A few weeks ago I discovered Blue Eyed Freckle. And Fell. In. LOVE.
She’s awesome and incredibly inspiring and artistic. So creatively stimulating that I had to show you all her website. She’s guestposting here today. Then GO GO GO and check out the amazing things she does!
Ruffled Wall Décor Tutorial
This project was inspired by a wall mural I created with my visual manager while working at Anthropologie in Geneva, IL. (photos below are of the original piece I created)
To create this version, I did the following:
-Approx 1 yd worth of 1 1/2-2 in. wide strips of various FABRICS or PAPERS
-Large paper for backing (butcher paper, etc—I used a roll of pinkish paper I found at Lowes)
-tape and tacs
1. I cut strips out of fabrics with different textures and dyed some of them to have more varied hue.
2. I pleated/ruffled them on my sewing machine (I don’t ever pin beforehand, I just pleat or ruffle as I go, so that I can get a lot done very fast.)
3.I started to place them on the paper into different organic shapes, playing with the color and line as I went.
4. I hot-glued the strips down onto the paper, and then cut them out, creating a scallop around the edges.
5. To put them on the wall, I first put painter’s masking tape on the back. I then positioned them on the wall, constantly stepping back to decide if the flow of shapes was pleasing to the eye.
6. I then attached them to the wall with thumb tacks! Done!
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I’m super excited to show you this tutorial! I was inspired to do this because my husband and I go on a date every 10 days, or so. And every time we go out I carry my big mom purse with us and I wanted something smaller to take out. Then I saw Valentino’s Spring/Summer collection and was blown away buy the texture and movement of all of the line. You should check it out.
So I thought I’d do a clutch inspired by the collection.
Start out with two pieces of jersey, like an old shirt or sweatpants or any other thick flexible material you have, each cut 17 x 27.
Lay them on top of one another.
For all the detailing, I used some leftover silk chiffon I had. You really could use anything, but I wanted a dressier look so I went for it! You’re gonna need a lot!
Find the center of your clutch, where it will be folded on the bottom. You can mark it with a pen or pins. Begin sewing from down there. Make sure your jersey is doubled and you’re sewing through both layers.
What I started doing is one of row of heavy pleats.
With each row I alternated techniques. I would do ruffles, then more pleats, then heavy stitching over fabric, a few braids, some rosettes, etc… You want it to be random and full. Don’t skimp on the fabric or else it will look really homemade. I also didn’t go in straight lines, necessarily. I worked in different motions.
Don’t worry about making anything look symmetrical. I think there’s so much beauty in the randomness. Do both sides of the jersey piece. When you’re done, you’ll have one large, flat piece that looks like, your won version, of this.
Fold it in half and sew the sides toghether.
Thanks to my sister, Ana for some great modeling!! If you do a clutch inspired by this tutorial, PLEASE go add it to the Flickr Group. I love being inspired by seeing what you do and I’m sure others do, too! Have a great day!
Tags: accessory, braid, chiffon, clutch, handbag, jersey, purse, ruffles, silk, tutorial
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I’ve begun adding my new T-shirt to my Etsy Store. Here’s a preview…
This one is a white on white shirt. For those of you that know me by know, you know it’s one of my favorite looks.
This one is a hand dyed, gunmetal grey with lots of great details.
This pink shirt has asymmetrical sailor striped pleats.
Go check out more pictures of them and stay tuned for lots more to come.
And just to keep you on your toes, here’s a teaser for a great tutorial I’m finishing up for this AMAZING clutch.
Tags: clutch, cotton, etsy store, jersey, knit, pleats, ruffles, shirt, top
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Let’s get started with an easy tutorial with things you probably have laying around.
I started with an old T-shirt and a yard of coordinating fabric. Originally I was going to use an old men’s shirt for the skirt part, but this fabric matched too well to not use it.
Then I cut out a few more scraps. I cut out a piece from my skirt fabric and a piece of coordinating cream chiffon.
Now, I knew that on this T shirt adding a lot of detail would weight it down a lot. So I added a piece of lightweight interfacing to the inside of the shirt. Read more »
Tags: anthropologie, dress, ruffles, t shirt
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Here’s how it turned out! I’m IN LOVE with it. I did 3 different tones of white. I love tone on tones because it’s more interesting than just one flat color.
Here are the ruffle up close in all their glory.
Tags: jersey, knit, ruffles, t shirt, top
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