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Fit Bit Flex Band Bracelet Revamp

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3 DSC 1195 Fit Bit Flex Band Bracelet RevampHey everyone! I‘m not typically big on New Year’s resolutions. I don’t like to beat myself up too much if I don’t pull through with it. I set little goals all the time and a few big goals here and there. One of my goals I started working on last year was becoming a more fit and healthier person. I have a Fit Bit Flex tracker and I love it! I used to wear it every day to keep myself aware of my activity and calorie levels. Then I started wearing it only when I exercise and using the app as a food tracker. One of the reasons I stopped wearing it all the time was that I felt it was rather ugly. I slipped a bit over the holidays like I usually do, and I realized how much wearing my band keeps me accountable. So, I thought I would try torestyle a couple of my bands to make them a little more my style. Here’s my how-to:

What You Need:

*Fit Bit Flex Bands

*Studs, Gems, Charms, etc…

*E6000

*Eyelet punch (optional)

Instructions:

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I had a few extra bands to work with, so I did a couple of different styles. I used a large brass charm used in leather bracelet making that I got from Michael’s for my first band. I wrapped a little twine around the ends and glued it to the top of my old band with some E6000. With my navy blue band, I glued some iron on brass pyramid studs to the band all the way around with some E6000. For the aqua band I used the screw back silver conical studs. What I did was punch 3/16″ holes into the band with my eyelet punch. Then I took the top of the studs and pushed them up through the holes. I did not end up needing the backs since they fit snugly into the rubber of the bracelet. You can add on or glue any studs or gems you like onto your bands. Get creative with it and make it fit your style!

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So I love how these turned out and I will definitely be wearing my Flex more now! My favorite one is the navy with the brass pyramid studs! It stacks well with other bracelets and I like the extra styling without the chunk of the other studded one. I think I may try one with gems if I end up getting another pack of bands. I still have one plain band that I wear to work out in. So, if you have a Flex or another type of fitness tracker and have some extra bands, try giving them a little facelift! I think you’ll love it! It’s a fun mix of style and health! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Easy Chalkboard Mini Liquor Bottle Favor Place Cards

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01 DSC 1150 Easy Chalkboard Mini Liquor Bottle Favor Place CardsHappy New Year’s Eve everyone! We are taking it easy this year and just having a nice dinner at home. Before the year comes to a close I thought I’d share one more easy diy with you all. I always like to use place cards and set the table nicely when we have special dinners. I wanted something more than just a simple paper place card. So, I thought it would be fun to use a little airplane bottle of liquor as a name tag. Check out the easy how to:

Here’s What You Need:

*Little Bottles of Liquor

*Chalkboard Paint

*Ribbon

*Painters tape or washi tape

*Chalk

*Rubbing Alcohol

Instructions:

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08 DSC 1136 Easy Chalkboard Mini Liquor Bottle Favor Place CardsThis diy is super simple! The first thing you need to do is clean the label off your bottle. Peel the label off. If it doesn’t come off clean use a little goof off or soap and hot water. Clean the glass with rubbing alcohol and let it dry. Then you need to paint your bottle. I used Martha Stewart Crafts Black Chalkboard Paint. You paint it on in layers and let it dry thoroughly in between coats. If you want something faster you can use the spray paint chalkboard paint by rustoleum. Wrap the top of the bottle or lid with painters tape or washi tape. Paint your bottle and let it dry. Peel off the tape on the top. Once the paint it good and dry, gently rub a little chalk over the bottle to prime it. Gently wipe the chalk off the bottle. Now you can gently write the name on the front of your bottle and the type of liquor on the back. Finish it off by tying a little sparkly ribbon around the top.

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03 DSC 1144 Easy Chalkboard Mini Liquor Bottle Favor Place CardsThis diy is so simple and fun to make for a grown up party! I mean it’s not just a name card, it’s your own personalized tiny bottle of booze, what’s not to love? I don’t drink, but my hubby and the rest of the family absolutely love these! I realize it’s a little late to make these for your New Year’s Eve parties this year, but there is always next year. Or you can use this idea for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, etc. Give it a try sometime! I hope you all have a wonderfully fun and safe New Year’s Eve! See you next year!

Handmade Gifts 2014- Easy Vintage Tablecloth Fabric Handmade Hot Pads

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02 DSC 0886 Handmade Gifts 2014  Easy Vintage Tablecloth Fabric Handmade Hot PadsHey everyone! I hope you all are really enjoying the holiday season this year! The holidays are rapidly approaching, so I wanted to share one last handmade gift diy with you all. I needed an extra little gift for my mamas this year. I know they always love gifts for the kitchen, so I thought I’d whip up some quick hot pads for them! Hot pads are a super easy sewing projects and you can whip up a bunch in just an hour or so. These hot pads are a great use of larger scraps of fabrics you may have at home too! I use cutter tablecloths a lot in my crafting projects and I also make totes with them for my shop. I always end up with large scraps from them, so I knew they would be perfect. The old prints are incredibly charming as well! 

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Tablecloth Scraps

*Large Scraps of Cotton Fabric

*Batting

*Heat Resistant Batting

*Basting Spray

*Ribbon or Trim

*Rotary Cutter and Self Healing Mat

*Quilting Ruler

*Marking Pen

*Iron

*Sewing Machine and Thread

Instructions:

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First gather all your supplies. Cut a front and back fabric piece to 9″ square. Cut a piece of batting and a piece of your heat resistant batting to 8″ square.

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Spray both your batting pieces with basting spray on one side.

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Center your batting pieces onto the wrong sides of the front piece and the back fabric piece, basting spray or sticky side down. Smooth out and iron.

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Cut a piece of ribbon or trim to 4″ or so. Fold the ribbon and stack the ends at the bottom to make a loop.

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Now sandwich your loop in between the right sides of the front and back pieces in one corner. Lay the loop so the loop is towards the center and the ends are in the seam allowance area. You also want the right side of the ribbon to be facing the right side of the front fabric piece.

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Pin the layers together. Place a pin where your loop is too to keep it in place.

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Stitch all the way around the square with a 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving a couple inches open at the bottom for turning.

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Clip corners.

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Turn your fabric right side out and iron.

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Top stitch about 1/8 to 1/4″ away from the edge all the way around.

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Now, you can leave your potholder with just the edges stitched or you can top stitch a little pattern on the top to quilt it. I stitched across mine diagonally to form an x on each pot holder. Finish off your hot pad by snipping any excess threads and giving a good iron. Voila! Easy, right!

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01 DSC 0887 Handmade Gifts 2014  Easy Vintage Tablecloth Fabric Handmade Hot PadsI LOVE these little hot pads! They are so much fun to make, I may have to make a few for my kitchen too! I know there are tons of tutorials on how to make pot holders and hot pads. This may not be the very best way to make one, it’s just how I have always made mine. You can really have fun with these and personalize them to your gift recipients style and color scheme. The vintage fabrics work well for my mamas since they all love pretty cottage prints. You can use your favorite fabric prints, funk it up with some ribbon, stitch a little ricrac to the edges. A few of these packaged sweetly make a wonderful stand alone gift, or use them to make a kitchen gift basket extra special. I hope you all will give this diy a go sometime. I think you’ll love it! I’ll be back soon with some fun holiday wrapping ideas. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Handmade Gifts 2014- Easy Painted Toy Animal Magnets

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2 DSC 0871 Handmade Gifts 2014  Easy Painted Toy Animal MagnetsHappy Friday everyone! This week has just flown by so far! I am behind as usual, how does that always happen this time of year! Before we get into the weekend, I wanted to pop in with another handmade gift idea. This project is really fast to whip up, and really couldn’t get much easier than this. I am going to show you how to make these fun little animal magnets!

What You Need:

*Plastic Animals

*Paint ( I use Martha Stewart Crafts satin and pearl paints)

*Paint Brush

*Extra Strong Magnets

*E6000

Instructions:

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Gather your supplies. Clean up your plastic animals. Make sure they are clean and dry before you begin.

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Paint your animals with craft paint. It will take several coats depending on the color. My darker purple took two coats. The pearly violet took about five coats. Let your paint dry thoroughly.

6 DSC 0648 Handmade Gifts 2014  Easy Painted Toy Animal MagnetsOnce your animals are painted and thoroughly dry, you need to glue the magnets to the back side of each one using E6000. Let your glue dry and cure a full 72 hours before using.

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1 DSC 07921 Handmade Gifts 2014  Easy Painted Toy Animal MagnetsThese little magnets add a lot of fun to a message board! They are cute and whimsical. I made my little batch in under an hour plus drying time for the glue. You could really make these special for your gift recipient by using their favorite animals and their favorite colors or shades. This is a great last minute project and it is even something the kids can make themselves. Give them a try sometime, you’ll have a blast! I’ll be back next week with another handmade gift idea. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Handmade Gifts 2014- Easy DIY Button Monogram Tablet Case

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4 DSC 0840 Handmade Gifts 2014  Easy DIY Button Monogram Tablet CaseHey everybody! Today I wanted to pop in and share a really easy diy with you, a button embellished tablet case! My mom’s kindle case has seen better days. So, when I saw this sparkly case at Five Below, I thought it would be perfect to embellish for her for Christmas! One of my favorite vintage things to collect is buttons! I have bunches of them and use them all the time in my projects. I had a rather large lot of mother of pearl and shiny buttons, and I thought they would be sweet to use in a monogram on the case!

Here’s What You Need:

*Tablet Case

*Buttons

*Glue- I used Fabritac

*Marking Pen

Instructions:

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First you need to gather your supplies. Grab your case, your buttons and your glue.

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I used a pen to draw in my letter. So you want to start out by making your letter with one line of buttons. Play around with your buttons until you have a layout you like.

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Once you like your layout, glue each button down one by one with your fabritac glue.

5 DSC 0636 Handmade Gifts 2014  Easy DIY Button Monogram Tablet CaseYou can leave the case with one layer of buttons or you can build the buttons up for a more dimensional piece. Once the buttons have been all glued down, set the case aside to dry. Once the glue is nice and dry you are ready to use your case or wrap it up and gift it to someone special!

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2 DSC 0844 Handmade Gifts 2014  Easy DIY Button Monogram Tablet CaseI think it turned out pretty cute! I built mine up a little too much so it is a bit bulky. But, I think it would be fantastic with just one layer of buttons too! You can find vintage buttons at flea markets and antique malls. You can always find buttons at your local thrift stores sometimes too. This case took me less than an hour to make and cost me less than ten dollars. So, go by Five Below and grab a tablet case and make it extra special for someone you love this year! I’ll be back tomorrow with another handmade gift. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Handmade Gifts 2014- Custom Photo Patchwork Pillow

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06 DSC 0817 Handmade Gifts 2014  Custom Photo Patchwork PillowOne of my favorite things to gift at the holidays are lovely handmade pillows. They are something that just about all the gals on my list love! And in my opinion, you can never have too many pillow covers! I switch out the ones in my living room every month or two or at least every season! This year I knew I wanted to do pillows for our moms, but I wanted to make them extra special. So, I printed some of my favorite family photos on fabric from Spoonflower and made patchwork pillows. They were really fun to make, and they were fast to whip up too!

Here’s What You Need:

*Digital Photos and Photo Editing Software

*Spoonflower Fabric (I like the Linen Cotton Canvas)

*Cotton Quilting Fabric of your Choice

*Self Healing Mat

*Rotary Cutter

*Quilting Ruler

*Iron and Board

*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread

*Scissors

*Pillow insert (16×16)

Instructions:

I have to apologize. I was so into doing this project, I completely forgot to take photos of my process. So, I will try to explain the best I can. The first thing you need to do is import your photos into your photo editing program. I used photoshop elements. Resize your photos to the size you want your patches to be. I want my pillow to be 16×16, so I made my photos to be 4×4.” I used eight photos and eight fabric squares for my pillow. Create a new blank file to be a fat quarter size, 18×27″, and drag and drop your photos into the blank canvas. If you are using photoshop or elements, you can click on view and then show grid and also show rulers to evenly space out your photos. You want there to be 1″ between each photo to keep a half inch seam allowance. Save your file as a jpeg and then upload it to Spoonflower. For tips and help on designing and uploading fabric for Spoonflower visit their help page Here.

Once you have received your fabric you will need to cut out your squares. Cut out each square with a half inch seam allowance using your mat and rotary cutter and ruler. Your squares should be 5×5 inches. Cut out your eight fabric squares at 5×5″ too. Cut two pieces for your back at 10×17.

Next, you are ready to make your patchwork front. Lay out your squares into four rows of four. Stack the pieces by row. Take the first square from the first row and stitch it to the second square from the first row at the side seam. Then stitch the third square from the top row to the second square at the side seam and then the fourth to the third. You should now have a row of four squares stitched together at their side seams. Stitch the other four rows in the same way as the first.

Iron open all your seam allowances. Now you need to stitch your rows together. Lay your top row on your second row right sides together and the bottom of the first row meeting up with the top of the second row. Stitch the rows together with a half inch seam allowance. Stitch the third row to the second in the same way as the first, then stitch the fourth row to the third. You should end up with a piece that is four rows of four squares. Iron open all seam allowances. Set aside.

Now you need to get the back pieces ready. Fold under the top of each back piece by a quarter inch, then fold over by a half an inch or so and iron. Top stitch the edge closed.

Now you are ready to pin and stitch your pillow. Lay the two back pieces on the front patchwork piece. The right sides should be touching and the finished edges of the back pieces should be in the middle of the back of the pillow cover and overlapping a little. Pin all the way around your pillow cover. Next, stitch all the way around back stitching at the beginning and end.

To finish the cover, clip the corners and turn the pillow cover right side out. Insert your pillow form and now you have a very special pillow for someone extraordinary!

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03 DSC 0819 Handmade Gifts 2014  Custom Photo Patchwork PillowI just love how these pillows turned out! I am a super big fan of patchwork, and I love the photo fabric mixed in. It gives a really special heartfelt handmade touch to this project. I just know my mammas are going to love them! I know the deadline for Christmas shipping is coming up really fast at Spoonflower, so if you are wanting to make a pillow yourself you need to order asap. This would also make a wonderful kit for your favorite crafter that you could easily put together. And of course you could make one of these wonderful pillows for a birthday or mother’s day, etc, gift. I hope you all will give this one a try sometime! It is so much fun! I’ll be back tomorrow with another diy gift idea. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Handmade Gifts 2014- DIY Pet Pillows

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07 DSC 0773 Handmade Gifts 2014  DIY Pet PillowsI’m sure most of you already know how much of an animal lover I am! My dog Beau goes everywhere with me. So of course I would have to make something pet related in my handmade gifts this year! I have long been a fan of Spoonflower, and absolutely love getting things printed from them! For those of you unfamiliar with this company, Spoonflower is a company where you can get your designs printed on all kinds of fabric as well as wallpaper and gift wrap. I’ve used them several times in the past for projects and I just can’t say enough good things about them! So, this year, I thought I’d get some of my favorite pet photos printed and make pillows for the family.

Here’s What You Need:

*Pet Photos

*Photo Editing Software

*Sewing Machine

*Scissors

*Fabric for Backing

*Straight Pins

*Stuffing like fiber fill

*Hand sewing needle and thread

*Spoonflower Fabric- I used the Canvas

Instructions:

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If you have never used Spoonflower to print fabric before, you can find a ton of info on their help page Here. This is how I made my files…. I used photoshop elements, and I made a new blank file. You can make it to the size fabric you want to order. You will need to decide the fabric choice you want to print on and the width of the fabric if you plan on getting yardage. For a fat quarter the measurement is 27″x18.” You will need to cut out your pet’s image. I used the polygonal lasso tool and selected around Sadie in her photo. Once you go all the way around the image selection will be highlighted.

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Now, click the move tool and drag and drop the pet image from its photo to the blank canvas. If you are printing more than one pillow, be sure to space the photos at leat an inch apart so you will have room for a seam allowance.

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Fit your photos on your blank canvas the way you like best, making sure there is plenty of room for your seam allowances. Now, save your file as a jpeg at at least 150dpi and upload it to your Spoonflower account. Decide your fabric type and order your fabric. I bought a fat quarter of the eco canvas fabric. I meant to pop this tutorial up earlier this year, but life got in the way, and I ended up behind on everything this year. You can still order this fabric and have it in time for Christmas, but you will have to order the faster shipping.

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Once you receive your fabric, you will need to cut out your photos. Cut out each photo at about 1/2″ or so away from the edges of the photo.

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Pin your cut out face down onto your backing fabric which should be face up so that the right sides are facing. Cut out the fabric cutting along the edges of the pet photo fabric.

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Now you should be ready to stitch the pillow. Stitch around the edges of the fabric with a half inch seam allowance all the way around leaving a couple inches open at the bottom for turning and stuffing.

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Clip the curved parts of the seam allowance and trim where you feel you need to. Turn the fabric right side out through the opening in the bottom.

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Next, take your polyfil and stuff your pillow. A chopstick or dowel may help you pack stuffing into tight spots. Stuff it nice and full.

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To finish off, close up the bottom by hand stitching the opening closed with a ladder stitch or a whip stitch. Now your pillow is ready for gifting!

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03 DSC 0777 Handmade Gifts 2014  DIY Pet PillowsAren’t they so darn cute! I think my family is going to go a little crazy for them! Our pets are super special you know! Aren’t they all though! These little pillows are super easy to whip up and they make a really fun one of a kind gift! I hope you all will try this one sometime too. I think you’ll love it! You can stitch them up yourself, or get the fabric and make a kit for your favorite diy enthusiast! I’ll be back next week with more handmade gifts. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Handmade Gifts 2014- Upcycled Fabric Embellished Leather Bag

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07 DSC 0602 Handmade Gifts 2014  Upcycled Fabric Embellished Leather BagOf all the things I tend to hoard, bags are probably the most plentiful around my house. I have tons of purses! Some of them I made myself, but a lot of them have been gifts, or thrift store scores. I am not a label lover, but I do love a bag that has a fabulous shape and wonderful details! Sometimes I love the shape of a bag, and the price is so great, I snatch it up, but it is a little plain and tends to sit in the closet for a while. Well, I thought I would add a little style makeover to a couple of my latest closet dwellers and upcycle them with some lovely fabric embellishments! Check out the how to!

Here’s What You Need:

*An old boring bag with a flap

*Fabric ( I was able to use a couple of large scraps)

*Iron

*Scissors

*Marking Pen or Pencil

*Basting Spray

*Sewing Machine

*Leather Needle and Heavy Duty Thread

Instructions:

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Gather up your bag(s) and your fabric.

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Trace the flap of your bag onto your fabric. If you have a directional print, make sure you trace it so it falls in the direction you want.

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Take your ruler and mark 1/8 to 1/4″ out from where you traced the flap all the way around.

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Cut out your fabric using the outside line you marked.

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Fold the fabric under to the backside by a 1/4″ allowance. Fold under and iron all the way around

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Lay a piece of cardboard over the back of the purse and spray the front of the flap with basting spray.

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Carefully lay the fabric on top of the sticky flap. Smooth and reposition as you go until you are satisfied with how everything lines up and looks.

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Now you need to topstitch the fabric. Start stitching close to the edge on one edge of the flap. Stitch down and around the flap. Pivot when you get to the back of the flap then stitch across the back and then pivot and stitch back around the side to where you started. It can be a little tricky maneuvering the purse around the machine, but go slowly and carefully and you’ll be fine.

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02 DSC 0611 Handmade Gifts 2014  Upcycled Fabric Embellished Leather BagI love how these turned out! For the brown bag I used a scrap of a fantastic vintage Grandma Moses bark cloth fabric, and the black one was an adorable Pam Kitty vintage button cards fabric. You can really customize this just by the fabric colors and patterns you use. I think I will end up keeping the brown cross body. One of my gals will be getting the black one. So, grab that gently used bag from the back of your closet or the thrift store or discount store, and turn it into a custom accessory for your favorite gal or even yourself! I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun project! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Handmade Gifts 2014- DIY Fabric and Leather Upcycled Belt

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03 DSC 0589 Handmade Gifts 2014  DIY Fabric and Leather Upcycled BeltThere isn’t a week that goes by where I don’t make it to the thrift store at least once. One of the staples I always seem to walk out with are leather belts. I use them all the time when I make my upcycled bags. I found this adorable fabric on Etsy last month that looks like vintage feedsack patchwork. It was so adorable I knew I wanted to make a belt( and about a hundred other things) with it! I have made belts with webbing before, but this belt I felt was needing a little something special. I thought I’d try and stitch the fabric directly on the leather, but I could not find any nice leather belts that were thin enough thickness wise or wide enough and my size. So, I bought one that I could use with my webbing and as it turns out this was a super easy, fast, and inexpensive project!

Here’s What You Need:

*1.25″ Cotton Webbing

*Fabric

*Basting Spray or Stitch Witchery

*Leather Belt

*Iron

*Sewing Machine and Heavy Duty Thread

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is gather your supplies and cut your webbing fabric and belt. Decide how much of the leather belt you wish to show at the front. Cut the belt on each side where you like. Measure your hips or waist where you are going to wear the belt. Measure the leather belt piece and subtract that measurement from the total length. Add an inch to the length for your seam overlap. Cut your webbing to the length you measured. Cut your fabric to be 2″ wide by the length of your webbing.

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Fold one side under by 1/2″ and iron down. Then fold the other side in by half an inch and iron down. Spray starch will help keep your fabric allowance nice and flat if you need some extra hold.

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Now, you can either use double sided stitch witchery between the fabric and webbing and iron down, or you can spray the back of your fabric piece with basting spray and mount it to your webbing.

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Now you are ready to sew. Stitch close to the edge of your fabric. Stitch up one side, then pivot and stitch across the bottom, then pivot and stitch up the other side.

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Snip off the very ends of your webbing to clean up the edges.

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Lay your first side of your leather belt piece overlapping one side of the webbing by half an inch. Top stitch close to the end and then right below where the webbing ends. Do the same thing for the other side of the belt. Clip threads. Snip and blend the leather to the webbing if the leather is wider than the webbing. And that’s it, easy right!

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I think this belt turned out super cute! It was really easy and fast to whip up, and it was really inexpensive too! I made this belt in about a half an hour. The fabric I used was Lecien’s Old New. I used a strip off of a fat quarter and still had most of my piece left over. So, you can easily get by with long scraps or by buying an 1/8th or quarter yard at the store. I think this would make a wonderful gift for ladies, especially teens or young women! I hope you all will think about making one for one of your favorite girls or yourself sometime! I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun handmade gift. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Handmade Gifts 2014- DIY Vintage Fabric and Webbing Key Chains

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05 DSC 0618 Handmade Gifts 2014  DIY Vintage Fabric and Webbing Key ChainsHey everyone! Have you all started making up your Christmas lists? I usually make a lot of my holiday gifts. Handmade items are really fun to make and gift! I always strive to make items that are something that my family will love and want to use. I also have a lot of family, so my handmade items have to be fairly easy and quick to whip up. One of the easiest gifts I have been making this year for my fellas are these fun vintage wool key fobs. You can whip up a whole batch of them in under an hour too!

Here’s What You Need:

*Cotton Webbing 1.25″ ( you can get four key fobs out of a yard)

*Fabric Scraps

*Double Sided Stitch Witchery or Basting Spray

*Key Fob Hardware ( I bought mine Here)

*Sewing Machine and Thread

*Scissors

*Ruler and Marking Pen

*Iron

*Hammer

Instructions:

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Gather your supplies. Cut your webbing to 9″. Cut your fabric to 2″x9″.

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Fold under a half inch to the back side of your fabric down one side and iron, then do the same with the other side. You should end up with a piece that is 1″x9″.

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Now, you can use double sided stitch witchery sandwiched in between the fabric and the webbing and iron, or you can spray the back of the fabric with basting spray and stick it on to the webbing.

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Now you are ready to stitch. Sew close to the edge of the fabric. Stitch up one side then pivot and stitch across the bottom and then stitch up the other side. Clip threads.

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Clip off the very ends so you have nice neat edges.

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Fold the piece in half, lining up the edges.

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Now, slide your ends into the key fob hardware. Carefully smoosh it all the way in making sure it is even and the edges are lined up inside.

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Hammer down the hardware. You can buy pliers that are made specifically for the hardware if you plan on making a bunch. I am pretty comfortable using the hammer, so it works well for me.

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Attach the key ring to the end of the key fob hardware. And now it is ready for some keys!

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06 DSC 0615 Handmade Gifts 2014  DIY Vintage Fabric and Webbing Key ChainsI love how easy and fast these key chains are to whip up. A while back I came across some beautiful vintage wool fabric that I have been using to make bags for the shop. I thought they would be fantastic as key chains as well. The plaid wools are great for winter and they are nice for everyone since they are pretty gender neutral. You can use this same method with any kind of fabric you’d like to use. It’s really easy to customize them to your liking! I hope you will give them a try sometime! It’s a great project for beginners too! I’ll be back tomorrow with another handmade gift idea. Until then…

Happy Crafting!