth (or adhesive foil)
  • Background panel
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape

I found this very practical website on which you can print world maps in different sizes at home. I used the one of 16 pages, which turned out to be around 75 by 115 cm.

I cut out all loose world parts roughly and attached it with tapeworldmap to the oilcloth as a template. For the big parts you have to use a lot of tape to make sure it stays in place. When all parts were cut, I printed the map again to make sure I placed all parts in the right position on the panel. There still was a little guessing work, so the map isn’t 100 % realistic ;).