Wednesday, 19 June 2013

vintage suitcase boxes

...this amazing diy project which turns ordinary shoe boxes into stylish retro-suitcases-boxes is one of those things I so wanted to do...but did not really dare to give it try immediately.

the reason...i cannot draw...not at all.

eventhough the instructions came with detailed pattern...and at the end you only need  to draw some lines, circles and curves...i found it quite challenging to do the first step.

...luckily i am the daughter of a retired civil engineer, who was kind enough to donate his collection of rulers and stencils...and i finally gave it a go.

but don't you might not even need a ruler, if you are only a little talented if it comes to drawing...little irregularities does give the boxes a very charming look.

das wird benötigt

- schuhkartons

- farbe

- pinsel

- vorlagen ( siehe angehängter link )

- lineale und schablonen

- permanent marker

so wird es gemacht

this is what you need

- shoe boxes

- paint

- brush

- pattern ( see attached link )

- rulers and stencils

- permanent marker

this is what you have to do

- paint the boxes in a few layers

- apply the pattern to the boxes


- of course you can do the drawing free style or sketch it out.

- depending on the surface of the boxes and the paint it might not be good idea to chalk out the pattern, as it could be difficult to remove it later.

- i chose to cut a piece of paper in the size of the boxes, adopt the pattern to scale and then apply the pattern to the boxes

- according to the original tutorial you can cut out some labels and attach it to suitcases.

the original pattern of the german brigitte magazine will be found here:

the orginal german tutorial of the brigitte magazine will be found here:

i wish you a lot of fun...silke

Saturday, 15 June 2013

unique handbags made from carpet tiles

...even these handbags are made from carpet tiles and can be also made from placemats.

the attached pictures show you how to make a simple handbag from two felt placemats. add some glamour to your bag you can add some brooches, gemstones or flowers...and affix fabric onto the two pieces before sewing them together.

just simply cut out one smaller circle from each placemat and seam together both parts, leaving an opening on the can even thread a cord in punched holes.

...if you are using carpet tiles, you don't even need any glue, as the back side of the tiles are sticky and self-adhesive.

i hope you enjoy the handbags as much as i do...i made most of them a few years ago and still love to use them... i can't stop making more of them.


this is what you need

thi is what you have to do

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

lace-plastic-placemat-handbag's even getting easier...two lace-plastic-placemats...two circles to be cut in the middle of the upper third of the placemat...both sewn together...a flower or brooch added...that's it...the lace-plastic-placemat-handbag.

this is what you need

- two lace-plastic-placemats

- flower or brooch

- glass or any other small round object

- pen

- small scissors

- paper clips

- thread

- sewing machine

this is what you have to do

- using the glass as a template, draw a circle in the middle of the upper third onto the placemats.

- repeat the same with the second placmat.

- cut out the circles with the scissors.

- attach both placemats to each other using paper clips.

- ensure that the placemats lie flush against each other.

- sew along all three edges

- add a flower or a brooch.

...of course it works with any other placemats. too.