Sunday, June 30, 2013

Lace Clutch

 My daughter and I located this wonderful chambray and cream stripe at a thrift store almost 6 months ago.  I love it.  It speaks to me. I just couldn't find the right project.
 I looked at skirts on Pinterest.  I considered a few tops.  Perhaps an Envelope System Wallet.  Nope, nothing seemed to be a worthy enough project to warrant putting scissors to the lovely pile of stripes. 
 Well, this is what I finally designed!  I do love it!

For all of you DIYers out there, I made this little clutch following the same directions as in my ZIPPERED POUCH TUTORIAL.  The only exceptions include:
1. adding lace to front and back outer panels first.
2. adding pink hand stitching next
3. adding key ring and lanyard hook with arm strap. The lanyard hook is attached to zipper pull.

If you aren't much of a sewer or just don't have time, you can find this little clutch in my ETSY SHOP! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Burlap Envelope System Wallet

 I almost hate to see this one on the "To Sell" shelf.  I may have to indulge myself with a new personal Envelope System Wallet.  My teenage daughter fell in love with it too.  Can you tell that she loves a little lace??
 Not familiar with these wallets?  An Envelope System Wallet is set up for cash-only discretionary expenses such as, groceries, gas/car, haircuts, etc. Each month you allot yourself so much cash into each category.  When the money is gone...the spending must stop. 

My design of an Envelope System Wallet includes these features:

1) A Velcro closure and one main pocket, in which the envelopes fit.

2)Three envelopes have been made in a coordinating fabric. I will transfer labels to each of the envelopes for easy reference. The envelopes are lined to prevent your cash from slipping and for long-lasting usage.

3) A large built-in zippered pocket can hold change, cards, receipts, etc.

4) This wallet is large enough to also hold your checkbook and deposit slips.
5) Envelopes are entirely removable for easy access and budgeting. Remove it if its not to be used! This prevents "dipping" into other categories to make impulse purchases.
If you are interested in this wallet or any of my other designs, please visit my ETSY SHOP! Thanks for visiting!

New Retro Clutch

 Well, I have to admit that I really enjoyed this little project.  My daughter fell in love with this clutch.  The colors, cream and burnt orange, as well as the clean lines bring out a retro feel!  If you are interested in purchasing this cutie (the clutch, not the girl), visit my Esty Shop! Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Baby Bib and Burp Cloth Tutorial

Nothing more exciting than making a gift for a friend whose family has just expanded!  Initially, I wasn't sure what I wanted to sew for her so I went looking through my pinterest board for inspiration!
I ended up recycling a pair of blue jeans into a bib and appliquing a burp cloth to match.
Here are my inspriration pieces!
I was drawn to the colors and simple decorative stitches.  I made a few changes after my sewing machine decided that it would have no part in pretty stitches...ugh.  I did not use ribbon, but instead used a scrap of my favorite fabric.  I think I had about a quarter of a yard hanging around.  Ric rac was used along the top.  I then penciled in the baby's name along the bottom and used a simple backstitch using embroidery thread.  While this site offered the styling inspiration, I needed a template to use, since baby bibs have long been gone from my house. 
You can download this template in real sizing by clicking HERE.  Be sure to check out Clover & Violet as well, because the baby bibs there are cute too!
The burp cloth was made using a cloth diaper and simpling appliquing the name to the bottom corner.  I am very low tech and as soon as I get some extra time on my hands, I will write a tutorial on how I did this. 

Thanks so much for visiting!