31 posts tagged a pair and a spare
What an incredibly simple but effective DIY - all you need is rope and a sewing machine. I love how APAS has spattered the rope with paint to add a bit of colour, or you could dye your rope, use white rope and coloured thread, or even dip dye it once you’ve sewn!
A Pair & A Spare will always be my favourite DIYer. Her projects are trend-driven but never tacky, are easy to create but not slap-dash. Each time I check her blog I’m always like - she’s done it again! Well she’s done it… again… with this very cute lace romper. Don’t stress about patterns, this tutorial uses a pair of shorts you already have to cut the legs and some ribbon to cinch in the waist (or you could use a belt). This would be a great beach cover up!
Pulling off vintage clothing is one of those tricky things that some people just seem to effortlessly do whereas some others look like they got stuck in a time warp! AP&AS has some great pointers on how to fit vintage clothing into your everyday wardrobe without looking like a crazy person!
It may look complicated but this is a pretty straight forward sewing project. Using faux leather means you don’t have to do things like add lining to the bag. For y’all who are getting ready for the Summer season, this would be a great bag for taking to the beach!
I showed this DIY to my mum who said ‘that’s so 70’s’ but I still like it! Sometimes when all you feel like wearing is a tshirt and jeans, a big statement necklace is just the thing to make it special. Macrame is so easy to pick up too. If you want a smaller pendant, use smaller string. Just don’t wear it with bell bottoms or you’ll get looks from my mum!
All I seem to be thinking about at the moment is my travel plans for the end of the year, and the internet keeps giving me more fodder! AP&AS does a lot of travelling so she’s got the art of packing down to a t. I’m one of those people who doesn’t like to pack heavy but then always seems to forget something important (one time all I took on a trip was sneakers. Not so great when we went out for dinner!). I’m going to save this for the end of the year (time to start a travel folder!)
I know I say this every time I re-blog one of her posts, but AP&AS is one of my all time favourite DIYers - all her projects are just stunning. Capes are on the shoulders of all the fashionistas at Fashion Week, but I really just want on because i think they’re cute and basically a blanket! Perfect for the cold Reception desk at work!
Just like your favourite hardware-esque handbag, this strap will give your camera a brand new makeover. And it will give you more of a chic look when it’s hanging around your neck than your plain black strap!
PLUS: Free S+T candle labels!
OK, so after seeing this lovely DIY for Diptyque inspired candles I thought… hmm, wouldn’t it be nice to have some pretty labels to attach to your home made candles? So I made some! As you can see from the tutorial, it’s so easy to make these. If you’re wanting to make your candles to smell just like the real thing, I suggest you go here to Sweetcakes to get their Diptyque inspired fragrances. There’s Fig and Black Currant Rose (which is my favourite) Make them in glass tumblers or even little teacups and attach your new labels…
That’s right, labels. I’ve made one for those two fragrances as well as one for the very popular Oatmeal, Milk & Honey and Warm Vanilla. You can either print them on paper and glue them on, or you could print on sticky back label paper. I hope you like them!
I finally got my act into gear and designed some business cards. Like I am with most things, I wasn’t super happy with the result but as long as I have some to hand to people, it’s all good right?! But then I realised I had nothing to hold them in and trying to shove them all in my purse ended up with some very smooshed cards. This is so simple to create (though you do need a multi punch tool) but once you have the tools you could make a couple of these in larger sizes - great to give as gifts too!
I am still waiting on the books I have put on hold at the library to come in so I can continue doing my book reviews but alas there are clearly other people out there as interested in DIY as me! Anyway, when it comes to DIY books I usually like to check them out first because quite often they can be full of ‘filler’ but I love AP&AS so much that I plan on buying this one straight away! I truly love that pair of boots! I’ve already bought mine off of The Book Depository but you can get it on Amazon too. When it gets here you know I will do a review straight away!
I live in skirts and dresses, so sewing them means I get to have a high rotation! Circle skirts are super easy to make plus they suit lots of shapes. I think I need a hot pink one like the one pictured to go with my bright blue tights!
Sequin Blazer | A Pair & A Spare
I think AP&AS has the same obsession with sequins as I do! I don’t have a blazer I can glitter up but I do have a cardigan (and let’s face it, I have about 30 million I could do this to!) And no, you don’t have to sew single sequins on one by one - all you need to do is buy the pre-sequined fabric in whichever colour you like! So easy!
Cone Spike Bracelet | A Pair & A Spare
Sometimes you just want a simple piece of jewelry you can wear with anything - this is a perfect on trend piece that ticks the boxes! The smaller the cones the more dainty the bracelet, or use the larger studs for a more rock style!
Palazzo Pants | A Pair & A Spare
Looking at old photos from the 60’s and 70’s, you see that fashion truly does repeat itself! Perfect for work or play, these gorgeous pants are an easier sewing project - just use a pair of pants you already own for the base. Palazzo pants can sometimes be a little bit unforgiving, but if you like em’, rock em and don’t stress about it!