DIY knotted produce bag | KIttenhood

DIY Knotted Produce Bag

DIY knotted produce bag | KIttenhood

In an effort to use as few plastic bags as possible, I have more tote bags than anyone could carry. And if I see one I like, I’m probably gonna add it to the collection. Extra points if it gets really small and packs itself up! But I also like those retro style rope bags that are great for carrying produce or bottles. They’re very resistant, virtually weightless, and they’re essential in the everyday trip to the grocery store. So I decided to make my own. After trying a few versions, I ended up making this one in 3 shades of pink and using the most basic of knots. Read on for the full instructions! 

DIY knotted produce bag: Materials | Kittenhood

What you need: 

  • 15 m string (I used 3 colors) + extra for the handles
  • scissors
  • (optional) bowl, adhesive tape 

DIY knotted produce bag: Cutting | Kittenhood

Cut 12 pieces of string measuring 125 cm each (or longer, if you want a longer bag). 

DIY knotted produce bag: Bottom | Kittenhood

Divide the strings into two groups of six. Arrange them on the bottom of an upside down bowl or simply on the floor/table. The groups of string should meet at the middle. 

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Stick the horizontal group to the bowl with tape to secure in place. Take one piece of string from the second group and pull it over and under the horizontal strings. Do the same with the others, alternating rows like you would weave. This will be the bottom of your bag, so make it as tight or loose as you wish. 

DIY knotted produce bag: Knotting | Kittenhood

Now knot the strings two by two, close to the weaving. 

DIY knotted produce bag: Knotting | Kittenhood

When you’ve completed a round, move on to the second row. Take two strings from neighboring knots, and knot them together, a few centimeters lower. Do this all around and keep alternating strings to form diamond shapes.

DIY knotted produce bag: Knotting | Kittenhood

I made a total of 5 rounds of knots. You can make more or less, depending on your preference and string length.

Now you can cut the string ends to the same size and divide them into two groups, as shown above.  

DIY knotted produce bag: Handles | Kittenhood

Take your first group of string ends and divide it in half again. You will have 6 strings in each group. Knot, glue, sew or melt their ends together. To cover, take a separate piece of string or rope and knot it very tightly using the buttonhole stitch technique. Repeat for the other handle.

DIY knotted produce bag | KIttenhood

This is what my produce bag looks like empty. I like how using different colors of string created a pretty gradient effect! 

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Put some color on: biking ladies

I’ve been a fan of women who bike for many years now, from around the time I realized biking could be chic and feminine as well. I’ve recommended riding a bike in a skirt on many occasions, but I gotta give it to shorts… They’re so good for summer biking, as this vintage photo clearly exemplifies. And while summer still seems like a million years away in these parts, I think some of you are already taking out the sailor tops and open-toe sandals. 

Get the look: The Whitepepper romperMango shorts + Modcloth t-shirt + BC Footwear shoes 

Put some color on: biking ladies | Kittenhood

Check out more biking ladies pics here

Homini Studio Jewelry | Kittenhood

Homini Studio jewelry

Homini Studio Jewelry | Kittenhood

Showing jewelry in a beautiful, new way is not an easy task. But it’s a task that Homini Studio managed to fulfill successfully. In their pieces, “there are no embellishments. No set stones. Once the unnecessary is eliminated, the necessary may speak. It is not an exercise of simple subtraction, but there is absolutely no excessive addition.” Hence, there’s plenty of room for imagination and play in the photos. Because you’ve already seen bejeweled body parts, but you haven’t seen hands coming out of a block of color, messing around with the most minimalist of all tools: its own fingers. 

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Nice Things Paloma S. Swimming Time | Kittenhood

Nice Things Paloma S, Swimming Time

Nice Things Paloma S. Swimming Time | Kittenhood

There’s something so beautifully melancholic and delightful about an indoor pool. Well, not really in most of the pools I’ve been to, but how about the one in these pictures? Once again, Nice Things Paloma S. came up with a wonderful lookbook to show their newest swim line. And they look amazing in the cold blue light of the pool. There are such good pieces in the collection! Eyes, maps, and swimmers (how meta!), but also florals and geometries are printed onto the pieces. I also love the plain red-orange suits with flattering ruffles at the bra, they make such a pleasant contrast with water!

See more Nice Things Paloma S. collections I’ve covered here, here and here

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DIY felted fox picnic blanket | Kittenhood

DIY felted fox picnic blanket

DIY felted fox picnic blanket | Kittenhood

It’s no secret that I love picnics, foxes, cuddling in blankets, and felting. If these are a few of your favorite things, try this DIY picnic blanket! The project will take a couple of hours, depending on the size of your blanket and the number of foxes you decide to use. But it’s really cute and unique. Plus you get to stab wool with your needle, which can be therapeutical as well as rhythmical – the perfect activity for when you’re blasting your favorite tunes. 

DIY felted fox picnic blanket - Materials | Kittenhood

What you need:

  • wool, wool blend or felt blanket
  • pen (I used a trick marker)
  • ruler
  • orange felting wool 
  • felting needle
  • fox cookie cutter (mine is from Ikea, also available on Amazon)
  • sponge (larger than the cookie cutter)

DIY felted fox picnic blanket - Measuring | Kittenhood

Start by measuring your blanket and deciding where you want to place your foxes. I made 10 foxes on three rows (3-4-3), but you can make the pattern however you want to. Mark the spots with a pen. 

DIY felted fox picnic blanket - Fox cookie cutter | Kittenhood

Start with your first marking. Place the blanket between the fox cookie cutter and the sponge. 

DIY felted fox picnic blanket - Fox felting | Kittenhood

Fill up the shape with orange wool. Start with a thinner layer. 

DIY felted fox picnic blanket - Felting | Kittenhood

And now for the fun part! Stab the wool into the blanket with your felting needle. Stab and stab and stab. Add more wool if and where necessary. You should get a relatively even surface. Stab a little extra at the face, tail, and legs. 

DIY felted fox picnic blanket - Felt fox | Kittenhood

This is how your first fox will look like, more or less. Continue making as many foxes as you want and you have yourself a cool new blanket! Come to think about it, this would also make a good baby blanket! 

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Gudetama lunch box available here.

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Shop handmade home textiles

Ever since I’ve moved to a new apartment, I’ve been on the lookout for ways to add color to the place. Since it’s a rental, there’s not much I can do about the white walls or the dark furniture – other than to bring in colorful textiles. These are some of the pieces I’ve had my eye on, I find them all delightfully pretty. Click on each photo to go to the product page. 

Cat rug | Kittenhood Furoshiki | Kittenhood Pillows | Kittenhood Tea towel | Kittenhood Wall weaving | Kittenhood Cactus blanket | Kittenhood

Cat rug by Bobo Choses | Furoshiki by The Link Collective | Pillow cases by Depeapa | Tea towel by Jessica Hogarth | Wall hanging by Under The Oak Tree Shop | Cactus blanket by Anna Deegan

Shabby Apple dress - Kittenhood

How I wore a pink dress at the museum

Alte Nationalgalerie Berlin - Kittenhood

Shabby Apple dress + Bianco shoes 

These columns are rarely to be seen without fashion bloggers or brides being photographed. Truth be told, they’re a great place to take photos – the monotonous repetition, the tunnel perspective that’s still full of light, and, of course, the romantic look of it all. Today, I joined the ranks, just on the other side from all the other people. I have to say, my boyfriend is master of making places appear deserted in photos. Right next to this is the Alte Nationalgalerie, an art museum showcasing romantic and impressionist artists. We’re on a mission to visit and re-visit all the state-owned museums in Berlin (and the other ones, too, but that’s a different story) since getting yearly museum cards at the beginning of 2016. So far we haven’t done a very good job, but things are looking up! 

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Lenora shoes SS16 | Kittenhood

Lenora shoes for spring 2016

Lenora shoes SS16 | Kittenhood

It’s not often that you find the perfect footwear brand and love pretty much every shoe they make, right? But sometimes it happens, and these days, Lenora does the trick for me. The shoes pictured above are my favorites – I mean polka dots, thick heel, AND peep toe? Everything about them is magnificent. Not that I would mind the backless glitter brogues or the brocade heels either… The brand is Italian and it’s pretty new on the market. Their designs are visibly vintage inspired, but at the same time they look so novel! I’m really excited about this label and I can imagine myself wearing every one of these shoes, in very different contexts, of course. What about you, are you a fan of these styles? 

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DIY woven bike basket | Kittenhood

DIY woven bike basket

DIY woven bike basket | Kittenhood

When I decided I wanted a bike, about seven years ago, I knew only one thing about it: that it should have a front basket. The bike came first and my search for a basket followed. It wasn’t all that easy. Who knew you couldn’t fit any type of basket on any type of bike? Some years later, I got the perfect basket for my birthday, which I’m still using now. But it needed a makeover. It had a cross stitch fox on for almost four years now, but the thread was worn out and so was the paint on the wire. So I came up with the idea to weave the whole thing in wool. It’s very easy, although, I admit, it does take some hours to complete. On the bright side, you’ll have an awesome, custom bike basket in the end! Ready to get started?

DIY woven bike basket | Kittenhood

What you need:

  • yarn in colors of your choice (I used less than half of the amount shown)
  • wool needle
  • scissors
  • wire mesh bike basket (mine is from Decathlon)

DIY woven bike basket | Kittenhood

Cut a long piece of yarn and thread your needle. Double knot the other end to the upper interior of the bike basket and cut off excess. Then simply go in and out with your needle until the end of the row. Just like regular weaving, simply pass the thread to the next row and continue. 

DIY woven bike basket | Kittenhood

When you almost run out of yarn, thread the needle again, and knot it to the end of the previous yarn. Continue as normal, making sure the knot goes on the interior of the basket. You can use the same method to change colors. 

DIY woven bike basket | Kittenhood

Continue to weave until you cover as much of the basket as you want. I chose a full stripe pattern, but you can also cover just part of the basket, or leave blank lines here and there. 

I also wrapped the top of the basket in yarn and made a blanket stitch variation for the handle. That’s it!

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Put some color on: Catherine Deneuve, 1964

I’ve been a fan of the trench coat for many years, and I simply can’t resist it, spring after spring. This photo of Catherine Deneuve (from the 1964 movie Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, just added to my watchlist) shows the trench in a perfectly simple and sophisticated manner, with pointy flats and the iconic black hair ribbon. Of course, I had to reinterpret it for modern day wear, for your entertainment and possibly inspiration.  

Get the look: The Whitepepper trench coat + Modcloth flats + American Apparel hair bow 

Put some color on: Catherine Deneuve 1964

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