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IKEA hack: custom laundry baskets

Ikea hack: custom laundry basketsWell.... hello here looking through my never ending laundry pics. I never quite manage to have all baskets empty completely! This is why I was looking for ways to organise my dirty clothes while I work my way through it if you know what I mean. I thought under the sink in the bathroom would be the most convenient for them since this is where we get undressed and changed most often. Except I struggled for a while to find a right size baskets.... until one day it occurred to me that the storage boxes from Ikea we already have fit perfectly! I know I know, they are storage boxes, not a laundry baskets, but I saw a vision how I could alter them a little. All it needed are some handles, a little bit of lettering embroidery and its done! Yey!Ikea hack: custom laundry baskets Ikea hack: custom laundry baskets So this is how I did it. I purchased some fabric storage from Ikea. I know I know I said I had them already, but wanted in different colour and it's not like £2.50 breaks the bank! Then I found my fabric pencil, embroidery tread & needle + some ribbon to match. Ikea hack: custom laundry basketsFirst I marked the writing I wanted to embroider. You don't have to use special pencil for it, but it helps since you can rub it off if you make mistake. Otherwise regular pen mark would be hidden behind the stitches (I have gone this risky route too many times before).Ikea hack: custom laundry basketsFor embroidery I chose my favourite stitch which is the chain stitch. You can get more inspiration for your embroidery here.Ikea hack: custom laundry baskets Next I stitched the handles. I folded the ribbon at the ends so it does not fray ;-).Ikea hack: custom laundry baskets Ikea hack: custom laundry baskets Ikea hack: custom laundry baskets Ikea hack: custom laundry baskets Ikea hack: custom laundry basketsHope you found this inspiring

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Instructions for Christmas craft kits!

Make your own hanging birdie decorationMissed your chance to order Christmas craft kits? Well here is your chance to make your own hanging decorations with the materials you have. We have updated the original instructions and now they are exactly the same as you would have found in the Friendly Nettle craft kits. If you fancy making hanging birdie deco then click here or if you prefer to crochet then hanging star may be your thing ;-).make your own crochet star hanging decoAlternatively if you learn this triangle crochet pattern, you could make these super cute mini buntings!crochet your own mini buntingHappy Christmas waiting!

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Make your own wrap dress

Wrap dress DIY

Do you remember the days when wrap dresses were so in? Well, I used to love them so much as they are so comfortable! I am sure society would not mind their come back. Click here for full DIY instructions.

Wrap dress DIY Wrap dress DIY Wrap dress DIY

 

Have a fun weekend!

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Seven of our favourite projects :-)

triangle crocheted pillowToday we are celebrating Friendly Nettle Projects! Yey! I can't believe it has been a year since it has been launched ;). Here are my (and your) favourites:

1. TRIANGLE CROCHETED PILLOW was one of the first things I crocheted when I came back to crocheting all together after such a long time! I came up with such an easy and fun triangle pattern (it became really popular) that I also used for crocheted item number 2:

2. TRIANGLE CROCHETED INFINITY SCARF

triangle crocheted infinity scarf3. A CAT PILLOW was one of the first projects added to the projects department! I must say this has been quite a practical and pretty pillow to make ;-).

a cat neck pillow

4. COSMETIC BAG because we all one of those ;-)cosmetic bag

5. APRON was the first item stitched on my beloved, super handsome and vintage Viceroy sewing machine! Hopefully I will share it's beauty with you very soon.apron6. KNITTED LOAFERS, aren't they just cute!knitted loafers7. CABLE SWEATER is my first knitter sweater ever!cable sweaterHave a lovely weekend and try one of the projects out!

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Make your own ribbon flower brooch

Make your own ribbon flower brooch DIYSometimes it's just nice to put something colourful to liven up an outfit! I like doing that with the playful necklace or a brooch. I find this ribbon flower brooch works really well. Click here to see how I made it.Make your own ribbon flower brooch DIY Make your own ribbon flower brooch DIYEnjoy your weekend :-)

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Make your own spring/summer dress

Spring/summer dress DIY

Recently I have been busy making this spring/dress that I fell in love with almost instantly! It's perfect for my walks around the Lea valley park. Can be worn with cardigan when it is chilly and accessorised as you wish.

Walk around the Lea valley park

Spring/Summer dress DIY, easy pattern

Spring/Summer dress DIY, easy pattern

walk in the lea valley park

This dress is so easy to make and is shaped with the ties. Suitable for many types of figure! Go here to get started and make your own ;-).

how to tie the dress

Nicola dress DIY, easy pattern

walk in Lea valley park

Enjoy your long weekend :)

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Knit your own Easter “Pigeon”

Knit your own Easter "pigeon"

Hey, do you remember this knitted bird decoration? I have been digging out some decorations for Easter and this is what I came across. This little birdie never goes out of fashion ;-).

The reason why I called it a "Pigeon" is because my friend Anna thought that the colours resembles it quite well! What do you think? Pigeons might not have a good reputation, they still look cute if you think about it.

Knit your own Easter "pigeon"

To knit your own "Pigeon" go here!

Knit your own Easter "pigeon"

Happy knitting!

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Scented hearts instead of chocolate ones ;-)

Scented Rice Hearts DIY step by step instructions

Today I have been making scented rice hearts! I love this idea of putting these little heart shaped sachets into the box and gifting them instead of box of chocolate. These are cute, practical and last much longer than chocolate (you know why!). Ok, ok... I did sneak in some chocolate in this box...

Scented rice hearts with chocolate

And this is how. Cut few hearts in tissue paper (pic 1), stitch around leaving big enough gap to fit the chocolate through (pic 2). Once the chocolate is inside, close the gap by stitching on it (pics 3-4).

making paper pacaging for chocolates

So now you know my secret ;-). Click here to see how scented rice hearts has been made.

scented rice hearts DIY

Wishing you the best weekend ever ;-)

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Time to organise your handbag!

 

cometic bag DIY

We, ladies, love to organise (or most of us)! Our overfilled/have everything you need handbags are no exception!  I do admit, sometimes I wonder if I take more time organising or doing actual tasks. Last year I made the cosmetic bag that Vickie loved. This year I have decided to made a book pouch. Because books deserve to be protected from the rest of the stuff in the handbag! For this easy DIY go here ;-).

Easy to make envelope pouch DIY

Happy organising!

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Making Cake Toppers

Heart shaped cake topper DIY.... using washi tape!!

Cake toppers are amazing when you want to make cake look more festive or just little bit special ;-). And they are not that difficult to make! Here is heart shaped cake topper DIY project (click here to access it) that only needs some colourful washi tapes and wooden skewers.

Heart cake toppers DIY... using washi tape!

Heart cake toppers DIY... using washi tape!

Have fun!

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Knitting basic socks (part 1)

knitting socks step by step

In my opinion, woollen socks are not only for winter. They are great for a rainy spring day worn under wellies and are really comfortable at home as the slippers :-). Knitting them is also quite enjoyable. And it is not as difficult as it looks! I use 5 double pointed needles to knit in circle, but if you find it easer you can use circular needles for that too. So are you ready to begin? Click here for step by step instructions.

knitting socks basics Knitting socks basics

By the way, big thanks to Vicki's mum who helped me to put the size chart together for these socks (even if she doesn't know it).

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Cable sweater

Cable sweater

I finally completed the cable sweater I have been knitting since last year (beginning of this winter)! I know I know, this might be a little late! But if you put your mind to it, you can knit your own in no time ;-). This Sweater is loose knit and chunky, therefore really easy and fun to knit. Click here for the pattern.

Cable Sweaterknit your own cable sweater

Enjoy your week :-)

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Winter flowers

Tissue paper flower DIY

I don't know about you, but I have been missing flowers this Winter. I really can't wait until the Spring comes so I can begin bringing random blossoms indoors. I made these tissue paper flowers last year for Mothers Day. Something to make while waiting for flowering season? Click here to find out how to make these colourful paper flowers :).

Happy Spring waiting :-)

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Wishing you an organised New Year!

fabric covered diary DIY

I love being organised! That's why buying new diary just before New Year Eve is my tradition. This year is slightly different however... I could not find a diary that I liked, so I have covered a basic one myself. Really pleased with the outcome :). Go here for DIY instructions!

fabric covered diary DIYHappy New Year!!

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