Monday, October 31, 2016

DIY Craft: Upcycling Pre-Loved Clothes to A Useful Rug

I have lots of old clothes in my house. This is what I get with a growing child. He outgrows his clothes and I would have to either trash or donate them. I decided to upcycle some of clothes to make a rag rug.

This a relatively easy DIY craft project but it takes time. It took me about 6 hours over 4 days to complete this rag rug. Old t-shirts work best for this project. I used about 3 t-shirts for this rag rug that measures about 30cm by 40cm.

DIY Craft: Upcycling Pre-Loved Clothes to A Useful Rug

All you need for this DIY craft is a few pieces of old clothes, a piece of anti-skid mat, a pair of scissors and time.

I first cut the t-shirts into small pieces that measure about 10cm by 2.5cm and then tie them into knots to a piece of anti-skid mat. Simple? Yes, very simple. But it takes time to tie the knots. =)

DIY Craft: Upcycling Pre-Loved Clothes to A Useful Rug

When I am tying of the knots, I have to remember to randomly tie the knots in a mix of right-over-left and left-over-right. If I do not do this and tie all my knots in one way, then the rug will look too neat. I prefer my rug to look more shaggy. =)

DIY Craft: Upcycling Pre-Loved Clothes to A Useful Rug

I completed the heart with my pink and purple shirts first before working on the white.

DIY Craft: Upcycling Pre-Loved Clothes to A Useful Rug

As I was tying the knots, I realised that I can actually take a shortcut and skip some of the 'holes'. The rug was turning out to be quite 'puffed' up, so not tying the knot in some of the holes is perfectly alright. This is the back view of the rug. Do you see some of the holes that I have skipped?

DIY Craft: Upcycling Pre-Loved Clothes to A Useful Rug

It was fun making this rag rug. The greatest payoff is seeing my old clothes on the floor, in a rag, having a new lease of life. =)

Till the next blog post, craft something! =)

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Friday, October 14, 2016

DIY Craft: Washi Tape Monogram Notebook

Washi Tape Monogram Notebook

I like collecting washi tapes. It is impossible not to fall in love with the variety of prints on these rice paper tapes. Here is how to personalise your own notebook - hand make a pretty monogram on the cover with washi tape. 
This is what I used:

  • Washi Tape (With so many pretty designs to choose from, deciding on which to use is indeed tough!)
  • A pencil for tracing
  • A pair of scissors and/or a penknife
  • A cutting mat
  • Baking paper 
  • A notebook with a plain cover
  • Printer

Washi Tape Monogram Notebook

This is what I did:
1. I had decided to make a B letter Monogram notebook and I print a mirror image of the alphabet.
2. Trace the mirror imaged printed letter on the baking paper. Taping some washi tape on the baking paper over the printed alphabet helps keep the baking sheet in place when tracing.
Washi Tape Monogram Notebook

3. Flip the baking paper with the traced alphabet right side around and paste the washi tape over the alphabet, covering up the entire printed alphabet. Washi tape picks up lead/ink stains easily and so the tape must not be pasted on the side where the alphabet has been traced. This explains why the printed alphabet needs to be mirror imaged. Start pasting from the bottom of the alphabet and move upwards as the tape is pasted. It is also important to ensure that the washi tape overlaps as each new piece is placed over the previous piece. This ensures that the Monogram does not break apart when we peel it off the baking paper.

Washi Tape Monogram Notebook

4.  Flip the baking paper with the alphabet all covered with washi tape back to the mirror imaged side so that the traced alphabet can be seen. Cut out the alphabet.

Washi Tape Monogram Notebook

Washi Tape Monogram Notebook

5. Slowly peel the washi tape off the baking paper from the bottom of the alphabet and paste it on the cover of the notebook and it is all done!

Washi Tape Monogram Notebook

Till our next blog, make something with your hands!
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