Sew Easy Placemat Clutch

Sew Easy Placemat Clutch

When you really get into sewing, you start to see fabric everywhere. Seriously. Everywhere. I don’t get rid of clothes anymore if the fabric is sew-worthy, as evidenced by my upcycle/recycle/refashion posts! But now I can’t even go through the grocery store without eyeing the tiny section of kitchen towels that are in the baking aisle.

And Target? FUHGHETTABOUDIT. Towels, kitchen towels, napkins, shower curtains, sheets, placemats, table runners…. there is fabric everywhere, and lots of super cute prints, too!

Guess how this tutorial came about? Yep. Walking by the kitchen linen aisle and spotted this GORGEOUS placemat.

Placemat Clutch

I mean seriously, it is so beautiful and has such great texture.

Placemat Clutch

I ended up buying two – one in this coral color and another in a lovely mustard for a later project!

So anyway, this placemat happens to be lined (bonus!) which made my mind start shouting ideas at me in a tourette-like fashion: BAG! Pillow. Coasters. CLUTCH!ย  Ah, yes, I think a clutch is perfect.

I wanted to make a very stiff, structured clutch – not the floppy kind (I feel like stuff would fall out of a floppy clutch, but you can skip this step if you want a floppy one for yourself), so in lieu of interfacing I used stiffened felt.

Placemat Clutch - Stiffened Felt

WHAT, you say? Stiffened felt. I love this stuff and I use it all the time! The placemat is 14×19 and a sheet of the stiffened felt is 12×18 so it fits perfectly inside. You can get it at your local craft store, or by all means, use some interfacing that is stiff if you want more structure to your clutch.

You’ll also need some velcro. There are several kinds of velcro, and truth be told I would have preferred sew-on velcro instead of the kind with the sticky back (gums up the needle!) but you use what you have on hand sometimes… so if you’re going to get supplies, get sew-on velcro instead of sticky! :)

Placemat Clutch - Velcro

So now the fun begins. Slice open one of the short ends of the placemat…

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Stuff the felt inside…

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Push it all the way in, there will be a little room on all sides.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Set your machine to a zigzag stitch…

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

..and sew that baby back up! Be sure to go back and forth a few times at the top and bottom to seal off the thread. You won’t sew through the felt since it is shorter than the placemat.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Now isn’t that lovely? Hold up the placemat and shake it around a bit so the felt makes it back to the center.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Next you’re going to fold your very stiff placemat into a clutch. Get ready, you’ll need some muscle.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

You can fold it to where you want it, what looks good or feels comfortable to you, but if you’re a stickler for measurements (I am NOT), I measured for you and folded up to leave 4.5 inches on the top flap, as you can see pictured here:

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

I put pins to mark my place and went back to the sewing machine. Using a straight stitch, I started at the pin and went straight down to the bottom. Since the placemat is lined and you have the felt in there, your machine and needle will basically tell you where to sew and give you your seam allowance – it’s about 1/4 -1/2 inch. Be sure to go back and forth a few times at the top and bottom again, to secure your thread.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

This fabric hides your thread & seam so nicely!

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Now go sew up the other side, too..

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

..and check your work out — you now have a lovely pocket!

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Next step: use your muscles to fold that top down. Press it really well, it’s going to want to pop back up on you. I set my laptop on mine for a while just to tell it who is boss.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

This is where the velcro comes in. AGAIN – I want to reiterate that sew-on velcro is much preferred over the sticky-back velcro I am using here. Trust me. I went through 2 needles!

Pick your spot where you want the velcro placed and pin it in place.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

I joined the velcro once pinned and folded the top of my clutch over to get my spot for the second piece on the main body of the clutch like this..

Placemat Clutch - Make it!Placemat Clutch - Make it!… and then secured the second piece of velcro.

Break out your needle and thread and sew those puppies on!

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Be sure to go through the placemat and the felt or interfacing if you used it — you’ll want it to be secure and not to pull away from the structure of the clutch. I used a contrasting thread, I thought it would be cute!

Placemat Clutch - Make It!Since I used the sticky-back velcro, I had to use all my power to push the needle through. But the end result was worth the sore thumb muscles!

Placemat Clutch - Make It!Once you’ve sewn both pieces of velcro on..

Placemat Clutch - Make It!You’re done!

Placemat Clutch - Finished!Isn’t she pretty? Dramatic, but still so very classy!

Placemat Clutch - Finished!ย Makes a great gift, too – and they will be SUPER impressed when you tell them you made it yourself! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Sewing!

Sew Easy Placemat Clutch

 

 

 

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Gifts for Dad

Gifts for Dad – The Grill Master

Bye Bye, May and Hello June! Summer is coming and so is Father’s Day, which means it’s time to start looking for some great gifts for Dad. What better gifts to give YOUR Grill Master than these personalized BBQ accessories I found on Zazzle — which, by the way, are on SALE, RIGHT NOW!

Gifts for Dad - BBQ Accessories

Take advantage and shop now to save 30% on all Father’s Day gifts + 15% off all orders now through June 4th, 2015. Use Code ZFAVORITEGUY at checkout.

My husband, the father of my children, believes himself to be an expert when it comes to the art of grilling, and has therefore dubbed himself The Grill Master. Well, a Grill Master needs an apron like a King needs a crown – it’s a necessity. I love the style of this one, very bold but still classy, and you can put whatever name you want at the top.

Gifts for Dad - BBQ Apron from Zazzle

It is very well made – a nice thick canvas fabric to hold up to his grilling shenanigans.. which usually involves the dog jumping on him at some point, and at least one shout of, “FIRE IN THE HOLE!”

Gifts for Dad - BBQ Accessories from Zazzle

Does your Grill Master have a secret sauce? Mine does – or so he says! It IS a bit of a mystery, I’ve never actually watched him to see what he puts in it, but it usually tastes pretty darn good. It could very well be just a regular jar of BBQ sauce. But I like it, the kids like it, and that’s all that really matters.

Gifts for Dad - BBQ Sauce Bowl from Zazzle

I thought a special bowl just for his top secret sauce would make him smile, so I designed this one with him in mind. This is customizable too, you can change “Dad” to any name! It’s actually a chili bowl, but I thought it would be better than a regular bowl since it has the cool little finger handle. :)

Gifts for Dad - BBQ Accessories from Zazzle

Every time MY husband gets his grill on he comes running in to the house in a panic at some point, saying “I NEED A PLATE!” and I scramble to find him one that he can’t destroy. Paper plates are too flimsy and I’m terrified he’ll break one of my ceramic plates — not that losing the plate is a big deal, it’s the shards all over the ground for a blind dog and a 1 year old to walk on that scare me..

Gifts for Dad - BBQ Plate from Zazzle

…well now he can have his very own plate, and a towel to match. A very classy design on both with his initials; the plate is melamine so it can take a beating (no shards!)…

Gifts for Dad - BBQ Towel from Zazzle

..and the towel is absorbent enough to handle his messes! I like the black towel, it will hide any stains that are sure to come from his secret sauce, and it looks great on the grill.

Gifts for Dad - BBQ Towel from Zazzle

 

Our Grill Master just got a new grill, so I think these gifts will be a big hit! Don’t tell him I used it as a prop for my photo shoot.ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Our Grill Master

Take advantage and shop now to save 30% on all Father’s Day gifts + 15% off all orders now through June 4th, 2015. Use Code ZFAVORITEGUY at checkout.

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*I am a Zazzle Affiliate and will be paid a tiny bit of commission for any products purchased via these links. But hey, I wouldn’t share ’em if I didn’t love ’em!

 

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On The Farm: Cow Themed 1st Birthday Party

On the Farm: Cow Themed 1st Birthday Party

The little man recently turned a year old (!!!), so of course, we had to celebrate. Always itching for an opportunity to design and be crafty, I dove in head first and let everything else go while I was in party planning mode. I then remembered that I have a blog and that I should probably blog about it, so I had to remember to take good pictures, too! #bloggerproblems

Since I did actually think ahead this time, almost everything you see in this post is available either for purchase or as a free printable (yay!). You can find a list of products and links to their source at the bottom of this post! On the Farm: Cow BirthdayI chose a farm theme for Vaughn – his Grandpa is a strawberry farmer, and Vaughn seems to have an affinity for one of his cow toys, so I thought it would be a really cute party and super fun to plan for if we held it at Grandma & Grandpa’s house.

On the Farm: Cow Party - First Birthday

It all started with the invites. I started playing with the cow idea and drew up this cutie. The whole theme unfolded from there with the red font and cow splotches all over the place. :)

I loved the tag shaped invite option on Zazzle, so I used that as my canvas, and opted for the natural colored paper instead of white. Much more farm-y, don’t you think?

On the Farm: Cow Party Invite

The back side of the invite has all the details for the party.

invites

When you purchase the invites, they come with plain-jane envelopes. I considered making some cute labels or something, but why go through all that effort when I can design custom envelopes! Right?

On the Farm: Cow Party Envelopes

They even have cow splotches on the inside. Hello Cuteness!

On the Farm: Cow Invite Envelopes

Once I dropped the invites in the mail I started working on all of the fun for the big day. Utilizing Zazzle’s crazy huge selection of customizable goodies, I started adding the party’s mascot to favor boxes, favor tags, paper plates, and a onesie for the birthday boy!

On the Farm: Cow Birthday Favor Boxes

How cute are these little guys?

On the Farm: Cow Birthday Favor Boxes

I really love the tags, and they come with the twine!

On the Farm: Cow Birthday Favor Tags

So my next mission was to figure out what to put in these little boxes for the kiddos that were coming to the party. Amazon to the rescue! Farm themed rubber duckies….

On the Farm: Cow Birthday Favors

…cow tales…

On the Farm: Cow Birthday Favors

…farm animal STICKERS!

On the Farm: Cow Birthday Favors

I wanted a banner or bunting with Vaughn’s name on it, and decided to just make my own printable bunting, punch some holes in the triangles and string some twine through.

On the Farm: Cow Party BannerWhile I was at it, I made a couple of flags for cake toppers, and some water bottle labels (seriously, I can’t stop once I’m on a roll). All of these are available to print below!

On the Farm: Cow Party Printables

I couldn’t wait for the big day!

On the Farm: Cow Party Display

This display was inside, and Grandma and Grandpa’s house tends to be pretty dark so it was very hard to take decent pictures. The close-ups are better!

On the Farm: Cow Party - Cow CakeGood old Albertsons did an amazing job yet again with the cake! I used bamboo skewers for the cake topper flags (taped them on). I purchased a package of the red bandanas on Amazon to use for decoration and handed them out to the kids as well.

On the Farm: Cow Party - Cow Smash CakeVaughn got his own cake to dive into. And he totally did!

On the Farm: Cow Party - Water BottlesThe printed water bottle labels – they fit on both the mini and regular size Arrowhead water bottles.

On the Farm: Cow Party - Cake PlateseCake Plates!

On the Farm: Cow Party - Milk BottlesI found these milk bottles at Target in the party section, and filled them with jelly bellies (french vanilla and chocolate pudding to be exact).

On the Farm: Cow Party - Favor BoxesMilk BottlesThe favor boxes, all packaged up and ready to go!

On the Farm: Cow Party - Name BannerThe printable name banner with red and white twine. The secondary banner is from Target!

On the Farm: Cow Party - HighChair BannerI found this great chalkboard banner at Target too, along with some chalkboard pens (my new favorite). I wrote the letters and used two types of twine to string through the banner and tape on to the highchair. The highchair is very special – it’s an antique my Mom purchased years ago, and every grandchild has spent ample time in it during their baby days. Vaughn is probably the last one. Certainly from me. LOL

On the Farm: Cow Party Birthday BoyMe and the Birthday Boy! Notice his onesie? :)

On the Farm: Cow Party Grandpa’s wagon made a great place to put the presents!

On the Farm: Cow Party Veggies first, then Cake!

On the Farm: Cow Party - Smash CakeYep. I think he likes it.

On the Farm: Cow Party Do you see the remote control in his hand? He wouldn’t put it down… and since it was his birthday, I wasn’t about to take it away from him. Sorry Mom. :)

On the Farm: Cow Party - First Birthday

Where to Find All the STUFF:

Free Printables!

@Zazzle:

@Amazon

@Target

 

*The above links are affiliate links. I will be paid an itsy bitsy amount of commission if you click through and make a purchase. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas from Zazzle

Mother’s Day Gifts from Zazzle

May is almost upon us which means that it is just about time to remind the Moms of the world just how special and amazing they are. I didn’t get it before, not really, but now that I am a Mom, I have the inside scoop. Being a Mom isn’t always easy — it is often hard, stressful, exhausting… but it can also be so amazing, joyful and full of SO MUCH love (it can’t be quantified!). Our Moms deserve props! So now is your chance to tell the Moms in your life that they ROCK, and to thank them for putting up with  loving you and taking such great care of you.

I hand picked a few items from Zazzle to share — some nice things I like and thought other Moms might too. A few of them have a little Stickelberry touch to them, but do check out the enormous selection of amazing gifts on Zazzle’s website — and take advantage of the Mother’s Day sale!

Now through MAY 4th – get 50% off Express Shipping by using code ZEXPRESS4HER at checkout!! 

I love these mirror compacts! They are so cute — they come in a few different shapes, a bazillion different designs and colors, and if you want you can customize them with a monogram like I did. Compact Mirrors

They are the perfect size for a purse or small clutch! It has the up close and personal mirror on the bottom, too…perfect for obsessing over stray eyebrow hairs. Mother's Day Gifts from ZazzleYou can find my designs here or browse through the entire collection available here.

Another one of my favorites, these cute paper journals are great for Moms who take notes, jot down ideas, doodle (my favorite pastime), and make lists! I love this design (not mine!) and hope my Mother-in-law likes it too (she’s totally reading this right now). Mother's Day Gifts from Zazzle Small enough to fit in your purse, and super cute. Here it is next to the compact mirror to give you an idea of the size. Mother's Day Gifts Ideas - journal

I love that most of them are customizable, so you can put in whatever words you want!  You can find this design here, or browse the entire collection here.

And now, hands down one of my favorite gifts (drumroll, please): The GINORMOUS, personalized box of chocolates. Mother's Day Gifts from Zazzle - Chocolate!No no no no… that picture doesn’t do it justice (but aren’t those kids cute?! You can put your own on it, obviously, but I like those little fellas right there ;)). Let’s try this one — check out the SIZE..Mother's Day Gifts from Zazzle - Chocolate!Seriously. That’s NOT a mini coffee mug – that’s like my everyday jumbo mug. The box itself is gorgeous, totally a keepsake item!Mother's Day Gifts from Zazzle - Chocolate!..and did I mention it’s full of CHOCOLATE!? Beautiful chocolate no less, and you can get all one type, a giant bar, or a mix like I did here. You can find this design (Stickelberry!) here, or browse through the entire collection here.

So… you have all these gifts, and you need something special to put them in, right? Mom deserves a better container than a paper gift bag. How about something cute, sweet, meaningful and REUSABLE? Enter the Mom tote.Mother's Day Gift Ideas - Mom Tote BagIt’s perfect for everyday use, for anything she can think of.. groceries, books, toting stuff to and from your house, you name it. Mother's Day Gift Ideas - Mom Tote BagThey are very affordable and they have a natural element that makes them so lovely, too. Does the design look familiar? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Mother's Day Gift Ideas - Mom Tote BagIt can be rolled or folded up into a tiny little square for easy, compact storage. Moms love that. You can find this design here, or browse through the entire collection here, and you may even want to try MAKING YOUR OWN with pictures of family!

Mother's Day Gift IdeasgSo there you have it! My favorite picks from Zazzle for Mother’s Day. Do go and check out what they have to offer if you haven’t already. zazzleLetterform_blackI also HIGHLY recommend signing up for the free trial of Zazzle Black, which gives you free shipping for 30 days, and then a nominal fee of $9.95 annually. This more than pays for itself if you order from them often (I’m guilty)!

Hope you Moms out there have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

 

*I am a Zazzle affiliate, which means I will make a teeny tiny amount of commission from any products purchased through my links. I wouldn’t share them with you if I didn’t love them!!!

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DIY No Sew Sweater Recycle

DIY No Sew Sweater RECYCLE!

DIY No Sew Sweater Recycleย In honor of Earth Day, I bring you the ultimate sweater recycle!

Do you have an old sweater that has lost it’s shape, or has a hole in it, or was from your maternity days, or you like it but you don’t LOVE it so you never wear it? Bring it out of the closet and grab your fabric scissors because you’re about to get some really good use out of it! Literally, you can leave no scrap behind as you cut and re-use your sweater in 4 ways (5 if you count the one I thought of after the fact!).

Here we go — in pictoral form! Enjoy!

DIY No Sew Sweater Recycle

Cut torso out of sweater, save that little scrap at the bottom!

 

DIY No Sew Sweater Recycle

Stretch out the ends so they roll

 

DIY No Sew Sweater Recycle

Voila! Infinity Scarf. Oh but we’re not done yet…

 

DIY No Sew Sweater Recycle

Cut off the sleeves

 

DIY No Sew Sweater Recycle

Arm Sleeves! No? Well then how about…

 

DIY No Sew Sweater Recycle

Bootcuffs! Like this…

 

DIY No Sew Sweater Recycle

Yes! But wait.. there’s more!

 

DIY No Sew Sweater Recycle

Mini Crop! Pair with a tank and some boyfriend jeans. Super Cute.

You’re Welcome. :)

Oh and that one thing I thought of after the fact, that little scrap from the bottom? Use it as a headband or wrap it around your pony tail. Boom!

XOXO, D

Handy InfoGraphic for Pinning Right HERE: sweaterrecycle

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