Happy Monday! I’m happy to kick this week off a brand spankin new collaboration for Laura Ashley’s blog. I LOVE Laura Ashley and grew up on their florals (didn’t we all?), so this is a perfect marriage. Over the next six months I’ll be creating some DIYs and floral-related posts on their blog to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic brand. Wahoo! First up: a camera strap made from one of their super soft floral scarves. I’ve had my ugly black camera strap for a year now and it was time for an upgrade.
Supplies: scarf, 2 split rings, 2 chain closures, scissors, sewing machine OR needle/thread, scrap of leather, pen
Step 1: Draw your shape on the leather with a pen making sure the smallest point at the fold fits through the split ring. You’ll be folding it over, so mirror one side to the other and trace it.
Step 2: Cut the leather on the folded line.
Step 3:Repeat to create two of these leather pieces.
Step 4: Connect the chain closure to the split ring.
Step 5: Slide the ring to the middle section of the leather. Step 6: Fold the end of the scarf in an accordion fold, small enough so that it fits into the leather. Step 7: Stick the leather to the scarf in place. Step 8: With your sewing machine, stitch around the edge of the leather (as indicated in the picture)
Make sure you have a special needle that works for leather. Otherwise, hand stitch it.
To kick off the series, Laura Ashley is giving away this same scarf to one reader. The iconic floral scarf is 100% modal (modal=so soft) and is lightweight, so it’s a perfect summer scarf.
TO ENTER: 1. Check out the Laura Ashley site and “follow” The House that Lars Built on Instagram (@HouseLarsBuilt) 2. Leave a comment here on the blog telling me that you’ve entered. 3. Bonus votes if you share this giveaway.
The giveaway will end one week from today, Monday, July 1st.