Saturday, February 28, 2015

Embroider Your Cardigan Sleeves

Embroider Your Cardigan Sleeves!

So this isn't really a DIY, but I wanted to share my embroidered cardigan sleeves today! This cardi was a hand-me-down from an old roommate (like most of my clothes now) and I decided to spruce it up with a little embroidery in complementary colors!

Embroider Your Cardigan Sleeves!

I tried my cardigan on and marked where my elbow sat in the sleeve by bending my arm and threading a needle or pin through the fabric. This would be the center of whatever I embroidered. I then stitched a few lazy daisies and some French knots in bright yellow and a few shades of blue!

Embroider Your Cardigan Sleeves!

I love this cardigan. Not only does it have a great drape and the sleeves are long enough (a HUGE plus for a tall girl like me), but I also got it for free! Got anything you think needs dolling up? Give this easy embroidery idea a try! Happy Saturday, friends.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Wool and the Gang: Sustainable Knitted Fashion

(c) Wool and the Gang

I first heard about Wool and the Gang a few years ago while reading One Sheepish Girl. She had ordered a kit from them and was knitting something sumptuous and cozy. Of course I had to click over to their website and check them out! The branding and style really pulled me in, from their bold font choices to their black-and-white modus operandi.

(c) Wool and the Gang
What I saw was a genuinely cool company, specializing in knit garments and accessories. Not only could you order something ready-made (knitted by hand by someone like you), but you could also order a kit to make your own! They out-source wool and even recycle fashion waste into fiber to continue the sustainability cycle. I love that they've made knitting look super cool and high-fashion. They even have a list of all the benefits of knitting, from stress-relief to improved memory!

(c) Wool and the Gang
They also include opportunities for you to be "in the gang" - host a knit party, become a maker, or teach someone else how to knit. Their photography is marvelous, their yarns look super-squishy, and I like the whole idea. Check 'em out!

All images are from Wool and the Gang - I do not own any of the images used in this post. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My First DIY Kit: The DIY Crochet Flower Brooch

It's here! My first DIY kit! 

I love how-tos, DIYs, tutorials - anything that helps me learn a new skill - and I wanted to share that love with a new section in my shop for DIY kits! I only have the one so far, just as a starting point to see how it does. I'm really excited to see what happens with this.

So, without further ado, my first kit - the DIY Crochet Brooch Kit! Everything you need is included, except the crochet hook and hot glue gun! The materials come packaged in a self-sealing, reusable plastic bag and boxed in a recycled box. The instructions are emailed in PDF format upon purchase. Priced at $15, this would make a great gift! 

I have so many more ideas for kits and I can't wait to assemble and list them. Stay tuned!