Tagged: recycling.

Late but still better than never, right? :-P

Here is the video tutorial for this Dolce & Gabbana’s dress T-shirt reconstruction.

Hope you like it!

10:28 pm, by nataliecreations 4  |   Comments

DIY thank you card

Hey guys, 

Happy Earth week!

I have a quick and simple DIY card to share with you. A while back, I placed an order on Fab.com and when my order arrived, they included a cute little thank you card. Here it is:

I decided to save it couldn’t throw it away and now that I needed a quick thank you card, I just put one together in a few minutes :-) Here is how:

I colored in the little heart with my red metallic gel pen to add some color.

Trimmed the card to fit in the front of a standard card (4.25 in x 5.5 in)

Rounded the corners using a corner chomper. 

Attached the card to my card base and added my personal touch using my own hand writing and…did you notice…a correction pen :-)

I added even more interest to the card using faux stitching line and a white gel pen.


That’s it. It really took me about 5 minutes. The card looks clean, simple and totally serves its purpose. I even used the enveloped it came in with. I feel great knowing that I just sent out a recycled card…during earth week. Yay!

What are you doing to celebrate Earth week? 

08:24 pm, by nataliecreations 7  |   Comments

Necklace Hanger tutorial

10:18 pm, by nataliecreations 7  |   Comments

DIY glittery clutch/sunglasses case

Hey guys, 

Im turning this sunglass case into a shiny, sparkly little clutch. 

1) Lightly sand the surface of the case and wipe off any dust with a damped cloth.

2) Use a cheap nail polish like this one…99 cents

Wet n Wild Shine Nail color in Sparked

3) Paint

Ta-da! :-)

07:15 pm, by nataliecreations 9  |   Comments

Personalized gift wrapping paper

It all started with a quite large item that I needed to wrap for a bridal shower… I refused to buy 386647123476 rolls of wrapping papers so I thought about personalizing a large piece of plain white paper to make it more meaningful. 

With a bunch of colored calligraphy pens, I started writing. My husband was watching me, he asked: “Are you sure of the spelling?” :-) Wouldn’t it be a disaster? of course I was sure!

Here is how it looked when finished

and here was me presenting my gift to be bride to be…

I used the same idea on a Christmas gift and it also turned out pretty cute!

Are you tired of all the gift wrapping ideas yet? :-)

10:16 pm, by nataliecreations 9  |   Comments

The light of life.

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DIY oversized zipper clutch

Hello friends, 

Introducing my beloved traveling companion - the made in China suitcase. My mother got this suitcase for me right before I left to go to Antigua for Med school. I used it every time I came home, and left again. It’s always packed with my mom’s Vietnamese food :-). To be honest, maybe my Hubbie was a closer friend to this suitcase because he was flying back and ford to visit me every month and he always took this suitcase (he was never force to bring me food or anything, he just wanted to take this giant suitcase..ah hem) ;-). 

Now, you wanna hear the truth? We didn’t like it!

Why? It’s gigantic and it’s not very good :( The wheels broke after the first few trips. The zipper got stuck many times. And, it couldn’t hold its shape too well (alright, maybe because we stuffed too much Vietnamese food in there, but still…). We had so many memories of dragging this thing across the airports, getting so frustrated. It wouldn’t stand, it wouldn’t roll, it just wouldn’t be…a good suitcase. Not to mention the wheels, because of the heat, they melt into this goo that spread all over the floor :(

Anyways, we still held it near and dear to our hearts but we know it is time to say goodbye. I didn’t want to just throw it out. I wanted to salvage it. 

(Yes, that is red plastic bags that I made into a bow. That’s how I know it’s mine when it comes out of the conveyor bell at the airport). 

So this is what I did…

…and this is what I got. 

Using the materials I got and this tutorial, I drew my own pattern with my own measurement and got to work on my clutch

I used an old sweater that has shrunk way too much as my liner.

I also used some left over fabric from the sweater to make some 3D decorative flowers. I made a tutorial on how to make these flowers here. Check it out if you wanna see how I made them. The tutorial shows you how to make the flowers with ribbons, here I just cut my sweater/fabric into long strips.

I whipped out my hot glue gun to attach the flowers. 


What’s left is to rock my oversize zipper clutch that costs me na-da. My laptop fits in there too.

You like? :-)

12:00 am, by nataliecreations 16  |   Comments

DIY 12x12 paper containers from cardboard box

Hello everyone, 

Warmest welcome to the new followers. Thank you very much for joining us!

Today, I made use of post office cardboard boxes and patterned duct tape

Let’s get started!

You know these boxes are free, right?

I want to fit my 12x12 patterned papers so I’m gonna use the longer side of the box. It measures 14in.

Using a pen and ruler, I drew a line on both side of the box like this. If you make more than one box and plan on having them right next to each other then make sure the slopes of these lines are the same on all boxes.

Cut along your drawn lines using a craft knife and be very careful while cutting

Cut the top part off too…

see how my 12x12 paper pack fits just fine inside of it?

Now the fun part starts…

cover your box with duct tape


Here they are on the shelf of my crafting/sewing nook.

I’ll update you guys on the nook. I’m turning a closet into my crafting, sewing place. Here is a sneak peek

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DIY Scarf hanger

With the move coming up, we went to Ikea 3 times already. We walked around, we bought stuff, we carried stuff, we got pissed off by the people there, we had to come back because what were bought were not in stock…But we kept coming back :-)

Now, this thing, the scarf hanger, I spotted it during one of my rounds in the store :-) and thought I could make one. The time that it takes to make one is worth much much more than the $8 price tag but I can’t help it… Im a DIY-er…I have to DIY :-D

These are the stuff I used: 

- A hanger

- My Stamping up’s Colluzle cutting system

- Can you guess? T-shirt! :-)

- Cardboard

The Colluzle couldn’t cut through the thickness of the cardboard…wah wah 

so used the help of a small kitchen knife. 

I see a ring for the scarf hanger i’m making and a coaster…yay

Keep cutting

Next, I arranged the circles together and the hanger on top

Then, I joined all the circles together using paper tape.

Time to wrap them! I used T-shirt cut out but you can use anything…ribbons, yarns, duck tape (they have the colorful ones and even animal prints, have you seen?)

Watch a TED talk, listen to some podcasts,…wrap the T-shirt scrap round and round

When done…

…attach the circles to the hanger…

…hang scarves


06:18 pm, by nataliecreations 6  |   Comments

Natalie’s Creations was featured on Burdastyle

Hey guys,

You should check out this awesome blog post @Burdastyle : Celebrate Earth Day by Recycling Those Fabric Scraps! It has all kind of wonderful projects you can try out to celebrate Earth day. There are a few I wanna try myself so we can do them together :) And of course, my Prada dress was featured there wooo hooo! Aren’t you proud of me?

Please show Lindsey at Burdastyle some love for me! Thank you!

11:35 am, by nataliecreations 3  |   Comments

Sewing project: The Striped Straight Sided Triangular Bag

Hello friends, 

Happy Monday to you!

I saved some scrap materials from this T- shirt reconstruction inspired by Prada SS2011 striped dress sewing project (yup, that’s me, can’t really throw away anything…yet) and I saw this project right here so i gave it a try.

What I did was, I took the scraps and forcefully sew them together to create a bigger piece of “fabric”, just enough for the pattern. If you saw my how-to video for the dress, you would know that the strips of scrap are not quite straight, so of course I trimmed as much as I could just so after sewing them together, they’d open up to be a flat piece of “fabric”. Don’t forget to press all your seams open.

I followed the instruction, drew the pattern, cut it out and also cut my pieces to sew. I also used the left over T-shirt from the same project for the lining of the bag. 

The instruction was excellent and this is what I ended up with. I added a little loop of the same “fabric” so I can slip my hand through and it will stay snugged at my wrist leaving my hand free. 

This would be my cute little bag that I would grab to go to the grocery store with just a card, a lip gloss and maybe my sunglasses and that’s it. It’s fun and cute, don’t you think?

I know many of you wanted to try making the Prada dress on your own, if you haven’t started yet, just keep in mind you can make this with your scraps too so don’t throw them away just yet! :-)

There you go my friends, an another functional piece for practically…NOTHING! :-)

Yay to the DIY power!

04:27 pm, by nataliecreations 5  |   Comments

How to: T-shirt reconstruction inspired by Prada Spring 2011 Striped dress

10:28 pm, by nataliecreations 14  |   Comments

Organizing solution/ the DIY dish play along: Up-cycling a cardboard box

Inspired by this episode of the DIY Dish. I made a box to store my sewing related stuff I have laying around. So, I’m showing you step by step how to do it.

So, start with a cardboard box. I used paper tape to reenforce the corners and the base to make sure it’s sturdy enough in case I abuse it with many things. You can see here that I tape all four covers of the box to make a bigger and taller box. More storage space for me :-)

I added some tape around the rim of the box to make sure the edge is nice and smooth. Here is how I do it:

Tape all around

cut the corners like this

fold down

Then, on 2 sides of the box, I marked 2 rectangles and cut it out so I can lift and carry my box.

I covered these holes with tape too just for comfort. This is how I do it.


Next up, the Subway map! Finally! I know I mentioned many times that I would love to use it on many of my projects before. Here it is now.

Using Rubber Cement to glue the map to the box.

Cut off the excess on each side.

I also use more tape on each coner to give the box more of a finish look. Open up the handles and we’re done!

Here are my sewing materials in their new home.

Project on recycling jars is coming up!

10:39 pm, by nataliecreations 2  |   Comments

Book makeover :-)

Got a book that you use a lot? (In my case, it’s a review book that I will be breathing, eating, sleeping next to the for next 10 days)

Does the cover of the book look boring?

You get tired of seeing this book?

Wanna make the book more fun and personal?

If your answers are “Yes” to these questions, keep reading…if not, keep reading anyway :-P

Okie, first thing first, you’ll need:

A book, and a brown paper bag ready to be upcycled :-)

Cut the paper bag into a rectangular sheet of paper enough to cover the book with some 1.5-2in border and cover the book (If you don’t know how to cover the book, let me know and I will make a video tutorial on how to do that)

I actually think the wrinkling lines give the book some personality.

Time to break out your favorite alphabet stamps

and your favorite ink…and stamp away :-)

So what if your book end up having multiple personality disorder? :-D

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