Some cute DIY wall art! This would look absolutely adorable in a kid’s room, but it’s so pretty that I think you’ll want it somewhere you can see all the time. Cheerful by day, stunning by night, and it only takes about an hour and a half to make!
Ooh I shall try this for my little cousin.
fill a tray with water. blow, fan, stir, dab, and drag paint or colored ink across its surface. put a sheet of washi paper on top to stain it with the floating art.
though called “turkish” paper marbling by europeans, this design technique was developed in east asia, central asia, and the islamic world. it is an important part of turkic, tajik, indian, and other asian and middle eastern cultures.
Those colours are perfect.
So on Friday I told you how to make superhero boots. (By the way, 1800 notes? Thanks!) Today I’m going to show you how to make custom thigh-highs (or socks in general.) We’ll just call it the sock weekend.
Here I’m making Tomoe Mami’s thigh-highs. (I’ve intentionally made them in brown, as I didn’t like the purple.) Do you know how hard it is to find thigh-highs in the right color, with that pinstripe? Not to mention, not everyone fits into those “one size fits most” socks; my thighs never co-operate with the things and they end up around my knees constantly. As a result I’ve taken to making my own.
You will need:
- Standard sewing tools (measuring tape, scissors, pins, sewing machine.) I used a serger for much of it but it’s really not necessary at all.
- Sufficient amount of a stretch fabric; the stretch will have to run around your leg at the very least. I used about 30”x45” and had plenty of scrap, so you should be safe with a yard.
- Enough wide elastic to make bands that fit snugly around your thighs.
That’s really it.
Cut your fabric into rectangles, the widest enough to fit the widest point of your leg. I freehand this because you really don’t need that much of it. Put one rectangle aside and focus on the first sock. Sew up the length and across the bottom. You have essentially just made a large wine bag for your thigh.
Stick your foot in this Sexy Wine Bag. Start pinning it so that your wine bag clings to you more like a sock. Go down to your ankle; it’s way easier to do this in two parts. When you are pleased with the tightness, carefully take it off your leg without disturbing the pins. It’s usually necessary to make a few adjustments to the pins once you have it off, just so they’re laying flat/even.
Sew up that fit you just made. You should end up with a sock that ends up with a club foot. (See picture. Laugh.)
Now do your foot. You may want to round it out over the toe so you don’t get little elf points. Doing the seam along the bottom of your foot is the absolute easiest, imho, because you get a better fit with less finicking, but you will also end up having the seam along the underside of your foot, which I know bothers some people. If this is weird to you, then do the seam along the side… you just might not have as good of a fit as you want without a lot of finicking if your fabric doesn’t have a lot of stretch.
Carefully take it off, adjust the pins for neatness, and sew again.
Trace this finished sock against your other Sexy Wine Bag and sew that one, too. If you’re super into it, trace the sock off on paper, too, so that you have a pattern you can reuse next time without having to do any pinning/fitting.
YOU HAVE SOCKS NOW :)
But these socks don’t have finished top hems, are let’s be real, are liable to fall down if they’re left all on their own. You could just fold them over and hem ‘em, but I like elastic in there for support.
Put on your socks (inside out!), make your elastic bands, and slide the bands on overtop your socks. Fold the top edge of the sock down over the elastic band and pin it in place. Go all the way around your leg –– be careful doing this, as it can be tricky to pin against the underside of your thigh when you can’t really see what you’re doing, but it’s doable. When you’ve finished pinning, take it off –– it should look a little weird, as the fabric is no longer stretched. No big deal; sew it in place, making sure you stretch the fabric out as you sew it. I like to catch the needle along the edge of the elastic just so it doesn’t roll/do weird things inside the casing.
And then voila. You have finished socks.
Go kill Witches.
the evolution of the SHATTER ME shoes! i made these using a pair of old boots, lots of broken mirrors, and some pretty intense adhesive.
thanks to ransom riggs for being my always amazing photographer!
I kind of want to make these now…
Shout out for my friend Mel and her girlfriend who handmake amazing bowties.
Tumblr I’mma need you to do your thing and support this couple with skills.
holy hell these are amazing.
This shit is going straight on my wishlist.
queer as in fuck you is awesome, and I feel like thread would last longer? pics when it’s done please! <3
Thread is better I agree. Shame I forgot that I suck at sewing. e_____e This is gonna take aaaages… I’ve been working at it for like almost an hour and haven’t even finished the Q.. but yes, I will definitely post a picture once it’s done!
I really want to put something on this vest, but I can’t decide what! My current ideas are ‘Fuck yr cat calls’, ‘Not yr baby’, ‘Ask my pronouns’ or ‘Queer as in Fuck You’.. what do you gaiz think? I would love opinions! Also I can’t decide if I should paint it on or sew it. For paint I’ve only got four colours (black, white, bronze and brown) but for thread I’ve got loads of really fun colours, it would just take a lot longer. Opinions?