Valentine’s Day Gift Tutorial

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At Ava Kitsch HQ, I’m busy getting ready for Valentine’s Day.  Here’s a quick DIY tutorial to make your very own Valentine’s Day gift.

What you’ll need:

  • photo frame (mine’s from IKEA)
  • red card or thick paper
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • glue
  • letter stamps and ink pad
  • small key charm

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Step 1

Remove the backing and glass from your frame.  Draw around the glass on the red card and cut out.

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Step 2

Stamp on the message “YOU HAVE THE             TO MY HEART”.  Remember to leave the gap so you can add your key.

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Step 3

Glue the key charm into place and allow to dry.

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Step 4

Reassemble into your frame.  Depending on the frame you use, the glass may not fit back in, but it looks great without too!

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Wrap in some cute paper and gift with a card and some chocs and you’re S.O will definitely be feeling the love this Valentine’s Day!

 

 

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Design Your Own Wrapping Paper

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I love Christmas, I love making gifts for my family and all of the holiday crafts.

One of my favourite holiday traditions is making Christmas cards for my family and friends. This year I wanted to try something different. I love wrapping paper all the different colours textures and designs. This year I decided I would design my own.

You will need:

Paper – I used brown wrapping parcel paper as it is cheap and widely available and fitted with my theme. You could use also a roll of lining paper for your design.

Ink – The Range have a fantastic craft section with beautiful ink pads in loads of different colours. I used these as they dry quickly so you are not waiting for each section to dry before moving on.

Festive Stamps – Again you can use any stamps for your design. I got these clear stamps from The Works for £1. I used them to make my Christmas Cards and have put them away safely in my craft box for next year.

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You can either plan your design or just go wild, I decided to use 2 different stamps, one with white ink and on with gold. I then stamped the full roll with my first stamp.

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I randomly stamped this bauble print all over. I found it easier to work at my desk moving the paper down to the floor. Once I stamped the whole roll with my first stamp I rolled it up and started again with stamp number 2.

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I filled in the gaps, again I just randomly stamped the paper. It was great fun. Don’t forget to stamp the edges too not just the middle of the roll.

Sorry for the next picture, I wanted to show you a present all wrapped up, but the light isn’t great for taking photos. I’m pleased with the end result. If your not very creative or crafty it doesn’t matter there is no right or wrong way to do this. It is a great project to do with kids too. You could use felt tips and stencils, you are only limited by your imagination.

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I hope you like this project. Let me know what you think. x

 

No Sew T-Shirt Vest Bag

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Has your favourite vest shrunk in the wash?  Or stretched out of all proportions?  Don’t bin it just yet – give it a second life with this super quick and ridiculously easy bag tutorial.

What you’ll need:

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  • Old vest made from t-shirt material
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure

For this tutorial, you can style your bag one of two ways – knots inside or knots outside.  For knots inside, turn your top inside out before cutting.  

What to do:

Step 1

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Lay your vest out on a flat surface, ensuring your front and back hems are matching.

Step 2

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At 1 inch intervals, cut up from the bottom 2.5 inches all the way along.  Remember to also cut up the side seams.

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Step 3

Take the first tab on the top and the corresponding bottom tab.  Knot right over left, then left over right, ensuring to pull tight.

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Step 4

Repeat all the way along.

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And voila! One finished shopper bag, saving yourself 5p next time you hit the supermarket.

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Vintage Scarf Top

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I love vintage scarves.  They have such amazing designs and colours that make them pretty much irresistible.  And with this repurposing tutorial, you’ll love them just as much as me.

And not only do you get one new top with this tutorial, but two with this reversible vintage scarf top how to.  You can pick up the scarves for a few pounds from charity shops.

Before you begin, it’s worth to note that these scarves come in various sizes and the size you’ll need will depend on your dress size and the desired fit of the finished garment.  As a guide, as a size 18 I’m using two 88cm square scarves for a loose fitting/oversized top.

What you’ll need:

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  • 2 scarves in your desired size
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread, or a sewing machine if you have one
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors

It’s okay if your 2 scarves aren’t precisely the same size as all seams will be hidden on the inside.  I had about 1 cm difference in mine.

Top tip: do a dry run with pins to ensure you get the right fit.

Step 1

Before beginning, decide which side you want as the top.  Place right sides together and pin the top edges of your 2 scarves together.

Top tip: the right side has a shiny, satin finish.

Step 2

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Using your tape measure, find the centre point of your top seam and mark vertically with a pin.  Measures 15cms from each side of this central point and mark vertically with pins.  This will become your head hole, so remember to leave this open when sewing!

Step 3

Sew your top seam, leaving a seam allowance.  I’m opting for a 5cm seam allowance to achieve my desired fit.

Top tip: if you’re using a sewing machine, mark the distance you need for your seam allowance with masking tape to ensure you keep an accurate line.

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For the side seams, measure 28cm down from the line you have just sewn on each side and mark with a pin.  These will be your armholes.  Continue to pin below this point to the bottom edge of your scarf.

Step 5

Sew along the pinned edges, again leaving a seam allowance.

Step 6

Turn right side out and voila! One vintage scarf top of your own creating.

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This is a basic scarf top pattern, so feel free to go mad with it.  If you find the fit is too loose, bring in the side seams.  Create a bubble hem by inserting elastic, embellish with beads, or simply add a belt!  I just tied mine with a bobble for a cute extra detail.