I have an ongoing quest to recycle any clothes I have bought into something new and different. Here I took an old scarf and my love for black graphic prints and mashed them together.
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March 30, 2015 clothing, diy, tutorials No Comments

Happy new year! Glad to say hello to a new year, and ready to continue this blog! I really enjoyed my brainmade holiday crafting and will continue to document my design process, and DIYS. When I wasn’t making crafts on Brainmade, I was also making gifts for friends. Now that they’ve received them, I can post pictures! Here are a few of the gifts I made for three of my good friends. I decided on the theme of travel.

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Each person got a kit! (I had the other blue contacts lens case! All of us are vision impaired!)

I tried out a free t-shirt pattern from Maria Denmark, and I really liked the fit. The pattern was only made of 2 pieces. I decided to extend the the t-shirt and make an A-line pocket dress.

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On that note, Here’s a pic with me squinting in the sun! Hopefully more design updates soon!

January 7, 2014 diy No Comments

Happy Friday! It is round 4 of Brainmade Holiday! A DIY notebook is always a great gift for anyone. You can even customize what type of paper you use for the person: Watercolor paper, grid paper, dot paper, etc. I really like this DIY because you can customize it to whomever you give it to. If you want, you could even design and print a special header for each page!

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Side note: I used 10 pages of 8.5×11.

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I keep using so much felt in my DIYs lately. Felt is nice because you don’t have to finish the seams, but you could of course try this out with any other material. I think a waxed canvas would look extremely nice or a thin soft leather. You can also change the color of the elastic or use elastic string instead. The possibilities are endless, which is what makes this item a great gift. You could really churn out a bunch of these, as this only took me about 1 hour to do (but I was also stopping to photograph it as well!)

I hope you enjoyed this notebook!

December 13, 2013 diy, tutorials 1 Comment

Welcome to part 3 of the Brainmade Holiday series! I was in need of a nice key holder so I could cover my keys and keep them safe from scratching my phone. I have seen these great key holders around but I thought it would be fun to add a familiar shape to it. At the end of the craft, I have attached more shape ideas to get you started! Also, be sure to check out the brainmade shop! Use code 25OFF for 25% off everything!!!







Remember that you don’t have to sew, you can also glue the pieces if you would like.






Here are more shape ideas to give you an idea of all the possibilities. (popsicle, succulent, bear, bunny). You can also change the material you are using to leather or vinyl. Happy crafting! Thanks everyone!

December 10, 2013 diy, tutorials 1 Comment

Hi guys! Happy wednesday! It is time for round 2 of the Brainmade Holiday series. In the spirit of minimalist wallets, I made a mountain card holder. We all have that certain someone that you can never figure out what to get them for the holidays, so we resort to the gift card. To jazz up the gift card and make it much more thoughtful, why not DIY a gift card holder. This could also be used as a wallet when not holding precious gift credit. Onward!



Low res scan of pattern available for download here.




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Sweet, all done!

December 4, 2013 diy, tutorials 5 Comments

Welcome to the first post of Brainmade Holiday! Twice a week (Until Christmas) I will be posting instructions on a gift idea for friends. I hope you enjoy this post and try making one for yourself or for your favorite photographer. P.S. Thank you to Mr. Tully for being a very patient model!




Tutorial for haylard hitch.



Tutorials: single rope braid, switchback, caterpillar.









Hooray! All finished! You can do this in so many ways and finish it with many different pieces of hardware or rope: copper tube, neon rope, brass hooks… the possibilities are endless and each detail will personalize your handmade gift! Woohoo!

I will be announcing a contest soon so please like the facebook page for future blog updates and shop info. And if you’re looking to buy brainmade, please check out the shop! New products to be added soon!

November 30, 2013 diy, tutorials 2 Comments

I’ve had more free time lately, so I’ve been able to work on a few projects. A few are still in progress, but today I just finished my skirt!

I have a skirt from ASOS that I really liked and I wanted to recreate it. A while back when Joann’s Fabric in San Ramon was closing they had a 12 patterns for $2 sale so I hoarded a bunch of patterns, and found this great skirt pattern that was super similar. This is the outcome. It was my first time using a very thin fabric. One tip I have is to always use the right size needle, (size 9 for this) so that the fabric works well with it. There are some puckering effects that I’m not happy about but I just wanna twirl around in it so I stopped caring.
In other news, I re-opened my little shop. I haven’t had much time to promote it, but you can check it out here: http://brainmade.storeenvy.com and shop. I only have a few goods on there right now, but plan on adding more and eventually promoting my store more… not sure how to go about that yet but we’ll see. But the big reason I opened my little shop is I got to sell my stuff at Turbo Tea Party in SJ. That was really fun! It motivated me to make more items and get more creative…I’ve developed a long laundry list of items to get through. Lots of drawings to make. Cheers for now.

I was lucky enough to get some of this super ultra soft leather from my friend Alyssa, and it had been sitting in my fabric pile for a long time! I was super in love with Baggu’s drawstring purse. It looked simple enough to make, so I made a small pattern from the dimensions they had online and made this:

I added rivets (my first time using my new hole punch and rivet kit) and then made some tassels for the ends. The only thing that I wish I did is used a thicker leather for the bottom, since the leather is almost too buttery soft for the circular bottom, but when I put my phone in it it seems to hold up to the bucket shape quite well. This was my first time sewing with real leather (in comparison to vinyl) so I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

April 6, 2013 bags, diy No Comments

My grey jeans ripped so I couldn’t wear them anymore, and I’ve been wanting to make something out of them for a long time. I’ve been hoarding a lot of fabrics so I decided to make a bucket backpack out of it. I was inspired by a few bags I’ve seen. For this bag I kinda decided to wing it, since I just made a similar style bag. Probably not my best idea, I think I got really really lucky.

old jeans, ripped right in the butt (probably due to the frequent amount of splits I do)
initial sketches, I was going to put pockets in the front, but I ended up with too little fabric.
you can also see another project i am planning out really quickly.
There is a hidden iphone/wallet compartment on the back panel. You can access it without having to unload your bag and open the main compartment. I like that it is hidden on my back so that I can feel safe with my iphone near me at all times but not in a super visible pocket. This feature is something I fell in love with on my incase bag. I used it every day when I was working in the city as I was always grabbing my wallet/clipper card to get in and out of bart.
Another note about this, is that I used all reclaimed material, except for the two zippers. The ladder locks and metal hook came off of some old keychains and things. I keep a lot of random hardware pieces and hoard a lot of fabric. The lining is made of an old t-shirt. I love bright interiors, makes it easier to find stuff!
I hate myself for using my iphone all the time for photos but it is too easy! I think its time to buy a nice camera, I’ve been putting it off for a long time.

I was inspired by this image I pinned.

Recently had a bunch of takeout, so I saved a lot of togo boxes. I have more shrinky dink plastic then ever and I dont even know what to make yet haha but for a small go, I made these.


April 2, 2013 diy, jewelry No Comments