Turn old leggings into a fancy pouch

Ever had a pair of leggings which you hardly wear anymore but love the color? Why not turn it into a handy pouch or a pencil case instead!

In another of my what-was-I-thinking moments, I got this pair of leggings with a zipper at the bottom of each leg a few years back. They came in handy for some photo shoots but I never got a lot of use out of them (especially since I’m now in hot, sunny Singapore).

But I really loved the texture and color of this pair (some kind of purple-grey which I’m sure someone has coined a name for). So… since I was short of a pencil case recently, I decided what better way to re-use this great fabric and turn these hardly worn leggings into something useful! :)

DIY leggings into pouch pencil case

Read on to find out how!

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Make a PVC makeup brush holder

Combining the love of sewing and make-up? What more could we ask for!

While there are often makeup brush holders in stores, they often come in black faux leather. I’m not a huge fan of those as the dark colors make it hard for me to see my brushes and the material disintegrates over time. Plus, they often don’t come in the exact specifications I want – I have a usual set of brushes that I tend to carry around for travel or touch-ups for others on set.

There have been some DIY tutorials I’ve come across, but they often feature ones made of cloth and require a lot more sewing than I’d bother to do for this (oops!). In addition, cloth brush holders can’t be wiped easily and you’d have to wash them frequently to ensure it’s hygienic enough.

So… in comes a custom PVC makeup brush holder!!

DIY tutorial - PVC makeup brush holder

Customize this to hold your usual set of brushes (and even your sponges/ powder puffs). No need for hems since PVC doesn’t fray like most woven fabrics. Plus, see exactly what you’re carrying and clean it easily when it gets dirty! The list of benefits goes on and on… :)

Here’s how you can make your own:

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Make a chunky ring box

Some time ago, I came up with a tutorial on how to make a ring box in 5 minutes. This definitely helps to organize your rings and saves space on your dresser when you mount them on the wall!

However, certain chunky rings wouldn’t be able to fit themselves into the thin slits of this design. So… here’s a new design for chunky rings specifically!

make a chunky ring box DIY tutorial

Here’s the tutorial:

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Fabric and accessories markets in Guangzhou (part II)

If you happen to be in Guangzhou or are planning to make a special trip there to source fabric, boy are you in for a treat! Zhongda fabric market is one of the largest fabric markets in China and the number of stores go on forever! For more details on the China Fabrics and Accessories Center in the area, check out part I of fabric and accessories markets in Guangzhou.

The feel of the China Fabric and Accessories Center and the traditional Zhongda Fabric Market are worlds apart. At the latter, be prepared to watch out from being run over by human traffic, bicycles, motorcycles, push carts, cars, vans and trucks. They seriously come towards you in all directions and it isn’t helpful that I’m terrible at avoiding traffic. I think my heart skipped a few beats with every few steps…

2. Zhongda Fabric Market (中大瑞纺布匹市场 — Zhongda Rui Fang Bu Pi Shichang)

Zhong da fabric market guangzhou china

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Fabric and accessories markets in Guangzhou (part I)

If you thought Sham Shui Po in Hong Kong was the bomb for shopping for fabric and accessories, wait till you head to this area in Guangzhou! With the Zhongda fabric market and other trading buildings, this is really one of the largest markets you could ever access!

A highly recommended visit for you if you happen to be in Guangzhou and love shopping for material to make stuff with, or if you are sourcing fabric and accessories for your business.

Zhong Da Fabric Market Guangzhou

I only had a few hours there before my flight (I probably only covered the tip of the iceberg), but here are some areas that you can check out.

p/s I’m going to be including some Mandarin words in case you need this for reference to show the hotel concierge or cab driver.

1. China Fabrics and Accessories Center (广州国际轻纺城 — Guangzhou guo ji qing fang cheng)

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