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Easy Tassel Necklace DIY October 13 2017

Hi, everyone! I don't know about you guys, but we've been seeing those adorable tassel necklaces everywhere on Pinterest lately. We just had to have one...but they're soooo expensive! So of course, we made our own. We happened to have some leftover tassels from our Pink Pocketbag Penni's lying around, so we thought we'd give it a try! Here's what you'll need:

Materials:
1. Tassels in different colours
2. Any cute necklace you already own. A plain one without embellishments works best.
3. Scissors (optional. We didn't even use scissors in the end XD)

We tried on different configurations and patterns, and decided we wanted 5 tassels hanging on the bottom half our our necklace. Place the necklace flat, and folded along the middle so you can find the centre point. This is where you'll tie your first tassel. We chose a red one, because it was bigger than the purple ones we had. And then just continue tying your tassels in the pattern you want them to be. 

It's really that simple! You see now how we didn't even need to use the scissors! Of course, if you think the tassels are hanging too low on the necklace, you could always trim a bit off the bottom. We loved the effect, though, so we left the tassels as is.

The finished product looks something like this:

It looks super cute with a plain white or black shirt, and since the necklace we used is so long, we looped it around twice. The best part is we can use the loop to adjust the length and look of the necklace!

It really just brings your whole outfit to life with those beautiful pops of colour and movement. We loved this super simple and glam DIY. Would you wear a tassel necklace? Let us know! Until next week, happy crafting everybody!


Turn An Old Shirt Into A Tote Bag: No-Sew Tutorial! September 15 2017

Hi everyone! Here's a DIY project we've been wanting to do for a while: transforming an old, well-worn shirt into a cute tote bag! We couldn't believe how easy it was! Read on to see how we made our tote bag, no sewing required!

Materials:
Old t-shirt
Scissors
Cellophane tape (optional)

The first thing you'll need to do is to cut off the sleeves and neckline. You can make the neckline opening as big as you want as this will be the opening of the tote bag.

We're halfway there! Cut off the bottom hem of the t-shirt. Then, cut a fringe all along the bottom, ours were about 3 inches in length. You could just eye-ball it at this point, but if you're slightly OCD about making all the small fringe bits uniform in size (like we are XD) then here's a handy tip: place cellophane tape all along the bottom as your guide lines!

Here comes the fiddly part. Line up the top and bottom layers of the fringe, and tie them in a simple knot. You could stop at this single knot, but we noticed a tiny gap between each set of knots. To fix this, we tied a second knot using the “top” fringe from one pair and the “bottom” fringe from the pair next to it. And voila, no more gap!

And you're done! We love this no-sew technique, the fringe looks so cute and on-trend. Here are a few shots of our new tote in action!

You can also use it in two different ways: a simple tote bag, or tie the handles in a knot and transform it into a cute casual bucket bag!

We absolutely adored how it turned out! We think it would make a perfect shopping bag, or beach day carry-all. The knit fabric of the t-shirt is nice and stretchy, and really takes a lot of weight, so we hope to get a lot of use out of it!

Until next time: happy crafting, everyone!


GIN & JACQIE's Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign September 08 2017

It's almost October, and we all know what that means! October is the official Breast Cancer Month: the time to uphold those of us affected with breast cancer, to celebrate their strength and determination, and to spread awareness on the symptoms and prevention methods. To commemorate this special month, GIN & JACQIE is hosting a bag designing competition. If you're good at arts and crafts, or if you feel strongly about breast cancer, we invite you to participate! The competition will be held from 6 September to 12 October 2017 and this year's theme is "Creating Awareness Through Art". Each participant will be given a plain black tote bag to decorate or redesign however they wish, as long as they incorporate the signature PINK RIBBON in their final submission. After a round of online voting, 10 entries will be shortlisted for our panel of judges to pick the top 3 winners! All entries will be auctioned off by GIN & JACQIE, and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Sarawak Breast Cancer Support Group!

You can read more about the rules, design criteria, and prizes here.

And when we say "redesign", we really mean it! Participants are encouraged to totally restructure their tote bags and express their creativity. You can even cut up the bag, sew it into a clutch or pencil case, or make it into a totally different product; the only limit is your imagination! Here's a few ideas to get you started:

For more information regarding the contest rules, or how to participate please contact Beth (014 6943852). You can also stay updated on contest developments by following our Facebook and Instagram pages.

We can't wait to see all the creative and interesting entries you guys will submit, and to all the breast cancer survivors out there: stay strong, we're all here for you!


Sweet & Simple: Rosy Red DIY! August 25 2017

This week's DIY is super sweet and adorable, and so easy to do! We used one of our bag organizers (the ORGANIZE JACQ, in Rose Pink) and some cute rosettes we got at our local fabric and art supply store. The big red rosettes cost us around RM5 - 4, and the small white ones were even cheaper! Keep reading for our step-by-step explanation.

Here's what you'll need for this DIY:

1. A bag or bag organizer of your choice
2. Hot glue gun
3. Rosettes (or any small embellishments)

We wanted to cover one of the bag organizers pockets entirely with roses! Before gluing it down, play around with the arrangement of your embellishments. This will make it easier to glue down later on, and we also wanted to make sure we had enough little rosettes to cover the entire surface area.

Now that you have a plan or rough design in mind, glue your embellishments onto the bag with your hot glue gun. (Note: always be careful when handling a hot glue gun, slowly and surely is always the best method).

After we covered the entire pocket, we glued down any awkward-looking pieces.

We had a couple of rosettes left over, so we decided to decorate the back pocket of our bag organizer as well! We measured the centre point of the pocket so that we knew where to place the rosette. Here's a tip: If you want to mark a certain point on your bag or fabric, but don't want to stain it, use cellophane or washi tape! After we marked the centre point, we glued down three rosettes.

And there you have it! So easy, yet the end result is so pretty! Here's what our ORGANIZE JACQ looked like before its transformation:

 

And this is our finished product, the rosy red Organize Jacq:

What did you think of our DIY? Would you make something like this yourself? Let us know in the comments! Until the next time, happy crafting everybody!


Upcycled Cardboard Box August 18 2017

We don't know about you guys, but we have a load of cardboard boxes just lying around the shop. Instead of leaving them to gather dust, we've decided to make a cute upcycled box from it! Keep reading to follow our process.

Materials:

  1. Cardboard box
  2. Sellotape
  3. Sewing scissors (optional)
  4. Scissors
  5. Hot glue gun
  6. Scraps of cloth, or old pillowcases
  7. Pencil 

We had a very basic idea in mind: dress up the plain cardboard box with colourful, bright cloth! At first, we tried putting the box inside of the pillowcase, the way you would do to a pillow, but we discovered that the box was just slightly too big! >:(

We were disappointed but undeterred! We decided to open up the pillowcases so that we were left with a big piece of flat cloth. After we opened them up, we wrapped them around the box and marked (with a pencil) where we needed to cut off the excess cloth.

Ta-da! Now we just need to glue the cloth onto the box. We wrapped the box up, glueing down the edges as we went. We started with the bottom of the box, tucking the edges under the box to hide the raw edges. We did the same thing with the sides, wrapping the cloth around and glueing the edges down, but this time we tucked the raw end of the cloth underneath the hemmed edge, so it looks much nicer and cleaner!

 

Stage one, complete! You can actually stop here if you want a more minimal looking box. We wanted something more vibrant, so we added another old pillowcase with an adorable plaid print! We just followed the same steps: measuring the cloth, marking and cutting off the excess, and then wrapping the cloth around the cloth, glueing it down as you go. But since we can't hide the raw edges underneath the box like we did with the green cloth, we glued down the raw edges with our hot glue gun before wrapping up the box.

And we're done! Super simple, and so cute! We love that little pop of colour the printed cloth gave to the overall look. You can use it as a trash bin, or laundry hamper, or as a storage bin! It's pretty versatile, the only limit is your imagination :) Here are a few shots of the box in action:

We love how it turned out, and we hope this inspires you to make your own DIY upcycled cardboard box! If you do, please share your pictures with us, we'd love to see them. That's it from us this week! Til next time: happy crafting, everyone!


Simple and Easy Birthday Bunting! August 11 2017

What do you do when you can't find a suitable bunting for your son's birthday? You make your own, of course! Today's DIY is super simple, and a great way to liven up any party without taking up too much time. Here's what you'll need:

1. Coloured paper
2. Pen knife (or scissors)
3. String or twine
4. Hole puncher
5. Cutting mat (optional)
6. Pen or marker
7. Binder clip and paper clips

Before we begin, a party planner tip: follow a set colour scheme, that way your party decorations will have a sense of consistency, but still be fun and lively! In this case, our theme colours were white, red, and blue.

Let's start! First things first: mark out a series of triangles onto a piece of coloured paper.

Next, align all the pieces of coloured paper together, and place the paper with the triangle shapes on top. You can use binder or paper clips to keep the papers from moving around. And then, using your pen knife or scissors, cut out all the triangle shapes. We arranged around 5-8 pieces of papers on top of each other because it saves so much time and effort! This way, we don't have to mark out the triangles and then cut out each individual piece.

Next, take your hole puncher and punch two holes along the straight edge of your triangles, one on the left and one on the right. The finished result should look something like this:

So festive! If your triangles are multi-coloured like ours were, arrange them in an alternating pattern. Take your string or twine and thread it through the holes you made, like so:

And you're good to go! All you need to do now is hang up your bunting. So simple, and so cute! Here's a shot of the bunting in action:

 Referring back to our tip of sticking to a set colour scheme, here are some more pictures of the day's decorations.

And there you have it! A super simple DIY bunting. We just love the way they brightened up the party. What are some decoration tips and tricks you love? Let us know! Happy crafting, everybody!


DIY Envelope Bookmarks July 07 2017

I don't know about you, but our house is simply overflowing with envelopes from banks, and bills, bills, bills! We noticed the funky patterns printed on the inside of the envelopes, and with some awesome inspiration from Stickeriffic (a company that sells cute stickers, decals, and stationary), we transformed our plain, used up envelopes into 2 adorable bookmarks. (Psst, check out the Stickeriffic Facebook page while you're here!)

The first thing you'll need is an envelope! Cut it open with a pen knife or scissors (carefully!) to expose the pretty pattern inside. Next, cut out various rectangle and square shapes to make the bookmarks.

Once you've done that, it's time to glue the two sides together, and decorate! Sticking a quote, and some scrap paper onto the front of your bookmark are simple ways of making it look more interesting.

Here's a nifty trick: instead of using ribbon, use twine! It gives it a more rustic and vintage look to your bookmark. Also, if you're gifting this bookmark to someone, twine is more gender neutral than ribbon. A win-win!

The finished product! Not too shabby ;)

But that's not all! We were on a roll, so we decided to make one of those adorable page corner bookmarks we've been seeing everywhere online. Using some more pieces of envelope from before, we cut out a rectangle. The rectangle, once folded, should be a perfect square (like in the photo below):

Next, turn it so the plain side is facing you, and place your glue in a narrow strip along the top of the rectangle, and only the top! Fold it in half, and let the glue dry.

Once the glue is dried, you should have a square or diamond shaped pocket, perfect for sliding on to the tops of your pages! This next step is optional: we thought the bookmark looked a little plain, so we decorated it with some leftover scrap paper, and we also wanted to reinforce the glued edge.

Here's the wee pocket bookmark in action!

All in all, we're super satisfied with how our bookmarks turned out. How would you make yours? We'd love to see your creations! Happy crafting, everybody!


October is all about pink..... October 13 2016

In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness month, we are giving away a BCWA mobile strap for every RM80.00 above spent in a single purchase. Get yourself checked if you have not.


CUSTOMIZE NAME TOTE October 11 2016 2 Comments

You can now customize your own tote with your name on it! With 3 different fonts and animals to choose from and 4 colors to choose them in. Great as a gift and for kids to use for their daily needs.
MIA in gold color font
Ziad in silver font
Qaid in silver font