Critter creative – How to DIY a Fendi monster keyring

Who could miss the huge trend for little monsters, courtesy of Fendi? Here at Chic Cheat, I, too, had to get in on the action.

You will need…

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Difficulty

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Easy

If you can cut shapes out of faux fur, you can do this project; that part is about as hard as it gets.

Time

One hour, maximum.

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Fur is a very difficult texture to mark,especially, if you’re working with a dark colour. I used a gold paint pen.IMG_0277 IMG_0278

N.B. Don’t forget to trim back the fur on the base where you want your monster’s eyes to go.IMG_0279

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DIY Fendi monster pom-pom keyring replica

DIY-scapades, inspired by Saint Laurent Palm Print Canvas Skate Sneakers

 You will need…

White canvas trainers

Pencil or pen

Black 3D/opaque fabric paint

Fabric paint or silk paint in various shades of orange and yellow

Makeup sponges

A fine-tipped paintbrush and a wide-tipped paintbrush

Water

Difficulty

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Quite easy

A straightforward project but drawing and painting skills are definitely recommended.

 

Time

About two hours.

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DIY Saint Laurent Palm Print Canvas Skate Sneakers DIY Saint Laurent Palm Print Canvas Skate Sneakers

Master strokes – DIY brush stroke effects with fabric paint

You will need…

A pale coloured garment
Pebeo Setasilk silk fabric paint (for drizzling)
Dylon fabric paint
A thick brush (I used an old blusher brush)

Difficulty

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Very easy

In principle, it couldn’t be simpler, however there are two caveats: results may vary depending on your technique; and, the not-so-easy challenge here is to keep your work surfaces clean. Prepare to get messy!

Time

Mine took about 10 minutes.

Throw it on…

DIY brush stroke paint top

DIY brush stroke paint top

Crystal eyes – How to DIY Fendi crystal cat eye sunglasses

With summer finally here, I leapt upon the opportunity to DIY a pair of sunglasses. This season, when it comes to on-trend elegance, I think the cat eyes have it.

Inspiration

Fendi Swarovski crystal-embellished cat-eye acetate and silver-tone sunglasses


You will need…

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Difficulty

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Quite easy

Straightforward, in principle, but in practice, a degree of care, skill and patience is definitely required.

Time

About half an hour.


DIY Fendi crystal cat eye sunglasses

How to make a marbled clutch – a DIY video tutorial

You will need…

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Difficulty

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Easy

Easy when you know how, but it does take a degree of care and patience to pull off.

 

Time

About five minutes (half an hour you include drying time).

 

Video tutorial

A video posted by Charley H (@chiccheatcharley) on

A photo posted by Charley H (@chiccheatcharley) on

DIY-scapades – putting your own stamp on it

DIY silver stamp jeansI made a lazy weekend of it this week, although I prefer to think of it as having a bit of fun with a pair of second-hand jeans. ‘Fun’ was the operative word here because when you’re experimenting on a pair of £4 jeans what have you got to lose? More to the point, it was that sense of care-free impulsivity that the patchwork and customised jeans trend of the moment surely aspires to capture. And so, while this may not be my most successful project so far as the end result it concerned, I like to think of it as a valiant effort at capturing the mood. At the end of the day, it’s just a laugh!

 

Ballsy earrings – how to DIY a pair of Prada sequin ball earrings

Inspiration

 

Guide to statement earrings: the wish list – in pictures | Fashion |...

You will need

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N.B. You will need 8 large sequins (4 of each colour) if you want to make yours exactly like the original but I decided to do mine differently. IMG_0117

Difficulty

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Quite easy

Straightforward and easy when you know how but certain parts of the process are quite fiddly, especially making the ball shapes.

 

Time

One-and-a-half hours.

 

Get the ball (earrings) rolling

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N.B. Cut each slit on the opposite side of the sequin to the hole.

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As stated previously, if you want to make yours like the original, you will need to cut four sequins in each colour and glue them together in pairs, with one of each colour.

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With the slits facing each other, slide two disc sequins together at right angles to each other to form a ball shape. Put gemstone glue inside the slits beforehand so that the ball shape can be sealed together easily.

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…And there you have it; it’s that simple!

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DIY Digest – Choker in the pack

The choker’s back, big this season and brilliant for adding a touch of instant hippie chic if you use ribbon or crocheted trims (think festival glamour). And the best bit? It’s easy to put together in ten minutes with the right trim and a little bit of creative know-how.

You will need…

choker trims

choker jewellery making tools

 

Time

About ten minutes – tops!

 

Difficulty

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Very easy

Not much else to say – this is about as straightforward as it gets.

 

Make it in minutes

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DIY ribbon choker

 

Choose your marbles – how to make a DIY marbled clutch

From Acne to Edie Parker and everything in between (including the Urania Gazelli Pac Man clutch that inspired this project) the perspex box clutch never fails to make a statement and add a touch of class with a shimmer of sumptuous marble texture. The great news is that it’s still on trend and super-easy to make with a touch of creativity and an eye for re-purposing. Allow me to demonstrate…

You will need…

DIY tools

Difficulty

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Quite easy

A straightforward, super-short (by my standards) project but a touch of skill and patience is definitely required.

Time

Mine took two hours but it depends on the design you use; a simpler one would be much quicker to do.

 

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A photo posted by Charley H (@chiccheatcharley) on

A photo posted by Charley H (@chiccheatcharley) on

Couture to ribbons – how to make a DIY JW Anderson slatted top

JW Anderson’s slatted chic is set to be a blinder for next season.

Inspiration

J.W. Anderson Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2016 London

You will need…

 

A top or sweatshirt (believe it or not!)

Bondaweb

10mm jump rings x 50

4mm eyelets x 100

Eyelet punch tool

Interfacing

Marker or tailor’s chalk

Patternmaster or graded setsquare

Long-nosed pliers

 

 

Difficulty

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Quite easy

Can’t think of anything too demanding here but getting everything perfectly neat and professional-looking can be challenging.

 

Time

This took a lot longer than expected! Unfortunately, it took me somewhere between five and eight hours, although a lot of that was down to trial and error, so I’d say the actual work itself, without setbacks, would take somewhere within the region of five hours.

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Method1

Turn the sweatshirt inside-out and cover the front and back with interfacing.
Method2

Decide where you want the slits to go. I set mine out at 10cm intervals across the front, using my patternmaster to measure parallel lines 6cm from each side of the top, followed by two lines for the ‘edge allowance’ (you’ll see what I mean later on) – each 2cm apart – and repeating the process until I reached the centre. I repeated this process across the back.

Cut strips of Bondaweb to cover the edge allowance on both sides. Again, mine were 4cm wide and I wouldn’t recommend making them any narrower, otherwise the eyelets may be too wide for them. Iron the Bondaweb in place.

Method3

Cut lines along the centre of the edge allowance (you should have these already marked out) with V-shaped tips at either end.Method5

Fold the edges back on themselves, including the pointed tips at the ends, and iron them to fix them in place.Method6

Turn the sweatshirt right-side out and punch eyelet holes, measuring them as you go along to make sure they’re the same distance apart and that they line up. I set mine out at 10cm intervals. Insert eyelets. You will need to use the eyelet puncher for this part.Method7

Finally, join the eyelets together along the slits by inserting the jump rings. After that, your sweatshirt should hopefully look like this: DIY JW Anderson slatted top

 

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