New in thee Shop: Moon Inspired Upcycled Denim Canteen Circle Bags

Friday, November 17, 2017


Two new upcycled denim canteen bags in the shop! Stay wild, moonchild. 


The moon is a loyal companion, indeed. Beautifully put by Tahereh Mafi in Shatter Me.

The moon has always served as an inspiration. Personally I've always had a penchant for celestial themed goods. I found myself wanting to create something new in the canteen bag style. A moon is perfect.


My Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 has like 600 stitches and I would like to use them all at least once haha. Here's a chart with some of them. Numbers 28 and 35 stood out to me because they look most like star bursts or twinkles. I ended up using #35 on a dark gray jean remnants cut into crescent shapes. Then I hand beaded the stars on the patchwork denim sky. If I make more of these I'm definitely going to try mixing up the stitches using different designs and maybe a full moon too.






Check them out in the shop here:


DIY Burlap Fabric Pumpkins

Monday, October 9, 2017


These fabric pumpkins turned out so cute. I found the perfect sized pumpkins by The Spruce. You can get their free sewing pattern here. They have it titled as pumpkin pillows but if you just follow their tutorial for the body, you can add whatever type of stem you'd like and use whatever kind of fabric. I wasn't looking for pillows, more like just for decor but again the sizing of these worked out great. I took the large pumpkin pattern and scaled it up about two sizes more to make the really big pumpkin.



I also found this tutorial for upcycled pumpkins. If I didn't have so much of this fabric already I would've definitely done this one. You can check out the how-to by Evie Bidell, here.


I have had this orange burlap material for years and it never occurred to me that it would be great for some fake pumpkins. It would be good for some fake carrots too but those don't really say fall as much as they do Easter. Anyway there is so much of this material that I was tempted to make huge pumpkins but then I wasn't sure where I would put them since I don't want them outside.



This craft also allowed me to make use of some fabric samples that were from a company I no longer order fabrics from. I took all the green shaded taffeta swatches and some crepe satin but only ended up using the taffeta. Taffeta is awesome to work with because it's stiff, lightweight and you can easily singe the edges. It's basically the paper of fabrics.


For the trunks or stems rather, I got a roll of faux burlap ribbon. I knew I only needed small pieces so I went with the ribbon instead of buying fabric. Added bonus the ribbon has sealed edges making it even easier to work with.


I sort of followed the given pattern for the stems but not really because mine are not as curved nor as tall. I gave them a little stuffing too. For the pumpkin leaves I cut away the pieces of swatches that had glue residue from the booklet they were in and cut out some pumpkiny looking leaves. 


Then I singed the edges of the leaves with a candle and hot glued a little pleat on them. Also hot glued some of the stem edges inward to create a flatter base.


First I glued on the leaves then the stem on top. I added some bows made out of twine for added decoration. It's not much but looks cute all together.


So fabric pumpkins are pretty easy to make whether you sew or not, there are plenty of tutorials out there showing you different methods to get it done. (Just search "no sew fabric pumpkins" on google or Pinterest) Real pumpkins are nice but they are one time deal, they're a fruit (yes, technically because it has seeds) and are better cooked up and eaten than wasted. Make these pumpkins and you can re-use them every autumn. 


Here they are sitting on the piano. The middle pumpkin is almost too big for this spot but I like how they look all lined up. I'm thinking some wooden letters or signs would accompany them really nicely. Maybe like the words "give thanks" or even "fall" would work. I hope you give making your own reusable pumpkin decor a try. 

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20 DIY Upcycled Wreaths for All Occasions!

Friday, September 22, 2017

The holidays are around the corner and they have me thinking all about the decor. Decor is probably my favorite part of it all. I always thought it be super cute to have a bunch of seasonal wreaths to put out every month, like I see others do. I never get around to doing so though. If you're thinking to yourself "hey, me too" well then this list I've come up with, is sure to inspire you as well.

P.S. As I was searching for wreaths, I came across this befitting quote from Buddha...

"As from a large heap of flowers many garlands and wreaths are made, so by a mortal in this life there is much good work to be done."

1. Aluminum Can Leaves Wreath for le Fall time.

2. Garden Hose Wreath for le Spring time.

3. Cotton Reel Wreath


4. Tshirt Wreath

5. Necktie Wreath


6. Toilet Paper Roll Wreath

7. Hubcap Patriotic Star Wreath


8. Newspaper Wreath

9. Denim Rag Wreath by OrangeDogCrafts

10. Multi Colored- Christmas light Wreath

11. Paintbrush Wreath


12. Bundt Pan Wreath

13. Sweater Wreath


14. Music Sheet Roses Wreath

15. Fabric Samples Wreath


16. Wine Cork Wreath

17. Tennis Racket Wreath


18. Acorn Wreath

19. Terracotta Pots Wreath

20. Cardboard Wreath


Double Feature Published in Haute Handbags Magazine

Friday, September 15, 2017


In the autumn 2017 issue of the magazine, Haute Handbags, you will find two of my pieces. This upcycled denim and lace canteen bag on page 45 and my upcycled painter's purse on page 125. One of their editors found my shop on Etsy and I agreed to send in my work along with brief summaries of the work process. It's a neat opportunity I personally wouldn't have passed up. Thanks Stampington & Co!


I posted this quick little video to instagram and facebook as soon as I received my copy of the magazine.


The magazine is full of gorgeous work and it's a pleasure to be accompanied in print by so many talented artisans, fellow bag makers.

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Refashion | Men’s Button Up Shirt into an Off Shoulder Top

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Thee inspiration: An off shoulder striped cotton top with 3/4 sleeves, buttons down the front and a drawstring tie waist.


I found this shirt off Ebay. I tried looking in store at the local thrift but didn't have any luck finding a big mens white cotton striped button down shirt. Since I was being pretty specific with what I wanted Ebay made it much easier to find it with all their filters. I actually really like this material, the detail is cute and it was in EUC. A great match.


First I grabbed a shirt I already had, not off shoulder but I like it's sleeve length so I used it for that. I also referenced the sleeve width for the elastic hem.


Then for the neckline, I pinned it while wearing it to the desired depth. Cut it straight across after.


I serged all the raw edges i.e. the sleeve hems, the shirt's top and bottom. Then sewed the edges back a half inch or so to create casings for the elastic and drawstring.


I'm pretty sure there's tools for this but I attach a safety pin to lead my elastic through the casing.

Then pull it all the way around and back out. You sew the elastic in place. I didn't sew the shirt closed down the button placket but you can if you want. I only sewed it down together at the top and bottom for the casings.


From the leftover material I was able to make a thin cord to use as a drawstring for the waist. The elastic across the shoulders doesn't start until about 3" away from the button placket on both sides so the top lays flat for most of the front.


Really all your basically doing is creating casings on a shirt that is bigger than your usual size. Casings for the elastics, across the shoulders and sleeve cuffs, around the waist for the drawstring. You could actually use elastic in that casing as well if you don't have enough leftover material for a drawstring or don't want that in particular. All of these casings allow for the top to adjust to your size while keeping a boxy loose fit.


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