I ordered a bunch of Angelus leather paints from Dharma Trading recently and nothing made of leather in my house is safe now!
I found these little hair clips recently that my mother made for me when I was little…and loved the hand painted details she added.
Step 1: I took some scrap leather (you can find pieces at fabric stores and craft stores…or you can cut up an old purse/shoes/jacket etc to salvage pieces)……
Step 2: I took a small paint brush and cut off most of the bristles so it would paint small details easily:
Step 6: I allowed the paint to dry thoroughly. To darken and soften the leather I used a technique that I used to break in all my horse bridles and saddles and to keep them clean and supple. I took some olive oil…..
Now to find something else to paint 🙂
It’s been a week since Project Run and Play ended and I already miss it! I loved being challenged to make something new each week with a different theme. I didn’t win but I had so much fun and still can’t believe I made it to the finals with Katy and Kelly! Here was Katy’s winning look in the final challenge….amazing:
Li’l Ice Princess
Boo was my ultimate judge….she loved all the looks. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome! Thanks everyone for following the contest and helping to vote! Micalah put a ton of work into it and all the other designers really brought it each week! It rocked.
With this tutorial you can make bohemian-inspired accessories using ordinary leather shoelaces just like the headband Boo wore in the second week of Project Run and Play:
Here’s what I used to make mine…most supplies can be found at your local craft store in the jewelry section and the leather paints are available through Dharma Trading:
Angelus Leather Paints
Optional: Angelus Duller (if you want more of a matte finish to the paint)
Leather “latigo” laces (1/8″ wide)
Sueded laces (these come in a variety of colors….mine was turquoise)
3mm beads (I used 3mm silver plastic pearl beads)
Soft leather trim (you can purchase this at a craft store or upcycle from an old purse or jacket)
Waxed cotton cord (these come in a variety of colors….mine was lime)
Step 1: Paint the leather laces using the Angelus leather paint.
Note: I used a light coat so that some of the original leather color showed through to give it a distressed look.
Step 6: (Note….this might get a little confusing but once you see all the photos it will start to make sense.) With the flower in place, follow the flower with 2 more beads. Take the 2nd piece of waxed cord and wrap it around the back left of the 2 leather pieces.
The 2nd cord piece will go under the 1st cord piece with a single bead settling on either side as shown. The 2nd cord piece then wraps around to the back again and to the other side where it began, going under the 1st cord piece:
In case you missed it through Facebook….you can now download my beret pattern here! I renamed it The Blue Beret from the Adelaide pattern since it is a unisex hat...didn’t want the boys to feel left out!
Click image below to download the PDF pattern:
The whole pattern started with a hat I made for Boo for a collaboration with artist Stephanie Corfee. I silk screened Stephanie’s “When I Grow Up” print for a small limited edition for my shop a few months back. Boo’s hat has led to many, many more hats. Some are upcycled and recycled from t-shirts:
As featured in Sew Hip (click here for entire post):
One of my favorite upcycled hats photographed by Monika McSweeney on her daughter Grace:
It’s the final round! I can’t believe I’ve made it this far with all the amazing designs that have been submitted. This week’s theme was “wild card”….basically we were supposed to create a signature piece. I struggled more with this challenge than any of the others…part of me wanted to make some elaborate piece that would just WOW everyone but that just wouldn’t be true to my style. So I asked myself this question: if I could make anything I wanted this week, what would I make? The answer was: something comfortable (anything I make for my daughter must be soft, forgiving, tagless and easy to maintain) and something unexpected.
So here it is….
Li’l Mod Rockwell
For this look I created a dress, leggings and hair piece. I wanted to combine knit (a requirement for comfort), a vintage cut and several kinds of fabric/prints. I wanted Boo to look like she was straight out of a “modern” Norman Rockwell painting with a dash of Alice in Wonderland.
The top of the dress has cap sleeves and was made with comfortable floral 2×1 knit. The bottom of the dress features a full, billowy “bubble” style skirt made from two layers of a beautiful cotton voile. I made the black and cream lace print capri leggings from a soft, buttery modal knit. The large bow on the dress is made from a Japanese fabric featuring a cute folklore print.
It’s been so much fun creating these looks every week and thank you so much to everyone who has visited and voted! Katy and Kelly and the other women in Project Run and Play are such amazing talents and I’ve just been so honored to be included among them!
And what could be more signature than Boo’s graffiti shoes…..always a perfect addition to her style:
Also, have you started your design for the Lil Blue Boo/Dharma Trading Design Challenge? It can be anything: hair accessories, clothing, shoes etc! Awesome prizes! A challenge for the new year!
Super last minute. I almost forgot that Boo had to take Valentines to school tomorrow! So late afternoon we were printing and cutting and signing but I think they turned out pretty cute!
Thank goodness for the Valentine’s themed Project Run and Play photos I had for this week…..I set up one of the photos in Powerpoint (I just think Powerpoint is super easy for manipulating graphics and text to print):
I made this “Annie Hall” inspired outfit for Week 4 Project Run and Play using the material from a men’s shirt and a pinstriped skirt of mine:
Updated: I woke up early this morning to find a photo of a shirt that Lisa over at Stuff Mummy Makes had already made using this tutorial and wanted to share since it shows a boy version! So cute!
First I took one of my husband’s old dress shirts:
Note: you can see here that it was slightly too big and I had to cut them down about an inch. I cut the hem based on the dress for as well….so the bottom of the shirt was a few inches below the waist.
To cut the sleeves, I took one sleeve and used one of Boo’s shirts to figure out the length:
Note: Make sure to leave the cuff wide enough for the hand to fit through….you’ll be sewing it closed as a “faux” cuff.
I sewed the sleeves and sides of the shirt closed and finished the seams. I left my shirttails long to they would tuck in easily but if the tails are to be left out you can hem them. Here is the finished shirt with the “high-waisted” pants I made:
It’s week 5 of Project Run and Play! The theme for this week was Valentine’s Day. I have to be honest I was already a little burnt out on the holiday since just finishing the LBB V-Day Collection so I decided to do something really fun and funky. So here it is:
The dress is 2 layers on the bottom and a soft knit tank-style on top….
I love how playful the outfit turned out…..it reminds me of something Betsey Johnson would wear:
I edited all these photos using a set of actions (Moxie & Blessings) I am testing for Paint the Moon! They will be available soon to purchase from her shop so keep on the lookout!