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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Necktie cell phone case


- necktie
- ruler
- fabric scissors
- large button (about 1 inch in diameter)
- needle and thread or sewing machine
- ponytail holder or 3 inches of elastic cord


1. Lay the tie on a flat surface, the wrong (seamed) side facing up. With your ruler, measure 12.5 inches from the bottom point of the tie. With your washable marker, draw a line across the tie at that point, and cut with scissors. Set the upper, skinny portion of the tie aside for another project.

2. With the wrong side of the tie still facing up, make a fold .5 inches down from the cut end. Sew in place with a running stitch. 

3. Flip the tie back over onto its right side. Place a large button about 2 inches down from the sewn edge. Sew this button into place. 

4. Flip the tie over so the wrong side is facing up and the pointed end points away from you. Fold up the bottom 4 inches of the tie and stitch up the left and right edges to form a pocket. The button should be on the front and center of this pocket.

5. Tie the ends of a 3-inch piece of thin elastic cord together in a double knot, or use a ponytail holder. Attach this piece to the project by sewing the knotted end of the cord, or any part of the ponytail holder, onto the inside edge of the pointed tip of the tie. The pointed end of the tie is now a top flap to the gadget case and the elastic cord is now the fastener. Flip down the flap and hook the cord over the button to secure your gadget in the necktie holder. This new necktie case will really dress up your favorite gadget!


Wednesday, June 6, 2012



• 50cm of 16-gauge wire
• 1.5m - 2m of 24-gauge wire
• Selection of 4mm to 8mm beads and crystals of your choice

• Flat-edged pliers
• Cutting pliers

Step 1:
Using the 16-gauge wire, hand form it into a zig-zag shape, using the photo as a reference. Make sure the ends cross over by about 3-4cm.

Step 2:
Cut about 3cm of 24-gauge wire and use it to wrap the ends together securely, using the flat edged pliers to pull tight the wire on each turn. This is your cuff frame.

Step 3:
Cut a piece of 24-gauge wire that’s about 2cm longer than the end width of your cuff frame. Curve one end over — this helps to hook it onto the cuff frame.

Step 4:
Once your wire is hooked onto your cuff frame, wrap this piece of 24-gauge wire 3-5 times around one side of the frame, load with a selection of beads and then wrap 3-5 times on the other side of the frame.

Step 5:
Continue in this way — applying the extra 2cm rule from Step 3 to each piece of wire to ensure you cater for all the various widths of the cuff frame — until the whole frame is filled with beads. Try to mix up your beads so there are not two of the same colour bead next to each other and so that the sizes are varied.

Step 6:
Mould the cuff to fit around your wrist comfortably.

courtesey: Amanda Dick