A month ago, I bought my first sewing machine – a nice Brother machine from the mid-90’s. I haven’t managed to get it to work properly yet but here is an easy tutorial for sewing dummies!
I love charity shops, flea markets and hate throwing things away – no wonders why my 1-bedroom appartment is such a mess ;). Today, I am going to show you how I have used my old ballerina shoes to make a bracelet and how to make a ring from an everything/surprise bag that I bought at a flea market.
– Old pair of ballerina shoes that you can’t wear anymore – No matter, how much you like them!
– Black woven elastic
– Black thread
– Strong sewing needles (I broke one needle making that bracelet!)
– Flexible measuring tape
5) Cut two elastic bands to match those lenghts.
6) Sew the elastic bands on one side of the bracelet.
7) Sew the elastic bands on the other side of the bracelet.
Tips: To make sure that you get the lenght right, I suggest that you only oversew the straps first and try the bracelet on.
I am also thinking of turning the second bow into a hair clip with a bow but I am not really sure yet – any suggestions are more than welcome!
Flower ring (and more):
Last time I visited my local flea market I bought an everything/surprise bag i.e. a bag full of old buttons & broken jewellery for €3. I love these bags full of surprises and I like giving things a second “life”.
In that bag, there was a small wooden flower and a lovely piece of jade. What were they before? Broches, buttons? I have no idea but I loved them and decided to turn them into rings.
I went to Crown Jewels (in Castle Street, Dublin) and bought 2 adjustable ring bases (approx. €1.2 each).
While, I was pretty sure that I could use hot glue to fix the flower I asked for some advice with regards to the piece of jade. As it has 4 holes, I was advised to use some metallic thread (approx. €3) and a pair of jewellery pliers (approx. €12).
These rings have been made in less than 1 hour and are extremely cheap – It’s also very nice to think that you have given something a second “life”!