D.I.Y extremely easy lace headbands

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These took about 10 minutes to make, are super comfy because you can size them perfectly to your head, and look so cute!

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Cut a piece of lace/ribbon to the length you want. It doesn’t need to go all the way around your head, just ear to ear maybe.

Without cutting elastic to any length, sew one end onto the lace. Then fit the lace over your head, and measure with your hands where to cut the other end of elastic.

Cut, stitch on, done. 🙂

That’s how I did it and it was easier to sew the elastic on one end first before measuring because then it doesn’t always fall down, you don’t need to pin, etc.

I also made a ribbon one, and one with ribbon and lace together on one, MY favourite are the plain crocheted type of lace ones.

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And my sister Emem makes a great model, too, When she can be persuaded. They look so good on her.

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Upgrading: Skirt to Handbag

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Here is the skirt I started with

I bought this skirt about 1 year ago. I’ve worn it once. It had a little stain on the back, and it has sat in my wardrobe for months, me not quite wanting to throw it out, just in case I think of something to do with it….

And then, I realized, it would be so much fun to make a handbag with it!

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It took me a while to get the bottom even. I rushed into it and hacked it all off, as usual. But after a bit of careful cutting it straightened up!

Because the skirt was quite gathered, it stuck out a bit pointedly on each side, after I had sewn up the bottom. So I stitched up each side, angling slightly, to even it out a bit. This worked very well.

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When you sew the lining on, don’t worry if it looks a little bit messy.

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Because I had sewed the lining on so messily, I had to sew a band around the top.  I broke 2 sewing machine needles doing it!
But it was worth it, because it made it look MUCH tidier.

I sewed it on very carefully, and tucked it under neatly, and pinned it, because this is the top, visible edge.

For decoration, I stitched a chain along the front.

You could add anything, lace, fabric flowers, buttons, ribbon, etc.

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The handle was quite easy. I hand stitched the handles onto the bag, because my sewing machine couldn’t manage.

Also, I didn’t take pictures of this, but when my lining was sewn on, I pinned some makeshift handles on to test the length. I noticed that the bag was slightly too long, so it was a bit floppy.

I turned it inside out and stitched up each side again, and cut the excess off, like I did before. This time, though, the lining was already on and so I had to neaten up some raw edged with a simple zig-zag stitch.

It looks fine, though. Just it might be a good idea to check if your skirt is the right width BEFORE you put the lining on…unlike me who never think ahead very much lol.

And here was my finished product:

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I’m pretty pleased with it!

 If I made it again it would probably turn out a lot neater, though. This one is definitely full of little mistakes.

But my sisters are already asking for it, so it can’t be too bad!

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Soothing Hair Masque

My hair is so frizzy and dry, after a long lasting summer in New Zealand. Its supposed to be Autumn here! So I googled hair masques, easy ones that even  I  would have the ingredients for! I’ve always wanted to try making my own hair masque, but its the kind of thing you always put off.

Don’t put it off anymore though! This worked shockingly well…I’m SO doing it again and again and again.

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Creamy Hair Masque

1 ripe avocado

1/2 a banana

1 egg yolk

a dash of olive oil

Mash all this together and spread into dry hair. It went on really smoothly and didn’t dribble down my neck, by the way!

Then wrap your head in gladwrap, to seal in the warmth. Or a plastic bag, like me, who didn’t have any gladwrap.

I left it on for 20 minutes. Sit in the sun if your lucky enough to have some, to warm your head.

It works better that way.

Then jump in a cold shower and wash it all out. Thoroughly. You have to have a cool shower, unless you want to be picking cooked egg out of your hair later!

My hair feels so much silkier now. And it doesn’t frizz around my head as much!

You could also change a few ingredients round, using whatever you have.

We tend to have old brown avocados in the fridge, and fresh eggs, (my mum has a HUGE amount of chickens!) and bananas only sometimes.

Olive oil is great, but not too much! My friend told me that when she was a girl she put cooking oil in her hair.

It didn’t have the effect she wanted at all! She said she had oily pillows for weeks afterwards.

A drop of Lavender essential oil is good, and lemon, for freshening up your scalp.

And I found a lot of people use mayonnaise. I would only do this if you had real, homemade mayo, or good quality stuff. Not cheap-fake-egg-yolk stuff like we have in our fridge! I doubt it would have much nourishment.

This hair mask was a definite success. 🙂