Monday, July 21, 2014

Mikalina's new summer collection!

New designs from Mikalina! For more info, visit the Mikalina Facebook page, press Like and send private email to inbox.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DIY denim tote bag from recycled jeans!

Hello Friends!
It's been a while since our last post but now we are back with many many new DIY projects. Lately we have been busy making cool accessories for the summer. Today we are showing you a lovely DIY denim bag we made out of left overs from cut-off denim shorts. The crochet like lace gives to the bag a romantic and boho touch. This lovely bag is so great and easy to sew. We loved the whole process, we hope you like the result! 

So, lets get started. You will need a denim fabric or left over denim scraps and for the lining I used a quilted fabric to add some stability in the bag. For decorating your bag you can use anything extra you may like. I used crochet lace and some handmade drops. Just to let you know the denim pieces I used in this bag are the left overs from a denim pant that I turned it into shorts. This blog is about clothes recycling after all.

Lets make the shape of our bag. Lay out your fabric and draw with a pen the shape of your bag.  I made the bag in oval shape. Then cut out the fabric following the shape you have drawn and stitch it. 

For the lining of our bag we will make an exact same bag in smaller size than our denim bag. The point is to put this lining bag inside our denim bag.

We place the two pieces of lining inside out and we stitch them all around except from the upper part. 
Lets go back to our denim bag to decorate it. I placed the crochet like lace on the bag and I stitched it carefully. So simple and nice! 

After stitching the lace we place the lining-bag inside our denim bag. Do not forget to insert it with the rights sides facing one another. Now it's time to install our magnetic button closure.

You can find many tutorials on the web on how to place a magnetic snap. I will try to explain you how to place it as I don't have photos. The magnetic snaps are attached to the lining of the bags.To avoid tearing through the lining fabric with wear, you will have to place an interfacing fabric. Just a little square of fusible fabric is enough. So, at the center of the lining's wrong side (very important), place a little square of fusible interfacing fabric and iron it. For your info, a complete magnetic snap has two sides and each side has two parts. Take a snap (the one with the vertical slits) and mark on the interface where you want to place it. Cut the slits with a sharp blade or with sharp scissors to mark the area. Push the snap tabs through the holes of the lining place back the snap (with the slits) and push the tabs apart (in outward direction). Repeat the same process for the other piece of lining. 

Now, it is time to attach the handles. For this bag I used a pants belt that I didn't wear anymore. 
So it was really easy the whole process. I measured the desired length and cut it. Then I attached the handles to both sides of the bag and my bag was ready!

P.S :  Many thanks to my beautiful model FKappou for her contribution to our blog.


Tailor Spy

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Like Mikalina facebook page!

Hello friends!

Today's post is dedicated to our blog's contributor Mikalina. This talented girl has shared with us some of the most creative posts about DIY accessories. Now she opens her wings into a field that she knows really well, the handmade little treasures as she calls them. Her collection of bracelets, earrings and necklaces is inspired mainly by the Bohemian style enriched with an ethnic touch. All the accessories are handmade and each piece is unique. The materials are innovative and some of them are handmade (braided bracelets). For more information you can send her a private email to her Facebook page. Please visit and Like her page.

We wish her the best of luck at this new beginning! 

Don't forget to Like her Facebook page! 

Tailor Spy

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

DIY Boho lace earrings!

Hi crafty friends!  
When it comes to earrings we all have in mind some basic designs. From a simple design to a flashier with stones, beads etc. But this season one of the hottest trends is a mix of colors and materials. In this post I will show you how to transform a piece of lace into a fabulous pair of bohemian earrings! 


The basics are pieces of lace and scissors.

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Cut the pieces that you want in the shape of the lace and decide if you want to decorate them with fabric colors or beads and stones. I chose to use both for a more dramatic look. 

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I draw with fabric colors and using some strong glue i attached the pieces of the lace. 

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You are now almost done. I took a pair of earrings hoop-clasp and sew it at the top of the earring. In case you have used fabric colors as i did, be sure that the paint is dry!

The bohemian earrings are ready! Combine your pair with your denim shirt and a braided ponytail for a relaxed stylish look with a touch of bohemian mood!!

Good Luck!