Thursday, November 27, 2014

DIY Faux Fur Rug

As you've probably noticed, I don't do home DIYs all that often. Mainly, because I've never had the budget for it - big home decor projects equal more dollars than simple clothing or jewelry projects do. Also, I'm a renter, so trilling holes into walls or doing major remodeling has never been possible. But, I was all on board when my brother asked me to make a faux fur rug for him.

We gave our Tallinn rental apartment to my brother and his girlfriend. In exchange, I got to live there for another 2 months after Rein had already moved to Germany. So, I was more than happy to help them settle in.
My brother had his heart set on getting a faux fur rug for the living room, but all the ones we looked at were a bit pricey for their taste. So, I suggested I try and DIY one. Now, faux fur fabric can also be pricey, but fortunately we found one on sale that we liked. Win!

Here's how I did it:
 Supplies:
  • Faux fur fabric in the size of your desired rug (ours was 150cmx220cm)
  • Sturdy cotton or cotton-blend fabric for the backing (enough to cover the back of the rug)
  • Photo mount spray glue
  • ABS Latex (found in craft stores and used for making non-slippery socks)
  • Wide bias binding (2x the width of your rug)
  • Scissors
 STEP 1
First, I trimmed the cut edges of the fur fabric to make sure the angles were all 90 degrees. I used a canvas as a ruler, but you could use anything that's a rectangle or square shape.
 STEP 2
Time to cut the backing. I lined the whole rug with a thick cotton fabric I already had in my stash. It's a vintage fabric that my Dad gave me. Since it was not as wide as the rug, I had to cut two blocks - the blocks should be about 10cm longer than the rug fabric. I cut one of the blocks narrower so that the 2 blocks would overlap by about 15 cm. If possible, buy a piece of fabric that's already the same width as your rug fabric and the correct length. Then you can just skip this step :).

Roll the backing fabric into a tight even roll and you're prepped for the next step.
 STEP 3
Next, lay down a big sheet of plastic to protect the floor and place your rug fabric on the plastic right side facing down. Spray the backside of the faux fur fabric with the spray glue as instructed on the bottle.
Place the backing fabric on one edge of the rug and start carefully rolling it on the rug fabric making sure that the sides line up. This part can be a little tricky, so take it slow and don't give up. fortunately, spray glue doesn't dry that quickly, so you can always pull the fabric back and try again if you're having trouble.
 STEP 4
Once the backing is glued on, let it dry. Then, trim the edges of the backing to be even with the edges of the rug.
Start applying the latex. I started by free-hand drawing rectangles of latex to the back of the rug. Once one bottle was empty, I started drawing latex spirals in the center of the rug. I found that 2 bottles of latex didn't cover the whole back, but enough to make it non-slippery. Let dry.
 STEP 5
This step is totally optional. Since faux fur fabrics don't fry and the cotton one won't either because it's glued to the back, you could leave it at that. But, if you'd like a clean finish to your rug edges, add some bias binding. I always fold the binding in half and iron before sewing.
Place the raw edge of the rug between the binding and sew.
All done!
I'm really proud of my DIY rug. As always, making something for the first time and succeeding leaves you wanting more, so I'm already thinking of new ways to DIY a rug. I'm contemplating making a crochet one out of t-shirt yarn for our new apartment. 

What do you think? Ready to make a rug?

P.S! Don't forget to enter the giveaway (see the end of that post for details)!

xo. Hanna

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Giving Back


Well, guys, the collections is finally in the shop and it's time for me to reveal a little secret I've been keeping. Or, rather, a small side note to my last post.

I do believe that true happiness comes from giving rather than getting, so I've decided to donate 5% of the proceeds from my shop to an Estonian non-profit organization called Lahendus.net.

Lahendus.net consists of volunteer psychology students who offer anonymous and free online psychological counseling to people who need it. I was one of those volunteers for a few years during my studies, and I know how valuable their work is. I also know how much of their time and effort they give to serve others.

I've always wanted to someday be able to somehow support this organization, and now seemed like the perfect time to do it. I hope you'll join me and together we can give back this season.

xo. Hanna

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Introducing // Pearls & Scissors' Limited Collection (and a Giveaway!)

Drumroll, please! Pearls & Scissors' limited edition accessories collection is finally ready to hit the shop, and I couldn't be more excited! It's something I've been daydreaming about for months now, and to see it come to life is such a gratifying feeling. But, I'm getting a bit carried away with my feeling here. Let me introduce you to the heart-made creations that this collection consists of.

My main aim when creating this collection was to make items that would be sustainable, versatile and timeless, and at the same time beautiful, elegant, and unique.
I made 10 unique flower brooches/hair clips. Each and every flower was hand cut and sewn together by yours truly. Each flower is a one of a kind item. There was never and will never be a duplicate. Each and every one of you is a one of a kind individual, and I really wanted to create a collection of completely unique accessories that would compliment you in a very special way. Like I made that flower specially for you. Because I did.
The flowers were cut out of old t-shirts, making this a very eco-friendly accessory. Giving new life to discarded items is a passion I've had for years now. It's my way to give back to Mother Earth. Now, you can also be a part of this.

Five of the 10 flowers are dip-dyed to create a unique color palette. I love how the new color mixes with the base of the fabric to create a beautiful pattern of subtle color variations.
In addition to them being the perfect addition to any cardigan, jacket, sweater, or hat, all of the brooches also double as hair clips - so, they have a needle pin and a hair clip attached to the back. I love to re-invent my wardrobe, and this inspired me to add a second function to this brooch. I think it looks so pretty in the hair, and the hair clip also makes it really easy to attach the brooch to a thicker jacket collar.
I hope you love these colorful brooches/hair clips just as much as I do. It was such a joy to create these for you.
The 4-bead necklace was inspired by my statement necklace DIY I shared a couple of weeks ago, and is a simple yet versatile piece. I was really drawn to different shades of neutrals and metallics - I wanted this to be equal parts fun and elegance. This is the type of necklace I'd wear every day - it goes with most everything.
To balance the color and romance of the brooches, I created a collection of elegant and practical bags with a modern geometric design. Each bag was handmade by me using reclaimed leather and vintage fabrics. There will only be 2 of each design available.

The small sling bags come with a metal chain strap, which gives them just a bit of extra flare. The small bag is perfect for a date night or party, fitting just the necessities. I made 2 designs - one from orange velvet, which gives it a more luxurious feel, and the other from a vintage floral cotton fabric, which gives it a more toned-down, elegant look.
These fold-over clutches are the perfect everyday bag - you can fit all the things you need on the go comfortably inside one of these. And since versatility is a virtue in my eyes, these also have the option of attaching a chain strap.

They come in 3 different designs. The first is made of a vintage floral cotton with blue and black leather details. The second one is made out of a vintage forest green synthetic blend fabric mixed with bright blue and black reclaimed leather. And, the third (pictured below) is made of a fun subtle green vintage polka dot cotton mixed with brown and black reclaimed leather. All of designs are lined with vintage cotton. I'm in love with all of them!
I truly hope you love this collection as much as I loved creating it! The whole collection will be up in the shop tomorrow at 8pm Central European Time. If something caught your eye, be sure to act fast, because once it's gone, it's really gone. 

As a thank you for being such awesome, honest and supportive readers, I'm giving away one extra polka dot fold-over clutch. Just leave a comment below with your e-mail address, and you'll be entered to win. The giveaway is open until Sunday 12pm CET, and I'll announce the winner on Monday. Good luck!

xo. Hanna