On social media, a lot of you have been asking me to share with you a great Christmas DIY. I stumbled across this and fell in love!
These are from the Peter Alexander Christmas 2013 range, they are called the Xmas Pudding Scuff:
I adore them but being an Aussie based in Dubai, purchasing these is a bit tough. I think the idea makes a lovely Christmas gift.
To create this project, you will need: house slippers (mine are from Shoe Express in Oasis Centre), red felt, green felt, fabric scissors, fabric pencil, glue gun, needle and thread and bells.
Start by tracing 6 circular felt circles on the fabric:
Once these circles have been cut around. Use the glue gun to glue the bells in place into the centre of the felt. I had hoped these would jingle, but rather they just form the shape of the holly berries, the glue stops them from jingling.
Now bunch the felt around the bell and thread the red needle and thread in and out of the felt:
Draw the thread tight so that the bell is covered and stitch around the base to secure:
From here grab your green felt and with a fabric pencil draw the outline of the holly leaves:
Cut around these and sew onto the slippers:
Sew on the berries securely to keep the slippers machine washable. That’s it!
I hope you find these as adorable as I do. They will be a gift for my most beloved cousin Paula in Perth who always takes me to Peter Alexander when I am there.
I was so flattered to be asked by Crate and Barrel to host the launch of their festive season event. Once again, my day job seems to be moving in perfect synergy with my love of DIY.
The event activities included making traditional Gluhwein, wreathmaking and how to wrap the perfect gift. I learnt how to tie the perfect bow from floral expert and fellow craft-lover Nadine Shamas. Nadine and I both agreed we wanted to see more crafters and DIY activities happening here in Dubai.
Here are some images of the gorgeous Crate and Barrel store and the festive Tree Lot. The event was packed!
This post is dedicated to my beloved Aunty Veronica who died a few years ago. Her daughter, my cousin Paula, and I are like best friends and Paula gifted me a few of Aunty Veronica’s things so I could remember her and one of the things I requested was this 70s curtain fabric. Paula washed it and gave it to me on my last trip to Australia.
This is my late father and Aunty Ronnie here in the 60s. What a bunch of hipsters!
So for a recent friend’s birthday I decided to use the fabric as gift wrapping.
You will need: The gift, twine or ribbon, safety pin, scissors, iron, vintage fabric, zig zag scissors and tag.
Place the gift in the centre of the fabric and reserve the approximate excess around the sides as shown in the picture.
Iron the fabric and then cut the edges with zig zag fabric scissors. From here follow the folding in the below pictures:
From here you can add a safety pin to tie it all together securely as the fabric can be quite heavy.
From here I ran over both back and front with the iron one more time to make the edges and creases sharp. Then grab your string or ribbon and place it like below:
Then flip the parcel over and tie here:
Add your tag and you’re ready to go!
It’s very shabby chic and best of all, you can upcycle old fabric or scraps (not necessarily vintage) for this project. Something unique, cheap and chic!
Recently, my Mum got ill and I was in Perth by her side, I also had to cover a load of bills and miss one of my closest friends Clara’s wedding in Tuscany. It was a sad time for me yet after coming back to Dubai, I had limited cash but wanted to make Clara and Cedric something close to my heart to show them how sorry I was that I couldn’t speak at their wedding and that I missed the whole thing. It still hurts me to think about it.
This is a DIY I had been seeing in decor magazines and is just so perfect for a newlywed couple. It takes some patience but I think the final effect is chic and well worth it. This is the finished project on Clara and Cedric’s bed. (That’s their dog Miso modelling):
You will need: 3 white cushion covers (mine are from Ikea), black felt, visoflex/bondaweb, iron, fabric glue/glue gun, sewing pins, paper and fabric scissors, templates for letters from here.
Cut the letters out of the paper print out templates and pin them to the black felt and cut out:
Once they are cut out pin the letters to the sticky side of the visoflex/bondaweb:
Cut around the the visoflex/bondaweb:
From here iron the paper side of the letter (as shown above), then remove the paper and centre the letter onto the cushion:
I used my glue gun (also fabric glue would work) to secure the edges down. Repeat this process for all the letters and cushions and you have the finished set:
I also added these to the gift:
But more on those later. In the mean time, this post is dedicated to my Dubai #BFF Clara. Congratulations my Eurasian sister from another Mr. The most beautiful bride ever.