Customize Your Carry-On With A DIY Luggage Tag

How many times have you found yourself standing in baggage claim, a parade of nearly identical black bags marching before you, completely bewildered as to which one belongs to you? Read More

DIY: Personalized Envelope Lining

Sending snail mail is so much fun, I miss the days when you send letters to your friends and you purchase a stamp and wait days for them to receive it. From now on I want to make an effort to make cute little cards, letters and envelopes to send to my friends and family because it does really make a difference. The other day I sent a birthday card and personalized the envelope and it turned out pretty sweet, so I thought I would share with you guys how to create your own personalized envelope lining

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DIY: Brighten Up Your Jewelry With Neon Thread!

When it comes to accessories I’m in a bit of a neon crazy lately – I love this editorial from Cosmo Australia that I saw on Oracle Fox and set out to create lots of fun, laid-back-surfer-girl-style accessories that look awesome when layered heavily like the photo above. Read More

DIY Inspiration with FP Bags!

I’ve seen a couple of amazing projects lately using Free People bags, I had to share!

One of our facebook fans shared this photo of a chair they had reupholstered using FP bags. BRILLIANT.

And a sweet little pillow and lampshade from one of our fp girls in Santa Monica! Love it!

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a couple of weeks ago a package came in the mail for me and i opened it up to find this insanely cute pair of owls that one of our fp girls in denver had made.  i immediately had to find out how she made them and she was kind enough to send me photos and instructions!

what you need:

needle & thread
scissors
2-3 fun mismatched fabrics (perfect use for an old free people bag!)
2 buttons
small piece of felt
stuffing

use a paper template like this one to cut out your pieces of fabric – use different fabrics for the top and bottom to give it a fun mis-matched look! you’ll need two pieces of fabric for the top (front and back) and two pieces for the bottom (front and back).

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the first thing you want to do when sewing these little guys is sew on the eyes and beak –  use buttons or felt for eyes and a felt triangle for the nose. for the smaller owls, add on a little piece of fabric at the top if you want to be able to hang it (these would be awesome christmas tree ornaments!)

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get funky with this little project, the more fabrics and different things you use, the better! you can use beads, buttons, felt or embroider them.

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next you want to sew the the head to the body, for the front side of the owl and the back. sew on the reverse side of the fabric, which will be on the inside of the owl.

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after completing this step, you can add a thin strip of fabric to cover the spot where you sewed the top to the bottom, if you choose – just adds to the mix of patterns and looks super cute!

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Finally you get to sew the front and back together! place the right sides of the fabric together and start sewing the little owl together all the way around, leaving a small opening the bottom. turn the owl inside out and  stuff the owl – you can even put a little lavender in there to make him smell beautiful!

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last but not least, sew up the opening & you are finished!

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thank you so much michelle!

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as promised, the lovely ladies of free people austin lamar have provided step by step instructions on how to put in these rad feather hair extensions! i’m so bummed i didn’t know how to do this all summer long!

step 1: pick anywhere from 3-5 feathers. you can buy the feathers at some hair salons, or order them from etsy.

step 2: pick a small piece of hair- we suggest either under a layer of hair on top, or a small piece of hair underneath, right by the ear.

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Step 3: if you don’t have a fancy tool, you can just take a piece of fishing line and loop it! then place the hair extension bead through both ends. you can find these beads at any beauty supply store that carries hair extensions.

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step 4: pull the small piece of hair that you selected through the loop.

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step 5: move the bead up the fishing line and onto the piece of hair.

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step 6: pull the hair through the bead completely, and make sure it stays about an inch from the scalp.

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step 7: take your cluster of feathers, and make sure every feather makes it into the bead!

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Step 8: once you make sure all of the feathers are in, you can trim any of the excess that is sticking out of the top of the bead.

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step 9: take pliers and squeeze the bead until it is completely closed.

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VOILA!!! you have beautiful feathers in your hair!!

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now if you want to take it a step further, put some feathers on both sides of your head and put your hair into a french braid:

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peace of cake ;)

*update*

to remove the feathers you can just pinch the bead with pliers in the other direction to open it and they slide right out. or after a week or two they might slide out on their own.

the feather can get wet, washed, brushed, blown dry and straightened! you can pretty much just treat them like your own hair.