July 30, 2012

DIY Tie-Dye Shorts

This one comes from my little sister, who is probably my blog's biggest fan and supporter (she should be, considering how much of what I make I give to her). She spotted these shorts from Urban Outfitters and made her own.

First she bleached a pair of shorts, and then tie-dyed with the little girls she's babysitting this summer. How cute is that? I love doing crafts with kids, especially the fashionable kind. Nice job, El!

July 26, 2012

The Essential DIY Tool Kit Part 2: Household Objects

Last week, I corralled my favorite DIY supplies. In this part 2, I'm pointing out a few household items that I always use in my DIY. 

Clear nail polish has a ton of uses, from preventing fraying to acting as a sealant. For all the ways you can use clear nail polish, check out this postNail polish remover is helpful too, for removing glue, Sharpie, and other hard-to-get-off gunk. I use it with q-tips.

Binder clips are a great way to hold together things as glue dries, or keep items in place that are too thick to pin.

Lighter: Good for melting down ends of rope, trim, webbing, etc. to keep from fraying. Just play it safe, kids.

When working with a viscous super glue, like E6000, I've found it works best to squeeze a blob onto a disposable paper plate and apply with a toothpick.

Wax paper (or freezer paper) make easy stencils. Since it's transparent, you can trace and cutout designs on top of a printed image. The paper then can be ironed onto fabric to stay in place. (An example of this in action here.)

Do you have everyday objects that you use in your DIYs?

July 24, 2012

DIY Eyelet Cropped Top

I'm very excited to share with you a DIY I did alongside fellow bloggers Candy from Taylor & Demolish and Arianna of Runway DIY. We decided to show three different interpretations of a big trend from the spring and summer runways-- cropped tops. Keep reading for how I made mine!

July 23, 2012

TIMI Elsewhere: M&J Trim Camera Strap

I recently purchased a great new camera that, while compact, deserves a great camera strap to match. In my favorite color, the strap has come in handy so many times since I made it-- it's perfect for carrying around my new baby. 

Tools and Materials:
40 inches of faux-leather braided strap (comes in loads of bright colors!) 

Fold over the prongs of two sides of the stud.

Press the remaining prongs through the braided strap, about 2 inches away from the end of the strap.

Fold over the prongs to attach to the strap.

Slid braid through metal clip, and add glue.

Fold braid over itself, press firmly for 30 seconds, and then hold in place with a paper clip or binder clip until the glue dries (overnight for the strongest hold).

(A quick DIY trick-- I added large jump rings to my camera to the original carrying strap bracket, which was too small to clip anything to it)

July 20, 2012

The Essential DIY Tool Kit Part 1: Specialty Tools

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While one of my favorite parts of DIY is that you can think outside the (tool)box and use almost anything to new purpose with a little creativity and ingenuity, there are things that I've found I turn to time and time again when I start a new project. Here are a few of my favorite tools from my kit:

An X-acto knife (and a cutting mat to protect my coffee table) and good scissors cover most cutting needs.

A gold paint pen does the job, with out all the muss and fuss. I've reached for this many times instead of a brush and jar of paint.

Retractable tape measure: a flexible tape measure is essential for any sewing project, and the retractable button is a life saver.

Leather punch: Mine came from my great-grandfather's barn. In addition to creating holes in leather projects, this is perfect for adding another notch to a belt that you need to cinch a bit tighter. Seriously, this tool is so worth it.

Hand-sewing needles (in multiple sizes/purposes): Used for hand-sewing (obviously) and projects with embroidery. Check out this good post on the different types of needles.

E-6000 is my favorite super glue. It dries clear, comes off your fingers fairly easy, and nothing I've made with it yet has fallen apart. Yet. Major win.

Wire clippers get the job done cutting metal and protect your precious scissors.

Everybody should have at least two types of pliers: flat nose and needle nose.

What about you? Do you have any favorite tools that you use in your DIYs?

DIY Inspiration: Eyelet and Lace

Luisa Beccaria via Elle | Giambattista Valli via Elle | Pucci via Fashionologie

TGIF! As a little teaser for next week's project, here are a few inspiration photos of one of my favorite S/S 2012 trends, eyelet and lace. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

July 16, 2012

DIY Bungee Cord Bracelet

I was having a bit out DIY burnout recently, with half-baked projects and no fresh ideas, but a trip to Home Depot quickly turned that around and made me excited again to create. I found this pack of brightly colored mini bungee cords for about $3, tossed a copper coupling in the mix, and had everything I needed for a new bracelet.

July 13, 2012

DIY Trip to Tinsel Trading

I've been chipping away at my to-do-before-I-leave-NYC list, slowly but surely. There are still plenty of adventures yet to be had, but I wanted to share with you those that are DIY related. These are just a few pictures I took when I stopped into Tinsel Trading, Martha Stewart's "favorite store in the whole world." 

It was a lovely surprise, full of an old-world feel that fits perfectly with the Martha empire's aesthetic. I loved the antique storage-- drawers, cabinets, and wire basket's filled with trim. They had loads of ribbon, silk flowers, and packets of jewels and goodies. If you're a fan of vintage with a touch of kitsch, it's right up your alley.

July 11, 2012

DIY Neon Straw Clutch

If you like Thanks, I Made It on Facebook, you already caught sight of how I styled this latest DIY, inspired by neon+neutral.  Neon is still going strong this summer (no surprise there) and I think it's perfect for pairing with the summery texture of natural straw bags. I grabbed this clutch at the thrift store, and with a small bottle of neon paint (for less than $2!), I was able to give it a bright facelift. Check out how I did it.

July 9, 2012

DIY Inspiration: Neon and Neutral

All summer long, I've had my mind on a updating the a standard straw bag with a dash of bright color. Taking inspiration from these bags above, I'll post a DIY version later this week!

July 6, 2012

Bloglove: June

Where June the month go?! I'm currently headed to DC, desperately apartment hunting. I'm recommending it to the Olympics Committee  as a new sport for the next games. It certainly requires enough skill, endurance, and cut-throat competitive spirit. While I throw elbows over studio apartments,  check out these blogs with some great DIYs for my monthly bloglove post.

July 4, 2012

DIY Summer Earrings

With the season in full swing, I’ve got a 3-in-1 DIY project with a nautical and summery feel. They all are pretty much the same two steps– prep and glue! Be sure to hold down the earring backs firmly for several seconds when you glue them and let the glue dry completely before wearing (overnight, for good measure).

July 3, 2012

M&J Gift Card Winners

 The results are in, folks! The winners of the gift cards to M&J Trimming are...

Congrats! Send me an e-mail to get your gift card. Thanks everyone who entered by liking Thanks, I Made It on Facebook! Also, each of your comments meant so much to me! Readers like you are what make sharing my love of DIY worthwhile. 

July 2, 2012

DIY Crochet Inset Dress

Hey friends! I hope you all had a great weekend. For the first time this summer, I'm upstate in the Adirondacks, my home away from home. In addition to hiking and relaxing, I've been crafting in the great outdoors. I was recently asked to come up with a DIY using this simple black maxi dress from ValRouge. (The dress is a whopping $8, perfect for experimenting with DIY!) They sent me a dress, and I immediately got to work, adding a some visual interest and built-in ventilation system for this hot summer weather with a crochet inset. Keep reading for the how-to!

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