DIY: Faux Leather Tote Bag

Hi everyone!

Taking the blogging thing seriously again, aren’t I?

I love tote bags, they are roomy and easy to just grab and put stuff inside. I painted a dessert themed one on youtube here. And you can easily make one from scratch, it doesn’t take that much time too! It is important to use quality materials to increase their durability and final look.

The finishing is also important incase you suddenly had a light bulb moment and can sell these in form of an SME. Here is the final product I sewed, also accessorised it with a silk scarf I was gifted from Modanisa, Turkey.

You’ll need:

  • Leather (Or any material you would like to use, fabrics as well)
  • Tape rule/ Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

The denim in the picture below was just making a cameo, I was supposed to use it in binding the edge of the tote but I was afraid of what will happen to my sewing machine because I had other things to make that had deadlines that day. Lol, so, ignore it.

Procedure

Cut the leather in uniform rectangle. I used 20” to 15” dimensions here.

At the lower corners, make a perfect square (3cm) cut out.

Sew all three sides together as shown before (excluding cut out).

To make the bottom part, open it up and align the part not sewn together diagonally, as shown below. Sew it together.

Sew up the edge to make it neat and attach a thin strap to the handle. I used contrasting threads to make it a little bit more interesting.

Don’t carry this to a crowded Nigerian market, at least not with your valuables in it. You’re welcome

Is this something you’d like to try? Do share your thoughts.

Love,

Haneefah.

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DIY Faux Fur Sandal

So, here’s the story, on how I upgraded the sandal below. There’s this huge h&m faux fur jacket which is kind of useless in use in Nigeria, I decided to give it new life.

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I cut off the sleeves (so that I can still have a sleeveless jacket to use if I have to make a journey to a freezing climate) and used it in coming up with this uber simple crafty craft and jazz up my simple barely sandal that I wore here.

Basically, what you’ll be needing is

  • Your source of faux fur.
  • glue
  • scissors
  • and your imagination! I just had to put that in there. There are so many things I might be ‘fluffing’ up real soon.

Here’s a really short video to guide you on how to make it.

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All you have to do is cut up a strip, long enough to cover the sandal strap and not too wide. Or you can just go out wild, it’s your choice, and shoe.

Glue on the fur. Wait for it to dry. I trimmed out the hair on the faux fur because I felt it was too long. And rock it out!

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I wish you an amazing week ahead!

Love,

Haneefah.

 

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DIY Headboard

I’d like to say a little story before I get to the tutorial part. This post comes more like in three parts, The head board, the bed frame and my own personal space.

When I finished with my masters degree, having to be away from home for about 15 months, I came back and decided to make an empty room in the compound a bedroom. I wanted it to be a giant source of posts because I’d like to make my own cloth and shoe storage, my own bed frame, my own headboard. Almost everything. Basically I want a personal space I can experiment with and it would only be me that would deal with the consequences if any arises.

For a while, I just threw the mattress on the floor like most people do and thought about ways to make a bed frame. I wanted to use Coke crates originally and thought about that for a long time and I was worried it would easily move about on a ceramic tiled floor. Then I shifted focus to car tyres. Obviously I wanted something unique, usually, as it is with most of my creations, I google if someone has done it before, but I didn’t see any tyre bed frame anywhere. There were lots of unconventional materials used in some but no tyres. So I decided to give it a try.

You see, I got all the 12 tyres I used for free. In Nigeria, vulcanisers have tons of tyres they aren’t using. Some might want to collect a token for ‘helping’ you and that’s okay.

I brought them home, washed them (it was during harmattan when water was scarce, started to think if it was worth it 😂). Dried them and sprayed with a gold spray paint. And I ran out of it and couldn’t get another gold spray because shoprite no longer had it in stock. That explains the bottom middle one that is not spray painted. On both sides, lets just say that is a design.

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And that is it! My repurposed bed frame. There are a lot of things I can still do with (to) it.

To the Post now:
If you’d like to make your own headboard your self, here’s what you’ll be needing.

  • Thin foam
  • Thick cotton fabric
  • Strawboard
  • Pin tacks
  • Adhesive Wall tacks

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  • Cut the strawboard 10″ by 10″
  • Cut the thin foam with the above dimensions but leave an allowance of .5″
  • Cut the fabric with the above dimensions but leave an allowance of about 2″
  • Arrange the materials like below.
  • Pin the fabric in place with the pin tacks
  • Put it on the wall using the adhesive wall tacks.

Arrange them in anyway you want. Either with only one pattern or in an alternating manner.
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Reality Check: It won’t hold. The wall tack didn’t hold up for a long time at all. So, what I’ll do (because I’ve not really finished it, I would update this post later) is actually glue it on a plywood that is about 48″ in width (so that the squares can cover it) and the desired length and just put it behind the bed.

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The end.

Let me know what you think about it.

P.S. Nigerians, I did not do this project because I couldn’t afford a bed. As usual, I’m exploring the creative aspect of the project despite its crudeness, I have been putting off this post for such a long time because I do not know how the reception will be.

Love,

Haneefah.

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DIY Maxi Cardigan*

*also known as outer wear.

Hi guys!

I’m a huge fan of big flowy outer wear or even regular casual outfits normally, which makes this project a thing for me, and If that’s your style, you’re going to love putting this on.

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It’s a project I’ve done in a while now, posted on instagram and asked if you’d like me putting up the tutorial, you can watch it in the short video below, It is super easy to do and wear. The bunching up on the neck might provide some warmth and that’s why I won’t recommend you wearing it during the hot weather, unless a fan or an air conditioning unit follows you around.

 

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I loved wearing it actually as it provides some coverage to a fitted maxi gown I was wearing underneath. Let me know what you think.

Love,

Haneefah.

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DIY Palazzo Pants

Salam alaikum guys.

I have been seriously adopting a more loose casual mode of dressing these days, I have always loved oversized clothing and the heat has been a really nice excuse for wearing something super light.

The fabric has to be right and not opaque and free enough not to make ‘fit’-nah. Get it? No? Okay :’)

So, I decided to put up a tutorial where you can make your own palazzo pants and give out a free pair as well. Their movement in the breeze is awesome and when wide enough can be tricked into looking like a skirt! Palazzos are just awesome.

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All. That. Sun.

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You need:

– 3m of printed fabric
–Scissors
– Some rope or ribbon to use as the waistband
– Pins
– Black thread
– A seam ripper
– A sewing machine

How to:

Fold your fabric four-way (in half and then another half; so that you have four layers of fabric). Grab a trouser you previously own, fold in half as shown above and trace to draft a pattern. Make sure the “side” of the trouser has to be folded while the inner part of the trouser is where you cut. Cut the inner part in a straight line (not tapered).

You can also fold a fabric in half and cut it twice, your call.

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In the middle of the waist band, rip a few stitches and insert your ribbon tying the ends together in a bow or knot.

 

That’s it basically.

If you have any further questions, you can comment below or contact me.

To win yourself a pair of printed palazzos, I’m nice, aren’t I? Simply post any of the pictures in the post where I am wearing the pants (choose a really nice picture 😀 ) and post either on twitter or instagram with the hashtag #MuslimahanieDIY and tag me so that I can see it. It would be nice to share the link to this post also.

A winner is chosen at random and contacted during the end of a week in sha Allah.

See you next time!

Love,

Haneefah.

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