Posts tagged diy fashion
DIY - Fringe Sweater
On Wednesday I posted an outfit post featuring a sweater I added fringe to.  If you want to make one for yourself all you need is a basic long sweater, about 2 yards of fringe trim, thread, and a sewing machine.  My sweater is from TJMaxx, but you may already have one you want to spice up.  The fringe I used is just like this one from JoAnn.  I was also thinking this would be really fun on the bottom of a shorter skirt or dress to add something special.

To start out I measured the hem of the sweater, making sure to stretch it a bit since it's a knit.  Then I did the same for the fringe adding about 2 extra inches.

I pinned the fringe onto the outside hem, but not the front placket, overlapping the pieces about a half inch.  I also tucked the fringe under a half inch at the beginning and end so no raw edges were loose to unravel.

I sewed the fringe onto the sweater making sure to back stitch at the beginning and end for security.  I swept the fringe out from under the sweater as I sewed to keep the fringe pieces from getting sewn under my bobbin thread.  Any time you sew with pins make sure to pull them out as you go.  No one likes breaking needles!  You may also want to do two rows of stitching to keep the threads from sliding around later.  After sewing all you have to do is slowly remove the stitching that holds the fringe pieces together to make cutting and sewing easier.  If you add fringe to a project make sure you comment here or post on Twitter or Instagram and tag me!  xoxo, Mallory

DIY Sunglasses Holder
As you can tell, I really love sunglasses.  I tend to lose and/or break them pretty easily because they get crammed in the bottom of my purse or dropped into our key bowl.  To avoid breaking them and to add to our living room gallery wall I made a super simple wood holder then mounted it to the wall with command strips.  I had all of the supplies from wedding projects and other DIYs already, but it's all available at Michaels or another craft store.  I used one, 1/2" wood strip, one 6"x10" pine plank, hot glue, a staple gun, and an X-Acto knife.

I cut 4 wood strips 1" shorter than the short side of the plank.  I doubled them up and hot glued them down, one layer at a time.  I also put in some staples for good measure, though it probably wasn't necessary.  Then the final step is adding a Command Strip (like these) cut in half to fit on the 1/2" strip.

If you are a perfectionist like I am, use a level when you stick it on to the wall.  If you aren't just wing it because these strips let you reposition them.  They work like velcro.  Half of the art in our house is hanging with these guys.  As always if you do this project let me know!  It's so easy & functional!  ♥ Mallory

DIY - Add Leather Elbow Patches
I bought some elbow patches at Hancock Fabrics a long time ago.  At least a year ago.  They're still available to buy.  I had intentions of adding them to a sweater or blazer, but never remembered to buy one for that purpose when shopping.  When I saw this sweater on clearance at Target a few weeks ago I knew it was the one that needed these patches.  Channeling my inner professor Ted Mosby.

On Mondays and Tuesdays mymom comes over to help with my business & blog stuff.  We started this project trying out different stitches.  Once we decided on a basic running stitch I put the sweater on & she pinned one patch on using the pre-punched holes. 

To make sure they were even, not eyeballed, she laid the sleeves on a table.  She was careful to line up the seams and hems perfectly.  Then she pinned the second patch on knowing they'd be perfectly even.

As I mentioned we decided on a simple running stitch anyone can do.  We liked the look of the backstitch, but the thread was too bulky to go through the holes twice.  It also made the sweater pucker from more tension.

I'm glad we chose hot pink embroidery thread.  It's such a sweet, unexpected pop of color.  Plus, it perfectly matched my belt in the outfit post.  ;) Mallory

Project done by Darlene (momma) & photographed by Mallory.