DIY Upcycling Cardboard Box With Washi Tape And Fabric

Do you get too many cardboard boxes you have to throw away? Do you love washi tape DIYs? Check out this tutorial to combine that AND feel good for upcycling trash AND make yourself a new useful & decorative storage item you will love!

How To Upcycle Cardboard Boxes Into Useful & Decorative Items I have to admit we order online quite a lot. Therefore we get so many cardboard boxes and although our cats love them, even they can't use them all. It's just sooo much trash!
Also I am in need of some storage items. So I thought, why not combine that, use the trash, do some upcycling, save money and get something that looks exactly how I want it to look? Also, if your heart beats for DIY as much as mine does, a DIY project always is better than no DIY project.

This is the first of those projects and I am planning on doing some more, using different methods and materials. Stay tuned for more ideas using yarn, fabric, paint, paper,... maybe stuff from nature, such as bark, twigs…

Sewing An Easy Wide Brimmed Sun Hat

UV rays damage your skin and a sun hat is a fashionable way of preventing that. And it is very easy to make one yourself!

Maybe you have noticed the wide brimmed sun hat I was wearing at my last post - where I shared my first The Orla Dress with you. I just took the opportunity to get two selfmade items into my camera at one shoot.

Being naturally pale makes me prone to sunburn. Plus to fight my acne I use several ingredients in my skincare, that weaken my skins own defense against UV rays even more. I try to stay out of strong sunlight as much as I can and I use sunscreen every day, but sometimes I still feel the need of more protection - here comes the sun hat.
The wide brim gives me shade down most of my chest. I probably should have made photos showing that. Well, you just have to imagine the "sun part"!

How to make this wide-brimmed sun hat First, the materials needed:  A Pattern - see belowFabric: won't need much, but you'll need fabric for the outside and inter…

An Orla Affair - Sewing My First [The Orla] Dress

I have sewn my first dress and I think it turned out pretty good!

My sewing experience includes quite some refashionings of old jeans, shirts and dresses. Also two selfmade pants from several years ago, one a comfy but not-good-enough-for-going-out-so-wearing-at-home-only version and the other one I never finished, cause I realized it's gotten too tight. Too tight again trying a shirt drafted from my favourite one, but that was such a total fail I don't talk about it. And then some other things, a bag, a hat, juggling balls,...

But this time, I tried my best and I was so excited to make my own Orla Dress. Of course I needed to make some small mistakes, but overall I totally love it and I have learned so much!

The pattern
It's from French Navy and you can find it here for free!

I think the instructions are clear and not complicated. They should be enough for anyone, who has ever sewn a dress or a shirt. And probably also good enough for any beginner.
For me, who has never d…

DIY Window Curtain Screen - How To Tutorial and Tips

Everyone loves sunlight, right?

Well, if I go to the bathroom right after waking up and the bright sun dazzles me, I can't say I love it in that moment.
A solution was needed. And just then I saw this awesome tutorial from Thrift Driving on Pinterest. I immediately fell in love with her DIY Window Privacy Screen and I knew, my solution was gonna be something like that.

How to make your own DIY Window Curtain Screens
At most parts I followed the tutorial from Thrift Driving.
Here's what I made differently and tips I find useful.

Items I needed
Wood of your choice - I used cheap spruce laths with dimensions 2500 x 24 x 44 mmFabric - mine is 100% woven white cotton, just sheer enough to let the room stay bright but weaken the sunlightPaint, brushes, a pattern, scissors, ribbon band for the fabricHand saw, miter box, electric screwdriver, wood screws, metal angles for the woodTape measure, staple gun

I (don't know why) decided to make 45° miter angles - but without power tools …

DIY Refashioning: How to make a loose shirt tighter & add lace waistband

Do you also have clothes in your wardrobe you are not wearing, simply because you think they are not flattering?

I had one top like that and I changed it into one of my now favorite shirts!

This was another item in my wardrobe I loved buying but not wearing. I bought it years ago at an organic / fair fashion shop. It is made by nümph, a danish company with a strong code of conduct for them and all their suppliers.

The shirt was good fitting at my bust and designed to be loose around the belly - kind of like a babydoll. Here lies the problem: The two sections at the belly were notnthat flattering on my body and made me look slightly bigger. Now I don't like size zero and I am totally comfortable with my weight. But after getting asked several times wearing this, if I am pregnant, I stopped wearing it.

One thing is clear: This shirt was ready for a DIY Refashioning project!
I love the top part so this had to stay the way it is. My plan was to tighten the fit at the belly and add a …

DIY leggings into leg warmers / knee socks

Another very old item I bought many years ago and never wore it. These leggings are from H&M bought at that time when leggings got popular again.

But as you can see here a little bit, they are too tight at the hips for me. And please notice that I already opened the seam at the back but it still almost hurts wearing them.
I thought of different options like just making it wider at the hips or making gloves out of it. Then I chose making leg warmers as I needed thin ones.

You'll need a sewing machine for this (or do it by hand if you like) and some studs if you want to embellish them like I did.

You can either part the two legs by cutting along the middle seam or let them together for the first step. Which is cutting the length you need.
I measured my thigh high which is about 35cm from ankle to bottom of knee cap. Then I added a few cm to that to let it sit loose if I want. I didn't care about the exact length. If you do, be sure to add 0,5cm for seam allowance on the ope…