DIY-spiration: Chocolate, Chocolate

Whenever I create a sewing/DIY project, I always begin with a theme in mind. Sometimes, its complex and serious; I want to express certain emotions, capture a certain moment, or design something for a specific person. Other times, it’s a little more lighthearted – cats, a , or… chocolate! chocobeer

During a recent trip to Siena, we stumbled on a little chocolate-themed shop. But it was more than just a store of chocolate bars and bonbons; there were also a variety of chocolate gadgets just full of DIY inspiration! And what really struck me was the passion behind the inspiration. Clearly, the shop owner simply loved chocolate and wanted to share his passion with the world. dessert decors signs

What I love about sewing and DIY in general is that you can use it to express your love for anything at all. No matter how simple, any idea can be transformed into a creative project, as long as it makes you feel excited. If there could be a whole shop filled with creations centered only a chocolate, then aren’t the possibilities endless?chocoroll box

Ciao, tutti!

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I’m super excited to announce that I’m out of the country and studying abroad in Italy for the next 10 weeks! But while this is pretty great for me, my posting schedule is likely to be a bit random because my sewing machine is sadly not the most convenient travel buddy. It’s going to be a bit harder for me to design DIY projects, but I’ll continue to post sewing/DIY advice along with inspiration. And there is so much inspiration in Florence! I am bursting with ideas for future projects inspired by the street art, Renaissance buildings, and local fashion, and I can’t wait to share them with you guys when I get back to my sewing supplies!

Meanwhile, if you would like to follow my bounce around Italy and read my non-DIY posts (I’d be flattered!), you can check out my travel blog vorreiunpanino.wordpress.com.

DIY Patterned Pocket Tee Tutorial

pocket tee cover edited What better thing to do when you don’t feel like studying? Teach your friend how to make pocket tees! My friend who is into streetwear recently asked me to teach him how to sew colorful pocket tees, and I thought it would be a great tutorial to share since it’s simple Continue reading

Lunar New Year DIY: Dumpling Plushes

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Happy Lunar New Year! For me, this time of year is always filled with special memories of family, delicious food, and red pouches filled with money (mmm yes all the money). One of my favorite traditions is making dumplings with my family. These juicy, succulent treats are my dad’s special recipe, and I am especially talented at eating an inappropriately large amount of them. Since I’m now far from home and have to settle for frozen, dining hall knock-off versions, I decided to celebrate the New Year with my own cute plushie version and wanted to share a tutorial with you guys! Continue reading

DIY Tuxedo Heart Valentine

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For all you last minute DIYers, here is a unique little Valentine’s Day project to show some love to all the important people in your life! This charming tuxedo heart neatly holds a small message and adds a personal touch to any box of chocolates. In fact, it’s so cute and classy it’s probably better dressed than your date 😀 Continue reading