DIY- Special Treatments

Happy New Year lovelies! To get back into the swing of things, I wanted to start off with a quick DIY. Looking ahead there's a vast amount of projects that I want to accomplish this month. I decided to create a a good old-fashioned personal inspiration board of tear sheets, essentially a collage of bits that influence me. Of course, it's quite easy to do it online; however the visual, yet tangible elements of inspiration often aids me more in semi-developed projects at times.

A Glimpse of Inspiration


No Hassle Tassels!
Here's a pair of what I like to call "To-Go Tassels," accessories that I made for my shoes. They may be used as a trim embellishment for tops, pockets, and more!

Take a strip of fringe or running yardage of tassel fabric, cut approx. 3-3.5"L/ 8-9cm, {measurement may vary if you want your tassels to be wider or skinnier} fold each side toward the (inner) center. Press. Dot a small amount of glue under each fold. Let dry. Finger press close. Take a needle and thread to create sewn loops starting from one top-edge, and ending on the opposite (bottom) edge. Secure tightly by double knotting ends with thread. Cut excess threads.  Repeat for second tassel.


Use fabric glue or metal/plastic glue to adhere one clip to each of the tassels. You're finished!
*If you want your To-Go Tassels even more versatile, try adding a ribbon to the top-edge of each tassel instead of a metal clip. This way you can tie them to your shoes, ankles, and neck along your collar.

Quick Blouse Details:

To add a dashing touch to your shirt or blouse, try one of my favourites: neck ruffles, gathered trimmings. I wanted to give my boring shirt a bolt of excitement, so I decided to create ruffles for a couple of them.

To do this take approx. 1" W X 6" L+/- (depending on your neck length) of contrast/amazing fabric. Fold each end inward 1/8". Top-stitch. Make a basting stitch lengthwise going down the center. Holding the top edge pull the bottom edge side of one of the excess threads. As you do this gathers will form. When you reach a desired ruffle/gather make a staying stitch in the center, lengthwise once more this time securing the gathers together. Clip excess threads.

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Stitch a 1/4" W elastic band to each side of the ruffle. Now, you have a neck treatment for your shirt! (See images.) I've added brass button details on my collar. To do this just mark hole placement, and add a brass snap/button to the ends of each collar with a hammer or sewing rivet gun. Use the same guide if you want to make variances of this, I also created a crochet and pleated version. Mission complete!



*Lastly, here's a sneak peak below of my newly designed clutches and bags that I've been working on... What I created with old (woolly) printed yardage. 

Have a smashing and productive week!

*Don't forget to link back to this post if you were inspired. Thanks.
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64 comments

  1. You are an absolute genius! I love these ideas and I'm definitely going to copy them (and credit you if they turn out okay!). x

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  2. Sooooooooooooooo gorgeous and inspiring, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh
     Any chance of bigger photos???
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  3. i love that little bow, it really pimps up your outfit and makes it look so unique 

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  4. Ooh how fun! I love the tassles! And the bags look amazing :D
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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  5. The tassels look so easy and fun!  Happy new year dear!

    xoxo,Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  6. I love those tassels - you are so very talented - all the best for 2012 xx

    http://fashionandfrank.blogspot.com/

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  7. HAPPY NEW YEAR! To many more creative projects... Loving the hassle-free tassles. xo

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  8. loving the idea of some neck trim!
     

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  9. Ahh, how creative you are, dear! I love the neck ruffles to pieces, such a brilliant way to spice up a basic blouse. I'm hoping to get more into doing DIYs this year so I'll definitely be taking up all your inspiration!

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  10. I am excited to see more DIYs!  Especially the purse options...

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  11. That is so cool! Def have to try some of the things!

    XOXOXO
    Mani

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  12. Herlatenightcravings03 January, 2012

    Great DIY! Love the tassels!

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  13. Loving the DIYs! I need to do more of these this year, inspired!

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  14. Tamra Sanford04 January, 2012

    Lovely tassels, and great DIY.  Happy 2012. 

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  15. Awesome projects! Loved the tassels, feeling inspired!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

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  16. those tassels are amazing!

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  17. GlamKitten8804 January, 2012

    Awesome DIY post.  I love me some tassels!

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/Twitter: @GlamKitten88 

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  18. Super talented! I always wish I had this skill to turn anything into some clothing pieces/ something useful. Happy belated holidays to you :)

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  19. Happy New Year love! Your craftista talent never fails to amaze me, how cool are the tassles?

    I hope you have a brilliant and sparkly 2012!
    x.o.x.o

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  20. Love these diy projects, you are so creative :)

    xx IvanaStop by sometimes :)Macarons and Pearls

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  21. francesca romana capizzi04 January, 2012

    I like the idea of neck ruffles! I want to tru it! have a great 2012!

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  22. Happy New year babe! :)

    Love all your DIYS XX

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  23. Wonderful DIY ideas -- loving those clutches!

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  24. I love the DIY posts you do, you're so creative I wish I had the skills to DIY some of my garms.

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  25. Thank you very much. I actually have a few men's ideas for 2012, & hope to share them soon. :-)

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  26. Thanks Audrey! I've been quite busy. xo

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  27. Thanks you're so sweet! I really enjoyed creating these! + more to come for 2012. xxoo

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  28. Thanks so much Cassie, I really appreciate it. Quite easy to do, and makes an impact on a boring ensemble. Have a lovely week!

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  29. Yes, that's the idea! I wanted to make something that anyone may do: all levels. Thanks. xo

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  30. Excellent! I hope that you do! :)

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  31. Thanks! Now, that my holiday is nearly over, there will be more DIYs headed your way. :)

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  32. Thank you lovely! Certainly try some DIY, can't wait to see! xo

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  33. Mary Jo at Trustyourstyle04 January, 2012

    Very fun! Love those tassels! Hope you are having a great first week of the new year!


    xo Mary Jo
    Http://on-pch.com

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  34. These are quite easy dear. I'm certain that you can give it a go! Have a great week. -xx

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  35. tassels are so simple and fun, you can just throw 'em on anything and everything!

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  36. Oh to Be a Muse05 January, 2012

    the no hassle tassel is great, but i am so loving that sneak peek of the clutch you created. so awesome!

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  37. oohhh, love the idea of putting tassles on things!  thanks for sharing!

    Claire

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  38. F-scrapbook05 January, 2012

    Great idea! I love it!

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  39. Melliott93005 January, 2012

    such adorable ideas! that last clutch is to die. what a perfect addition in that chain.

    -Marie
    So What If I Like Pretty Things

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  40. I know what you mean about a tangible inspiration board - I've made one in the past but it needs a bit of a refresh!

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  41. Yes the tassels!!! I absolutely adore them. They remind me of Michael Jackson - who seriously is one of my most favorite people. His outlandish style was always something incredible to look at. 

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  42. Thank you so much Marie! -xx

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  43. Thanks Cheryl! Can't wait to wear it out. :)

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  44. Wow! you have got so many beautiful creations! Well done! i wish i can be as productive. thank you for sharing, the tassle idea is definitely a must try. Happy new year!

    mongs
    mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

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  45. Wow I love these projects!  They totally jazz up outfits or give the old new life!

    Can't wait to try some of them myself.

    Love,

    Jasmine
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    www.poserseries.com

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  46. Oh I love them! They look fantastic and super easy!

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  47. Thanks Jas! Happy New year dear.xx

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  48. Lovely doll!! It came out amazing. :)

    xoxo

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  49. love these ideas...really like the tassels

    www.sugarfilledcloset.com
    Check out my newest blog post: Wall of Color

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  50. very nice diy! i love the blouse details
    xo
    MosaMuse

    MosaMuse.blogspot.com

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  51. Thank you! I hope you do dear! -xo happy weekend.

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  52. Thanks Jasmine! I like adding to outfits. Enjoy your weekend dear. xx

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  53. Cuuuuuuute! Love the collar on you!

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  54. I love these neck ruffles and tassels!  Great accessories!

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  55. Skinny Hipster12 January, 2012

    Nice tribal purse

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  56. Thank you. Welcome to my blog. -xo

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  57. Thanks so much! hope you're having a great week. 

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  58. Lorena Lorena07 August, 2012

    Very clever! love the tassels on the shoes.

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