DIY Boho Top

Summer is almost here and if you live in the South like me then it already feels like it. To tolerate the heat I prefer wearing breezy looks with light materials like this Gauze fabric from StylishFabric.com. The Woven Jacquard Elastic from Dritz adds a nice detail to an off-the-shoulder neckline and bonus points for being comfortable. This boho top is simple to make and a trendy Summer staple. Get the details and make your own. 



DIY Embroidered Garden Apron

The days are getting longer and warmer which means getting outside more. This also include doing more yard work to enjoy the yard. I don't have much of a green thumb but I love a pretty garden. Many of my neighbors have large gardens that grow all sorts of produce and plants. They inspire me to try my hand at it and also inspired me to make this "Garden Apron." I thought it would be a lovely Mother's Day gift as well, since many of my mom friends garden. I have a feeling it can be similar to sewing. You put down the gloves/shovels and then you spend half the time look for where you put your tools...much like us sewists and our scissors. This would even make a great sewing apron too if you really struggle with losing those notions. Get the details below and make your own.



DIY Knotted headband

I've always been a fan of a good headband. My hair is long and thick and sometimes just throwing on a headband is all I have time for.  I've really been loving the knotted headband trend. It's a good way to add some glamour to an otherwise dull hair day...even with a pony tail or bun. I've found some great ones I like but with the prices they can go for I just thought why not make them. It doesn't require much materials and everything I already had in my scrap stash. The key to a quality headband is using a nice medium weight fabric and pellon's fusible interfacing to give the fabric the puff it needs. Get the details and make your own. 


DIY Burlap Market Bag

One of my favorite weekend activities to do when the weather warms up is head to our local Farmers Market and shop for fresh produce and goodies. We love picking out fruit and vegetables for dinner that night. I, of course like to bring my handmade reusable bags like this denim one we did here. I wanted to add a new one to my collection with a bit of a spin using wooden handles and embroidery. I like the look of Burlap right now and since I had some in my stash I went with it. Get the details on the Brother Sews blog to make your own here.


DIY Custom Embroidery on Hats

Recently we had our annual family trip to Panama City Beach for Spring Break. We typically spend a lot of time here because it's a quick 5 hour drive from our home. It's become our vacation location. To kick start our trip I wanted to make some fun hats we could wear during our time in the sun. I found some blank hats online from Buck Wholesale that had the style and quality I look for in a hat.  For the embroidery design I used a couple built-in designs from my Brother PE800 Embroidery machine. I loved the palm trees design and it was a good size for a hat. The gecko hats were designed by my sons who love to catch lizards and call themselves the Gaming Geckos. Embroidery on  hats can be a simple way to customize them for special events like bachelor/bachelorette parties, family reunions, teams, and businesses just to name a few... Below I will share with you how to embroidery on a hat with a Embroidery Machine. 

-Buck Wholesale hats: I used these here here & here
-Brother PE800
-Embroidery Thread
-Adhesive Tear Away Stabilizer
-Embroidery Hoop (5 x7)


DIY Wooden Handle Burlap Purse.

Lately I'v been seeing a lot of burlap fabric and wood handles incorporated into handbags and it inspired me to try and make my own version.  Because the burlap is a boring material I wanted to add embroidery. I loved the combination of this Folk Stitchery embroidery collection with the burlap and wood handles. I embroidered onto the front and back using Coats & Clark Polyester Embroidery Thread which really gave it a pop of color. Get the details below and make your own.



DIY: Kimono

Whenever we go to the beach I notice all I wear is a swimsuit and a cover-up. I typically bring a pair of shorts and t-shirt in my beach bag to transition the kimono from a beach cover up to a lunch or dinner look. This year I decided to make a couple simple kimonos to bring to our yearly beach vacation. I wanted to add a fun boho detail to the simple cotton fabrics I picked out and found these Ikat printed elastics from Dritz. I typically wouldn't think to use this as a trim but it turned out more than perfect. The weight of the Woven Jacquard Elastic kept the drape of the kimono nice and flowy without the wrinkle you an get from a typical trim. I liked it so much I made a gathered version as well with a set of scarves. 

Get the details below and make your own.