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How To Fix Chewed Shoes

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Few weeks ago, the neighbours dog got his paws on my very much loved sneakers. The ones friend had bought from NY, are by Levi’s and aren’t sold in Finland. Long story short, I thought my shoes were done and would have to be binned but I decided to give a shot at fixing them.

After some googling to see if someone else had attempted it, and after finding only instructions how to patch up small holes, I came up with my own method. It’s very easy, cheap and fast, and should be able to hold up till I can find the time to get a new pair. (Because not any set of shoes will do. I need to get the exactly same shoe). Anyhoo, here’s my how:

supplies for fixing a canvas shoe

The fix needs a very little actual material. My circles needed to be only 9 centimetres in diameter. That’s app. 3,5 inches. Use a cup to measure the rip in your shoe. It should go at least 1 cm over the edges of the rip, so you will have enough room on the either side to do your stitching.

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How to start. Fold one of the circles over the rip. Don’t fold quite in half, use ratios 45/55, the bigger half going inside. This is for making sure that you catch the fabric inside too when you stitch. Hide the knot under the fabric on the outside of the shoe and then proceed to use simple running stitch. If your canvas is especially heavy or there is other structural material in the way, use the pliers to pull/push the needle through. Be careful though. I absentmindedly twisted the needle as I pulled, and I ended up breaking three needles. Be smarter than I am and mind your work.

Repeat the steps on the other shoe and voila, you are finished fixing your darling shoes!

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Now, can you see the mistake I did? As always, comments are appreciated and let me know, if you know any handy shoe fixes.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. The full story of what happened to my shoe is HERE.

 

 

Pinteresting vol. XXVI

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Well, well, well. Long time no see, dear Pinteresting. Naturally I’ve been pinning like the pins were running out but just haven’t been in the mood of sharing them here. Anyhoo. Summer is gone, autumn is coming. I can smell it. I CAN SMELL IT!

Image via ohjoyblogs.com

Today really was Hello Sunshine-day. The weather over here jumped from incredibly hot to cold and rainy so the sunshine was a very welcome change. I also realized that I’m not very good at coping with sudden changes of temperature. Also, had to pin this because it reminds me of my quilt.

Image by kirstensims.blogspot.com

This image is a collage by Kirsten Sims, an illustrator. There’s a lot of potential in this print. I could see it as a novelty print for tops and dresses. Since the scissors are stylized, the pattern wouldn’t look too much like a crafty/quilting print. What do you think?

Image by fallfordiy.com

Who doesn’t love pompoms and tassels? My stylist friend said I need a nice collection of cushions to go with my brand new quilt. I bought two nice pink ones last spring (when the quilt itself was still a distant dream) but I’d like to combine them with a couple of homemade ones. I think this one would be quite nice. An perfect excuse to buy more embroidery floss and/or yarn.

Image by diycandy.com

Another DIY…I really like this idea. I could do three of them and pick the colours from the quilt. A yellow, pink and chartreuse. There is just one problem…I haven’t seen this type of paintings at the thrift stores over here for ages. Hmm. I have to look into this one.

To finish off my latest Pinteresting- roundup, here are some wise words AND beautiful wall art for you…

do no harm but take no shit, cross stitch, embroidery, thrifty finn

Image by decoratedskin.tumblr.com

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. You can find my Pinterest HERE.

 

My Sunshine Quilt

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After years of hoarding the fabric, then year ago starting to cut the pieces and a little bit over a a week ago finally proceeded to sewing, my quilt is done. And look at it! It’s glorious!

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Excuse the blurry Instagram image but I wanted to show you the quilt in situ. And it’s still glorious!

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I might want to consider cleaning the phone camera lens, don’t you think? Anyhoo, piecing the thing together wasn’t too terrible. MOST CORNERS MATCH! But when it was time to combine the backing, batting and the top, I ran out of floor space. This naturally caused some wrinkles on the backing but I think I can live with them. Hello! It’s my FIRST EVER QUILT! How could it possibly be perfect? It’s perfect in its imperfectness. There.

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I probably didn’t use enough pins either. I actually went to buy more but they were those short ones and wouldn’t have worked anyway. So what I did was that I pinned the entire thing in sections before quilting. There wasn’t too much shifting, even as I don’t own a running foot.

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The binding! Which I made myself! I used already quite thinned out vintage sheet but since I’m looking for that eventual weathered look, it works just fine for me. So yes, it will be fraying sooner rather than later but I have plans for that.

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This is where I thought the worst part was over. The top was pieced and I thought the quilting and binding would be a piece of cake. I guarantee that the quilting was the worst. Tedious and felt like it took forever. Of course in real time, the piecing took longer but as you see your progress so quickly with that, the time felt shorter.

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As you can see, I didn’t go with the 9 block-route (which I should have but meh, what can you do) but made these 4 square blocks which I then combined in rows of one. I was so excited at this point as I could start visualizing how the quilt would look ready.

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Can’t tell you how many times I first counted and then re-counted my pieces, my duo-blocks and then these four-blocks. I didn’t want to find myself in the end and realizing I’m missing blocks. Let’s just say the original cutting brought me to tears more than once. 572 pieces. 286 patterned ones and 286 white ones. And yes, I really kept counting them over and over again.

quilt blocks, vintage fabric

I sewed these pairs in chains. There was no way I was going to cut the thread, lift the presser and the needle after every pair. I tried pressing them in layers too but that just didn’t work so I had to press all 286 of them separately. Took forever but seeing those crisp seams was, ah so satisfying.

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All 572 pieces I think. So much potential and I’m very happy with what became with these. This was a fantastic exercise on patience, long-term planning and artistic effort and it shows.

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As for the question will I ever make another quilt again…Hell no. Maybe.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. I will be making another post about the things I learned while making this but that it will have to wait till later this week. Hope you like my quilt and encouraging comments are greatly appreciated ;)

P.P.S. I’m linking up at following link parties:

A Sew Can Do

Gingersnap Crafts- Wow Me Wednesday

Someday Crafts- Whatever Goes Wednesday

Funky Polkadot Giraffe- Too Cute Tuesday

DIY Show Off

Sand and Sisal- Inspire Me Monday

Crafting In The Rain- Do Tell Tuesday

Creations by Kara- Look What I Made

The Turquoise Home- Work It Wednesday

 

Pinteresting vol. XXV

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Spring, spring, springety, spring! The weather has been amazing over here. Well, not today, today is miserable and cold but in general the summer is definitely on its way. Not a moment too soon. We need sunshine and picnics and other summery things!

As per usual, I’ve been pinning away and here are some of latest pins:

Tom of Finland, cross stitch, kit, embroidery, gay

via perlershop.com

I thought the Tom of Finland-stamps were cool but now Finnish post office was outdone by the crafty community. Australian based company Pearler designed this kit in collaboration with Tom of Finland Foundation.

flamingo sunglasses, bonne maison, style

Image via Bonne Maison Instagram

Different kind of fierce but fierce nonetheless. The blues, the bling and the flamingo. And talking about birds…

Károly Reich, hungarian, fantasy, illustration, peacock

Image via theanimalarium.blogspot.com.br 

A peacock by Hungarian artist Károly Reich.

DIY, Kate Spade, stool

Image via preciouslyme.com

The fabulousness continues…DIY boudoir chair. (I refuse to use the s-word as in my mind it begs the continuation word ‘sample’).

motto, quote, let's make better mistakes tomorrow

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I love the sentiment but more importantly, it came from a board ‘Your Sassy Gay Friend‘ by Pinterest-user Brad Jacobsen. I guess the first pin influenced all my pin choices today ;) Here’s one more rainbow for the road:

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Via silvitablanco.com.ar

Love for all,

-Thrifty Finn

 

Testing Homemade DIY Hair Mask

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This was the nicest part of my hair.

Few days ago I was despairing about my hair. About week before that, I had decided to risk my hair by re-blonding it because my roots were showing and a trip to a hairdresser was out of question. I KNEW that I was risking it. My hair wasn’t in a very good condition to begin with but vanity took over and I went ahead with the dyeing anyway.

Okay, the first day after the dyeing my hair didn’t look too bad. Mainly because of that extra efficient conditioner you get with hair dye packages. By day three, my hair was a complete frizz fest. In fact, words like fried and pubic hair came to mind. It looked that bad. I tried conditioning it but it didn’t help at all. Insert tears here.

Then I remembered that someone had said that egg masks are really good at fixing hair. I didn’t have anything to lose so I googled some recipes and decided on one by Wikihow that is put on dry hair and left on for 30 minutes.

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All you have to do is whisk them together. I used a fairly large cup and a lollipop stick to whisk :D

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It is quite runny. I tried to spread it by pouring some on my head and then spreading it with my hand. It was quite clear that I would have wasted most of the mix this way, so I used an extra hair dye brush I had in hand to spread it.

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There’s Something About Mary-action going on.

After the mixture was somewhat evenly spread, I took a plastic bag which I slit open from the front and back to make myself a turban to stop the mixture dripping while it ‘developed':

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Gorgeous me. Am I classy or what?

Don’t move the plastic during that 30 minutes! Otherwise this will happen:

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Don’t they call this money shot in some circles?

Use this 30 minutes wisely. I put on a face mask too and for once let it sit long enough because I had to wait for the hair mask anyway. When the half an hour is gone, the mixture is somewhat set, and you can remove your turban. Your hair should look like this:

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Even more like Something About Mary.

To remove the mask, just rinse it with warm water. Then you can wash and condition it like you would normally. And here’s the result:

My verdict: SUPERB! I wish I could have gotten better picture of the frizz I had before the mask because words can’t describe how different my hair is now. Definitely worth the effort! Maybe now I dare to venture towards DIY facial masks. Have you tried DIY-beauty remedies?

-Thrifty Finn-