Matching Diaper Clutch

When I decided to make the diaper bag for my sister (I’m gonna be an Auntie!) I decided to include a diaper clutch as well. I started researching and fell in love with this one. http://www.soyouthinkyourecrafty.com/little-man-diaper-clutch-tutorial/

How can you not love that yellow zipper?! Yellow wasn’t part of my color scheme but I figured any bright color would do. This clutch was suprisingly super easy! I’m looking forward to making a few more of them for my expecting friends!

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The Perfect Diaper Bag

Last Christmas when I found out that my favorite (and only) sister was pregnant for the first time I named the baby “the Raz” – short for Raspberry (its size at the time) and Razzle Dazzle. Later we found out that the name Raz is an actual jewish name meaning a secret and can be used for a boy or a girl! Needlesstosay, the moniker stuck.

It was prime sewing season, so it was then that I also decided to embark on a pretty serious undertaking to celebrate my sister, the Raz and this big life event: I wanted to make the perfect diaper bag. I reached out to a team of experts (my two best friends with 1-2 kiddos) who gave me great advice on their wish list of features. I started to give it a lot of thought, and when I went back east in late February I started sketching out a design with some help from my mom. We also went to Babys R Us to do some research on standard sizes and features, and went to Joanne to pick out fabrics. I came back to Ketchum with a design and most of the materials, as well as a heightened level of motivation and excitement. I was heading back east in just a few weeks for a girls trip with my sister and mom and was inspired to make some progress on the project. During those weeks I accomplished enough to bring what I had with me and show my sister in person what was to come. It was also a great opportunity to get some feedback from her regarding her needs and desires.

This project was a great one. I learned a ton about liners, zippers, elastic, and maybe most importantly, patience. There were many hours that went into this project but I knew from the start that this was not one to rush through. It had to be done thoughtfully and it had to be done right. I am extremely proud of the end result. One of my good friends even gave me a fantastic complement saying that it looked like Lululemon! There were moments when I was unsure about the quality of the final product but in the end it really all came together. You’ll notice the liquid-friendly side pockets for bottles or water bottles, the back side zipper pocket, and the elasticized pockets all around the inside. Looking back, I couldn’t tell you how I did this or give you a tutorial, it just sort of came together.

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DIY Romper

Last year I got really into rompers. I found one I love from Forever21 and I wished I could wear it every summer evening last year. So this year, rather than buying another one I decided to make one. I dug through my boxes of fabrics and found a nice striped jersey cotton. A little while later, voila! Ready for Mexico in a couple of weeks!

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a friendly trade

last spring my friend chris was generous enough to build me a raised garden bed. the garden was a huge success and i had greens for my smoothies all summer long! in return, i sewed chris some new canvas bags for his camp stove and grill. the picture below shows one of the bags but i actually made two that were the same just slightly different dimensions.

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thrifty leather-accented nye dress

you might remember that last year i designed my very first homemade dress for new years eve (post: ringing in the new year). of course it was not perfect but i was happy with the outcome. i decided to give myself a challenge again this year and make another dress for new years eve. shocker…it is leather accented. i found a cute dress online for way too many $$$ and said to myself “i can make that!” i sprinted back over to the goldmine and bought a pair of black leather pants. voila!

inspiration:

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my creation:

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leather accented tote

my good friend norah really gets the credit for my infatuation with leather. she was the original inspiration for this tote bag and this tote bag was the original inspiration for my leather infatuation (inspiration from pinterest: leather tote). this project was only difficult because of the lining. i haven’t done a lot with linings and sometimes my brain just doesn’t want to clearly visualize how two pieces of fabric need to be sewn together in order to create the image in my head. i end up doing a lot of trial and error which takes a good bit of patience (or a lack of perfectionism). no matter what the outcome, i always learn something. in the end i think this turned out pretty well. it is probably worth noting that when working with leather be sure you have an abundant supply of needles around. i’ve broken more than i can count – even the leather specific ones. leatherbag

dream leather purse

the best part about sewing, or any kind of creative skill, is that you can bring your dream items to life. that is exactly what I set out to do here…

i had been looking for a new brown leather bag. i searched and searched online but all of the beautiful brown leather bags that i found were on the order of $350. yikes! way more than i am comfortable spending. as it turned out, my local thriftstore, the goldmine, had a whole rack of used leather items for sale. lucky for me they were also having a 40% off sale when I went to scope out the situation. i ended up finding a great pair of light brown leather pants for $10. initially i was going to simply make a tote bag with leather accents but when i saw these pants another design came quickly to mind. Here is the result!

front (note: i left the side pockets)!

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back and lining (note: you can just barely make out the cell phone pocket on the inside)

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