Monday, January 30, 2012

DIY - Tutorial - How to make a leather bow cuff bracelet


You will need :
- A piece of leather, approx. 22cm x 10cm (approx. 8.7" x 4")
- Scissors
- Leather glue or super glue
- Thread
- A snap button

To view the full tutorial click here:
SOURCE: Oh the lovely things

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Macaron Coin Purse

Sew Macaron Coin Purse
Sew Macaron Coin Purse

Sew Macaron Coin Purse

Just can’t help for not making these sweet little macaron coin purses when one of Craft Passion’s Facebook fans showed them to me. Thanks to XYZZhandmade for her inspiring handmade and some tutorial links in Japanese, this, this, this and this. No, I can’t read Japanese but I can guess from the pictures on how to sew it. Here is the English version of tutorial on how to sew this macaron coin purse where I add more details in the sewing.
The space inside the coin purse is quite limited but good enough to place some small jewelries like ear rings, rings; may be to keep some small coins, folded money; a place to keep small piece of note that wrote your shopping list and reminder etc. Or, simply use it as a key chain or hanging ornament. Or, turn it into something enormously cute, like this.
I have tried both nylon and metal zipper, each gave different feel and effect on the macaron coin purse. Nylon zipper is easy to sew since you can just cut the zipper to the correct length. Zipping and unzipping is easier on nylon zipper too. Aesthetic wise, I like metal zipper though it requires more works to do. If you find zipping on metal zipper is craggy due to small circular shape, rub the zipper’s teeth with some wax or candle, then zip and unzip a few times, you will find zipping is smoother after the waxing.
Sew Macaron Coin Purse
To make: 1
1. Cover Button, diameter 1 1/2″ (38mm) – 2 pairs
2. Fabric – Polka-dot, 5 1/2″ x 3″
3. Fabric – lining, 5 1/2″ x 3″
4. Fabric – zipper seam binder, 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″
5. Batting – 4″ x 2″
6. Zipper – 5″ ( I used 6″ metal zipper and shortened in to 5″ by using this tutorial)
7. Card stock (for tracing) – 2 3/4″ circle and 2″ circle
8. Ribbon – 3/8″ x 2″
1. Sewing kits
2. Pencil and/or fabric marker
3. Wire cutter
4. Scissors
5. Tacky Glue / Mod Podge / Fabric glue
Finished Dimension:
1 3/4″ (Dia.) x 1 1/4″ (H)
macaron purse materials Get ready all the materials and tools needed to sew a macaron coin purse. 

Sew to join the zipper tape together above the top stops.
Fold the ribbon into half and sew it on the bottom stop with ends facing zipper end.

Fold the zipper right side together and sew to join it into a ring.

Trim the zipper ends to 1/2″ seam allowance from the stops.
Fold the 1 1/2″ square fabric into half then fold a seam allowance of 1/4″.

Encase the seam allowance and bind it by sewing the fabric onto it.

Bend the binder to the bottom stop side and sew it on the zipper.

Turn to the right side and this is how your zipper is going to look like.

Make small running stitches along the edges of the zipper. Pull to gather.
Repeat on the other side.
Set aside.

Cut away the button studs from the back plates. Be careful and point the stud away from you and /or anyone while cutting it. This little tiny metal can really shoot far.
Set aside.

Trace circles to the fabrics with pencil or fabric marker.
2 3/4″ circle on main polka-dot fabric and lining fabric, cut 2 from each fabric.
2″ circle on batting, cut 2.

Apply a thin layer of glue on the cover and attach it to the batting.
Make 2.
Let dry or until safe to work on it.

Make small running stitches along the edge of the fabric. Place the cover onto the fabric.

Pull the thread and gather the fabric onto the cover snugly. Knot the thread.

Repeat the same to another cover and 2 back plates.

Use an erasable fabric marker to plot a circle along the back of the cover. The line should be on top of the metal edge of the cover.

Slip stitch the cover to the zipper, about 3/8″ from the center line of the zipper.
The further you sew from the zipper, the bigger the coin purse space is.

Completed 1 cover, repeat the same to the other side.

Turn to the inside, place the back plate on and slip stitch it to the zipper.
Repeat the same on the other plate.

A completed macaron coin purse. The storage space is quite small, good for keeping ring, and bracelet. Or, merely use it as a key chain or hanging ornament.
If you can find a small circle mirror of about 1″ to 1 1/4″, glue it on the back plate and turn this macaron coin purse into a small cosmetic mirror.

View from the bottom stop of the macaron coin purse.

Another view when the coin purse is placed vertically.
Have a nice day & happy sewing :)

SOURCE: Craft Passion

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Great story from Elise Blaha

SOURCE: project 18 of 26 / big script art.

This project was completely inspired by this. I loved the huge size. I loved the black and white. My original plan was to make my handwriting messy and almost not readable just like that inspiration image. But then I got started and knew I would mess it up if I tried to do anything other than write my normal way.
The canvas is huge. The second largest one that Michael's sells. I "primed" it by painting it with a combination of white acrylic and water. The next night, I started writing with a mix of black acrylic and water. At first, I tried to make the words dark and perfect the first time around. And then I realized that was messing up my letter flow and it looked strange. So I went down the whole canvas with one or two dabs of paint per word. The color, of course, didn't look good, but the words appeared more naturally written, which is what I wanted.
Then I went back and retraced all my words with a good coat of black paint.
The words are lyrics from Swing Life Away by Rise Against. Long ago, when Paul and I first started dating, he had me listen to this song. Then one weekend when we were headed out with some of his friends, I slipped him a piece of paper with one of my favorite lines from the song. (I think he still has it in his wallet.) When we were in Maryland we especially liked the line "let's pack our bags and settle down where palm trees grow" because of course, San Diego was the goal. This was the song we chose for our first dance at our wedding.
Of course, I didn't measure or plan (or even have the lyrics written down in advance) and so I sort of ran out of room and didn't get to fit the palm tree line into it. But I finished with maybe the most important line of the whole song : "If love is a labor I'll slave 'til the end."
It is one of my favorites. It hangs right in our front entry way area (which will make more sense when I share a downstairs tour soon) so it's the first thing you see when you walk in. It might be a little intense for for that, but I love it and happily Paul does too.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Camera Strap Covers

You will need:
-Two pieces of fabric printed/matching solid
- Iron on fleece
- Thread
- Sewing machine
- Needles

You can find the tutorial here!

Fabric wall art

Great Artwork idea from
easy electic hall eclectic hall
Hint: Shoe box lids, covered in fabric.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

tutorial: bow bookmarks by Little lovelies by Allison

 Source: tutorial: bow bookmarks

I was pretty serious about being on a bookmark kick. I can't stop making them! (see here, here, and here) Maybe I am draining myself of creativity and all that's left in my brain is bookmarks. Oh well, I have gifts for a year, maybe longer. 
Besides my cross stitch button bookmarks, these are my favorite. Wanna see why?

They are so tiny and cute! 
Let me state a little something for the record. When I made these about two weeks ago, I thought I was a creative genius. I said I was inspired by this photo on last weeks five things friday, and I was. When there is inspiration, I share the source. But over the course of the last week, Pinterest has proven to me that I am not an original like I thought. I have seen a couple versions of a bow bookmark, so needless to say I am bummed to learn that I am not the first one to think of this. Oh well. So please don't comment and tell me I am a copy cat and you have already seen these. In my head, I was the only one who had even thought of this. Moving on...
Let's get started. 
Here's what you will need - measurements and all. Felt, paperclips, and hot glue. My nasty hot glue gun didn't make the pretty pictures cut. The felt is from Papertrey Ink. The best felt ever ever. I have talked about it before, I know, but it is worth repeating. It is 100% wool so no fuzziness and it cuts like a dream. It is $6.00 for a 5" x 30" roll, so you can make a ton of bows with just one roll.
Start by cutting the tails out of piece #1. Set aside. 
 Put a line of hot glue down the center of piece #2, fold the ends in, and press. Don't smash the ends into the glue too much - you still want the gaps that make it look like a bow. 
Put a dot of glue in the middle of your looped piece and squeeze until the hot glue cools. This gives it the look of a real bow.
Glue piece #2 to piece #1 like pictured. 
Here is what you have so far. Now it is time to get it on the paperclip. 
Put a very thin line of hot glue on the front of the bow only. Not on the back. Press down your long piece (#3) onto the glue. 
Here is the back. See? No glue. 
Put down a small amount of glue and stick on the paperclip. I keep saying small amount of glue because you don't want to have glue seeping out - it is not very pretty. 
Fold the top part down into the glue and cut off the excess. 
Add a bit more glue and glue down the other tail and trim. 
The cost to make one of these is probably less then $.25 each. Seriously. So, if you are looking for easy Christmas gifts or sweet wedding favors, this is it. I plan on keeping a few on hand for a simple gift.