April 8, 2014

I wanted to make the neckline of a shirt from sale smaller. I added extra fabric from a preloved shirt I never actually wore but liked the colours and patterns.


Here’s how I did it.

ImageMake a pattern placing paper on top of the (light turquoise) shirt and draw how much more fabric you want to add. You can free hand the whole thing or just one half and then fold fabrics and paper to center and use symmetry. Remember to add seam allowance. Cut the paper. Pin the pattern on top of the (brown) shirt and cut the fabric.


Place the fabric on the shirt wrong sides facing you. Fold both vertically in half first to find center and start to pin from the middle. Check the right side before sewing. The beading in the brown shirt was not in the middle to begin with so I went with “close enough”.


Sew with zigzag. As you may see my machine’s stitch is not very reliable but will do.




My first baktus

January 8, 2012

DIY Norwegian scarf

This is the piece I was so enthusiastic about. My first Baktus! I needed the knitting needles for another project so I finally finished this scarf. The instructions came from here (Käspaikka is a great site in Finnish).

The model is simple enough: Start with three stitches and add one stitch in the beginning of every four rows. When the scarf is wide enough narrow off one stitch every four rows. Heja Norge for inventing this fun to do design! Easy is fun!

DIY Norwegian scarf

One third of the yarn is bought new, one third is from an age old stash and one third is unravelled from second hand knits. It makes me happy to see those old balls of string to become something new.

Handicraft crazy love

January 1, 2012

I had to refresh my skills of knitting and crocheting. Result: one big round scarf and two works still on sticks. I cannot blog about the ready scarf yet due to some computer failure. And actually this failure lets me concentrate on my knittings and crochets. I’m beginning to feel the joy and love of playing with thread. The colours entwined like emotions visible on my hands.

Back to something concrete, recycled and selfmade. Here are some tinder roses made of old candles and egg packages. Rip it. Form it. Dip it – let it dry a bit and repeat until satisfied. Recycled material tinders

Recycled material tinders

Recycled material tinders

Recycled material tinders

These things really get the fire started. Have a Dazzling New Year with lots of Love Love Love!

For our flag’s colours here’s a dyed t-shirt. First you take a white shirt and tie it with yarn where you want the fabric to stay white. Pull the fabric, tie yarn around it and you’ll get a round shape. Repeat until you’re satisfied. Then you do what the dye colour package says: add the textile(s) and colour and start the laundry machine. The end result will be a surprise. Feels like Christmas to open the package! Cotton and other natural fibers dye the best. Here I was lucky because the thread was also made of cotton. Stains may not dye evenly which is good to know if you use preloved items.

Ellery vs. DIY from my Mum’s old pullover. Just close the neckline with some stitches, tighten to your waist and you’re done! (Ellery image via Outsapop).

Summer shoes might stand a chance against the colder weathers with these ankle warmers I made using an old scarf. Here’s my first tutorial! I hand stiched the parts together except for the zigzag edges. (Well, now we have some wet snow so it’s a no no for any flat shoes.)