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Tote Craft - Making a Purse. Merrick's Art // Style + Sewing for the Everyday Girl: DIY LEOPARD FOLD OVER CLUTCH (TUTORIAL) An oversized fold over clutch has been on my sewing to-do list for ages. They're such gorgeous statement bags, and perfect for date night and fancier events. The problem was that I didn't have a good fabric to use. I was always on the lookout, but could never find anything that I really loved. Then last month, in a stroke of good fabric buying luck, I found myself with three fabrics that I realized would all make amazing oversized clutches. The only problem was that with three choices, I was having an impossible time deciding which one to use for the clutch! So I pulled out my new Sprout by HP and used their drawing program to draw out a pretty little fashion illustration.

Then I used the overhead camera capability to take a photo of all three potential fabrics, and then stuck them in the illustration to see which one I liked best. Based off of my drawing, which one would you have picked? Of course I went with Leopard. Clutch, made by me (similar here and here) Materials: matching thread. 19 Healthy Crock Pot Recipes You Need In Your Life. You can cook just about anything in a Crock Pot. Slow cookers can whip up something appropriate for any type of meal: think meaty stews and savory sides, fiber-packed oatmeals and breakfasts that are prepared overnight and even chocolatey baked goods and thick Greek yogurt. Yep, it's a pretty magical, multi-talented appliance that deserves a permanent spot in every kitchen -- especially come winter, when nothing pleases a belly more than a warm, simmering something that sticks to the bones. Virtually any Crock Pot recipe will fill your heart and stomach with happiness, but these 19 recipes will give you peace of mind, too.

Every single one is good for you, tasty and worthy of saving for tomorrow's lunch. Skinny Ms HuffPost TasteThe Best In Comfort Food. DIY Leather Bucket Bag ⎪ Elle Frost. You’d be surprised how easy this DIY leather bucket bag actually is to make, plus it doesn’t take too long! The benefits of leather! A little pointer for machine sewing leather; always use a leather needle in your sewing machine, and if the motor is having problems, you can always go old school and turn the machine your hand!

Scroll down for the video… DIY Monogrammed Hoodie. We Southern girls love a monogram even more than we love our biscuits and gravy. We proudly display our initials on everything from baby bags to silver trays and that's just a start. I think every Southern town has at least one good embroidery shop, and I've given my fair share of business to ours, but I recently decided to DIY my own monogram on a little hoodie and it was as easy as pie. I don't care what level of crafty you are, you can definitely do this!

Start with a hoodie you like. I found this cobalt blue one at Old Navy, but I also found these available on Amazon in a great selection of colors for great prices, too! Then you'll need iron-on letters: one large for the last name initial, and 2 small for the first and middle. Then, just line up your letters in a monogram pattern, slightly touching, but not overlapping. Following the instructions on the package, just iron them on your hoodie! These are so easy to do, you'll be wanting to monogram everything in sight. Merrick's Art // Style + Sewing for the Everyday Girl: HANDMADE HOLIDAYS: DIY SPARKLE PUMPS. The holidays are right around the corner, so it's time to start working on those holiday lists!

Are you ready to start shopping and projecting? Today I'm super excited to share this fun project I did with Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts that is a perfect gift for your best friend, your sister, your mom, or even your stylish grandma! It's a quick and easy project that requires no skill and comes together super fast, but turns out so glamorous and unique. You must make a pair! Click through to see the full instructions! Materials: Step 1. Step 2. Once your entire shoe is covered in glitter, let it dry for 24 hours. Step 3. Let them dry for another 24 hours before wearing. Now wrap them up and then gift them to someone glamorous in your life! Make It Yours ... by Deby Coles. Category: Sewing Type: Accessory Fit: Women, Petite, Tall, Plus-sized Item: Bag Skill Level: Novice Pattern Description: A simple one piece only pattern that folds ingeniously while sewn to create a basic clutch purse. **The 'Make it Yours' Sewing Contest is also launched today.

Features:Uses just one pattern pieceSuper quick to sewSimple designTwo sizesMagnetic snap closureMake it yours - add your own design features Bag sizing - The small pattern makes a finished bag approximately 8 inches wide across the bottom and 5.5 inches deep. Skill level - Beginner for the basic bag. Pattern downloads as a .zip file, containing PDF documents for the 2 different sizes, the instructions and details of the 'Make it Yours' Contest. If you need help in downloading, opening and printing the pattern please see here. Glue Gun Cabochons. Do you have any of these little silicon molds that you use with resin and clay? The one below is one of my favorites…. (Check out the cute bows, or stars, or letters!) I don’t always have enough patience for clay baking or resin hardening…..so I just used my glue gun: The trick is to use high heat glue sticks and stick the nozzle as far into the mold as you can and work out from there.

Carefully remove your glue pieces or “cabochons” from the silicon molds and use some small detail scissors to cut off any excess glue: I spraypaint the pieces first and then add any color detail on top of that if I want more than one color: It’s an easy way to make a quick pair of cabochon earrings for yourself or for gifts: Just add a dab of glue on the back of the cabochon and add earring posts: Any small silicon mold will make a great pair of studs: Just punch holes into a card or tag… . . …..to present them as a gift! A little purple butterfly makes this basic tag look so cute: A few bobby pins: November 30, 2010.

DIY cord, tubes and pearls bracelet pt.2. This is the simplified version of the previously made tubes and pearls bracelet Well, this is a gold tone version of it, but with an easier way to string it, and only one knot on one side, so it's less bulky. This time around, I also used shorter tube beads which look much better around the wrist. Supplies: * 10 yards - Waxed Cotton Cord 1.5mm * 1 - Gold Plated Lobster Clasps 23mm * 3 - 12mm Open Jump Rings * 3 - Gold Plated Curved Noodle Tube Beads 5mm x 30mm * 13 - Gold Plated 6mm Open Jump Rings * 13 - Gold Plated Head Pins * Round Nose Pliers, Flat nose Pliers, Wire cutter Not pictured: a small plastic bottle (circumference just a bit wider than your wrist), painter's tape, a large needle and scissors. the tutorial // how-to: Tie the knot! By making the bracelet this way, you'll end up with only one side that will need a knot: which in my opinion looks much neater and not as bulky as the version I made last year. xox, d. keep in touch!

Inspiration and realisation: DIY fashion blog. This is the simplified version of the previously made tubes and pearls bracelet Well, this is a gold tone version of it, but with an easier way to string it, and only one knot on one side, so it's less bulky. This time around, I also used shorter tube beads which look much better around the wrist. Supplies: * 10 yards - Waxed Cotton Cord 1.5mm * 1 - Gold Plated Lobster Clasps 23mm * 3 - 12mm Open Jump Rings * 3 - Gold Plated Curved Noodle Tube Beads 5mm x 30mm * 13 - Gold Plated 6mm Open Jump Rings * 13 - Gold Plated Head Pins * Round Nose Pliers, Flat nose Pliers, Wire cutter Not pictured: a small plastic bottle (circumference just a bit wider than your wrist), painter's tape, a large needle and scissors. the tutorial // how-to: Tie the knot! By making the bracelet this way, you'll end up with only one side that will need a knot: which in my opinion looks much neater and not as bulky as the version I made last year. xox, d. keep in touch!

DIY Chan Luu inspired tube bracelets. I can assure you that you'll make plenty, in just about any color to match your outfits! Clearly inspired by the Chan Luu bracelets, although I decided to make the closure of my version a little different. The original Chan Luu bracelets are adjustable (by using a square knot in the back), although I know my wrist size isn't going to change any time soon, and made mine with a pretty mother of pearl button and less stringing hanging in the back.

DIY Chan Luu twist and tube bracelet: supplies needed * embroidery floss in one or two tone of your choice (or crochet cotton yarn) * (1) Silver Plated Curved Noodle Tube Bead 5mm x 30mm * (1) 2 Hole Buttons Mother of Pearl 15mm * scissors * painter's tape (not pictured) the tutorial // how-to: This friendship bracelet consists in the "half knot twist", probably the simplest macrame knot. You can use a solid color or two different colors: it's easier to follow the tutorial with two colors, though.

Prepare the embroidery floss as follow: xox, d. keep in touch! DIY leather illusion knot cuff. The minute I saw the Hermès leather belt on an editorial on Fashion Gone Rogue I knew exactly what to do: I sat and start drawing on paper, cutting and trying until I found the right proportions to get the same shape around my wrist. Supplies: NOTE: If you're going to use thick leather of cuir, you won't need two layers. In this case, I'm using scraps of leather that are pretty soft, and because this cuff needs some structure to stay in place, I'll use two layers glued together. I'm saving you some time with a shortcut and all you have to do is print out the template... you're welcome. * scraps of leather * E-6000 glue * craft stick * 2 - 20 mm pinch crimp end * 2 - 280 6mm jump rings * template The illusion knot cuff how-to/ tutorial For tutorial purpose only (but I kind of like it this way as well) I'll use one part on the right side and one on the wrong side Love it?

Xox, d. keep in touch! DIY leather bow cuff bracelet. DIY cord, tubes and pearls bracelet. Here it is: the perfect summer bracelet. Totally inspired by a designer's one who asked to not be mentioned. This is what I used: * 5 tubes (I bought mine several time ago at www.firemountaingems.com, although the size of the tubes is a bit too long, and a 3.5 cm length would be the best pick) * 21 soldered closed jump rings diam. 7 mm * 21 freshwater pearls (different sizes and shades, from my stash) * round nose pliers and cutters not pictured - ehm... an almost finished roll of toilet paper and a plastic bag... but I'll tell you more about this later ;) Finding the right size of your bracelet 1* unravel the cording from the first package and find the middle length 2* loop around the lobster clasp and fold it in half again 3* wrap the ends with some tape 4* pass the cords into the tube 5* pass the cords into the 12 mm ring 6* close the clasp and try it onto your wrist Wrapping the bracelet 1* now, that is your first wrap of the bracelet The knots 1* loop around the ring and pass it under the bracelet.

DIY Anthropologie dip dyed knot necklace. Dip + dyed + knot ... three magic words in my DIY dictionary! This is what I made for E's birthday... some weeks ago. I saw the Anthropologie dip dyed necklace and I knew few facts: - she loves anything Anthro; - her favorite color is still purple, - a girl can never have enough accessories. DIY dip dyed knot necklace supplies: * Waxed Cotton Cord 2mm White (about 3 yards) * 2- Leather Cord Ends 4mm * Pebeo Setacolor Transparent Fabric Paint Parma Violet * 4mm delicate Curb Chain 1ft a drop of E-6000 glue because the necklace is rather long, the clasp and jump rings are optional (I decided to opt out) * 1- Silver Plated Curved Lobster Clasps 10mm * 2- 8mm Open Jump Rings DIY dip dyed knot necklace tutorial // how-to: make a 4 bights turk's head knot ... head over to Encourage Fashion to see the red version with a 5 bights knot (the same knot I used for the nylon cord coasters!!) Xox, d. keep in touch!

Pencil Refashion and Embellishing. It is time for some refashioning! I bought this skirt at DI for $4. My dress form was drowning in thick navy blue fabric. But you’ve got to LOVE the buttons and the lace up back. It is also vintage ralph lauren (well, maybe it was from the 90′s, I have no idea, it is just in need of a makeover). So, I decided to make this a pencil skirt tutorial, which will also double as a pencil skirt embellishment tutorial. First, put the skirt on inside out and pin it tight from the waist to the end of your rump and from there pin more out to make a pencil shape.. Then SEW along the pin line. Cut the hem length and the excess fabric after it has been taken in. Iron down the trimmed fabric in different directions, then iron the salvage bottom in, then iron the bottom in one more time to conceal the nasty end.

Optional: top stitch the thicker part of the waist band to make it more flat and secure. Straighten the smaller circles, lay them on top of each other and this is what it will look like. 1 ruffle. Tincloth. DIY Lined graphic tee. I’ve been obsessed with graphic tees, naturally, especially Marc Jacob’s vertical striped one and Jcrew’s horizontal striped tee. And this top may be one of the easiest and affordable graphic tees you can make.

Just a few pieces of tape and fabric paint and done! Top: thrifted/refashioned (tutorial below) pants+hat: h&m shoes: forever 21 Supplies: tee shirt fabric paint sponge brush painter’s tape or freezer paper optional (if sewing tee smaller): sewing machine, thread, needle, pins, scissors Instructions: OPTIONAL (if you are sewing a tee shirt smaller)…if you are just wanting to paint then skip to step 5! 1+2. Sisters Share It All: One Hour Challenge. HANDMADE HOLIDAYS: DIY MARBLED ORNAMENTS (& A GIVEAWAY!) [CLOSED] HANDMADE HOLIDAYS: PAINTED MUGS (& A GIVEAWAY! - CLOSED) DIY J.Crew Inspired Glitter Pumps. Molly Hanna DIY. J.Crew lace stripe tissue tee. Anthropologie fancified boatneck DIY. 8 second skirt with a bow DIY. DIY: perfect mint color jeans. Molly Hanna DIY.

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