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DIY pearl gloves

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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

design-pattern

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!

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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:

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What you need:

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

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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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