Tuesday, 1 December 2015

TTSM // YouTube Channel

Happy December 1st!  Today I am really pleased to finally launch the TTSM YouTube Channel.
It has been in the back of my mind to start for years now, so feels quite surreal to finally have it up and running.  I'll be posting a variety of DIY, baking and quick craft videos.

Filming DIYs, I have found, is so different to photographing them - I've never been so aware of what I am doing or ever thought about how it may look - so please stick with me and hopefully it will all get better over time as I find my feet.  I'd love your feedback and if you have any requests for future videos [whether new or for previously blogged DIYs - please add your comments!]

So given the date, it only seemed right that my first upload was of my favourite Christmas DIY:
the Christmas Pudding Teacake.  So it starts!

I hope you like it! Please subscribe and I hope to see you over there! x

Friday, 27 November 2015

DIY Fashion // How to Make Boot Tassels

 The second shoe dress-up DIY this week [before the Christmas madness!] is perfect for adding a bit of colour and detail to your boots - tassels!  I love a tassel, I have made many a version [here, here and here] and this is another way to create mini versions that can easily be added and removed/replaced.
It's also cheap - winner.

To start, I cut my cord in two and then with one of the 1m lengths cut in half again [in to 2 pieces].  I then cut each of these in to halves [now having 4 pieces] and then cut each of the 4 pieces in half [a total of 8 piece]. Set one piece aside and to the remaining seven pieces, cut them in half once more [a total of 14 pieces and 1 longer length]:

Lining the 6 pieces of equal length cord together, I secured them in place at one end with a finding, using jewellery pliers to open the finding as wide as possible, before clamping closed:
[it was a tight fit - but as long as you are sure the cord wont be able to fall out - you don't need to worry about it looking pretty!]

Once secure, the longer length of cord is used to act as both a hook and to cover the finding.  
To start, use strong glue, fabric glue [or a glue gun, in my case] or sew in to place one end of the cord to the top of the finding.
 Create a small loop and fasten in place where the cord crosses to secure in place.
Now, tightly wrap this around the finding and twice again to cover the tops of the tassel:

Glue the end in place to secure and neaten then trim the ends to the same length:

...and your tassel is complete.  
Do the same with the second 1m length of cord and you are ready to dress up your Winter boots:

Add your second set of findings to the loops to make them easily fastened to zips, loops and buckles:
Create them in different colours, textures and sizes for a easy and budget-friendly way to dress
 up your shoes:
Of course, these aren't just for boots - add them to strappy shoes for a bit of glam, or use them as key rings!  see you next week for the launch of something special x

Monday, 23 November 2015

DIY Fashion // How To Make Lace Up Flats

If you're an instagram fan, you wont have failed to notice the beautiful lace up flat pumps starring in almost every fashion account and versions starting to make their way in to stores.  I'm in love and they were calling out for a DIY alternative.  They were much quicker to make than expected - you can have your own lovely pair made in a hour - and there are really only two steps to the project.
My kind of DIY.

These DIY flats can be as budget-friendly as you like.  I picked up a pair of pointed mock-suede flats from 'George' at Asda, which cost £8, and the trimmings: leatherette cord and 1m of black ribbon from 'HobbyCraft, costing £4 altogether.

To start, you need to create your loops.  The number you create will determine the number criss-crosses over the foot when the shoes are laced up.  I wanted a simple version, with one main criss-cross at the front, with the ties looped around the ankles.

For this, you'll need one loop at the front, two either side at the front, two either side at the ankle, and one at the back: 6 in total.  Create these with your ribbon - I cut 12 2-inch lengths:

Fold each ribbon length in half and then pin in place to ensure the distance between loops is as wanted.  Allow at least 0.5cm to sit from the top to ensure your cord will thread through:

Once happy with the placement of your loops, it's time to sew in place.  Use thread of the same colour and make small running stitches to secure the loops at the top of the shoes:

Once happy, knot and cut your thread and then trim the left over ribbon.
To neaten the edge and ensure no fraying, run fabric glue across the cut edges and leave to dry:

Once your loops are in place - it's time to lace up!

I chose a leatherette cord for my laces and bought 4m in length.  Cut in half and start lacing through the front loop to start - follow each end to the front side loops then cross over, threading through the ankle loops - continue round to the back, where the ties will cross again as they loop through:

I'm really pleased with the finished look and these are a fab addition to my collection of flats - I'll be making more in other colours and these could be a great gift idea for the fashionista in your life!

see you for another DIY Autumn/Winter footwear update soon x

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Monday, 26 October 2015

DIY Decor // How To Make Autumn Pumpkin Favours

 These little felt pumpkins are not only easy and simple to make, they are a quick craft 
that can be used as a table favour, decoration or gift bag for trick-or-treat visitors.