Do you get as frustrated as I do when things in your life are cluttered and unorganised? Prior to making this brush roll, every time I would open my makeup bag I would be greeted with a sea of makeup brushes and would have to rummage to the bottom of the bag to find the product I was after. It was always a pain when I was in a rush and nine times out of ten I would have to dump half the contents of my bag on the bench, resulting in a big mess on the bathroom counter and a rushed makeup job.
I’ve had the pattern for this project in my head for months and finally got around to making it the other day, it took me around 90 minutes. I used some old fabric scraps and some faux leather that I bought a couple of months ago. Faux leather is quite pricey, mine cost $50 for two meters, so if you would prefer to save your pennies you could use laminated fabric instead.
1. First, you will want to get your brushes out and measure up a pattern that fits them all in. You can choose whether you would prefer the roll to have rounded or square edges, it won’t matter either way. 2. Then trace around your pattern onto the wrong side of the leather and cut it out. Once you have done this pin the pattern to your fabric and cut it out around the edges, this will make up the outside of the roll. 3. Now you will need to fold the pattern in half, pin it to the fabric again and cut it out. This piece will be used to hold the brushes in place. 4. Now that you have all of your materials cut to size you will need to hem the top edge of the fabric which will hold your brushes in place. Fold and press the top half of the fabric down 1/2cm and then again 1cm. Sew along this edge as close as you can to the fold line. 5. From here you will sew this piece (right side down) to the wrong side of the leather, 1/2cm from the fabric’s edge. You will want to leave the hemmed edge open. I did not want to damage the leather so instead of pinning these pieces together I used sticky tape along the open edge to hold the two pieces together while I sewed. When you have finished sewing, trim the corners back and turn the fabric right side out. 6. It’s time to measure your brushes. Use pins to mark where you need to sew. I placed the brushes inside the pocket and pressed down on either side of each one to measure how much room was needed. 7. When you have finished pinning your measurements you can sew the pockets for the brushes. Be careful to over-sew at each edge to make sure the stitching is going to stay put when you are using it later on. Double check that each brush fits as you sew the pockets.
8. Now you can get your straps ready. Cut a 90x3cm strip of leather and sew it together at the sides. I used a contrasting thread for an extra bit of detail, but you could use a thread that matches your leather. Sew each end shut and cut the strip in half so you are left with two 45cm strips. Place the strips aside while you work on the next step. 9. Sew the backing and the lining together with right sides together as close to the edges as possible leaving a 5cm gap at the end where you would like your straps to go.Trim the corners and any edges with excess fabric, the good thing about leather is that it won’t fray so cut it as close to the stitching as possible. 10. Turn the brush roll right side out and place the straps inside the opening, folding the material inside as you go. Now you will sew the gap shut with the ends of the straps inside. I was lazy and did this with the machine, but you could do it by hand with a sharp needle and some thread. 11. Now put your brushes inside, wrap it up and marvel at your organised-ness!
Have a happy Sunday!
We finally got here: day 12! So impressed that I finally made it through the challenge, I certainly wouldn’t have if it weren’t for Chloe’s help when things got busy over the last 12 days!
Today’s inspiration is a little more unique than the rest: a Christmas song! Rocking Around the Christmas Tree to be exact, so I added black studs onto my deep red “I’m Not Really A Waitress” by OPI. The rock star in me was thrilled when I came up with this idea, given that she lives so close to my surface (I have previously been known to dye sections of my hair bright red or blue and love anything with studs or shiny metal detailing).
I picked up the studs from Spotlight and dotted them randomly over the still wet second coat before I put a top coat over the whole lot.
Have a wonderfully merry Christmas everyone!
I’m back! I was so excited when Asha asked me to do another 12 Nails of Christmas post AND when she gave me the ultra cool idea for Christmas ombré nails. I had wanted to try this pretty nail technique ever since Asha gave it a go while I was away on holidays.
For this design I used Revlon’s Gold Coin (cos it makes me feel super rich) and Sephora by OPI Curve-aceous. The technique is quite easy, but if you are anything like me you might have to spend a bit of time afterwards cleaning up your fingers with polish remover – it was not a pretty sight, but I got there in the end! Follow Asha’s step-by-step ombré tutorial to master this technique.
One more day to go, Asha has a killer design to celebrate day 12! I hope you are enjoying the lead up to the festive season as much as I am.
We have reached day nine and I thought I’d do little Christmas designs on two of the nails, I like that they are the middle two fingers as they are kind of framed by the surrounding fingers.
I think that the holly is my favourite one that I’ve done so far! The detail looks so fun and intricate but it was actually really easy with my little paintbrush and a steady hand. I used OPI’s A Oui Bit of Red and China Glaze Emerald Fitzgerald for this design.
I can’t believe I have almost reached the end of my challenge! Two to go and Chloe is up next with her Christmas ombré… Stay tuned!
Aah so we are nearly there, day 9 – this one was so much fun! Chloe showed you how to cover your nails in wrapping paper and I show you how to make five little presents on them! Five presents are much better than one and I loved the idea of having different coloured ribbon on each nail.
For this design I used OPI’s Moon Over Mumbai for the base and the ribbons were OPI Glitzerland and a Oui Bit of Red, China Glaze Emerald Fitzgerald and Coconut Kiss, the silver was once again the Orly mini that I seem to be getting a lot of use out of these days!
So by the time I returned from work this week I was a little exhausted and had been neglecting my challenge and my nails.
My friends and I decided to treat ourselves to a manicure which was so much fun and a relaxing yet satisfying way to have my nails done. Let’s just say it was so nice to have someone else paint them so flawlessly!
So as an addition, albeit a side-step away from my challenge, here is day 8. I got them to add the stars on my ring fingers to make my mani more Christmassy!
Promise I’ll be back on track tomorrow!
Chloe here again! I enjoyed doing the last post so much that I wanted to give another one a go! While this nail design may be a little impractical, it is so much fun and would last long enough to wow everyone at a Christmas party!
For this design all you need is clear nail polish (I used OPI’s Nail Envy) and some leftover foil wrapping paper in a fun and colorful design.
First you will need to cut the wrapping paper to size so it fits around your nail, forming a curved edge which will sit against your cuticles. I found that it was easier to cut the bits of wrapping paper a bit longer than the length of your nail so you have more control when applying them to your nails. Once all the bits of wrapping paper are cut to size paint your nails with the clear polish and carefully stick the wrapping paper to your nail, gently pressing down to eliminate bubbles. Repeat this step until each nail is covered.
Once the polish has dried, gently cut off the excess paper with small scissors. If you wanted to seal the paper down even more you could carefully paint clear nail polish on top. Enjoy!
Hey, Chloe here. I’ll be taking the reigns (he he reigns…reindeer…sleigh…get it?!) today while Asha has a bit of a break, she has had an incredibly busy week working away.
Today’s inspiration came from those pretty twinkly lights we drape around our Christmas trees each year.
For this design I used China Glaze Starboard for the base and painted Deborah Lippmann’s Boom Boom Pow over the top! Only 8 sleeps till Christmas!
Today’s inspiration comes from the northern hemisphere Christmas, snowflakes! I’m lucky enough to have seen snow (living in Perth it’s not an easy feat) however would love to one day experience a white Christmas.
I stumbled upon an easy tutorial on refinery 29 that showed how to paint snow flakes on your nails, for this design I used OPI’s Yoga to Get This Blue for the base and Orly mini silver.
Today’s inspiration comes from something I must have on my Christmas tree each year, candy canes!! (Lucky I use traditional Christmas colours on my tree, it’s hard to find other colours of these yummy sticky treats!)
I always forget to get them as soon as I put up my tree but there are never any left by Christmas time, and I love that they bring some brightness to the tree.
This design was messier than I expected but the end result is worth the hard work and the mess because they are so bold and stand out really well. I used OPI’s Alpine Snow for the white, which I painted over the whole nail. After this I cut small strips of scotch tape and taped off the stripes which I painted in A Oui Bit of Red (OPI).
TIP: be sure to carefully pull the strips off quite quickly before the paint dries and it chips the whole thing.
*These look delicious Asha, now I want some candy canes!*