When I saw the look book from Michael Kors’ pre-fall campaign I fell in love with what looked like an organza bow. To me it was a new take on 20212′s man-style dressing and made any white short look so high fashion. Case in point: When Chinese model Ming Xi donned the bow tie at an event. This look is how I will be wearing the bow tie now that Summer is coming:

So here’s my super-simple DIY version using supplies from my friends from Spotlight Australia (details of my collaboration with them to come).

I styled the look with MAC Lady Danger red lips, my perspex bag from Haji Lane in Singapore, shirt is from COS and the pants are by WA designer and close friend Steph Audino. Sunglasses are Quay Eyewear from What Women Want in Singapore.

Here’s how you can make this floppy bow tie in 45 minutes at home:

For this, you will need some organza-type fabric which is sheer black (make sure whatever gauzy fabric you choose you can fray it), brooch pin backs, fabric scissors, black needle and thread.

First I folded the fabric to get a piece about 20cm in width that was double layered.

Cut this piece out. Using an iron, iron the piece of fabric into a cupboard fold so the 2 raw edges of fabric meet at the back.

Fold the 2 ends together and pin in place, raw sides facing in:

Squeeze together the place where the pins are and stitch together:

From here, fold and cut a second piece for the bottom of the tie, also double-sided and 20cm in width:

From here  place the centre of this second strip to meet the centre of the bow you’ve already tacked and stitch together:

Cut a thin strip of fabric 9cm in width and iron this over itself a few times until you have a sturdy band 3cm in width. Use this over the centre of the bow for finishing:

Sew on  your brooch pin:

I then removed some threads from each end of the bow to give a more “raw” look:

Amazing pictures for this post by Cody Roberts of Curbside Collection. You can follow him on Instagram here and book him for shoots here.



I recently visited the Perth Upmarket and noticed a vendor called Zozo Handmade selling beautifully knitted cacti. It got me wondering if I could create something similar yet with an easy tutorial that even a child could follow. A quick google revealed heaps of knitted cacti done lots of different ways but none of them using a knitting loom or french knitting nancy.

This cute little beauty is currently keeping my mother company in her nursing home. The cacti look best grouped so I created 3 and have included as much information as possible in my tutorial. They are great for a housewarming gift.

To create this project, you will need: circular knitting looms in various sizes, green wool, a wool needle, crochet-type hook for looms, potting mix, small jars, stuffing, terracotta pots, permanent marker, rubber band and small rocks.

I started by creating the “fingers” of the plant.

Wrap the wool around the loom as shown above and then sweep the outlying strand across and lift the loop below over the top:

Continue until a long tube is created. When you are happy with the length, grab your wool needle and thread the outlying strand. Loop this in and out of the wool on the loom as if doing a running stitch:

Once all the loops have been threaded, unhook them:

Pull the outlying strand tight and it will turn your tube into a finger:

Stuff it with stuffing and continue to create the “fingers” in varying lengths.

If you want to create fatter cacti, simply use wider looms. I also created the pots by re-purposing some old mini terracotta pots:

This is how I filled the jar with rocks and stones:

Here is the final product:

I think they look very cute! Tell me what you think!

This is a long overdue home decor project that I have been dying to DIY. Since moving back to Australia, I have found vase after vase in the garage and around the house which are just going to waste. I started thinking about ways to upcycle these. What I came up with was fiddly at first but so useful, I have so much tissue paper and glue left from this project, I plan on doing quite a few more vases to give as gifts.

If you want to create something more visually fascinating, apply the same technique to glasswear:

For this affordable DIY you will need: Tissue paper in 3 shades of the same colour (dark, medium and light), PVA glue or modge podge, white spray primer, brush, scissors and an old cardboard box.

Begin by spray priming the vases white in the cardboard box. They don’t have to be perfectly primed as they will be covered:

While the vases are drying, cut up the different shades of tissue paper into small squares:

Using some PVA glue at the base of the vase layer the darkest shade first:

Layer the next 2 shades:

Finish off by varnishing all over with thick coats of PVA glue and leave to dry overnight:

To turn old glasswear into ombre lanterns simply apply the steps above onto glasswear and place a candle in the centre. They look amazing at BBQs:

Happy DIYing!

Firstly, let me apologise for the space between blogs. I am in the middle of relocating and it’s been beyond busy. You can read about that here. Don’t worry though, everything will stay the same if not get better on Cheapnchic.net. We’ll be upping the great content and also reveal some amazing plans that I hope will come to fruition.

Chevron has been on the decor scene for some time and I devised this DIY some months ago and am only now getting time to post it.

I found this amazing fabric in Satwa and thought that cushions inspired by the image above would be cool.

For this project, you will need a sewing machine, chevron fabric (non-stretch), fabric scissors, stuffing, fabric pins and needle and thread.

Begin by cutting a pattern from an existing cushion cover onto brown paper, pin it and cut around it:

From here lay the square onto the fabric for the second half. To the best of your ability (this can be time consuming), match up the zig zag pattern:

Cut around the second piece and pin them together:

Stitch the cushion together on all seams leaving a small 5-8cm part of the final seam un sewn:

From here stuff the cushion:

Turn the seam allowance in on this final gap in and pin together then hand stitch:

This is the final product, I shot it here with my applique cushion project in the centre:

I love this DIY because it solved a few problems in one. I get gifted lots of stunning shoes and I keep the boxes in plain black as I know they’d be good storage but wondered for a while what to do with them and not waste them. On top of that I have loads of mismatched accessories I needed to conceal.

After I did my decorating course at the Chelsea College of the Art I knew exactly how to make the whole storage work in my favour as I had a colours scheme worked out:

So you will need for this: shoe boxes, fabric of your choice (non-stretch), PVA glue, glue brush, fabric scissors:

Start by laying your box in the fabric with this much excess:

Glue the box to the base in the position above then make splits like below with the scissors:

Glue these sides down against the box and then cut the fabric to about 3cm higher than the side of the box:

Using the glue and brush “varnish” the raw seams and glue everything down securely. The glue will dry clear:

Repeat this process with the lids of the shoe boxes too!

So easy and so “neat” when it’s all put together.

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