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DIY pearl gloves


Gloves are tough to go without here, and although I have a few pairs, I quickly and irrevocably get bored with them. If you share my pain, you’ll like this project: a quick and simple restyle of an old pair of gloves, into a sweet and cozy winter accessory: the pearl gloves.

pearl gloves supplies

What you need:

  • gloves
  • thread & needle
  • pearl-style beads


This is self-explanatory, but here it is: decide on the pattern you want for your pearls. You can make it symmetrical and neat like I did, or go crazy and put pearls all over the back of the glove! Just stitch them thoroughly, so they don’t come off with wear and tear. Refashion complete!




DIY embroidered cat jersey

DIY cat jersey | Kittenhood

You know all those cat sweaters and jerseys that almost every brand sells? In my opinion, they’re either overpriced or not that pretty, so a DIY was the one clear and simple option for me. And when I say “simple”, I mean it: you don’t need much and it will be done in half an hour – just stitch patiently! Here’s how:

DIY cat jersey | Kittenhood

What you need:

  • a jersey that you want to customize
  • thick thread and needle
  • scissors
  • tailor’s chalk

DIY cat jersey | Kittenhood

First, use the chalk to draw the cat pattern: eyes, nose, whiskers. I decided to make it even easier and avoid pupils and such, so I drew the cat with the eyes closed – a simple curved line. Then backstitch the entire pattern and you’ve got yourself a cat jersey!

Stitching a sweatshirt

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polka dot sweater

DIY polka dot wool sweater

DIY polka dot wool sweater | Kittenhood

I’m pretty excited about sweaters this season, and customizing them. I already made the J Crew inspired one, and I have a few other ideas for future projects. This one is pretty special, because it involves a new-to-me technique, that of needle felting. Don’t let the fancy name scare you, cause it’s fairly easy. I was inspired by the famous Honestly WTF elbow patch tutorial and decided to put my own spin on it. Needle felting is so much fun, that I feel I could so a bunch of other things with it!

What you need:

  • wool sweater (wool blend at the least)
  • wool (the piece pictured is 50g and I used less than half for the entire sweater)
  • felting needle
  • bangle
  • sponge (I know there are some special ones, I just used a kitchen sponge)
  • tailor chalk

The first thing I did was to decide the design of my new sweater. I traced some random circles with tailor chalk and using the inside of a bangle as a template. This way I could change my mind at any point. I also traced some half circles, as seen here, to create the illusion of a pattern.

Beginning with the first circle, I placed the sponge underneath and the bangle on top of the sweater. Holding the bangle still with my hand, I filled it with some wool. Next, I started piercing the wool into the sweater and the sponge. Take it slow at first and be very careful with your fingers! I took it one step further and put on a thimble, just in case.

I evened it out and removed the bangle. Some parts might be a little off, but they can be fixed with the same technique: piercing. I peel the sweater off the sponge carefully and the first dot was done! I did the same with every other circle – and although it takes some time, it’s quite relaxing. I even pierced in the rhythm of music 🙂 Finally, I used the wool setting on the iron to even each dot – and done! You can guess that I haven’t washed the sweater yet, but I recommend doing so manually, with cold water, as with regular wool.

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