Saturday, March 22, 2014

{Tutorial} Adding Commercial Handles to Handmade Bags

Hi everyone! I have a great little tutorial to share with you today that will take your handmade bags to the next level! Commercial store bought handles will give your tote the perfect finishing touch and make you look like a total professional. And really it could't be easier!

JoAnn Fabrics makes spring crafting so simple during national craft month with a $5 off $25 or more purchase coupon and spring crafting inspiration website!

This post is in partnership with JoAnn Fabrics and while I was compensated for this tutorial, all thoughts, opinions, and methods are my own.

Supplies Needed:
Commercial Handles (I got mine at JoAnn's. They're microfiber.)
Fabric scraps for creating tabs-4 pieces cut to 2"x2 1/2"

Favorite tote or purse pattern…pieces cut and ready to go
general sewing supplies

Alright, let's get to it!





1. Cut your tabs. 4 pieces at 2x2 1/2 inches
2. Fold in half along long side and stitch with 1/4" seam allowance (repeat for all four tabs)
3. Press seam open.
4. Turn inside out. Press. Press in half wrong sides (seam side) together and insert through ring of handle.
5. Baste edge closed with 1/4" or 1/8" inch seam. Whatever you feel comfy with but also be mingle of your bag pattern. If your pattern calls for 1/4 seams, use 1/8 so that your basting stitches are hidden in the seam.
6. Repeat for all four tabs and you're done! Now you can follow your bag pattern.



Oooooooh ahhhhhhhh. See what a difference that makes?!?!? Looking good. 


Here is the inside of my bag. Other professional touches I like to add are magnetic snaps, pockets, and boxed bottoms. These little details make such a huge difference in the finished look, functionality, and style of your bag.

All these supplies can be purchased at your local JoAnn's! Happy crafting friends!!

Elizabeth
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Thursday, February 13, 2014

{Recipe} Four Ingredient Caramel Corn

Hey there! Who needs a fun and simple treat that you can share with your Valentine? Everyone loves caramel corn right??? This takes like 5 minutes to make, you ready?

This post in in partnership with our friends at Jolly Time Pop Corn

Doesn't it look yummy? Well it is. Here's how you do it:

Ingredients:
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 bag popped microwave popcorn
1-2 cups mini marshmallows

Directions:
Pop your popcorn according to the package directions. Pour into large bowl.
Melt the sugar and butter in a glass bowl in the microwave. 2 minutes.
Stir in the marshmallows. Heat for 1-2 minutes more until everything is all melty and awesome.
Pour over your popped popcorn and stir until everything is mixed well.

That's it! So easy and crazy delicious.

We don't do a lot of microwave popcorn these days because I've been on an air pop kick. Did you know that Jolly Time has an organic popping kernel? I'll definitely be picking up a bag on my next shopping trip! You can find it HERE.

Have a great day friends!

Elizabeth
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Friday, December 20, 2013

{Merry & Bright Christmas Mantle}


Hi there and Merry Christmas to you! I'm sharing my Merry & Bright Christmas Mantle here today! We don't do a whole a lot of decorating for Christmas. Just the tree and the mantle and a few things that are special to us. This year's mantle was SO FUN to do. I honestly have no plans to change it next year.

This post is in partnership with JoAnn's. All ideas and projects talked about are my own. Here is our #fabulouslyfestive December space!

Ta dahhhhhhhhh! It's my favorite ever! Let me tell you about some of the details!
The bright colored trees are just the foam ones. I picked them up at JoAnn's. I wrapped them in fabric strips and different trims and stuck a sweet little pom pom on top.
I love love love this Christmas print. JoAnn's had some great fabrics this season! I framed this one in an embroidery hoop that I wrapped in strips of green gingham. 
I went a little non traditional for my wreath this year. I added some yellow and aqua in with the go to red and green. Funky and fun. I wrapped the wreath form in fabric strips and trims and yarn and added a silver glittered ornament with some hot glue. I love it all but I think those pom poms are my fave.
A little hint of our tree. I made tons of these crocheted ornaments this year. I adore them so much! I very well might COVER the tree in them next year. Better start working on them in July. I forgot to add garland to the tree this year. Oops. But have no fear, I raided the miscellaneous trim bucket and tied a bunch of odds and ends together. So now the tree is covered in ribbon and pompoms and lace. 




I have a coupon for all you last minute Christmas crafters (like me!).


Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a very merry Christmas! 



Elizabeth
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{awesome pattern shout out}

Hi friends! Things have been super quite around the blog lately. Enjoying this season with friends and family.

Need to make a quick last minute gift for a crafty person in your life? Might I suggest this awesome Open Wide Pouch by Anna at Noodlehead.


You guys this pattern is FANTASTIC. So well written and really fun to make. I learned a few new techniques along the way too!

For my fabrics I used a gray chevron I had in my stash, and a sweet polka dot print from Whole Port. I used a Pellon heavy interfacing for some extra sturdiness too. 

This is the largest size and it's HUGE. It's a great project bag for us crafty girls who always seem to bring a project everywhere we go. As a crocheter, this bag will fit everything I need for a small project: yarn, my hook pouch, etc… Contains everything in one convenient pouch that I can toss in my bigger purse. Plus it saves my car keys form getting tangled up in a ball of yarn. It's happened.

I hope you'll try out the pattern! I can't wait to make more. My next project to sew for myself is Anna's Super Tote. Can. Not. Wait.

Have a happy day! 


Elizabeth
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