DIY Heart T-shirt for Valentine’s Day

We are one month away from Valentine’s Day but that doesn’t mean we aren’t getting started on the season of love a little early this year. At iLoveSexy Blog, we are all about the handmade arts and crafts, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. For special occasions even outside of Valentine’s Day, there’s nothing quite like a handmade gift that everyone can appreciate. Even something as simple as this week’s tutorial on our adorable DIY heart t-shirt can be stylish enough to rock on a casual day. A classic fashion staple, it almost seems as though every girl has her own heart t-shirt in her closet. These heart t-shirts can be found in most clothing retail stores and are loved for their simplicity and whimsicality. But did you know how easy it is to make your own? While there are many different ways to go about creating it, we decided to experiment this week with heat transfer papers, which can be found at most local craft stores. Heat transfer papers are great for designing your own shirts and allow you to customize it any way you like. And this tutorial is not just for t-shirts, as you can design almost any kind of article of clothing such as tank tops, sweatshirts, camisoles and even lingerie. If you have a friend or loved one who would appreciate this, then stick around and learn how to create your own in just a few easy steps!
 

 DIY Heart T-shirt - What you will need

 
 What you will need:

Heat transfer paper
A shirt or any article of clothing
Iron
Scissors
Scratch paper
Pen or pencil
 

DIY Heart T-shirt - Step 1

1. Trace a large heart stencil or a design of your choice onto a piece of scratch paper. Use scissors to cut it out neatly.

 

DIY Heart T-shirt - Step 2

2. Once you have cut out your stencils, decide on the placement of the stencils on your t-shirt.

 

DIY Heart T-shirt - Step 3

3. Place your stencil on top of the heat transfer paper and trace out your design.

 

DIY Heart T-shirt - Step 4

4. Once you have your design traced out, cut it out as neatly as possible with scissors.

 

DIY Heart T-shirt - Step 5

5. Lay your t-shirt on a flat surface with your designs laid out in place. Place a thin piece of cloth on top of the t-shirt. Make sure the cloth is not too thick, otherwise the iron will not be hot enough for the transfer paper to adhere to the t-shirt.

 

DIY Heart T-shirt - Step 6

6. Set your iron on a dry setting and press it on top of the heat transfer designs. Slowly move your iron for a couple of minutes around the designs and continue to press down. Make sure that the edges are secure. This may take several tries, depending on how hot your iron is.

 

DIY Heart T-shirt - Finished

Plain white t-shirts are a classic choice for when you want to go for a casual look, but a decorated DIY heart t-shirt adds a cute and feminine touch to it. The glitter heat transfer paper sparkles and shines against its simple backdrop, making it a cute choice for when you’re out and about. And you don’t only have to limit the designs to hearts as well. Our package of glitter heat transfer papers had several other colors included, and there are many ways you can design your shirt.

 

DIY Heart T-shirt - Finished2

As Valentine’s Day approaches, the heart t-shirts will quickly disappear off the shelves from your favorite clothing retail stores. However, you won’t have to worry about that if you make your own with our DIY tutorial. We love how this tutorial is a no-sew and we’re sure most of you know how to use an iron, so creating your own DIY heart t-shirt is very quick and easy to do. This takes less than half an hour to complete yet looks amazing when finished and is definitely something you can gift to a friend or loved one to show how much you mean to them. What are your thoughts on this week’s DIY tutorial? Are you in love with this DIY heart t-shirt as much as we are? What design would you create if you were to make your own? Please leave us some love in the form of any comments, questions or suggestions you might have. And come check us out next week to see what new gifts you can create for the upcoming love-filled holiday!

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DIY Glitter Candles for Valentine’s Day

Do you love glitter as much as we do? If you follow our blog, then you’ll know just how obsessed we are over glitter and will find excuses to add it to just about anything! Does anything even exist that glitter does not look amazing on? We are on our second week of our Valentine’s Day DIY series, and boy, do we have a treat for you this week! Although we’ve pretty much given it away already, we hope you’re as excited as we are to try it out. These DIY glitter candles are a fun and inexpensive gift to show your friends and loved ones how much you mean to them. They’re eye-catching, festive and make the perfect decorations for the upcoming Valentine’s Day.  Or if you really want to add a little romance to Valentine’s Day, you can the deck out your bedroom with these DIY glitter candles and get ready for that special night with something from our Valentine’s Day Lingerie Collection. Imagine how incredibly gorgeous they would look flickering on a tabletop while adding a nice, warm glow to the bedroom. Nothing says, “I love you” as much as a handmade gift, so let’s get started on crafting these dazzling beauties.
 

DIY Glitter Candles - What you will need

 
What you will need: 

Candles
Glitter
Mod Podge
Small foam brushes
Sticker paper
Scissors
Tape
 

DIY Glitter Candles - Step 1

1. Draw a heart onto the sticker paper and cut the shape out.
 

DIY Glitter Candles - Step 2

2. Peel the adhesive side from the sticker paper and stick it onto the center of the candle. Make sure that it is firmly attached with no openings.
 

DIY Glitter Candles - Step 3

3. Dispense the Mod Podge onto a plate or dish and use a small foam brush to paint a thin layer around the entire candle.
 

DIY Glitter Candles - Step 4

4. Pour a generous amount of glitter onto a different plate or dish and roll the candle around, picking up glitter as you go. To fill uneven spots, apply a small amount of Mod Podge to the spot and roll it again in glitter until you have covered it up.
 

DIY Glitter Candles - Step 5

5. When you have finished applying an even coat of glitter to the candle, let it dry for around ten to fifteen minutes. After it has finished drying, carefully peel off the heart sticker stencil. If there are any loose glitters around the candle, you can use tape to remove them easily.
 

DIY Glitter Candles - Finished

 Tell us, does this or does this not look gorgeous? Simple yet beautiful, these DIY glitter candles will add sparkle and shine anywhere you take them. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we also created a red version of this. A pink glitter candle and red glitter candle would make an adorable gift set and will be much appreciated by whoever is lucky enough to receive them. You can use whatever kind of glitter you’d like, whether you prefer the chunky glitter shown here or the ultra-fine glitter we normally use. And you can get even get creative with the color of glitter you plan to use, and can create them with your loved one’s favorite colors.
 
Although there are those who tend to rag on Valentine’s Day for being too Hallmark-y and gimmicky, we can definitely say that this handmade gift is made with love. Will you be creating your own DIY glitter candles this year? Is there a special someone you would like to make these for? Please show off your creations if you use any of your tutorials and let us know. We would love to hear your thoughts, questions and comments, so leave us some love in the comment box below. We will continue counting down to Valentine’s Day with an all new tutorial next week!

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DIY Hair Bow Tutorial (No Sew)

2014 has finally arrived and we could not be more happy to welcome in the new year! We hope you have had a wonderful and restful vacation. Now that we’re back in the office and ready to begin the new year, it’s time for some big changes here at iLoveSexy Blog. The holiday season just came to a close and we have been brewing many wonderful ideas to help get you prepped for the upcoming Valentine’s Day in February. Now we know that Valentine’s Day is still many days away, but starting from this week’s DIY tutorial, we will be coming up with love-themed Valentine’s Day gift ideas! While people primarily like to spend money on flowers, chocolates and lingerie, we, at iLoveSexy, believe that the best gifts come from the heart. This week, we have created a tutorial for you to create these charming and dainty DIY hair bows, which will make wonderful gifts to friends and loved ones for the holiday and for the upcoming spring. And to make things quick and easy for you, we will be doing a no-sew method. So grab your favorite pattern and your other materials and let’s get started!
 

DIY Hair Bow - What you will need

 

What you will need:

Material of your choice
Alligator clips
Tape measure
Hot glue gun
Scissors

 

DIY Hair Bow - Step 1

1. Take a tape measure and measure out around 11 x 6 inches of fabric. Use scissors to cut according to your measurements.

 

DIY Hair Bow - Step 2

2. Fold over a small strip on one side of the fabric. Use hot glue to attach it.

 

DIY Hair Bow - Step 3

3. Once you have made the fold, this is how your piece of fabric should look like so far.

 

DIY Hair Bow - Step 4

4. Fold over the top and bottom of the fabric and dispense hot glue to attach it. This is how it should look like after you have done so.

 

DIY Hair Bow - Step 5

5. Take the edge that has not been glued and fold it over. Fold the other side over, making sure that there is a slight overlap and dispense hot glue to keep it attached.

 

DIY Hair Bow - Step 6

6. Scrunch the bow evenly, such as you would when folding a paper fan. Each fold you create, dispense a little hot glue in the center to secure the pleating.
 

DIY Hair Bow - Step 7

7. Cut a small strip of fabric a few inches thick. Fold it in half and use hot glue to keep it attached.

 

DIY Hair Bow - Step 8

8. Wrap the small strip of fabric around the center of the bow, leaving a small space in between the bow and the strip. Dispense hot glue to attach it.

 

DIY Hair Bow - Step 9

9. Once the hot glue has dried, you may take an alligator clip and slip it between the fabric strip.

 

DIY Hair Bow - Finished1

There you have it! Aren’t these hair bows simply adorable? Perfect as accessories or gifts, these bows can be used in a variety of ways. If you’d like, you can even skip the alligator clips and glue them on a headband instead. Or give it a masculine twist by clipping them onto bow tie clips, if you have a special man in your life that you would like to make these for.

 

DIY Hair Bow - Finished2

And this is how the DIY hair bow actually looks in use. Hair bows have been as popular than ever and when worn with a chic sock bun, the look is fun, flirty and fresh. Super feminine and elegant, this fashion accessory looks amazing on a variety of hairstyles.
 

When it comes to giving gifts, it’s truly the thought that counts. And what could be more thoughtful than giving a handmade gift this year? We hope you have enjoyed our first Valentine’s Day DIY tutorial. If you’re having trouble deciding what to get your loved ones or friends this year, you’re in luck because we have many goodies planned out for you over the next month. Are you a fan of these DIY hair bows? Will you be making any for the upcoming Valentine’s Day or spring season? Please share your ideas and let us know what sort of patterns you will be making with this tutorial. And if you have any comments, questions or suggestions, we would love to hear them! Check back again next week for an all new DIY tutorial and more ideas for Valentine’s Day.

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DIY Studded Shorts Tutorial

Wow, can you believe that 2014 is just around the corner? It’s been an amazing year at iLoveSexy and we are happy to say how blessed we have been to gain and interact with so many new followers. While we are excited to start the new year, we are definitely looking forward to partying like rock stars on New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Eve is the time to get dolled up, put on your dancing shoes and paint the town with your closest friends. Choosing the perfect outfit can seem like a daunting task when there are so many different styles to pick from. We, at iLoveSexy, wanted to start off 2014 with a bang, which is why we came up with this trendy DIY studded shorts tutorial to help get the party started. These DIY studded shorts are fun, edgy and look great when paired with an eye-catching sequinned top. The best part about creating these shorts is that you can design them in many different ways to suit the style you are going for. Whether you want to go edgy and eclectic for a party or casual for going out and about, the possibilities are endless. So let’s ring in the new year and get started on our tutorial!
 

DIY Studded Shorts -  What you will need

 

What you will need: 

A pair of shorts
Studs
Pliers

 

DIY Studded Shorts - Step 1

1. Determine where you would like to place your stud. Make sure that it is aligned straight and not lopsided before pressing the stud into the shorts.

 

DIY Studded Shorts - Step 2

2. Press the stud through the fabric until both tines are poked through.

 

DIY Studded Shorts - Step 3

3. Use the pliers to bend the tines and secure them into place. They should be firmly imbedded into the material and should not be able to be moved or wiggled in place.

 

DIY Studded Shorts - Finished 1

Repeat steps 1 to 3 until you have finished studding your shorts. Please note that you do not have to follow our design stud by stud and we definitely encourage you to search for other ideas for inspiration. While we have to admit that our design is quite popular, there are so many different ways to create a pair of DIY studded shorts. You can spread out the studs all across the shorts and not limit them to just the pockets. You can even stud the front pocket of the shorts for a rocker, vintage vibe. And don’t forget, you can also get studs in different sizes and shapes, such as stars.

 

DIY Studded Shorts - Finished2

New Year’s Eve is the time to say goodbye to the current year and welcome in a new one. The best way to celebrate, in our opinion, is to celebrate in style. Studded clothes always make a great fashion statement and would be amazing at any festive New Year’s Eve events. Rock a pair of these gorgeous studded shorts and you’ll definitely look like the life of the party. So what did you think of this week’s tutorial? Is this something you are interested in creating for an upcoming party? What do you plan to wear for this New Year’s Eve? Will you be attending any fun and special events? And most importantly, what are your resolutions for the new year? We hope you have had an amazing 2013 and will see you again next week for another new DIY tutorial! Happy New Year!

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DIY Shoe Clips Tutorial

Want to spice up your shoe closet for the winter? The holiday season is all about decorations and ornaments, which is when all the popular retailers come out with their decked-out shoe collections. Glitter, bows and flowers are just an example of the many gorgeous combinations you’ll find on the shelves. You may feel tempted to grab them while they’re still hot, but we, at iLoveSexy have a special treat for you this week! We are always looking for fun and affordable DIY tutorials that are easy on the eyes and your wallet so that you can recreate fashion trends that you find in stores. In fact, we have come up with this crafty DIY Shoe Clip tutorial so that you can decorate your shoes anytime you want. This is perfect if you have any high heels lying around the house that you’d like to transform for a special occasion. Or if you’re looking for some new shoes to adorn, we have many gorgeous pumps in our Pump Collection that you may like. In just a few easy steps, you can take any old shoe from drab to fab. So stick around and find out how to make your own DIY shoe clips.
 

DIY Shoe Clips - What you will need

 

What you will need: 

Decorative appliques (bows, flowers, ornaments, etc.)
Earring clips
Pliers
Hot glue or tacky glue

 

DIY Shoe Clips - Step 1

1. Use pliers to pinch and flatten the earring clip so that they rest comfortably against the shoe when they are attached. Repeat this step for the other clip.

 

DIY Shoe Clips - Step 2

2. Apply hot glue or tacky glue to the back of your applique.

 

DIY Shoe Clips - Step 3

3. Attach the flattened earring clip to the glue and wait for it to dry. Repeat this step for the other earring clip.

 

DIY Shoe Clips - Finished

 
Don’t these DIY shoe clips just brighten up the high heels? The best part about them is that you can switch them around to your liking and place them in different positions. Wear them in the front as your centerpiece or to the side to give it a sophisticated and romantic look. You can even clip them to the back of the shoe for a fun, retro feel. Here are just a few different ways you can wear your DIY shoe clips.
 

DIY Shoe Clips - Black Velvet

Similar: Pleaser Hidden Platform Pump

 

DIY Shoe Clips - Glitter Peep Toe Pump

Peep Toe Glitter Pump

 

DIY Shoe Clips - Harlow Pinup Couture Classic Pump

 

Harlow Pinup Couture Classic Pump

 
Shoe clips are chic, versatile and a simple way to dress up a pair of shoes. You can use all different kinds of shoes with these DIY shoe clips such as sandals and flats. And if you have any old costume jewelry or ornaments lying around, you can use those as part of your shoe clips as well. If you’re feeling fancy and want to incorporate some arts and crafts into your fashion, then this tutorial is perfect for you. What would you decorate your shoe clips with? Are you a fan of this look?  Let us know in the comment box below what you thought of our tutorial and if you’ll be trying this out yourself. And pay us a visit again next week to see what new tutorial we have in store for you.

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DIY Studded Bra Tutorial

Studs and spikes are a fun and trendy way to add edginess to clothing and it has been quite popular in the fashion industry over the years. There’s something so iconic about studded apparel, and it can really transform an outfit from drab to fab in minutes, especially in the winter. This week at iLoveSexy, we felt like tapping into our inner bad girl and we came up with this easy and affordable DIY studded bra tutorial. We’re sure you’ve seen this studded bra around in stores with various designs. But if you knew how easy to it was to create your own, you would definitely want to make your own DIY studded bra at home.  Adding studs to an old bra can really spice it up and it makes an amazing accent piece in a fierce and modern outfit. We made this with our Convertible Four Way Bra, which works great because you can wear this bra many different ways once you are finished. If you prefer something more demure and feminine, you can opt for this Demi Cup Underwire Padded Bra which has lace and faux leather detailing. Or if you want to go rocker chic, then adding studs to our Leather Bra would be our top pick. Whether you choose to use one of our bras or use one you have lying around your house, this tutorial is fun and easy to follow. So let’s get started!

 

DIY Studded Bra - What you will need

 

What you will need:

Bra
Studs (We used 1/2 inch silver studs that we purchased from Studs & Spikes)
Sewing stiletto (or anything that you can use to punch holes such as a razor blade)
Pliers

 

DIY Studded Bra - Step 1

1. Take a stud and press it against the bra to make an indent in the material.

 

DIY Studded Bra - Step 2

2. Use the stiletto to poke two holes where the stud has left its indent. If your bra’s material does not contain padding and is thin enough, then you will not need to use a stiletto.

 

DIY Studded Bra - Step 3

3. Poke the stud’s tines through the holes you have created.

 

DIY Studded Bra - Step 4

4. To secure the studs in place, use a pair of pliers to bend the tines down.

 

DIY Studded Bra - Step 5

5. To make sure that the tines are as flat as possible, you can place the bra on a flat surface and press the flat side of the pliers to push down the stud.

 

DIY Studded Bra - Finished1

Repeat steps 1-5 throughout the entire bra, with whatever design you want to go with. This is our finished product, after we have finished studding.

 

DIY Studded Bra - Finished2

And here is a side view of our DIY studded bra. What do you think of this design?

 

DIY Studded Bra - Finished3

You can use any kind of bra that you like, but what’s great about this convertible bra is that it can be worn four different ways, which works wonderfully for creating different looks. Whether you want to wear this peeking out of a blazer or paired with a jacket or even on its own, this bra is extremely versatile.

 

DIY Studded Bra - Finished4

So what did you think of this DIY studded bra tutorial? Will you be trying this out at home? Studded bras have always been a favorite among women, and while they can be found at many retail stores, making your own with a customized design is just as easy and so much more fun. You can also get creative and add spikes and different colored studs to your bra. And once you are finished, you can rock out in this gorgeous piece wherever you go. So let us know if you liked this tutorial and if you will be making your own using this method. And share your thoughts with us in the form of questions, comments and suggestions in our comment box below! And check back next week for an all new DIY tutorial that you can accomplish at home!

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