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Handmade Mirror Work Cotton Ghagra Choli

Some years ago, I made a ghagra choli with yellow and pink cotton fabric, embroidery thread and large silver sequins to mimic Indian mirror work embroidery. Ghagra choli is an Indian blouse and skirt outfit which is usually worn with a stole, the dupatta or odhani.

Pink Yellow Mirrorwork Cotton Ghagra Choli

My handmade ghagra choli is inspired by traditional Rajasthani ghagra cholis Continue reading Handmade Mirror Work Cotton Ghagra Choli

DIY Popsicle Stick Sled Ornaments

Make vintage inspired DIY popsicle stick sled ornaments with popsicle sticks, wood glue and acrylic paint for your Christmas tree this year!

DIY Popsicle Stick Sled Ornaments

These DIY popsicle stick sled ornaments are a great last minute Christmas craft! They look cute as Christmas tree ornaments or make a great Christmas gift for a loved one. My inspiration for the DIY popsicle sled ornaments was this antique Victorian wooden sled. Continue reading DIY Popsicle Stick Sled Ornaments

2 DIY Christmas Dog Toys: Christmas Wreath & Candy Cane Dog Toy

Who doesn’t like a toy for Christmas? Turn old clothes and fabric scraps into these 2 cute DIY Christmas dog toys: A green and red Christmas wreath dog toy and and a red and white candy cane dog toy. You’re pup will love them!

2 DIY Christmas Dog Toys - Christmas Wreath & Candy Cane Dog Toy

These 2 DIY Christmas dog toys are great for playing fetch and tug-of-war with your dog. And the Christmas toys cost you nothing if you use your old torn clothes to make them. For the Christmas wreath dog toy I used an old sweater that I wore as a child. And for the candy cane dog toy I used old red and white fabric strips. Sweater pants and leggings work well too because you can cut them into long strips.

On my puppy’s instagram account @khaleesi_theblackgsd I share pictures of her playing with the DIY Christmas dog toys. Continue reading 2 DIY Christmas Dog Toys: Christmas Wreath & Candy Cane Dog Toy

Victorian Rag Ball – Tutorial

Learn to make an authentic Victorian rag ball for your kid, pup, or as decoration.

Victorian Rag Ball - Tutorial

In the Victorian era, a rag ball was a toy of poor children. Old rags and fabric scraps were wound into a ball and covered with ball stitches to hold the rags together: ‘Ball Stitch – A stitch used in making ornamental balls for children.’ (Embroidery Stitches, 1872, p. 9)

Rag balls were popular Victorian Christmas presents. Victorian mothers would make rag balls for their toddlers, while kids could make their own rag balls – rag balls are so easy and fast to make! And cheap too – using just what you’d usually throw away!

Today, rag balls are still popular: They are a favorite decoration at Christmas time. Or you could make a rag ball as soft toy ball for your baby or toddler. ‘There are innumerable games to be played with a soft ball which the very tiny children even can enjoy and profit by.’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2)  And if you don’t have a toddler, your pup would love a new toy too! Continue reading Victorian Rag Ball – Tutorial

How To Make DIY Candle Wicks With Cotton String

Did you know that you can make your own candle wicks with things you already have at home? In this short tutorial I’ll show you how to make DIY candle wicks with cotton string!

DIY Candle Wicks Tutorial

Use your DIY candle wicks for DIY oil lamps or homemade candles. Cotton string candle wicks burn for a long time with a steady flame that doesn’t soot. Continue reading How To Make DIY Candle Wicks With Cotton String

5 DIY No-Sew Recycled Denim Dog Toys

Make no-sew recycled denim dog toys out of old jeans! It’s easy, fast and free! And your pup will love it!

5 DIY No-Sew Recycled Denim Dog Toys

Since May 1 there’s a whirlwind in my life: A black German shepherd puppy (more pictures of her on her instagram account @khaleesi_theblackgsd). She’s a little destroyer! 😉 In the last weeks, she destroyed part of the cork floor, some of her toys, Grandma’s midcentury chair – and even her harness! So her toys have to be sturdy and robust! Continue reading 5 DIY No-Sew Recycled Denim Dog Toys

DIY Espadrilles – Shoe Making Tutorial

Upcycle ugly, ill-fitting espadrilles into cute DIY espadrilles that match your outfit!

DIY Espadrilles - Shoe Making Tutorial

I made shoes again! Yay! 😀 This time I upcycled ugly espadrilles that didn’t fit very well. I used leftover mint-green denim fabric from my jeans-to-skirt refashion and made matching mint green espadrilles! I love how they turned out and they’re so comfortable to wear! Continue reading DIY Espadrilles – Shoe Making Tutorial

DIY Octopus Dog Toy Out Of Old Jeans

Make a cute DIY octopus dog toy with jeans pockets!

DIY Octopus Dog Toy Out Of Old Jeans

This DIY octopus dog toy out of old jeans is a great project for sewing beginners because it doesn’t matter if the seams are uneven! Your pup will love it just the same! For the denim toy you’re going to need two jeans pockets, some denim fabric for the “octopus tentacles” and old fabric scraps for stuffing. I used the jeans pockets that were leftover from my 5 DIY No-Sew Recycled Denim Dog Toys.

Note: If your pup is a heavy chewer, like mine, it’s best to omit the octopus tentacles! My puppy loved the tentacles but she chewed them off in about 10 minutes! 😉 But the rest of the dog toy is still holding up. Continue reading DIY Octopus Dog Toy Out Of Old Jeans

25+ Easy & Cheap Backdrop Ideas For Blog Photography

Even if you don’t have a rustic textured table in your home for your food and craft photos or a professional photostudio for your fashion shoots, you can take professional looking pictures with these 25+ easy and cheap backdrop ideas for blog photography.

25+ Easy & Cheap Backdrop Ideas For Blog Photography

Some great DIY photo backdrops might be already lying around in your house. In this post I’ll show you what I use as backdrops for my blog photos. Some of the ideas are for DIY indoor backdrops and some are natural outdoor backdrops. Continue reading 25+ Easy & Cheap Backdrop Ideas For Blog Photography