Archive | June, 2014

Organising lunch

30 Jun

Few months ago I made a meal voucher holder as Xmas gift for my colleague Floriana, and as my old voucher hoder was falling literally into pieces, I decided it was about time to make one for myself too… this time I also added two smaller pockets. I also handstitched a tab which I think looks cute. 🙂

lunch voucher holder closed

lunch voucher holder closed

lunch voucher holder open

lunch voucher holder open

detail: handmade tab

detail: handmade tab

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Remnant case

24 Jun

Here is another project I made last weekend. Again I used some remnant of my “cushion-project” here. I’m not completely satisfied with it… I even forgot to add flaps on both to make it easier to zip/unzip. Anyway, next time I’m going to try to make a case with the end tabs of the zipper too!

the "left-over" case

the “left-over” case

The origami bag

23 Jun

I worked a bit with my sewing-machine this past weekend and, among other things,  I made this lovely origami market bag. I used some remnant from this project here, and I got the tutorial from here.

It is very quick to do and you can also easily modify its size: you can make it bigger or smaller depending on your needs! This one is 30×30 cm.

The origami bag

The origami bag

Good marks bracelet

20 Jun

Here is a brass wire bracelet I made for Marta, Paola‘s daughter: she’s has been very good at school this year  too so I thought she deserved a little gift. 😉

Marta's wire bracelet

Marta’s wire bracelet

Marta's wire bracelet

Marta’s wire bracelet

A gift

19 Jun

I made this necklace, which is a variation of this one here, as a gift for a friend’s birthday. It is made with hammered copper wire and glass beads…

simona necklace

Necklace for a birthday…

simona necklace 1

detail

 

 

Smocked top

16 Jun

A couple of years ago I bought a lovely dress at my local market, just to find out that I didn’t like how it looked on me. Anyway, as I really liked the pattern of the fabric I decided to unstitch it to make something new out of it. It took me almost 3 years to decide what to do, but in the end I came out with this smocked  top….

top

top

 

detail

detail

 

 

Blue glass

7 Jun

Here’s a new necklace I made with some copper wire and light blue glass beads. I really like the contrast among the two colours.
I hammered and shaped the copper wire and added the beads. Very simple!

Copper and light blue glass beads necklace

Copper and light blue glass beads necklace

Detail

Detail

Welcome to my place

6 Jun

I’ve been thinking to re-organize the entrance hall of my flat for a while, and finally I came up with what I think is the most unexpensive solution: I wanted to add a little bench at the entrance but I couldn’t find a suitable one. They all were too big, then my father gave me this old tea-table solid enough to be upcycled to a bench. As it was dark brown and a bit run-down I decided to paint it “ivory” white, and then to make a cushion to match with it.

First I made a squared cover for the pillow stuffing, then I sewed a zippered pillow cover with some lovely Ikea fabric. I also managed to sew an invisible zipper…. which was a first time for me! And guess what? It was easier than I thought!

The final touch is the hanger coat rack that I bought from Ikea too almost a year ago and that finally my brother had the time to come and secure to the wall. …. drilling is definitely not my piece of cake!

My upcycled bench and a brand new pillow

My upcycled bench and a brand new pillow

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The pillow perfectly fits the bench! incredible, uh?

The pillow perfectly fits the bench! incredible, uh?

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It looks nice.

It looks nice.

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The invisible zipper!

The invisible zipper!

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An organized entrance hall.

An organized entrance hall.

Chopsticks

5 Jun

I love chopsticks. Despite being Italian, I use them quite often to eat my meals, even though I’m not eating Far East food. 🙂

Throughout the years I found out that chopsticks are extremely adaptable, and I’ve found quite few different uses for the old ones…. I use them to support plants, as knitting needles and even as paper windmill stalks!

And now I’ve found even a newer use for them…

In my previous post I wrote about adding curtains to the glass doors of my TV unit… here is how I’ve done it with the help of 4 old chopsticks and 4 recycled springs from used-up pens….

STEP 1: Curtain, Chopsticks and spring

STEP 1: Curtain, Chopsticks and spring

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STEP 2: insert spring onto chopstick

STEP 2: insert spring onto chopstick

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chopsticks 3

STEP 3: insert chopstick+spring into the casing for the curtain rod

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STEP 4: fix the chopstick/rod into the window frame

STEP 4: fix the chopstick/rod into the window frame

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STEP 5: DONE! :-)

STEP 5: DONE! 🙂

 

Curtains

4 Jun

My house is small. I don’t have either a hobby room or even a lumber room where to store the material for my little works, so I had to turn my living room TV cabinet into a storage unit. That’s why I decided to shade its glass doors with two made-to-measure curtains.

It took me a while to complete the task because the fabric pattern didn’t help me much at cutting the panels.

Moreover to make the curtains stick to the glass doors I used a funny trick: I happened to have two sets of chopsticks almost the same measure of the width of the windows, so I sanded the excess, added an upcycled spring each form some old used up pens and used them to prop up the curtains.

See my next post for details… 🙂

Anyway, here’s the result. I’m quite satisfied with it.

TV unit "before"

TV unit “before”

TV unit "after"

TV unit “after”

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