Category Archives: DIY

POT HOLDERS SWAP

Some months back I came across a flickr group called a pot holders pass. This is a group of amazing quilters who create amazing pot holders and coasters. I joined in in their 9th pass.

This was my first attempt to quilt .

This was the set of four coasters . The fabric were all pieces of clothing and home furnishings. The Orange and yellow were cushion covers, the blue ; hubbys shirt and the printed – my dress.

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The Other this to make and send were two HOUSE shaped pot holders.

for the first one i kinda took a shortcut. I used ikea BRITTEN HUS fabric and embellished it a little , before i quilted it into a potholder
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The next one was a honest to goodness quilt. I started with a sketch made three copies of it. Then cut our paper guides and the cut out fabric. After stitching i hand embroidered the flowers.

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Hope you liked them
Love
Rashmi

PS: My secret swap partner Linda just revived the coasters today. Still awaiting on the other partner to receive her potholders. Most importantly awaiting my coasters and potholders from two corners of the world. Yey! <11-3-2011 9:10 a.m>

PS 2: Denise also received her potholders <11-3-2011 9:20 p.m>

The Toran

No Indian home is complete without a Toran. Toran is a hanging at the door of a house. It can be decorative or simply made from leaves like Mango or young coconut leaves.

Mango leaves are hung on the main entry way door during festivals .

In Kerala, torans are created by folding the leaves of a young coconut.

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This Deepavali, I wanted to hang Toran. Instead of the traditional Mango leaf toran, I wanted something different with almost no money spent.

I went through my stash of  miscellaneous craft supplies and found a piece of textured board. It was actually a wall paint and texture sample that I got from a company years ago. It measured 10″ X 10″ and I had four different types

Paper

I cut it in half so that I had eight rectangles.

Then i cut off one end so that it formed an arrow like shape.

As each was of a different color, I needed to bring the leaves together.

So i used the side cut offs of one leaf  on the next leaf.

bottom decoration

It looked very unfinished. Mirrors are my favourite decorative accessory.
A round 1 inch mirror looks good.

bottom decoration and mirror

The Middle looked very vacant. I thought of adding some motifs of gods etc but dd not have the time.  Reaching in again for my miscellaneous craft supplies, I got 8  pieces of red dyed veneer . It was the perfect thing to bring all the leaved together.

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It still looked empty. Mirror To the rescue. This time it was a square 1 inch mirror.

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I Put in some eyelets , strung them together and there it is!

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And this is how my doorway looked on diwali evening

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Well if i did not have the textured wall samples, I would have used thick handmade paper or may be paper stuck on cardboard.

Hope you like it

Love

Rashmi

 

The Bean bag Cube

When your living area is 10 feet wide and to end and you have a sofa and no other place to sit, what do you do? Look for other options. But what ?

After a lot of  thought I found these beauties.

This one is from Crate and Barrel ( No Longer available )

This Is from West Elm 

I am not sure how much each of them cost as they are not available . In any case it seemed simple enough to make, and it was very simple. It was so simple that i forgot to take pictures as i went along only to realize it when i actually lounged on the cube that i had no pictures. Sorry about the really bad sketches.

For making a square bean bag you will need to decide the measurements for the bean bag. I decided on 24 inches X 24 Inches X 12 inches height

These are the materials I used .
Materials
The fabric used was thick upholstery material. It is no where as cute as the inspiration pieces but will do.

I started with two pieces of 24  inches X 24 inches and four pieces of 24 inches X 12 inches.

Take one 24 X 24 piece  and place it correct side down on your work space. Now place around the sides the 24 X 12 pieces such that the 24 inch sides line up. Using tacking pins tack the pieces together and stitch them.  The resultant will be like a plus sign.

Turn the fabric around such that the correct sides face up.

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Now stitch the adjoining 12 inch sides. Once all four sides are done you will get a Bucket like structure. The wrong side will be visible out.

Stitch the remaining 24 X 24 inch piece on three sides of the bucket making sure that the wrong side is out. With the gap on the fourth side, turn the structure inside out and stitch the Zipper.
ZIP
The structure is ready.

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The structure can be filled with the Styrofoam beans. However recently, I have used scraps of fabric and used bubble wrap to fill the cube.

Lounge on!

Love

Rashmi

How to hang a fan.

I admit, I have a thing for collecting souvenirs. During my visit to Singapore , I purchased the large oriental fan at Mustafas. It’s a Huge shop spread over many floors and buildings. One can find anything there.

Though I purchased it, there was no way of hanging the fan without damaging  the fabric .. or is there?

There is!

I lay down the fan and spread it on the floor. I realized that the middle most point of the semicircular fan was in the fabric and not  a bamboo spine.

So, I took about 6 inches of ribbon and glued the two ends to two of the middle most bamboo supports using hot glue. I made sure that I left about 3 inches from the ends of the bamboo.
Ribbon hot glue

I then placed a chopstick over the ribbon and started looping the robbon around the chopstick.
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I continued to loop it till a small loop remained to hang the fan.

Fan looped ribbon

Thats it, The fan is ready to be displayed on the wall.

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As  the chopstick is not stuck to the fan, it can be easily rolled up and stored away.
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Have you hacked something like this before?
Do tell
Love
Rashmi

Faux Washi tape

I love Washi tape. There are a plethora of designs and crafters across the globe seem to be smitten by the endless possibilities.  Unfortunately at a minimum of $3 a roll plus shipping to india, the cheapest washi tape in way too expensive for me. So me being me, i created mt own faux washi tape.

To create your own tape  you will need

  1. Double sided tape ( not one with foam )

Double sided tape.

  1. Fancy paper
  2. Patience ( moderate amount )

Start by measuring the width of the tape.  Place the tape on the paper and mark the width . Draw lines and cut the paper using scissors / Paper cutter or trimmer. I used a trimmer because i have one.

Cut the paper

Lay out a length of the tape on a flat surface, such that the sticky side faces you and the other sticky side with the protective sheet is on your surface.

Lay out the tape

Start at the loose end . Place the paper on the tape, a little by little and adhere the length of the paper to the tape.

Stick paper on tape
Stick the Paper

I perfered to have strips of 15-20 cms in length . If you like you may continue to keep unrolling the tape and adhering more paper.

Your tape is ready. Tear out a length, remove the protective paper and stick away.

The tape

The package

For experimentation i started with news paper, but then tried patterned origami paper as well as security envelopes.

Origami paper

Origami paper tape

Securiety envelope

Securiety envelope tape

Hand stamped paper

Hand printed tape

I Decorated my Daily “To-Do / Project” Book.

The Notebook

The spine has securiety paper and the other edge has tape made from origami paper and securiety envelope tape. The middle design is a freehand Henna Designs drawn with a black sharpie.

Hope you try this. Do let me know how it goes

Love

Rashmi

Organize that Bling!

I really apologize for the month-long absence.

I have moved cities and am settling down. A lot of organization and decoration projects are going on simultaneously and with no computer access for 25 days.. meant no blogging . I have been taking pictures of the projects as they go on and will blog as they get  done.

Today i completed a really cool orgn project in a really quick time. I love my dangly earings and have loads of them. They were squished up and stored in a shoe box for the move . I don’t have a drawer to keep them but a very narrow shelf. Its only 10 inches deep and about 18 inches wide. This shelf is near the mirror (yet to be hung up) and has storage on the side.

I needed the solution for the varioys jewellery like

  1. Dangly earnings
  2. simple earings that are Non dangly
  3. Watches
  4. Bangles
  5. Scrunchies
  6. Clasps

I started out  with a Foam core board . It’s a Little tougher than a normal board.
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It was actually behind a group picture taken in my husbands old workplace. Since he was not in the picture, he gave it to me to craft with.
Foam core board

To make the Foam board pretty, I decided to cover it with fabric.

 
Fabric over board

The fabric is about 2 inched larger than the board on all sides.
Soak the fabric in liquid  fabric starch and cover the board . To remove excess water, I used a squeegee and left it out to dry for about 20-25 mins.
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Leaving about an inch from the sides , I nailed down some cable clips . I started vertically on one side . The Horizontal gaps between the clips is also about an inch. I then replicated the same on the other edge.
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To  hang my earnings i needed to thread through either wire or wool. I chose Wool because it was there. In retrospect , wire might have been more stable. I might swap it out later.
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In order to determine the length of wool i started threading the clips starting from the top left, moving in a horizontal line to the clip at the right.

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Next i moved vertically to the clip below and then moved left horizontally. I continued the same till i reached the last clip on the right hand side.

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I cut three inches more than the  exact length.

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Pull out the Wool. start again from the left hand corner but this time tie a knot with one end of the wool.

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Loop on the right hand side and tie a knot to the clip, keeping the wool as taught as possible.

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Continue the same path but with knotting the wool to the clamp at every stage.On the last Clamp, I double knotted the wool and cut the extra length off.  If using wire, A loop around the clamp should do.   Thats It. I could have decorated it a little bit more but that’s fine.
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For the Non dangly earings, I sorted them out into Ice cube trays that stack on each other.
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I had an old cutlery set that came with a stand to hand cutlery from. I use the cutlery , but did not like the stand so much for the cutlery. So I hung watches  from it. I also hung some of my favorite bangles
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For the rest of the things like scrunchies, Clasps and Non Hang-able watches, i am using a velvet lined tray.
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I had a piece of mirror that was perfect for that space. Its simply propped up against the back of the shelf
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So what do you think of the space. Do let me know

Love
Rashmi

My new bag

The past weekend , I stitched my self a bag. Its not any ‘ol bag. Its the bag of my dreams.

I’ve had this skirt for years. Having worn it only once. Its brand spanking new.

Me
Thats me wearing the skirt in september of  ’05

There is no way, I will fit into that skirt in a hurry. So, i decided to make it into a bag.

Bag Closer

While at it, I also made an organizer for my bag

Inside

The Organizer attaches itself to the bag  by way of a detachable zipper.

Zip

Its perfect for my needs as it stores all that, I need to take with me.

Inside with Stuff

Now i will never have to turn my bag inside out for my keys as long as it is attached to this key hoder.
key ring

 

 

There is a place for everything and every thing has its place.

 

The stuff

 

What i love most, is that this bag can me made as versatile (by adding newer organizers) or as simple as i need!.

Here how it looks without the detachable organizer

 

Inside without the insert

 

To complete the look, i just used an old tie around the loops of the skirt.. err bag

 

Skirt bag

Do let me know what you guys think!

Rashmi