DIY Leather Pouch Contributor post by Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth What do you give to someone who already has everything? A DIY leather pouch made just by you for all of their little somethings. I'll teach you how to modify a craft store leather bag kit to make this project modern, well made, and cost effective while still being the work of your hands. Materials: Scissors A 3/4" silver rivet In case the term "belt bag" threw you off a little, don't fret! Next, remove the snap that would normally be used for the belt loop, and replace it with a simple silver rivet for aesthetic purposes. For the sides, lay the leather pieces rough side facing rough side, and align the outer punched holes. As long as you're sewing as tightly as you can through the aligned punched holes, then you're sides will form correctly even if they pucker a bit at first (see top photo). Finish it up with clasping hardware by inserting the screw through the inside of the pouch, and then twisting the clasp onto it from the outside.
DIY Woven Chain Bracelet Chain link bracelets, with colorful threads woven through them, have been popping up here and there. We adore Aurèlie Bidermann‘s Do Brazil bracelets and thought it was about time we graduate to the ultimate “grown-up” friendship bracelet. With a curb chain bracelet and some embroidery thread, we’ll teach you how to make your own woven chain bracelet. And one for your bestie too, of course. You’ll need:a curb link braceletembroidery threadtwo bobby pinsa pair of scissors Cut 2 sets of 15 strands of embroidery thread, with each strand measuring four times the length of the bracelet. Lay the second color (blue) over the first color (coral). Repeat the steps until you reach the end of the bracelet. (top images from here and here, rest of images by Honestly…WTF) 38 Best DIY Food Gifts
crafty, easy, stylish jewelry I’m so excited to tell you about this new collection of easy to assemble jewelry. It’s called Styled by Tori Spelling and no, it’s not sold in high-end boutiques and upscale department stores – it’s available in major craft and hobby stores. That’s right – these collections; Boho, Glam, Noir, and Glitz by Styled by Tori Spelling are so easy to create, you don’t have to be a jewelry crafter or a a crafter at all. The idea is simple. The pieces above are from the Glitz and Boho collections that I received to try out. You can also make matching earrings. For a dramatic look, showcase a bold pendant on a necklace top and bottom. You can also make bracelets. For this piece I used four bracelets and also added the leaves from a pendant dangler. Note: [crafty confession]: to add the leaves, I did use pliers since I was using the pendant differently than it was intended for. Another project a little outside of the box, I used this adorable owl pendant to make a bookmark. Thanks for visiting. Carolyn
DIY Christmas Giftables: Earphone Cord Keepers with Printable Packaging This Christmas season I've been trying to branch out to crafting not just jewelry but into other things that more people would like to have - today I made this earphone cord keeper with free printable packaging to share with you. It's easy, takes up less than an hour of your time and would be a cute stocking stuffer for your techie friend or an accessory for you! :) What do you need: Bamboo stick / really thin dowel Cutter Sandpaper First, knead your clay and flatten it - then cut out your shape. Next, use your sandpaper and dab on the clay until you get the texture of a gingerbread man. Add your details using a contrasting polymer clay color - here I was trying to imitate icing. Next, poke your hole - after a few tries I realized the sharper end of the bamboo stick would produce a cleaner hole. Poke two more holes and make two more sets of parallel lines connected to them. Yay, I'm almost done my Christmas list.
Crystal Picot Bracelet copyright 2008-2015 Deborah Roberti For the exact beads used in the photo above, click here to go to the RedPandaBeads.com Gallery of Color Suggestions and scroll down. MATERIALS (for a 7-inch bracelet, not including clasp) • 3 yards waxed Nymo or C-Lon thread, size D, or 6 lb. FireLine • About 220 size 11/0 seed beads • About 60 size 4mm beads (can be any size 4mm bead type—bicone crystals, fire-polished beads, round beads, glass pearls, etc.) • About 15 size 6mm beads (can be any size 6mm bead type—bicone crystals, fire-polished beads, round beads, glass pearls, etc.) • clasp Step 1: Thread your needle with 3 yards of Nymo, C-Lon or Fireline. String a seed bead, a 6mm bead, a seed bead, a 4mm bead, three seed beads and a 4mm bead. Leaving about a 10-inch tail for attaching the clasp, tie the beads together in a circle with a double knot: Step 2: Go back up through the seed bead and the 6mm bead that you added in the last step (highlighted in RED): Step 5: String three seed beads.
DIY: Arrowhead Earrings Trial 1 Whew. After four days without power, thank God it has been restored. So what have I been doing during my down time? Painting, painting, crafting a tiny bit and painting some more. What do you need: A paint stick/stirrer Nail polish/ acrylic paint Small chain Earring hooks Jewelry Pliers Sandpaper (Yes, a paint stick. Measure out 2 1.25" across the paint stick, then cut them up. After cutting those pieces up, measure about 0.25" from the top of the box. Cut it up like so. Sand the edges and both sides of your wood. Drill holes for your jump rings. The earrings should look like this now. Paint your earrings - I always use nail polish to paint small objects because they're cheaper, I have more nail polish color varieties than I have paint and I like the finish. Add your jump rings, chain and earring hooks. And there you have it, your very own arrowhead earrings. What do you guys think of this easy craft?
Beading Tutorials: Beaded Jewelry Cones Today’s necklace-a-day design features a favorite color combination - amber and dark blue. I have nearly half a pound of these fantastic metallic orange bugle beads, and decided to make a dent in the stash by creating a multi-strand necklace with them. Since giving up on metal findings like eye-pins, I’ve had to take a different approach to multi-strand, and usually finish designs with herringbone tubes that make way to beaded clasps. It’s a lengthy process, and although the results are worth it, I’m not often up to the challenge of making these pieces. Apart from quick beading, the thing I miss most about the traditional multi-strand technique is making my own jewelry cones to cap the strands. To create a beadwork jewelry cone: Begin by making a two-bead ladder ring as if you were starting a herringbone tube. Weave through the tube to secure the thread and exit from the top. Stitch up through the last bead added, being careful not to pass under the bridge thread. Happy beading!
DIY; Double Bow Necklace I used to be so obsessed with decoden - for those of you who don't know, it's a trend from Japan, see here. Heck, I used to be so obsessed with lolita fashion. But now that I've mellowed out, I've only been enjoying only partially-embellished stuff - and since I've been inspired by a video I seen yesterday I wanted to create some decoden-inspired gear. Polymer clay Cutter Jump rings Jewelry pliers Clasp Chain Oven Pencil Pin It's so easy. You might want to lay out wax paper so the clay won't stick on your surface first. Pinch the sides like pictured above, and then pinch both sides together. Next take a small bit of clay, roll it out and flatten it like in the first picture. To make holes, it helps to put a pencil or any barrel shaped object inside - it's used to hold the shape. Bake your clay according to the directions on the package. It's a summery/spring-y bit of jewelry but I feel like this will add a pop of cuteness to every outfit no matter what the season. I hope you liked it.