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DIY Upcycled Vintage Quilt Crossbody Tote Bag with Leather Handles





Hey everyone! A while back I scored a super sweet vintage quilt in super shabby condition at the thrift store for a few dollars. I knew the quilt was kind of beyond repair to remake it into a quilt, but the fabrics were so lovely I thought I would use it as a cutter for some sewing projects. I thought I would make a simple tote to share with you all. This particular tote has added tabs on the side for an adjustable strap, but you could make it just as easily with just the top handles for a simpler tote. It is easy to customize it to your own style.

Here’s What You Need:

*Shabby Quilt

*Lining Fabric (I used an old thrifted bed sheet)

*Leather Scraps

*Leather for handles or premade handles or a belt

*Pom Pom Trim (about 1/2 yard)


*Marking Pen

*Extra Cotton Fabric and interfacing for the long strap or webbing

*Bag hardware- (I bought mine Here)

*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread

*Leather Needle

*Zipper Foot

*Fabric Glue (optional)



The first thing you want to do is cut out all of your pieces. Cut two pieces of your quilt to be 15″ wide by 17″ tall. Then cut two lining pieces to be 15″ wide by 17″ tall. If you want to add a pocket you can cut one out for that too. I cut a piece to span the bottom so it was about 15″ wide by 8″ tall. Also cut your leather strips to 2.5 wide by about 14″ for each strap. Cut two pieces of leather for your tabs to be 1.25″ by about 3″. If you are making a fabric strap cut the fabric to be 3″ wide by about 52″ long. Cut interfacing for the strap too. If you are using webbing, cut your webbing to about 52″ long.


Start your tote by sewing your trim to the bottom of your font quilt piece using your zipper foot. Then place the back quilt piece to the front with right sides together and pin around the sides and the bottom. Stitch around the sides and the bottom with a 1/2″ seam allowance.


Stitch your pocket to your lining piece if you have one. I folded my pocket piece under and stitched the top hem. Then I stitched the pocket to the lining at the bottom and side seams and then added a seam up the middle for a divided pocket. Put your back and front lining pieces together right sides touching and pin. Then stitch all around the sides and the bottom. You can go back to using your regular foot for the lining pieces as you will not be stitching around any trim. Clip the corners of both the lining and outer bag.


Turn the lining and the outer bag right side out and press.



Now you need to stitch the tabs to the sides of your tote. Decide where you want to place your tabs. I places mine so the top of the tab hit at 5.5″ from the top of the bag on the side seam. Mark with a marking pen the spot on both side seams of the bag. Insert the top of the tab into the metal ring. Fold it over so it overlaps the metal by about an inch. Then use a little dab of fabric glue to glue it in place on the side seam. Repeat with the other tab. Then top stitch the tabs onto the side seams, stitching in a square and making sure to stitch as close to the ring as you can get. A zipper foot will help with this too.


If you are making your own handles, fold the leather strips in half with the wrong sides together. Stitch down the open side as close to the edge as you can. Then stitch up the other side close to the edge. You can use premade handles or even a belt if you do not want to sew your own. Mark where you want your handles to go on the top of your bag. I made mine to be about 4″ in from each side seam. Place your handles with the ends flat against the top of the bag and the handle down towards the middle. Stay stitch the front and back handles to the front and back of the bag.


Turn the lining inside out and insert the outer bag into the lining. Match up the side seams and then pin all the way around the top.


Stitch all the way around the top of the bag leaving a few inches open for turning right side out. Use a half inch seam allowance. Pull the bag through the hole you left and pull the lining through then stuff the lining back into the bag.


Iron down the top seam of the bag. Place a pin or two to hold the opening closed smoothly.


Top stitch the hole closed close to the top. You can then top stitch around the bag if you like. I top stitched 1/2″ away from the top of mine.



Now you are ready to make the strap. Apply your interfacing and fold the piece in half with right sides together. Iron flat. Stitch down the side of the strap with a quarter inch seam allowance. Then turn your fabric right side out with either a turning tool or a chopstick, etc.


Iron the strap again. Fold the raw ends to the inside and iron flat.


Insert your strap through one of your rings so that the end comes up the back side. Fold the end over and stitch across the strap a few times.



Take the other end of the strap and insert it through the adjuster, then loop it through the other ring and back up to the wrong side of the adjuster. Loop it back through the bar and then stitch it down to the strap close to the bar.  You can do the same steps with a strap for webbing, just omit the stitching of the strap step.




02-DSC_3252I am super happy with my little tote! I love all the fabrics in this quilt, they have a homey feel! It was really simple to put together. I want to say it took me around an hour to make, so it’s pretty quick to whip up. I always love to use reclaimed fabrics, but you could certainly use any fabric you like. If you decide on using thin fabric, you may want to use an interfacing to keep it from being too floppy. I hope you guys will give this bag a try sometime! I think it is a great tote for spring and summer! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Shop News- May 2014

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Happy Friday everyone! I had wanted to get my new items into my shop before the Memorial Day weekend last week. I was a bit under the weather, so I just didn’t get to it. So I have been making up for lost time and have been listing a slew of new goodies in the shop this week. I have added a handful of new one of a kind tote bags made from vintage tablecloths. I have also added a bunch of vintage flour sack patchwork key chains. I absolutely LOVE vintage fabrics, and I love upcycling them into wonderful happy items! These fun totes are marvelous for summer! They make a great roomy every day bag, or even a market tote! The keychains I am really excited to offer in my shop now too! Vintage flour sack fabric is one of my absolute favorite things in the whole wide world! Not only are these sweet little keychains like carrying a sweet little piece of vintage happiness with you, they are also a great size to wear around your wrist or carry in your purse! To celebrate the new additions to my shop, I am running a special offer for free shipping on your entire order until June 9th. You can use code FREESHIPJUNE at checkout. You can check out the shop in my menu tab or by clicking Here.

Happy Shopping!

Shabby Vintage Doily DIY Dream Catcher

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shabby dream catcherTwo weeks ago this past Saturday we lost our favorite rooster Mabock. He was a beautiful black silkie rooster, and the sweetest we have ever had! Somehow the side door of the coop was not properly closed and the girls were able to get out and free range in the yard when no one was home. We came back and found that Auntie Mame had been attacked by an animal we think was a coyote, and Mabock was missing. We found the little guy a little bit down from the road the next day. Judging by the feathers and tracks in the yard, we think he saw Mame being attacked and came to her defense. He saved her life, but was attacked himself and died. My dad buried him near the coop so he can always watch over his girls, and delivered a sweet little eulogy. He was our favorite bird that we’ve ever had, and he will be missed by all of us! You never really think you can get so attached to a chicken, but they wiggle their way into your hearts! I was able to recover some of Mabock’s feathers from around the yard and decided to clean them and make a dream catcher. I used to make these when I was little the traditional way. I recently saw a dream catcher made from a doily and embroidery hoop on Pinterest Here and Here, and I thought I’d like to try one of my own. You can find tutorials all over the internet for making your own dream catcher. Here is how I made mine:

Here’s What You Need:


*Embroidery Hoop to Fit your Doily

*Yarn, Ribbon, Trims

*Fabric Scraps (Various Lengths, smallest being at least 10″ long)

*Leather Lacing

*Embroidery Floss


*Double Stick Tape



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The first thing you need to do is cover your outer hoop piece in your yarn or ribbon. Tie your end of yarn to the hoop where it begins at the top. Wrap the yarn around the hoop. Keep wrapping all the way around the hoop until you get to the other end where the wood stops. Tie the end off and snip off excess.

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Cut various lengths of fabric strips, ribbon, and trims. I believe my longest piece was about 26″ long and my smallest piece was around 10″ long. Take a piece of trim or fabric and loop it through the bottom of the hoop and match the ends of the piece together so they are even. Now, hold the fabric close to the bottom where the hoop is and loop the fabric ends through making a knot up against the hoop. So you will have a knot at the bottom side of the hoop and two tails of fabric coming down from your knotted strip.

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Continue adding fabric strips and trim pieces until you have a nice amount on the bottom of your hoop.

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Cut a long piece of leather lacing to tie in the middle of the strips and two medium lengths and two small lengths as well. Tie a couple of feathers to the ends of your leather lacing with embroidery floss. Wrap the floss around the feather top several times to cover the ends. Tie off the thread, knot well, and trim excess thread.  Add the leather strips with the feathers to the bottom section of the hoop with all the fringe. Place them where you like. I made my long one in the center, the medium ones midway through on each side, and the shortest near the ends.

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Next, run some double stick tape around the outside rim of the inside hoop. Stretch and smoosh the doily over the hoop securing the edges on the tape. The tape will help hold the doily on the hoop so you can sandwich it inside the outer hoop. If your doily is larger than your hoop, you don’t need to worry about taping it. Once your doily is secure, place the outer hoop over the inner hoop and fit together, adjusting the screw at the top as necessary. Once your hoop is put together you can finish it off by stringing some ribbon to the top for hanging.

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I LOVE my funky little hoop! It looks really cute in my craft room. Every time I see it I will think of my favorite fluffy little man. So not only is it cute, it’s also special! You can totally customize this little hoop to your liking and really make it your own. I hope some of you guys will give this one a try, you’ll have so much fun! It’s a great project for the kiddos too! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

14 Days of Love- Sweet Vintage Spool Necklaces

Hello! Welcome to day nine of my 14 Days of Love special! Today I have a sweet jewelry diy for you all, vintage thread spool necklaces. These little necklaces are simple to make and are really sweet. You can find vintage thread spools on Ebay and Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops. They come in various sizes. I would categorize these as medium. They are about an inch and a half long. You can find a lot of vintage charms and beads on Etsy too. These are pretty fast to make as well. You could make a whole batch of them in an afternoon.

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Wooden Spools

*Scrapbook paper, wallpaper scraps, etc…



*Charms, beads, etc (optional)


*Jump rings, eye pins, headpins…

*Jewelry Pliers

*Modge Podge


The first thing you will need to do is decoupage the spools. Cut a strip of paper a little smaller than the middle part of the spool. Glue the paper down to the spool with the modge podge. Then paint a layer of modge podge onto the top of the paper. I used the matte modge podge. Once your modge podge dries you are ready to make the spool into a pendant. Start with a long strip of wire. Make a tiny loop at the half way point and wrap one end at the top of the loop a few times. Thread your button face down onto the two ends of wire and pull it all the way down to the loop. Now twist the wire to secure the button taught and insert the wire through the hole in the spool. Now thread the top button face up onto the wires. Pull the button down the wire to the top of the spool. Twist one wire around the other at the base once or twice. Trim this piece down and stuff the end into the top of the spool back through the button. Now loop your other wire and wrap around the loop several times and end wrapping at the top of the button. Snip excess wire off and press wire down so it is not jagged or sticking up anywhere at the end. Thread beads onto an eye pin, snip the wire and make a loop. Attach the dangle and any charms you may like onto the bottom loop of the spool. Now add your pendant to a chain. I used a dainty ball chain. I then tied a little piece of ribbon around the top of each spool pendant where the top loop is. Snip the ends of your ribbon and you are ready to wear.

I think these little spool necklaces turned out so sweet! I love the vintage charm they have! These are great because they are so customizable to your style. You can easily change up the look by the type of paper and the charms and embellishment you use. These would make great gifts too, or a great craft for girl’s night!  So go ahead and make a bunch for all your favorite gals this Valentine’s Day! Be sure to tune in tomorrow for more sweet Valentine projects! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

14 Days of Love- Valentine’s Yarn Wreath


Hello Everyone! Welcome to day four of my 14 Days of Love Valentine’s Special! Today I am going to share my Valentine’s wreath with you. I have always been head over heels for yarn wreathes! I love the texture of them! I made one back in the fall, which you can see Here, and had a great time making it! I have had these little fluffy white dog vintage salt and pepper shakers for a while now, and have been wanting to incorporate them into a wreath. So, I thought they would be perfect for a Valentine’s wreath since they are so cute and lovey dovey looking. I found that I enjoyed making this one even more than my previous wreath!

Here’s What You Need:

*Straw Wreath Form

*Yarn about 2 skeins

*Felt Flowers

*Valentine heart picks

*Wood cut out plaque

*Pipe Cleaners

*Tinsel Heart Wire (not exactly sure what this stuff is called)

*Vintage salt and pepper shakers, millenary birds, etc…

*Hot Glue



To view more detailed instructions on the process of a yarn wrapped wreath visit my first wreath tutorial here. Start by wrapping your wreath form completely in yarn and tie off the ends or glue them down. To make the platform for your figures you first need to drill a couple of tiny holes with your smallest drill bit into the top on each side for the pipe cleaner you will put in later. Now prime and paint your platform. I sealed mine with matte modge podge. Let dry. Glue your choice of figures onto the middle of the platform. Take two pipe cleaners and twist together at the ends to make one longer pipe cleaner. Insert the pipe cleaner into one side of the platform, then bend it around and trim the end to where you want it. Now, take the pipe cleaner and wrap the wired tinsel around it, then insert both ends into the holes in your platform making a nice rounded shape over your figures. Now put a generous of hot glue onto the bottom of your platform and glue into place in the bottom curve of your wreath. Arrange your flowers and heart picks in the way you like best, then glue them all down to your wreath covering any gaps between the platform and the wreath form. Tie a length of ribbon to the top of your wreath and hang.

I absolutely LOVE how this wreath turned out! I may just have to keep it around inside throughout the year somewhere. These wreathes are quite a bit of work, but in the end they are well worth the effort. You can use other things than vintage salt and pepper shakers too. Birds would be really sweet too, or maybe a hand stitched felt creature.  I hope I have inspired some of you to give this one a try. You will seriously have a blast! Be sure to tune in tomorrow for another fun valentine DIY! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

New Necklaces @ Sweet Sophie Blue’s


I just added some new necklaces to my Etsy shop, Sweet Sophie Blue. These sweet necklaces are made from vintage hankies and fabrics. They make an adorable addition to your spring wardrobe, and they’re fun to wear! It’s like carrying a little piece of vintage happiness with you throughout the day! Check em’ out here:


I Heart Etsy Fridays- Ninainvorm

This week I was browsing through etsy and stumbled upon one of the cutest shops i’ve seen in a long time, Ninainvorm, from the Netherlands. Nina van de Goor, the artist behind Ninainvorm, makes amazing collages and screen prints on vintage ceramics. She had me hooked with her ceramics, which we all know is one of my vintage finds obsessions, but what makes her work so fresh is her designs. They are whimsical and colorful, and the way she places her designs onto the vintage ceramics and incorporates them into the original design of the piece is truly fantastic! Each piece is unique and lovely. Here are a few of my favorites:

I love them all, I really couldn’t pick a favorite! To see more of Nina’s fabulous work visit her Etsy shop here:

Happy Shopping!

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