Refurbished Watch Strap

Loved this watch but the strap was completely worn out. Searched for one in the market but no store would have a strap that would go with this watch.

Even Fastrack, the makers of this watch, did not have the strap. So what do I do? Yes, I make one for myself.

It is handmade and I intend to give it the handmade look by stitching by hand.

A little bit of denim, some wax lined fabric, some thread and a hour is all it took me to get this strap.

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Ready for a makeover

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The rough work is done.

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Even out the back.

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Complete with loop.

Old T-shirts to New Cushions

That one t-shirt with that special message; t-shirts that we outgrow and yet do not want to let go. It is of no use to us but holds great sentimental value.

IMG_0543These are special items that matter to us so why let them lie in the closet, far away from our vision. Let us get them out and give them a whole new avtaar.

T-shirts transformed into cushions is one way of repurposing those special tees.

And what’s more? They hardly require much skill.

Let’s make it:

– Cut the front and back to the desired sized cushion
– Stitch the two panels together inside-out on three sides
– On the fourth side stitch near the corners but leave the center open
– Turn the right side out
– Through the opening on the fourth side fill the cushion
– Fill evenly taking care to accentuate the corners
– Close the opening by hand sewing

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Ta da! Your cushion is ready.

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A few handy hints:
– If the filling is synthetic fiber will only go with synthetic material.
– Cotton can be filled in all cotton t-shirts.
– If you have synthetic fiber and cotton t-shirts give a synthetic lining to the cushion and vice versa. I had to do this for both cushions featured here.
– Filling evenly is very important to get a well shaped cushion.

Doily – extra large

First and foremost, the link to this wonderful doily:

http://grammaritascrochetetc.blogspot.in/2013/03/ritas-easy-lacy-crochet-doily.html?m=1

I am using a yarn known as PP yarn among local vendors. It is the abbreviated form of Polypropylene Yarn. The qualities of this yarn make it a perfect choice for the purpose of this rug. Check them out:

  • Being bacteria and micro-organism resistant, it is moth proof, rot proof and resistant to growth of mildew and mould.
  • It is environment-friendly as it is recyclable and incinerates to ashes.
  • Being highly flexible it maintains flexibility even at temperatures of -55 degree Celsius.
  • Stain resistant means it has a low water absorption property which makes it easy to repel any kind of water borne stains.
  • It is quick drying as it has a low water absorption property.
  • Colour retention means it does not fade away as the colour is woven into the strands.

And now for my progress on in –

Seven rows done. It’s late in the night I and need to get some sleep.

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Eight rows and still counting.

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Ninth row almost done when I run out of yarn. Will have to get more yarn but the question is will I get the same colour. If not, I will have to try a mix and match.

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21st May 2017

I finally got time to go get yarn but my fears proved to be real. No, the same colour was not available in the desired amount. But that was good in a way as I got to do a mix of colours.

I decided to go with white and I am pretty happy with my decision.

In this update I have completed row 15 but I still have 19 more to go.

 

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Need to keep myself motivated to the last row.

Here comes another update. 24 rows done and 10 more to go.

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And finally, today, 10th July 2017, after 2 months the final row is done!

This ‘doily’ now has a 48 inch diameter and makes for an impressive rug!

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