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DIY backpack

DIY backpack
Supplies: 1 yard of durable fabric I used faux leather for the bottom... 1/2 a yard for the liner. drawstring, anything for closure I always have my hands full with my little boys on each hand. I love backpacks and wanted to create one that would be functional and fit my style. You will need to piece the front/back part together by taping them. Press seams of pocket 1/4 inch. Sew the top 1/4 inch over. place the pocket in the middle of the front piece. Top stitch around leaving top flap open. You can make your own straps or purchase it from the fabric/craft store. 2 yards should be enough. For the straps I cut 2 strips 3in. by 28in. long and sewed them right sides together. Fold an end of the strap over an inch and sew a square evenly on the back panel. Sew the front and back panels right sides together. Sew the bottom circular piece right sides together starting at any point. Create a liner by cutting another front and back piece and 1 bottom. Pin around the edge... Topstitch around... Related:  ycatsworrafkotiomjewelry

Men's Bow Tie Tutorial August 26, 2013 Every year The Hubs’ company hosts a Christmas party for the management. It’s always a swanky, dress-up affair at a gorgeous hotel or palatial estate, and I search for months for that one perfectly flattering dress that will make me feel amazing for the night. Well a few years ago The Hubs decided he was bored of the whole necktie/suit look and wanted to switch it up some. So I played around with the shape and eventually drew up the perfect bow tie pattern. It’s been so fun to create custom neck wear. Tying them is really pretty easy. And now that we’ve got Ollie, he’s letting me make them matching bow ties!! (And I made Ollie a little seersucker pant and vest outfit for the wedding. Are you ready to start making some amazing custom bow ties for yourself and the men in your life? First, you’ll need to download the pattern piece. <------click on add to cart to download the pattern pieces!! You’ll need: -1/4 yard of fabric of choice. The cheat sheet: Now go, and tie one on!

DIY Kaftan pattern Supplies: Scarves, 2 yds fabric Tip: Use scarves like above and you don't have to finish all the edges. A kaftan is simply a cover up, perfect for the beach or pool. I made this simple pattern that explains everything. You can use scarves, fabric, even a large blouse like I did. Basically it's 2 rectangles sewn together. Allow for 1/4 inch seam allowance to finish the edges. Next place them right sides together and sew along the top next to the neckline. Flip out again so wrong sides are together. Use a sash through the button holes and tie back or front. Finish all edges 1/4 inch. To lengthen or widen just change the measurements.

DIY Necklace | Junk in the Trunk I am so sorry for being so late at getting this posted today. My family has beenenjoying vacation and yesterday took the kids to Silverwood, a theme park in the northwest. They had a blast, let me just tell you. Look how cute they are! Anyways today I have a fun little project I found on pinterest for you. It’s very simple and I was quite excited about how it turned out. Step #1 Thread your ribbon through washer #1. Step #2 Thread the ribbon down through washer #2. Step #3 Thread the ribbon back down through washer #1. Step#4 Pull the ribbon tight, so that washer #1 is laying flat on top of washer #2. Step #5 Thread the ribbon back up through washer #2. Step #6 Repeat Steps #2 through #5 with your remaining washers. All you have to do is tie it around your neck and you are set. Linking up at The Southern Institute and DIY Dreamer.

V&A - The Golden Age of Couture - Exhibition Create a Couture Inspired Dress This dress pattern has been specially created for the Golden Age of Couture website. It is based on a 1950s ready to wear dress from the V&A collection and has been sized for modern day UK sizes 10, 12 and 14. The pattern is designed for you to download and print at home on A4 paper, or at a printer’s on larger sized paper. Once you've created your own couture inspired dress, why not upload a video of it to the Your Elegant Dress video gallery. Download the Pattern Instructions (PDF file, 340KB) Print at Home (A4) Download the Body Pattern (PDF file, 841 KB) Download the Skirt Pattern (PDF file, 1555 KB) Print at Printer's / Copy Shop Download the Body Pattern (PDF file, 705 KB) Download the Skirt Pattern (PDF file, 1389 KB) Find out more about the dress >

DIY Convertible Shawl/Shrug Supplies: one yard of fabric with stretch and drape. closure Great for a last minute gift, this shrug can be worn several different ways and takes a few minutes to make. Read more for the DIY tutorial: Cut a rectangle of fabric measuring 36 inches wide and 30 inches long. I hand dyed mine, before it was white jersey. Cut the sleeve hole using a collar in the middle on both sides. Fold length wise in half right sides together. Add a closure in the middle. This literally can take 5 minutes minus hand dying the fabric.

Re-purposing: Tshirts into 5-strand-braided-headbands I was walking through Target a few weeks ago and noticed this little knit fabric headband that was not just braided together…….but woven. I decided they were charging way too much for something that could be made with t-shirt scraps. And that means free. So there you have it. A nice and easy project to give my bad-hair-day head some love. (Or you may need one for working out. I kinda love it on my little girl . She always has little hair fly-aways that get into her face…….and this helps with that problem. It even works great with her hair down…..and keeps that hair tucked behind her ears. And yep, good for me too. Thanks little t-shirt scraps. Want to make your own? First, find some old t-shirts. Then, cut your fabric into long strips. Next, stack your 5 strips on top of each other and sew together at one end. Now, pull on each strip of fabric so that they kind of curl on the edges. But let me explain a little better. First, you’ll work on the left side. And that’s it. This post is sponsored by:

reversible sewing machine cover tutorial here's my first project of 2011! i'm brightening up my sewing room and keeping my janome dust free with this reversible sewing machine cover... i used a gray/white dot from henry glass "summertime" with a cute felt bunting embellishment and a bright print from moda "it's a hoot." if you'd like to make one of your own, you'll need: 2 fabrics - large enough to cover your machine 7 felt squares - 2" x 2" grosgrain ribbon of your choice rotary cutter ruler sewing machine - threaded with color of your choice 1. measure the dimensions of your machine with a flexible measuring tape. 2. cut your fabrics to the appropriate size, making sure to add enough for 1/4" seam allowances. 3. set aside your "backing" fabric. cut a length of ribbon 2-3" longer than the width of your fabric and pin across your "top" fabric wherever you'd like your bunting to hang. 4. cut your felt squares into triangles by making a cut from each of the top corners to the center point of the bottom edge. you're done!

Sound of Music Moment: Curtains Sewn Into Flapper Style Dress Supplies: Slip Liner (thrift store find $1 to $3) sheer organza curtains (recycled find new) I love this dress! I used a set of sheer curtains (recycling). To do this you want to create even strips so cut the curtains into even sections (6 inches for mine). I also have a serger, which keeps the edges from fraying and creates the pretty curled edging. A tip to make even lines on the slip: I like to iron mine on by folding it up the correct amount of inches.

Flip-Flop Refashion: Part 1 (Braided Straps Summer is great. And warm. And full of outdoor activities and trips to the pool and random walks around the neighborhood. I love it. And my shoe of choice for these warmer months?? So, I saw a tutorial for this flip-flop makeover (great work Mother Huddle), floating around the web…….and the wheels started turning. I decided to just string all of the ideas together and create a whole series. First up? A quick and easy flip flop…….made with some braided knit fabric scraps, using the 5 strand braiding technique, shown here. These soft braided straps streeeeeetch the perfect amount, right around the back of my heel……..keeping the flip-flop snug and in place. I added little loops of fabric to the sides, to keep the braided straps in place. These little sandals are so light, they’re soft and stretchy, and my favorite part……..they’re inexpensive. ($2.50 to be exact) These flip-flops make me think of the beach……and make me miss GA. I guess I better find a sandy spot at the lake. And that’s it. Enjoy.