DIY Memories Necklace

If you have some childhood treasures laying round and you don’t know what to do with them. Consider turning your  childhood  ‘jewellery’ into a one of a kind big memories necklace.

It’s super easy! Just take all your bits and bobs that you want to incorporate into the necklace. Choose your favorite parts and start threading the beads. If you don’t know what materials to use, they sell a lot of accessories for making jewellery @Veritas (clasps, special threads, elastics,…).

I’ve made one that is entirely made out of beads but you can make one with just a couple of beads.

Close the thread and you’re done! Now you can start to wear your memories from time to time!

I’ve got pieces of friendship bracelets that I got in high school (still know who gave them to me 🙂 ), beads of some beaten up old necklace that my grandma gave me, letter beads (from a type of necklace that was super popular in the 90’s) that my mom gave me,….

Let me know if you’ll be making one!


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Big Upcycled DIY Bag

I finally finished one of my upcycling projects: From skirt to Big Bag.  For this project I used a skirt that I found at a shop in Ghent: Think Twice Nederkouter (check out their Facebook page, you’ll love it!). Every month they do what they call 4-3-2-1 euro sales.  Basically everything in the shop is super cheap during sales days! I bought a skirt for 1 euro (say whaaaat) because I loved the fabric and immediately thought it would come in handy for an upcycling project.  I also bought a different skirt (1 euro) that had a lot of buckles that I could use for finishing my new bag.

Finished result:

I put in a big zipper, an extra pocket on the back and two extra pockets on the inside with a zipper. The lining is made out of some scraps I had lying around that used to be the lining of a jacket. It’s made the bag a little bit thicker and protects the stuff I put in it. By closing or opening the buckles on the side I can adjust the size and make the bag bigger if necessary.

In the background you can see my new vintage Singer sewing machine! Isn’t she lovely 😉