April 27, 2012

Piggy purse

Piggy purse from leftover suede and corduroy


Birthday present for my little girl. Done in one day!








Recycled material used:
old suede pink skirt,
black and brown leather piece
corduroy and satin leftover fabrics


Pig's head was made first, from two pieces of pink corduroy.Top of the back part was not completely closed so it made a pocket where I added a magnetic button inside. Nose is made of leather and suede . it can be attached and detached from the head.




 Tail was cut out from brown leather in a shape of swirl and attached to the back just at one side.
Feet were made of black and brown leather together so that brown part comes outside. While sewing main part of the bag I saw in these four legs.
Inside of the bag was made from beautiful satin material in a shape of a cylinder like the outside part.
After completing outer part I connected both parts with a hollow black leather rim. I inserted long shoe tie through so the leather can close this way in a front behind a head.





April 05, 2012

Smiley baby shoes



It was year ago when I congratulated Dave and Olivia on a little boy, and now, for his special day, I wanted to put some effort into his present and create something especially for him.
So my idea was to personalise baby shoes.

The steps are not that easy to explain, because my creation went through some changes in the process.

First I had to figure out the size of the one year old's feet.

Then, I had to draw the approximate shape of the sole of the shoe.


Then I realised that personalising the bottom of the shoe with his name would be best. The shoe size wouldn't allow me to put any readable sized letters on the shoes. So I asked my creative daughters to write letters on the bottom and I used quilt knife to cut those letters from the leather. I realised that it would be perfect to have the letters in a different colour, and thus invented the double sole bottom. I glued a purple leather sole with cut-out letters and black plain one, that overlapped, hence, making his name readable in black.


The next step was to invent shoes that would be easy to put on and hard to take off. Big shoes can have a zipper or shoelaces etc..but these would be too small for that. The idea was to wrap a foot with leather, have enough space to insert foot, and then close it so that it doesn't fall off. I tried to draw some patterns on paper and cut them out, but had a difficult time testing them. So I went to the 'cut and fix' process.


Finally, the whole process took shape in my mind, the only thing I had left to do, was to pick the colours. Since I had some nice and colourful leftover leather ideal for a boy, I decided to use that.


Sewing was a little bit prolonged with a few complications and adjustments along the way, the limitation of space to manoeuvre small pieces of leather was the biggest issue.

But the final idea for smiley shoes was born, once again, accidentally, with help from my kids.



And the buttons gave me another good idea to secure the opening with elastics.

At the end I realised that such special shoes should have one special bag, so I created a pouch with a similar colour palette and initial, and a logo at the end. Just so everything is there.


April 03, 2012

Movie character inspired Birthday Cakes

There were many loved movies (books) but at a time of my girls birthdays, these were the most actual
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Golum from The Lord of the Rings


Hit Girl from Kick-Ass


Dobby from Harry Potter


April 01, 2012

Leather necklace

Leather necklace


Needed:

old necklace with beads
pieces of leather and suede in different colours
fabric glue
good sharp scissors




Process is simple: cut and glue pieces to make some shapes you like. Attach to some simple string or necklace et voila! It goes great with any top or simple dress!