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Marbled Photo Frames

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Jessthetics / Marbled Photo FramesThe next project in my quest to add colour to everything in my room is this cute marbled picture frame DIY! I actually bought these frames thinking that I would decorate them with a tiled mosaic, but that proved to be too difficult. I’m glad I marbled them instead though because this project is easier, cheaper, quicker and filled with just as much colour!
Jessthetics / Marbled Photo FramesYou will need: A container to dunk your frames into, a frame, nail polish in several colours, tape, and a wooden stick.

I decided that I just wanted the front of my frames to be marbled, so I began by removing the glass and backing from my frames and taping the sides to protect them!
Jessthetics / Marbled Photo FramesFill your container with a couple of inches of water, and add your nail polish. Be aware that it dries quickly (especially fast drying nail polish!) so you’re going to need to work fairly fast. I found it easiest to pour nail polish out of the bottle with the bottle close to the water, and swirl the polish around slowly. If I poured too quickly, the polish dissolved into the water rather than sitting on top.
Jessthetics / Marbled Photo FramesDunk your frame into the water! Since my frame was bigger than my container, I dipped in one section at a time. It didn’t matter if I dipped a part of the frame that had already been dipped, since the overlap had a pretty effect.
Jessthetics / Marbled Photo FramesI did four or five different nail polish patterns before both frames were covered with the marble effect. The nail varnish left a skin on the top of the water (kind of like the skin on milk when you heat it in the mocrowave.) I removed this with a wooden stick in-between patterns so that it didn’t stick to my frames!
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Jessthetics / Marbled Photo FramesTa da! All finished. Now you just need to hang your frames! I feel like I say this every time I post a project, but this really is a simple DIY. You could whip these up in under an hour, and the fun thing is that you can marble almost anything with this technique! I think my Van Gough print looks super cute in this marbled frame, and now I just need to buy a print to display in the second one!

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How to Make A Lacy Bra

How To Make A Lacy Bra / JesstheticsHow To Make A Lacy Bra / JesstheticsHow To Make A Lacy Bra / JesstheticsLately I’ve been drawn to triangle bras on pinterest, like this one. I don’t actually wear bras day-to-day, but they’re fun to have for special occasions! Underwear is so expensive, especially for the small amount of fabric that you buy, so I decided to DIY my own triangle bra. Joe took these photos for me when I was in Southampton last week, and we had so much fun!

You will need: 1/4 metre of cotton fabric, 1 metre of wide lace, 1 metre of thin elastic, greaseproof paper, measuring tape, pen, scissors, needle and thread, sewing machine.

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First, you need to get your measurements. I don’t have any expertise in pattern cutting, so there’s probably a different way of doing this, but this is what worked for me! For the width of each cup, measure the distance under your bust where the bottom of a bra sits, and add an inch (let’s call this length 1.) For the height of each cup, measure the distance between the bottom of your bust and just above your armpit and add an inch (let’s call this length 2.)

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For your pattern piece, draw length 2 on your greaseproof paper, then draw length 1 two inches from the bottom. The rest is just a matter of joining up the lines as above, making sure all three are curved! Cut out your pattern piece and use it to cut two bra cups from the cotton fabric.

How To Make A Lacy Bra / JesstheticsInsert a dart which runs from the middle of the bottom of each cup to the middle of each cup. To get the dart right, I tried on the fabric piece and adjusted it until it curved in the right way / Hem the edges by 1/2 an inch, with a zig zag stitch / Cut a strip of elastic to go around your torso, and sew the ends firmly together / Sew the cups onto the elastic so that the elastic is on the right side of the bra. Cut two strips of elastic for the straps, and sew these onto the cups and the back of the bra. To get the right positioning, keep trying things on as you go! Remember that the cups should be far enough apart that you can add lace to the inside of each.

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Finally, sew on your lace! I stitched the lace where it met the elastic at the top and bottom of each cup, as well as along the inner edge of the cup. And you’re finished! I later decided to add an extra dart to the side of each cup to give it more of a curve.

How To Make A Lacy Bra / JesstheticsThis isn’t really a practical bra, but it is pretty. Would you ever attemp to make your own undies?

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How To Make A Maxi Skirt

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A week ago I showed you guys how to make this red skirt. This week I used the tutorial to make myself a maxi skirt! I’ve simplified the process slightly, so I thought I’d share a new updated tutorial. This took me two hours to sew from scratch – two hours! I dare you to find a quicker method. The high, elasticated waist is something that really suits my style, and I love the 70s pattern I chose even if I do say so myself! I can’t wait to wear this constantly this spring.

You will need: 1 meter of fabric, 1 meter of wide elastic, a needle, thread, scissors, pencil, measuring tape and a sewing machine.

Jessthetics / How To Make A Maxi SkirtThis skirt will consist of two identical rectangular panels. For the length of each short side: measure the widest part of your hips, halve this and add two inches. For the length of each long side: measure the distance between your waist and the part where you want the skirt to end and add four inches. Cut out your two panels!

Jessthetics / How To Make A Maxi SkirtSew the long sides of your panels together, right sides facing, making sure the pattern lines up at the sides / Hem the skirt by folding the fabric over by an inch and sewing in place / At the other end, turn the fabric over by half an inch and iron down / Sew this in place

Jessthetics / How To Make A Maxi SkirtAt the same end that you did the ironing, fold the fabric over again, leaving enough room to thread your elastic. Sew in place, leaving a gap to pass your elastic through / Pass the elastic through the gap and sew the ends of your elastic together

Jessthetics / How To Make A Maxi SkirtSew up the gap, and you have a finished skirt!

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How To Make An Elasticated-Waist Skirt

Jessthetics / How To Make An Elasticated Waist SkirtJessthetics / How To Make An Elasticated Waist SkirtI spotted this red pu leather fabric in a shop in York and I knew that I had to make it into something! I decided that it would make a really cute high-waisted skirt and I spent the morning sewing one, and that afternoon wearing it! This is a really easy and worthwhile project – skirts like this are such a wardrobe basic! If you’ve never made your own clothes before, this would be a great place to start. You don’t even need a pattern!

You will need: One meter of your chosen fabric, a needle, thread, scissors, sewing machine, measuring tape, pencil and elastic two inches longer than the length of your waist.

Jessthetics / How To Make An Elasticated Waist SkirtFirst you need to draw your pattern piece. The skirt will be made up of two panels – one for the front and one for the back. Begin by drawing one half of one panel (as above.) To work out the length of side 1, measure the widest part of your hips, divide this by four and add 1 and 1/2 inches. To work out the length of side 2, measure the widest part of your hips, divide this by four and add 1/2 an inch. To work out the length of side 3, measure the distance between your waist and the part of your legs where you want the skirt to end and add 3 1/2 inches. Lastly, join up side 1 and side 2 by hand, including the small curve at the top.

Cut out all sides apart from side 3. Fold the fabric over along side 3 and draw around the other three edges to form a whole panel. Cut this panel out and trace around it to get your second panel.

Jessthetics / How To Make An Elasticated Waist SkirtPlace your two panels right sides together and sew along the right and left edges 1/2 an inch from the edge / Turn the fabric at the top edge over by 1/2 inch and sew down / Fold the fabric at the top edge over again, making sure to leave enough room for your elastic to pass through the waistband. Sew almost the whole way around, leaving some room to thread your elastic through / Thread your elastic through the waistband and sew the edges of the elastic firmly together!

Jessthetics / How To Make An Elasticated Waist SkirtSew up the gap that you used to pass the waistband through / Fold the fabric at the bottom edge over by 1 inch and sew to create the hem.

And you’re finished! I found sewing with this fabric really hard at first, but if you put a sheet of tissue paper over the fabric as you’re sewing, it won’t get caught under your machine foot and you can tear it off straight after!

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What do you think? If you make something like this I would LOVE to see it!

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DIY Tassel Rug

When my parents were cleaning out the shed they found these wonderful brown and orange coloured floral curtains. I loved the pattern so much, I figured I had to turn them into something! The heavy curtain material is perfect for a rug 🙂 Although it seems like there are a lot of steps, it was easy to make and could be finished in an evening. Now I just need to find somewhere to put it!

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You will need:
1m of a fabric that you like
2m of a cheap, thick fabric for the base
A ball of wool
Scissors
Needle and thread

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Step 1: Trim any hems off your fabric if it is second hand.

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Step 2: Cut out your base fabric so that it is a little smaller than twice the size of your patterned fabric (to make room for the hem) then fold your base fabric in half and sew the edges together.

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Step 3: Place your base fabric on top of your patterned fabric, and fold the edges of your patterned fabric onto your base fabric to make a hem. Sew the two together. Below is a step by step photos for hemming the corners. If you want extra security, you can also glue the hem together.

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Step 4: Make your tassels! I made 6 tassels for each end of my rug. Below is a step by step on how to make tassels. I wrap the wool around my hand ten times, and then slide the wool off my hands and cut. I use the loose end to tie the top of the circle of wool, and then I cut the other end of the circle of wool. Finally, I cut a seperate piece of wool and tie it around the top of the bunch. I hope that makes sense! Sew your tassels onto the rug so that the loose thread is on the underside.

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Step 5: Run the whole thing through your sewing machine, and be sure to use a wide needle and a loose tension if your fabric is heavy!

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Ta da! Here’s my new upcycled rug 🙂 What do you think? (Excuse my odd socks.) Now I just need a nice new flat of my own to put it in. And maybe some more projects to do so that I can use up the rest of the curtains. It felt great to spend some time relaxing and doing some sewing in front of the voice. I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend.