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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Rainbow Stacked Pancake

I hope you are all having a colourful week so far?!

If you’re not, then you can add cheeriness to your table, plate, mouth with this colourful fruits platter going on here. There are different ways of incorporating colours to dishes with colour, such as this perfect breakfast example.

If you have a stomach like mine, Then I recommend the consumption of this edifice by one VERY hungry person or just two normal hungry people because this is a long pancake stack.

I have fruits layered in between pancakes with cream cheese filling.

You need (all colour of rainbow fruits that you can eat with pancakes), I used Strawberries, an orange, banana, it’s yellow, go with it, green apples and blueberries.

Creem cheese was beat together with granulated sugar, I think you can use powdered sugar if you want as well. Put in whipped heavy cream for extra fluffiness and you’re good to go!

You can easily remove the cream cheese filling if you want a healthier version, for the fitfams. It will also blend right in for a rainbow breakfast themed party, you know, for those who like rainbows and mornings.

Can’t wait to try rainbow vegetables next, it just really occurred to me right now, I doubt there will be stacking involved. I mean, what can I stack? Eggs?!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

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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World Jollof Day

Hi Guys!

This is kind of like a two blog posts in one, you’ll see why soon enough.

So, by now, you’d have seen this tweet

With already 200k impressions, It was a trending topic in Nigeria on twitter.

*inserts children cheers*

I decided to bless blogosphere with the images as well and talk about it in more details as well.

World Jollof Day was celebrated by Maggi on the 21st of August, although some people argue the WJD is on the 22nd. Who cares, we are celebrating a national monument, regardless.

So, these images were created to mark the day and was also on exhibition at A White Space, Lagos, along with other images of Jollof. It was a collaboration between Maggi and Kitchen Butterfly that I was happy to partake in.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJbDs8FATzO/?taken-by=muslimahanie

The Jollof Rice were created, not only to celebrate the day itself, but some Nigerian factors as well. I created Jollof Rice ‘in’ National Theatre, Lagos, it is a national monument and I think I’ve been there once before but won’t remember details. Bringing these two Nigerian ‘monuments’ together inspired the art work behind it.

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Creating this map of the world, I had just one Caption in mind, “Jollof for World Peace”. Apt one, don’t you think? Putting that flowery scotch bonnet where Nigeria is, was to give preference to the kind of Jollof I would want, Nigerian Jollof. I’m kidding. Haha. You know how we Nigerians are always beefing Ghana Jollof for bants. The Jollof rice is predominant in West Africa and it is prepared differently but with the same underlying and unifying recipe, in terms of outlook. During the WJD, the history was discussed and it was nice to know some fun facts about our most popular dish.

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I’ve wanted to try portraits in all the mediums I use and I mostly start with a woman’s, I don’t know, maybe because I am one. “Jollof is bae” and it resonates with all kinds of Nigerians. How many food items can you pinpoint in the art work?

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I have done Nigerian food typography here, and although the Jollof rice featured, but it was in a ‘party mix’. Making this typography is just to spell it out, and there is an appeal to seeing materials in their medium of typography to me, I think typography is what I’ll do for a very long time. They are just awesome.

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The Jollof art has been featured so far on CNN Africa,

So, that part where I said this post was two in one?

Here is a recap of my weekend! Courtesy Maggi, You’ll get all the details in the video below.

Enjoy the rest of your week,

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 Eyeliner

Hi Everyone!

I’m always down to experiment with all natural beauty products and find ways to incorporate them. This post is about a super easy to make home made eyeliner that I am currently loving. Although, you can make yours in black, I went for something different with a brown eyeliner. It involves the amazing coconut oil.

Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Coconut Oil
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Cocoa powder (for brown); Activated charcoal (for black)

In ratio of 4:8:1, you’re going to thoroughly mix the ingredients and store in an airtight container to use for future use. It smelled delicious too! 😀 If you’re using the activated charcoal which isn’t the regular charcoal, use the 4:8:4 ratio, 4 capsules.

Here I am wearing it, Took a selfie with my phone

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Wearing a Daniel Wellington Wristwatch, you can get 15% off by using my unique code HADW2 at check out!

If I used the activated charcoal, the eyeliner will be totally black, but because I am brown myself, It wasn’t that noticeable, but I love it, If anything, the coconut oil is conditioning my eyelashes and has a bright makeup look to it.

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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