Easter bunny

Hooray, Easter time!  I don’t only love this period because it’s a good excuse to eat too much chocolate (Easter egg overload !!!), but also because I can decorate my house. For sure you also know the little yellow fluffy chicks, the pastel coloured Easter eggs and then there is this cute paper rabbit DIY…

What you will be needing:

  • template
  • thick paper
  • scissors and/or cutter
  • adhesive foil
  • glue (or double sided tape)

And then…

When printing the PDF document, change settings to “poster” format. In this way you can scale the template to A2 format and have a much bigger rabbit. It is also recommended printing on thicker paper in order to make the rabbit more solid.

Once printed I placed the template on adhesive foil, the printed side still visible. An extra helping hand might be useful here. Normally when you put the foil on furniture, you make the surface wet in order to be able to move the foil a little bit. With paper this is – unfortunately – not possible. Precision required!

When the adhesive foil sticks to the paper, start cutting. Do this as precise as possible since all shapes must fit together very nicely. Cut all the lines inside the figure gently (!) with a utility knife and the help of a ruler. This will help you to make folding more easy.

You will need to fold all the lines. Then you can start gluing all parts together. This might be a little tricky sometimes, but hey, you can do this!! 😉 I started gluing clockwise and finished with the backing. I think this is the best way to not make it too hard for yourself. Anyhow, the result will be worth the tinkering.

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Simple wallet

A while ago, I made a coin wallet. But since I like my paper money much more (read “I like to have it much more”), I thought it deserved a nice wallet too. This one too is very easy, you just need to be able to stitch straight…

Oilcloth wallet

What you will be needing:

  • Rectangle of 16,5 x 20 cm(part A)
  • Rectangle of 6 x 20 cm(part B)
  • Rectangle of 5,5 x 20 cm (part C, optional – if you want to have two extra pouches for your cards)

(see template (1))

And then…

  • Stitch 0,5 cm hems on the longest sides of parts A and B. Since the lower side of part C won’t be visible, you only need to stitch a 0,5 cm hem on the topside.
  • Fold part A double, wrong sides facing. Crease it so the folding line remains (see red line on template (2)).
  • Unfold, place part C around 1 cm above the folding line and stitch its lower side. Next place part B along the folding line and again stitch the lower side. Use tape, paperclips or hairpins to keep the parts in place (read ‘Don’t use pins’ at the tips & tricks-page).
  • Stitch the folding line of the wallet itself, see blue line on the template. It is a good idea to draw a helpline on the middle of the wrong side of part A.
  • Fold part A again, this time right sides facing. Stitch the sides together on 0,5 cm.
  • Turn the wallet right side out. To make this more easy, you could cut the hems smaller, but be careful when doing so! Using a blunt object to push out the corners is also recommended.

The wallet won’t take the right shape immediately, so I placed it under a pile of (heavy) books for a day.

Oilcloth wallet

Flowerbasket

A while ago I bought three little cactus plants in IKEA. Although I like the white flowerpots they are in, I thought my cactuses deserved to be brightened up a bit. Inspired by spiegelstiksels I made three little plant baskets.

You can find the template I used here. Spiegelstiksels described the dimensions you need very clear. Side A is half the width of the pot, side B the height and sides C are the width divided by 8. Don’t forget to add the seams! For one basket you will need to draw the pattern two times. Since oilcloth is a solid tissue, I drew the pattern directly on the oilcloth.

Cut out and put wrong sides facing. Now stitch the outer seams (B and D), following the dashed lines. Then fold to stitch the corners. Turn inside out and done! Since I will be using this basket as flowerpot, I didn’t use lining.

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Sunglasses case

Because it seems like we’ll have to wait a little longer for the sun (sad face), there is more time to sew summer gadgets (happy face). Already to many of my sunglasses got damaged because I put them loose in my purse, that’s why I made this practical sunglasses case.

The case I will be making has two layers, oilcloth on the outside and soft tissue on the inside. You won’t need much fabric, so you can use leftovers for this project. Cut the two pieces out using this template. (why do I always have to think about pizza when I see it ?!) Feel free to enlarge it or make it more oval. I used diameter 19,5 cm. When drawing the second piece, make sure to mirror the pattern!

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Once cut out, place the two pieces on each other, wrong sides facing. You stitch the parts together using a bias tape. A bias binder foot might be very useful doing so! Start at the beginning of the arrow (see template) and continue in this direction. Once you have passed the dashed line a few centimeters, fold the circle in two, that the borders overlap. Now continue to sew until the end. Reinforce the last stitches and cut of the bias.

No more scratched sunglasses from now on!

DIY Sunglasses case from Lola oilcloth - tafelzeil

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!

 

 

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

Pretty in pink

Whanightstand_1t are you buying your mom for Mother’s Day? Chances are high that it’s either flowers or chocolate. This year, I tried to come up with something more creative and personal, and I am really loving the result!

I picked up this vintage nightstand at the thrift store for €3. The top was quite damaged but I just couldn’t leave it 🙂 . I just love old stuff, I guess.

Knowing my mom was looking for a new sidetable nightstand_2for her living room, I decided to add some colour and personality to the nightstand so it would make a great Mother’s Day gift.

This is what it looks like with a layer of adhesive foil (Chiwy lily rose) attached to the top. No more signs of damage, yay!

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