Art&Craft studio - MILOS CRAFTS - Καλλιτεχνικό Εργαστήρι . Unique arts and crafts handmade with love on Milos. For those who love inspiration, art, creativity, imagination, fun, life! Μοναδικές χειροτεχνίες και έργα τέχνης φτιαγμένα με μεράκι και πολλή αγάπη - στη Μήλο. Για όσους αγαπούν την έμπνευση, την τέχνη, τη δημιουργικότητα, τη φαντασία, τη διασκέδαση, τη ζωή!!! Specializing in ecological screen printing, we want to create only beautiful things....HOW?...well....we take some ancient history, mix it with a little folklore, then add a pinch of fairy tale.


Εργαστήρια Δημιουργικής Επανάχρησης – Μήλου. Upcycling Workshops – Milos.

Upcycling jeans to make a backpack Part 2

  (for part 1 click here)

The Finished backpack

Continuing on from part 1


(1) This is the back piece of the backpack which will have a secret pocket.   I decided it was a bit boring so I drew a heart with chalk,  outlined it with thread and  (2) machine stitched the pocket in place

(3) Denim rivets were added to the top pocket corners  (4) for added strength

(5) Fabric tabs were then attached to (6) square rings

*I really like using square rings for adjustable backpack straps, they look neater neater than O rings or D rings.

(7) The main pieces of the bag were then stitched together, the front, back, base, zipped top and the tabs for the straps.



(8) Next strips of fabric were made from various colored strips of upcycled denim which were (9) then made into straps

(10) Metal sliders were (11) stitched and riveted to the ends

to make the straps adjustable

( 12) Then the straps were stitched onto the bag

and riveted for extra strength

The finished backpack.



Εργαστήρια Δημιουργικής Επανάχρησης – Μήλου Upcycling Workshops – Milos

 Upcycling jeans to make a backpack   Part 1

Πως φτιάχνω μία τσάντα πλάτης επαναχρησιμοποιώντας ένα παλιό παντελόνι τζιν    Μέρος 1

The textile industry is one of the world’s top 5 polluters and unfortunately the denim jeans that we all love to wear are one of the worst polluters.  According to Christina Dean,  the Founder and CEO of Redress, a Hong Kong-based NGO working to reduce waste in the fashion industry – “Just one pair of regular jeans requires 3,625 liters of water which is the same amount of water one person requires for basic survival for around 2.5 years”

For further information that you will not regret reading:

A Conversation with Christina Dean    and       Redress     her environmental NGO is which working to reduce waste in the fashion industry.

So, upcycling our clothes and especially our jeans is one of the easiest and most approachable ways to help the environment, everyone can do it!

Here is part 1 of a little tutorial showing how it’s possible to upcycle denim jeans into a backpack. 

As the aim is to make a bag that reaches professional standards and lasts a long time,  most of the sewing was done with professional, industrial machines. During the Upcycling Workshops on Milos people will have the opportunity to learn about professional level design and construction methods as well as learning about professional techniques and industrial machines.

 Suggested equipment

Suggested equipment

          a seam ripper

         thread snips   (or scissors)

         fabric marking pencils

1.  We aren’t going to undo the lovely “flat fell seam” that is found on the inside leg…not only because it looks nice but also because it’s much more difficult to rip up as it’s actually a double-seam


see here to understand how a flat fell seam is made. 

2.  We’re going to start ripping the outside seam with the seam ripper.

3. Starting at the hem, then slowly cutting the threads  4. &  5.  until the seam is completely opened.

6.  Next we’ll mark our design onto the denim fabric and lining fabric 7. with a fabric marking pencil and then  8. cut out the outlined shape.


9.  Now we cut the holes for the zips and 10. make the zip pockets 

11. & 12.  Next we attach the zips and zip pockets to the main body of the bag.

Almost there….we just have to attach the red zip and zip pocket and then…

“I’m Ready for My Close-Up, Mr. DeMille”


Upcycled denim jeans backpack with a BIG mouth….oh dear! This may be a very nasty backpack  😍  for a very nasty woman! 😍 

Part 2 soon




Σεμινάριο κατασκευής Χειροποίητης Εσπαντρίγιας – Make Your Own Espadrilles Workshop

Σεμινάριο κατασκευής Χειροποίητης Εσπαντρίγιας

Make Your Own Espadrilles Workshop

SUPER Facebook ΔΙΑΓΩΝΙΣΜΟΣ! Γίνε κι εσύ ένας από τους 2 τυχερούς που θα κερδίσουν ένα δωρεάν σεμινάριο χειροποίητης εσπαντρίγιας…Δείτε εδώ!

Enter the Facebook competition to be one of the 2 lucky winners and win a free “Make Your Own Espadrilles” workshop. here!


Θα κατασκευάσουμε το πιο διαχρονικό παπούτσι του καλοκαιριού… χειροποίητες εσπαντρίγιες…. και τσάντα ασορτί…. αρκεί να υπάρχει το κέφι και η όρεξη για δημιουργία!

Στη τιμή του σεμιναρίου είναι ΔΩΡΟ τα υλικά που θα χρησιμοποιήσετε:

  • ένα ζευγάρι σόλες εσπαντρίγιας* PRYM

  • ποικιλία ειδικών διακοσμητικών νημάτων

  • δερμάτινη ή βαμβακερή επένδυση

        (συνολικής αξίας 15€)

*διατίθενται παιδικά νούμερα 26–35 και γυναικεία & ανδρικά νούμερα 36-41

Για την κατασκευή της εσπαντρίγιας απαιτείται χρήση γερού και ανθεκτικού υφάσματος, το οποίο μπορείτε να προμηθευτείτε από το εργαστήριο (υψηλής ποιότητας βαμβακερό καραβόπανο ειδικό για εσπαντρίγιες , Ολομέταξα σαντούκ-Σουά σοβάζ σε υπέροχα χρώματα, ή δέρμα nappa – ενα εξαιρετικό, απαλό και εύκαμπτο δέρμα, από 4 έως 20 ευρώ επιπλέον για κάθε ζευγάρι εσπαντρίγιες), ή να φέρετε ύφασμα της επιλογής σας.

Το κόστος του εργαστηρίου είναι:

– 45€ το ατομικό μάθημα –

-35€ το άτομο για ομάδα 2 ατόμων –

-30€ το άτομο για ομάδα 3-4 ατόμων.

Το σεμινάριο διαρκεί 3-4 ώρες και πραγματοποιείται στο εργαστήριο Milos Crafts στον Αδάμαντα Μήλου.

Ημερομηνίες και ώρες κατόπιν συνεννόησης.

Το σεμινάριο είναι κατάλληλο για αρχάριους και δεν απαιτεί ειδικές γνώσεις ή εμπειρία.

Πολύχρωμες κλωστές, υφάσματα, δέρματα, αλυσίδες, κορδόνια, χάντρες, τρούκ, και άλλα πολλά,  σας περιμένουν!

Make You Own Espadrilles Workshop. 

Always a summertime favourite, come and create your own unique espadrilles in our professionally equipped island  workshop!

Each class is 3 – 4 hours and is suitable for beginners.

Materials included in the price are:

  • a pair of PRYM espadrilles soles

  • a wide choice of decorative threads

  • leather or cotton lining

Total value of which is 15€

The fabric required for the espadrilles needs to be sturdy and hard-wearing and can be purchased at reasonable cost from the studio, or brought from home.

Our materials are especially suitable for footwear and range in price from 4 euro to 20 euro to complete a pair of espadrilles and include:

  • Heavy-duty woven cotton perfect for that boho-look.   4€

  • White woven cotton canvas suitable for *decoration and painting scenes and motifs.  6€

(*beading, embroidery, appliqué etc.  This requires further arrangements due to needing more time)

  • Beautiful canvas backed shantung silk in rich jewel colours, perfect for a special occasion such as a wedding. 10€

  •  Soft nappa leather, available in natural and metallic colours 15€ – 20€

 Class Costs

45€ euro for a one-on-one private workshop

35€ per person for a workshop of two people

30€ per person for a workshop of three or more people.

Maximum of 5 students.  Refreshments included.








Once Upon a Time…..Sustainable Cork Tales

Sharing some behind the scenes of one of our current sustainable design series called “Once Upon a Time” which will soon be available in outlets on Milos, as well as at the studio shop.

Using eco-friendly cork as an alternative to animal leather, these cruelty-free, vegan bags are lined with non-bleached cotton which is hand screen-printed with water based Eco-inks, all completely designed and handcrafted here on Milos in our little design studio. 

Each clutch bag is unique, telling its own story, and can be personalized, with initials or name, embossed onto a cloud and sewn onto the front of the bag.

Perfect for summer!1 finished clutch eleni

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Happy Greek Easter- Καλή Ανάσταση & Καλό Πάσχα.

Eco-dyeing eggs for Greek Easter with onion skins, turmeric and red cabbage. 

The eggs were pre-boiled and allowed to cool before being decorated with gathered flowers and then wrapped in old pantyhose.  The onion skins, turmeric and red cabbage were boiled separately with 2 tbsps  white vinegar and then cooled before adding the eggs.


While I was out gathering the flowers,  I met this beautiful butterfly.  It flew around me three times as I think I disturbed it’s lunch….it was quite big and a strong flyer.   According to this site it’s one of the largest butterflies in Europe!      Strangely it’s called the Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides podalirius) even thought it’s not actually scarce.  I felt very honored!

Inspiration Behind the Design – Milos Mini-Bag

This Milos Mini-Bag design is inspired by two things:

The lines “The kisses of your lips are honey, my love” from the Song of Solomon 4:11,

and   this   Elsa Schiaparelli evening coat at the Victoria and Albert Museum

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Elsa Schiaparelli  had a wonderful, quirky way of seeing the world.  Her designs were often considered shocking, playing with contradictions and opposites, her first perfume was actually called Shocking.  

An innovative designer, way ahead of her time…she’s credited with designing the first culottes and wrap-dress, and the first clothes with visible zippers. The New Yorker’s Paris correspondent at the time said, “A dress from Schiaparelli ranks like a modern canvas” ,  having effectively turned her fashion creations into art.   Have a look at this bug necklace , it’s quite amazing when you consider it was made, and worn, in 1938 as part of her Pagan Collection inspired by Botticelli’s lush paintings.    

Schiaparelli collaborated with many artists of the day, such as Salvador Dali, believing that fashion and art share the same goals – to enrich and deepen an understanding of the world that surrounds us.   In fact Coco Chanel, Schiaparelli’s greatest rival, referred to her as “The Italian artist who makes clothes.” 

Here is an excerpt from a  Vogue  article about her early life:  “Berated by her mother for her homely looks, she grew up thinking of whimsical ways to beautify herself. Her astronomer uncle tried to allay her concerns about a cluster of moles on her cheek by noting their resemblance to the Big Dipper; years later, she recreated the constellation on the chairs in her salon, in embroideries, and on a cherished brooch. Schiap once took flower seeds and sowed them in her ears, mouth, and nose, in the hopes that she would blossom into a beauty. “To have a face covered with flowers like a heavenly garden would indeed be a wonderful thing!”

Some links for further reading.

Her Biography.    The Met Museum Collection.  

  A Vogue Biography          Collectors Weekly

Threads for Thought-Political Irony in Surrealist Fashion

And so, inspired by the great artist/designer that is Schiaparelli, I’m working on this series of Milos Mini-Bags.

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Milos Minibags

Milos Mini Bags

Stitching leather raindrops onto the front main-body piece of the 

“Behind the moon, beyond the rain… somewhere over the rainbow” 

– leather mini bag inspired by the ballad originally sung by Judy Garland in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz   Of the many cover versions,  Israel Kamakawiw’ole ‘s is unforgettable.

SS16 leather mini bag collection

Milos Minibag SS16

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