Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Upcycle an Button Down Shirt into a Packing Cube

Packing Cube Materials

Turn your button down shirt inside out. Mark a straight line below the sleeves and cut a straight line.  Pin in Place.

Mark one line straight above the hem line. Mark two straight lines going down on both sides. Then sew all the way around where you marked the lines. Cut excess and finish your edges. 

 Pop out the corners by separating the back and front, making a triangle. Measure and mark on both sides using the same measurement. Connect the two marks to create a straight line and pin in place. Repeat on all the corners.

Sew all the straight lines you just drew and repeat on all corners. Then trim the excess fabric and finish your edges.

Open a button and turn it back to the right side.

 Fill your packing cube with your stuff and voila! Ready to be put in your suitcase for your next adventure!

For full details and instruction: 

Monday, January 8, 2018

My Decluttering and Storage Tips

New Year = Take Control. 

1. Dump everything. 
    If you own a lot of stuff (like I do), sometimes you don't even know what's in there. Dump everything out in your drawers and closet and then start sorting. Do you need it?
My Mountain of Clothes!

2. Get the right size storage. 
    Over the years I have learned that the bigger the storage does not mean the better. It can end up taking up too much space than intended.
This box needs to be filled more!

3. Get rid of anything that adds bulk. 
    Sometimes the packaging is really pretty but in reality, it takes up a lot of space. Unless you absolutely need it, it's best to get rid of the packaging.
Packaging can take up a lot more space than intended.

4. Pouches are more useful than just for makeup.  
    I find that separating small things into pouches are really useful to find things. Instead of dumping everything into one box or draw, use pouches, storage bags, or containers to sort things out. Storage within a storage!
Pouches are great storage solutions

5. Are these the memories you want to keep or can they be stored digitally? 
    It's hard to let go sometimes especially if it has a lot of sentimental value. Don't purge them just yet.  Keep them and if you're ready to let go, take a photo of it and store them digitally. You can always make a photo book out of the pictures of those special items. 
6.  Try it out. 
     I often find stuff that are broken or it doesn't fit anymore but I somehow still hold on to it. Once you get things sorted, try to see if it still works and if fits in your lifestyle now. If not, it's time to let go. 

7. Get a system going. 
    Sometimes going a bit further into sorting is a good idea.  Sort them by color or size can really help you if you need to find it. Just remember to put things back!

8. Can I re-purpose this?
   Sometimes you don't have to let something go. You can always upcycle into something you want or need. That pretty dress that don't fit? Oh hi new cushion! 

Upcycle something you loved into something else you love

9. Build up. 
    If you live in a small space, building up is the key. Vertical storage is your best friend.
A Shoe Tree can fit more shoes than a shoe rack.

10. If you can't see it, you don't reach for it. 
     If you get too much clutter, you can't see what you have. Sort and pack things away if you're not using it but don't pack it so much that you can't find it.   

Final Thoughts: I'm not a fan of articles that state if you don't use an item within a certain number of months, you must toss it. First, find another way to use it. If you can't but still want to keep it, keep it. After a year, reassess again. Then you'll know if you truly need it or not.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Old Jeans to New Denim Skirt

Old Pair of Levi's

These are my really old pair of super low Levis (back when this was a trend). I barely wear them anymore because well, they just sit too low. So I decided to turn them into a skirt and sit higher at the waist.
Here we go:   

First, I cut off the jeans above the knee and seam ripped the whole thing around the crotch area and up a bit too. I did it to the back as well. 

Fold over the crotch flap (?!) towards the left and sew a straight stitch.  

The back is the same.  Fold over the butt flap (?!) and sew it. Trim excess if necessary. 

 Grab the pant legs and cut a straight line.

Place a pant leg into the gap and sew two straight line with match thread to match to the jeans.  Do it to the back as well with the other pant leg.

Cut excess and shape it with a semi circle.


I really liked how it turned out after washing it. It sits at my waist right now. Considering skirts like these sell around this price range, I think I saved a bit of money!

Friday, July 7, 2017

DIY Shoe Clips Using Wires

So I finally figured a way to make your own clips rather than buying them!

All you need is wire! Twist ties can work, but craft wires are the best. Bend the wire into a half loop and shape the wire back around your finger like this:
wire clips

Design with the clips

Add and glue your designs and there you go! Now you can dress up your flats and heels and even fake a T-strap!

Tip: When you're clipping the clip to your shoe, follow the curvature of the shoe.

same design, different shoes

See the full tutorial here:

Monday, June 5, 2017

Underwire from Underwire Bras to an Useful Wall Art

Sunglasses holder - My Quay Sunglasses collection!

 If you're a female and find yourself going to throw out old bras or just hate underwire ones, here's how you can take the underwire out and make it into something useful.
Taking out the underwire from bras
 To remove the underwire, use a pair of small sharp scissors. I used a small fabric one. Make a little snip at either ends at an angle. Try to push the underwire out. If it doesn't come out, dig the hole you made a little deeper. You should not pierce through the actual bra.

 Once you've done that, I've hotglued the two together.

And got a few more to create this!

Wrap a lot of yarn around it to cover the whole piece.

 Added some color and created this wall art! And people will never suspect they're made from the underwire from bras. 😝

Monday, May 22, 2017

Shirt Dress to Sleeveless Dress

 I've been on the hunt for a cute pinafore-like black dress with pockets but I think I'm looking during the wrong season!

I found this shapeless long shirt dress I got awhile back and never worn it.

long shirt dress

So I did a bit of transformation:

Then it becomes this:



What do you think?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Old dress, new life as a pillow

So I bought this really cute dress online. I was in love with the print, but after two wears, there was a hole in the arm area. I love this print so much that I couldn't throw it away.

oasap dress
The shift dress

Cutting and Sewing Beginnings

Add the Fiberfill inside
uncycled pillow
Final product! The new pillow!
Overall, I'm pretty happy with this project. Super easy and quick to do. Note to self, stay away from sketchy Chinese clothing companies...