As you know I have a collection of hundreds of vintage silk scarfs. I can’t seem to resist a beautiful silk scarf when I find them for a couple of dollars in a charity store. I have absolutely no idea how to make it look great around my neck, it always seems to be to much
So I have some projects to make a better use of them by upcycling them into something new. Which this time takes just 3 minutes and there isn’t even anysewing.
You need a scarf and some nice ribbon, The scarf has to be lage enough to go around your waist.
Just perfect for going to and from the beach or the park.
Make some new perfect and brilliant summer towels.
Enjoying the summer? Any fun summer plans? Mine is turning out to be rather creative and magical but I’m seriously wishing I had a warm lovely summer like last year… I just upgraded my beach towel and added a secret little pocket.
Away with the old boring towel and welcome cool, new exotic towel. Maybe this DIY project can inspire you. Use some of your magic and be the star on the beach this summer. It will make a great statement!
Today’s post is vacation inspired and I am talking about how I upgrade the towels. For those of you on a budget this is super duper for getting the ultra-lux feeling for free.
Usually I worry about my phone and money when I am on a public beach. For a year now I been try to figure out how to keep the valuables safe in a clever way. For some time I was thinking “Why don’t sun hats come with a pocket inside?” so I was thinking of making one. The problem with this idea is that when you go swimming, you can’t dive and you have to swim like an old lady with your head up out of the water. That is certainly not for me.
The sun! The sea! The colour of the sea was just so pretty. We had a wonderful time. I have heard about sun lotion bottles that have a secret place for valueables, that is pretty clever. But this towel idea came from me when I was colouring my hair. I wasn’t careful and made huge ugly stains on one of my towels. And I have to admit – it wasn’t the first time it happened. Upcycling is my thing, so I had to do something, but what?
Another advantage of my beach towel, the sand does not get stick to it so after a quick shake – I lie down and the sand does not stick to me.
The creativity process starts like this: First questions, What are all the things we can use towels for? One thing is to bring them to the beach……….. So then I thought, what if I cover them with some old fabric? Maybe then they will look fabulous?
I could use some beautiful Africa fabrics that I bought in Uganda some years ago. The idea about the secret pocket came like lightning from the sky. OOOOO yea I just love, LOVE when this kick happens. I had finely solved the problem! Is´t this why we keep creating things?
You need a towel and some cotton fabrics that are bigger than the towel (cotton scarves or a couple of meters of remnants). I used two different fabrics to make a contrast and pump it up a little. And it will be easier to remember where you have the pocket. I didn’t put a zipper in, or a button, but I will do it the next time. I will go for the zipper. But, if you are not familiar with sewing zippers, don’t worry, you are going to be happy just to have the pocket.
I will use my new towels for sunbathing or for weekend picnic at the beach.
Make a style statement! My shopping bag got an upgrade today. Out of beautiful old silk scarves, way not make your favorite silk scarf into the most luxuriant shopping bag?
For a long time Ihavebeen hunting for beautiful silk scarves on flea markets and secondhand stores, for no other reason then that they are beautiful. It is a bit funny for I rarelywearsilk scarves, but they are so beautifulandamazingthat I just had to find another way to enjoy them.
The scarves I collectareof good quality and haveaninteresting print. I have for a long time wondered what to makefromthem and today I got a new idea. It came when I was twisting and playing with all my scarfs spread out all over the floor. (Oh my it was quite messy again). I sat on the floor and Irealizedthat I could givemyugly old shopping bag the most amazing de luxe upgrade! You know the supermarketbagsdon’t have to be boring. Upcycling your accessories in interesting new ways adds a very unexpected touch that will have people waiting to see what you do next.
You probably know that silk is very delicate, so I have a little trick to keep the bag nice and clean. To avoid liquid making ugly stains I use a plastic bag inside to protect it. (it is hidden) Here is what you need to make this lovely flowery bag. I chose a scarf that was just perfect for the bag, but you maybe have to adjust yours in one way or the other, maybe some draping will look lovely.
– 2 silk scarfs
– Shopping bag
– plastic bag (your choice)
Lay one scarf out flat. Fold it in half then in half again and sew along the 2 sides. Leave an opening where you can see the 4 layers of the scarf. now turn the fabric inside outPut a plastic bag over the old bag. (To avoid liquid making ugly stains and damage your lovely new bag) adjust the size of the plastic bag by cutting and sewing. Now you can connect them by sewing some stitches here and there. Now the plastic bag and the old bag will be united.
Now put the old bag in one of the pockets/openings. It only needs to get stitches at the top of the bag.
Start to sew the old bag to the scarf.
Sew the bag to the silk scarf layer that is now touching the bag . Now there should be two layers of fabric that is not sewn. Theses will make two extra pockets. I put a string to open and close the pocket but, perhaps you can use buttons or fastners.
Cut the second scarf in two pieces. Cut from corner to corner.
Make a knot around the handle and twist the fabric, not to hard and not to louse. You maybe need to sewing some stitches to hold the fabric in place.
I was completely inspired by my friend Katarina. her knowledge on details are just amazing. The sewing skills are a clear boost and my energy level go’s from 0 to 100. When she came we did a little workshop on my diner table.
She came here to show her new bag collection to a few selected shops. We have taken long walks by the lake, drank large cups of tea and spent time making new purses and testing leather paint. The purses I made are really perfect for my use, one of them is for my external hard drive. We are the type of person who love doing something and not knowing how it will turn out before we have finished. And we love the magical feeling we get when we make something new that is a surprise, this always gives me new inspiration and then know what to do next!
When I get friends here to visit, I make an effort to get proper time to have a relaxed feeling. This I do by making a long lovely breakfasts and make homemade dinners. I make sure there is lots of tea and coffee. A lovely walk where there is spectacular nature is just as important and I love the times we do small workshops. I noticed a long time ago that doing creative things make us happier, satisfied and relaxed.
I love when Katarina and I do small workshops together. Even though she lives a 7 hours drive from me we can do workshops over Skype. Katarina’s web site.
The purses I make are easy to do, the sewing is basic and is perfect for beginners. I like when I can do the paintings fast or slow and the paint I am using is more or less dry after 20 minutes depending on how thick I paint. The Angelus Leather Paint are really good! This workshop makes me want to order some more. Where to order the paint? Go here. For the drawings I been using POSCA
I usually paint before I sew.
I been using some old leather jackets for this purpose, I cut the leather just as long as the zipper. Sew the leather to the zipper and then turn and stick down to the zipper then I sew the side, (do keep the zipper open) and then turn. For a better explanation make a comment and I will ad more details and a drawing to this post.
DIY Lavender Sachets. Just Vintage fabric and lavender!
I am full of the joys of Spring – my small handmade sachets are filled with dried lavender. These make great handmade gifts and are always special. They are super easy to make and they require very little time or sewing experience.
As your sweaters and winter clothes are pack away to make room for your summer dresses, use this trick to make sure they stay odor- and moth-free. You can also use thyme, cloves, mint, or cedar, which are all thought to be natural moth repellents. Next fall, you’ll smell the sweetness of wardrobe-keeping success.
Pop them in closets and dresser drawers.
I recycle old materials such a silk scarf, and old linen table cloths or good quality cotton to make the lavender sachets.