Category Archives: Arts/Crafty stuff

How to Shorten Straps at home

I love getting cheap clothes online, however often this leaves me with something that doesn’t quite fit. The straps always seem to be too long for me. I don’t know if this is a common problem or if I just have freakishly flat shoulders, but I’ve put together a tutorial on how to quickly shorten the straps yourself at home.

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First put on the top/dress/playsuit etc. In this case it’s a playsuit. Make sure any fastenings are done up fully so it fits how it would when you wear it.

Now measure how much you need to take off. Be careful not to take off too much. Make sure you move your arms around to check it isn’t too tight at any angle. I needed to take off 6cm, so I pinned 3cm from the top, as it’s folded in half it will be doubled. Pin the strap in place like shown in the picture. I have turned the garment inside out so the seam will be on the inside of the strap instead of being visible. Ie. In this photo, the fabric that is shown is the inside of the garment, the fabric that isn’t shown will be the outside of the garment, the part that is visible when worn.

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Do a straight stitch on the strap. I did it 3cm from the top because I want to shorten the strap by 6cm.

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This is what the strap looks like now. If the garment was the right way around the loop would be on the inside, against my shoulder.

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I then cut off the extra fabric, now the loop has been removed which will make it comfier to wear and neater. Make sure you still leave a little fabric after the straight stitch.

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Next you do a zig zag stitch along the edge of the extra fabric, this makes the seam more secure and prevents the fabric fraying.

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I turned the garment the right way around again. This is what the finished strap should look like. Now it fits.

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This is what the strap looks like on the outside. For a DIY job it’s reasonably neat and not too noticeable. I wouldn’t use this technique on an expensive dress that was very important to me, but it works well for cheap eBay purchases and other cheaper items of clothing.

*~*Hope this has been helpful*~*

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Teeny Tiny Fimo Sushi Tutorial (and Dessert!)

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I love using Fimo clay. It’s just like Play-Doh for (slightly more) grown ups! You can make mini charms that you can use for jewellery or in a dolls house. After modelling the charms you bake them in the oven and they set. This is how I made the Nigiri sushi. I’ve been craving sushi for a couple of days now and this hasn’t helped one bit.

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The first thing I did was make the ‘rice.’ To do this I made a long thin shape with the white fimo and cut it into small pieces.

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This should be the finished product. See how it looks like rice? It doesn’t have to be too perfect as you will just be squashing it later anyway.

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Squash the rice into little rectangles. By using the ‘rice grains’ to make the sushi base it will give it a texture that looks like rice. If you can’t be bothered to do this frankly time-consuming step, then you can just give some texture to white fimo rectangles using a pen tip or necklace chain. I like this method because I think it’s a bit more realistic.

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Marble white and pinky-red clays together to create a pattern that looks a bit like fish. If you layer the clays and squash them, then continue doing this it will create a streaky effect. I still roll the clay around because fish usually isn’t in perfect lines anyway.

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Cut or tear small rectangles out of the ‘fish’ clay. Put these on top of the ‘rice’ rectangles.

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Use a dark green clay to wrap a thin piece around each nigiri. This will look like the seaweed that is used to attach the fish to the rice.

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I rolled up the spare ‘fish’ clay into a long thin shape and then twisted it into a spiral to make a lollipop. It’s better than wasting the spare clay as now it’s mixed you can’t separate the colours.

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After baking the fimo clay, I used a gloss/varnish to give it a shine. If it’s too matte it will not look natural.

The Finished Result:

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The shine on the fish makes it look far more realistic.

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Look how tiny the charms are! You can attach them to chain links which means they can be used in jewellery.

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I cut up some cocktail sticks to make tiny chopsticks.

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Real chopsticks to show how small they are.

*~*Have fun trying this πŸ™‚ *~*

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Quest Accepted!: Knitting

I have decided that I really want to learn how to knit. It seems like it would be so relaxing once I got the hang of it, and then you can get something really cute and unique out of it at the end too. Me and my friends I am sharing a flat with next year have decided this will be our thing. I have already bought some knitting needles off ebay, so it’s too late to back out now.

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Last time I tried to knit it ended badly though. I got so frustrated with it that I gave up and never did so much as a single stitch. (I couldn’t stop it from slipping through every time.) I’m hoping that this time I will be more co-ordinated as I am now older and out of the clumsy child stage (kind of.)

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Look at these adorable cupcakes! I would be very happy if I could learn to make something like this. A plain pink scarf will probably be my first project, seems more simple than something with detail, plus it will be warm to wear.

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Fimo!

I love Fimo clay, it’s like play-doh except you can cook it to make it permanent. I often make charms with it that I can use for jewellery, such as the pie ones you can see here. You just need to make little holes so you can attach them to the chain.

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I also made myself a little rainbow unicorn companion! His name is Captain Sparkles. The clay used for the body, limbs, head and ears glows in the dark. The hooves are candy swirls too.Β I’d definitely recommend fimo to any of you out there who are crafty, it’s very good fun and after being cooked it is really solid. Meaning that it can be used for jewellery without breaking. There are lots of brilliant ideas online that you can make too!