This is one of the fastest dream to reality moments I have had. When I launched this blog in July 2012, I thought how great it would be to combine my broadcasting career with my crafting one! Within months I had spoken to the producers of MyDubaiMyCity.com and it came to fruition.
The show teaser is up now for you to watch but the full episodes begin on September 2nd 7:00am GST time.
“DIY with Simone Heng” is finally here! 12 episodes of completely original projects not yet seen on this blog! Enjoy!
I recently teamed up with the lovely Heidi from Tuesdayschild.me and created my first children’s DIY.
The blog is a must-read for anyone who has a small child or baby in the UAE. Read my full DIY here.
It’s been so amazing for Cheapnchic.net in the press. I’ve had the three most influential local papers in the UAE cover DIY on their covers and had the site involved in the coverage. The first was Khaleej Times Wknd magazine, then 7 Days Metro page and now Gulf News tabloid. I am so overwhelmed by the support of the press in spreading the Cheapnchic.net “champagne lifestyle on a beer budget” ethos.
Best of all they gave a great plug to the DIY Directory!
Here’s the latest:
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I am a big fan of detachable collars. I’ve made one already here and using a similar technique of upcycling old men’s shirts, I’ve created two different designs:
Here’s what you’ll need:
Hooks and eyes, thread in the corresponding colour to the fabric colour of the collars, beads, studs, rhinestones, pearls, unpicker/seam ripper and old men’s shirts.
1) Cut and remove the collars from the shirts. Make sure you cut the collar after the seam where it is attached to the rest of the shirt.
2) Place out the beads and studs etc on one side of the collar and rearrange them until you’re happy with how it looks.
3) Sew down the beads, studs and other embellishments onto the side of the collar that you like. Repeat the pattern on the other side of the collar.
4) Unpick the button on the neck of the collar.
5) Turn in the tab of cloth where the button was before and sew it down with hand stitches towards the neckline. Do this also on the tab of fabric with the button hole.
6) Attach the hook and eye as in the photo above, to attach the collar at the neck.
Thanks to Kelly Brbich at www.thehouseofphotography.com for the amazing images.
If you’re looking to find the tools to create this project you can check out our exclusive Cheapnchic.net Do-It-Yourself in Dubai Directory http://cheapnchic.net/directory/.