D.I.Y. Glitter Ballet Flats

Like most girls, after seeing the wizard of oz I have wanted my very own ruby slippers. If you share the same desire, I have good news! Here is a quick, clean and easy tutorial to help you get just that.
What you will need:
Ballet Flats
Masking tape
Glossy Mod podge
Paint brush
Disposable container or tray
Step 1. The first thing you need to do is find a pair of shoes that you would like to cover in glitter. Note that you get better results from using something made of a firm material over something soft and flimsy. In my case I have decided to use an old pair of vinyl ballet flats. Although Dorothy had bows on her shoes I’m going to remove the bows for this project.

Step 2. With masking tape, protect the lining, sole and any other part of the shoe that you don’t want covered in glitter.

Step 3. Grab a disposable container or tray and squeeze some mod podge onto it. Don’t make too much since you will be applying the mix to the shoes in layers. Pour and mix in the glitter depending on how much coverage you wan’t. Remember, you don’t want the mixture to feel like crunchy peanut butter, try to make a smooth paste.
Step 4. Using a paint brush, dab the glitter mix onto your shoes. Let the layer dry before adding another, you will be able to tell when it is dry as mod podge goes on white and turns clear. I removed and reapplied the masking tape after applying each layer of glitter but if you think that that is too time consuming you can choose to leave the masking tape on till the very end and file off any unwanted excess that has dried between the shoe and masking tape.
Step 5. When you are happy with the coverage of your shoe, seal the glitter by painting on a layer of pure mod podge. To cover my black ballet flats I did a total of 3 layers, 4 including the final seal. When the final layer has dried remove the masking tape from your ballet flats.


Now to find the yellow brick road.


How to turn a large collared shirt into a sleevless mini dress

I picked this large shirt up from an op shop a while ago, it was only $1 and I liked the fabric so i thought ‘why not’. As much as I like oversized shirts I figured it was time I turned it into something more fitting…
What you will need:
Large collared shirt
Sewing Pins
Sewing Machine
Step 1.Put the oversized shirt on inside out. With sewing pins, mark where your waist is (A) and where your arm holes and sides (B) are located. With a pen or pencil, trace the shape leaving a seam allowance of at least 1cm.

Step 2. With a scissors cut along line A and B. You should now have the following pieces:

Step 3. With the shirt inside out, sew the side seams connecting the front and back together again.

Step 4. You can add darts to make the top more fitted. As you can see in the diagram below, the point of the dart is located just below the breast and runs all the way down to the waist. Put the top on inside out for an accurate placement and once again, pin and trace where the dart will go.

Step 5. To sew the dart pinch line A and C together so that they meet and align perfectly. While still pinching pull line B in. Sew along line A&C on the inside of your garment.

Step 6. To get a perfect arm hole, sew 1cm into your garment following the circumference. Remember, you do not need to attach or fold anything at this point as this stitch is just a marker.

Step 7. At the marker stitch, fold the edge of the arm hole in while ironing to keep it in place. You will notice that the stitch will make it easier to maintain the shape of the arm hole.

Once you have ironed all around the arm hole, sew the fold in place.

Step 8. Now it is time to attach the skirt. As you can see, the top is now considerably smaller than the bottom. The first thing you need to do is align the button holes and the buttons by pinning the top and bottom together into place. The next things you need to align are the side seams. Gather all the excess in between the seams and pin into place. Make sure that the button holes, buttons and 2 side seams align perfectly.

Fold the top onto the bottom so that the right sides are facing in. Sew along the waistline that you just pinned to complete the garment.

From geek to chic!

How to make bunting

What you will need:
Sewing machine

Step 1. Decide what size triangle you would like and then using a pencil and ruler, rule up a template on a piece of A4 paper. Add a seam allowance of 5mm around your triangle (or more depending on how big your triangle is). Cut the template out.

Step 2. Pin the template onto your fabric. Cut out the number of triangles you need x2 as you will need a front and back for every flag (i.e. for 12 flags you will need 24 triangles).

Step 3. With the right side of the fabric facing in, sew along the seam allowance on the longest sides of the triangles.

Step 5. Through the open edge, pull the triangle pockets inside out to reveal the right side of the fabric. All seam lines should now be hidden.

Step 6. Cut away any unwanted thread and excess fabric. Iron your flags so they are nice and flat.

Step 7. To make the line cut a piece of fabric that is 4cm wide and however long you require it to be. Fold the line in half lengthwise and iron. When a clear crease is created, open the line back up and fold the outside edges into the middle as pictured below and iron again.

Step 8. Pin the flags to the line so that the open edge is on the centre crease. When you are happy with the alignment, sew along the line to attach the flags.

Step 9. Iron the completed bunting and PRESTO! Your bunting is ready.