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Dip-Dye Jumper

Remember I said that over the summer I dyed LOADS of clothes? Well, this jumper is one of them! I kept seeing bleached jumpers in shops like Urban Outfitters, but they were so expensive, so I decided to make my own. This project is one of the easiest I’ve ever done.


And here’s how to make it 🙂

You will need: A plain jumper, some spray bleach (I used some poundland bathroom cleaner), and something to protect your floor (I used bin bags.)

Step 1: Spread out the bin bags on the floor, and put the jumper on top

Step 2: Spray your jumper with bleach! To get a gradual fade effect, spray bleach up to the middle of the jumper, but so that the further up you go, the less times you spray it. I did mine so that the bottom of the jumper was soaked. Then do the same for the back.

Step 3: Wait for the bleach to develop (this usually takes a couple of hours) and then make sure you wash the jumper well before wearing it!

And that’s it! I told you it’s super simple to do.

Have you ever tried bleaching clothes?

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Lacey Box-Tidy

Just before I moved to uni, I redecorated my room at home. Even though it’s been 2 years, I’ve only just gotten around to organising my stuff. My cosmetics and hair products were all-over-everywhere, so I decided to take action! This summer whilst I was living back at home, I made some box tidys to put all my stuff in. Now my room is tidier, and much less bare.

Before:

After:

And of course, here’s how to make them,

You will need: a box (a shoe box is fine), fabric for the lining (I used 1/2 a metre), a pen, needle and thread, a sewing machine (optional), paint, pva glue, lace (as much as you like) and scissors.

Step 1: Place your box onto the middle of the fabric, and draw around the base. Then, keeping the edge of the box in the same place, tip the box onto it’s side and draw around the side. Do this for each side, and you should have an outline that looks like this:

Next, draw a line around your shape about an inch away from the first line (the first line is the dotty line above), so that when you sew your lining together, you will have some space to sew!

Step 2: Cut out the shape!

Step 3: Sew together the sides that are next to eachother, to make the fabric into an open-topped box shape. Make sure stitching is about an inch away from the edge. For example, I sewed along this line first:


And then repeat for your other two sides.

If you have a sewing machine, use it to go over your stitching

Step 4: Give the top of your box a seam! Turn the fabric over at the top, so that an inch of the fabric is on the outside. Then stitch it together.

You should end up with something that looks like this:

Whew, the hard part’s over, your lining is done! Now, for the most exciting part, decorating your box.

Step 4: Paint your box. I used acrylic paint because I didn’t want to have to buy any spray paint, but spray paint works best. Spray the outside (and the top of the inside) of your box evenly all over, and then leave to dry.

Step 5: Put the lace onto your box. Lay it out first, and then when you’re happy with it, glue it on using PVA. Don’t put too much glue on otherwise it will get messy!

Step 6: Use PVA to glue your lining to your box. I put the glue around the top edge and around the inside edge.

And now you’re finished! All your things will look tidy and pretty. Yay!

I made a couple more boxes to decorate my room, now I have a collection 🙂

I hope everyone has a good friday!

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Sugar, spice, and everything nice

These were the ingredients chosen
To create the perfect little girls
But Professor Utonium accidentally
Added an extra ingredients to the concoction–
Chemical X

This weekend, two of my friends turned 21 and had a fictional-character-themed birthday party. Me, Chelsea and Amy went as the BEST fictional characters… the powerpuff girls! I am buttercup (the green one), who is the most badass powerpuff girl. When I was little I wanted to be her.

To do the make-up, we followed this make-up tutorial which is amazing but so so creepy. It gives you anime – sized eyes when your eyes are closed.

I think Chelsea’s eyes are the most realistic, maybe because the pink shows up really well.

The rest of the costume was really simple: white tights, a green dress, and black shoes. I pinned the ends of my hair to my head at the top of my neck to make it look more like a bob.


Did anyone else watch the powerpuff girls?

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Tie-dye T-shirts

Over the summer, I had lots of fun dying and bleaching clothes. The first thing I did is tie-dye some t-shirts, which is pretty simple but really fun!

(You can tell these pictures aren’t recent, it’s nowhere near as summery as that now, sad times.)

Here’s how to do it:

You will need: A white (or light coloured) t shirt, salt, rubber bands, fabric dye (I use powder dylon dye), rubber gloves, a bucket, and something to stir with .

Step 1: Wrap the rubber bands around your t-shirt. Make sure they’re wrapped around tight, or the water will reach the fabric and dye it where you don’t want it to be dyed! You can control the pattern on the t-shirt by wrapping the elastic bands in different ways. My t-shirt has a circle pattern on it, and I achieved that by wrapping the elastic bands like this:

James wanted his t-shirt to look more chaotic, so he wrapped his elastic bands like this:

Step 2: Prepare your dye! You should follow the instructions on the back of your dye packet. Make sure you put newspaper down to protect your work surface, and wear rubber gloves so that you don’t get dye on your hands. If you’re using the dylon powder dye like I did, you should fill your bucket with warm water (enough to cover your t-shirt), add a couple of tablespoons of salt, and the dye (I used half of the packet for two t-shirts.) Put your shirt in the bucket, and give it a good stir.

Step 3: Stir your dye on regular intervals – with the powder dylon dye I stirred it every ten minutes for an hour.

Step 4: Wash and dry your t-shirt! I put my t-shirt on a 20-minute rinse wash and then tumble-dried it because I was feeling impatient.


And that’s it! Tie-dye is a really easy way to liven up plain clothes. And if you tie-dye everything you can become a hippy, which has been my life-long dream for forever.

Are you addicted to tie-dye yet?

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Guy Fawkes

Happy bonfire night! I hope you’ve had a good evening. I spent the night sat on a hill wrapped up in my winter woollies, watching the fireworks and drinking hot chocolate.  Yum! To get in the mood for bonfires and sparklers, I made some toffee apples, and here’s how I did it.

Ingredients: 500g sugar, 5 tablespoons of golden syrup, and some apples!

Step 1: Put the golden syrup and sugar in a pan on a medium heat with 100ml of water, and stir regularly.

Step 2: Whilst the sugar and syrup are dissolving, dip the apples in a pan of boiling water to make them less waxy (this makes the toffee stick better) and then leave them to dry.

Step 3: To check whether the toffee is done, spoon a little bit into a bowl of cold water. If it’s done, the toffee will turn hard in the water. Be careful though, the toffee won’t harden straight away, so check on it a couple of minutes after you’ve spooned it into the water! The first time I did this, I burnt the toffee because I was too over-enthusiastic and put it on too high a heat.

Step 4: Put a stick into the apples (I used forks because I’m a poor student, but they’re much less aesthetically pleasing) and then dip your apples into the toffee and swirl around. I left my apples on greaseproof paper to set.

Step 5:  Eat your toffee apples!

I had some toffee left after I’d dipped all my apples, so I went a bit crazy and dipped a lot of other things in toffee…  the toffee orange was the definitely the nicest. I also made flapjack with the toffee and some oats which was yummy 🙂


How did you spend your bonfire night?

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Halloween Mourning

Today is the sad day where we have to take our halloween decorations down 😦 No more bats and ghosts flying around the ceiling. No more creepy cobwebs hitting me in the face whilst I’m trying to walk through the door. To commemorate this loss, here’s some pictures of our decorations…

Again, i’m sorry the quality of the photos isn’t great, I can’t wait to get a proper camera. It’s very tempting to buy one now and go without food for a couple of weeks.

It’s not all bad though, since this weekend is bonfire weekend! I am going to be eating a lot of toffee apples, let’s hope i still have some teeth left on monday.

Have a good weekend 🙂

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How did your halloween go? I had a house party, and had a great time dressing up as a pumpkin! James dressed up as a carrot, for some reason that I can’t remember. Maybe it’s his favourite vegetable. These are some post party photos of us all dressed up.

I’m sorry the photos aren’t the best quality, I’m saving up for a proper camera, but for the moment I just have my phone. I made both our costumes, so I thought I’d show you how I did it.

PUMPKIN

For the pumpkin, you will need: Fabric scissors, Orange felt (I used 2 metres), Black felt (I used ¼ of a meter), Orange thread, a Needle, a Pen and a Sewing machine (optional).

Step 1: Cut your orange fabric in half widthways, and then fold it in half lengthways. Then draw your pumpkin outline on the fabric like this:

The blue line on the bottom is where the fold in your fabric should be. You can adjust the arm holes and the width of the bottom to fit you. Once you’ve unfolded it, you should be left with the front of your pumpkin, which looks like this:

Step 2: Place the pumpkin shape onto your second half of orange fabric, and draw around it. Then cut it out. I find it easier if I pin one piece of the fabric to the other whilst I’m drawing around it, so that it doesn’t slip. This should give you the second half of your pumpkin. I did the neckline on the back half of the pumpkin so that it’s less low that the neckline on the front.

Step 3: Next, you want to sew together the front and the back of your pumpkin, along this line:

I sewed mine together loosely first, and then ran it through the sewing machine, but you can do it by hand too.

Step 4: Cut out the eyes and the mouth of the pumpkin out of the black felt. You can do whatever shape you want, but I did mine like this:

Step 5: Turn your pumpkin inside out, so that the seams are in the inside. Sew the eyes and the mouth onto the front of your pumpkin, but make sure you don’t sew them onto the back as well!

Ta da, your pumpkin is now finished 🙂 Since my hair is already green at the ends, I didn’t need to make a stalk, I just tied my hair up on the top of my head instead

CARROT

For the carrot you will need: Fabric scissors, Orange and green thread, Orange felt (2 metres), Green stretchy material (1/4 of a meter), a Needle, a Pen, a Sewing machine (optional), a Paintbrush, and Brown acrylic paint.
Making the carrot is very similar to making the pumpkin, which makes things lots easier 🙂

Step 1: Cut your orange fabric in half widthways, and then fold it in half lengthways. Then draw your carrot outline on the fabric like this:


The blue line to the right is where the fold in your fabric should be. You can adjust the arm holes and the width of the bottom to fit you. Once you’ve unfolded it, you should be left with the front of your carrot, which looks like this:

Step 2: Place the carrot shape onto your second half of orange fabric, and draw around it. Then cut it out. I find it easier if I pin one piece of the fabric to the other whilst I’m drawing around it, so that it doesn’t slip. This should give you the second half of your carrot. I did the neckline on the back half of the carrot so that it’s slightly less low that the neckline on the front.

Step 3: Next, you want to sew together the front and the back of your carrot, along this line:

When James tried on the carrot, it was a bit too small for him, so I added an extra 6-inch panel in the back of the carrot.

I sewed mine together loosely first, and then ran it through the sewing machine, but you can do it by hand too.

Step 4: Turn your carrot inside out, so that your seams are on the inside. Then, I mixed some brown acrylic paint with water, and painted the stripes onto the fabric to look like ridges in the carrot. One of the many wonderful things about acrylic paint is that it doesn’t take very long to dry!

Step 5: This is the part where you make the hat. First, I drew this shape onto the green fabric and cut it out. Make sure you adjust the size of the hat to the size of your head! It doesn’t have to have a corner, that was just my lazy cutting.

To do the other side of the hat, just trace around the side that you’ve cut out and cut this side out too. You might find it easier to pin them together whilst you’re drawing around the side of the hat.

Step 6: Sew the sides if the hat together along this line:

Step 7: Cut out some strips from the green fabric, in different lengths. I did 10 strips, but if you want your stalk to look fuller, then you can do more. Turn your hat inside out, and then sew your stalks onto the top.

Yay, now you have a carrot costume!

Here are some pictures of me and James having fun at the PARDY

What did you dress up as for Halloween?