DIY "Paper Bag Waist" Skirt From Men's Shirt

I have been wanting to make a "Paper Bag Waist" skirt for while now and really liked the look of buttons down the center front. As I was organizing our closets I saw this buffalo plaid shirt my husband didn't want anymore. It was just the fabric, print, and color I was looking for with buttons right down the front. So why make life harder when I already have the buttons and hem sewn into place right? The trick was figuring out the "paper bag waist" which is a wide waist band with elastic or a sash to cinch and give a ruffled look. I got resourceful with the sleeves and excess shirt portion to create the waist, the tie, and the belt loops.  It turned out cuter than I thought and a great fall skirt to add with a sweater and boots. 

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DIY Studio Wall Organizer

Now that the kids have gone back to school I've been looking forward to getting more studio time. Although, before I dive right into projects I needed to organize. As my project list grows, so does my need for supplies and notions. I was noticing my cutting table was getting cluttered with little bins. I need the space to cut but also prefer all my supplies be right there. So I designed this hanging organizer. I also added Scissortail Stitches "Perfectly Positive Quotes" embroidery collection on the front using Coats & Clark Embroidery Thread. It is nice to look up and be reminded to "Enjoy the little Things" or "live inspired."

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DIY Upcycled Denim Top

My past couple sewing projects have consisted of sewing different shades of denim together.  Denim fabric doesn’t have to be used just for jeans or jackets. It’s a great material to make accessories, home projects, and comes in a variety of different weights and shades. After combining some light weight denim together I wanted to create a loose top using this technique. I typically use Dual Duty Plus Jeans thread in gold for topstitching and for sewing I like Dual Duty Plus Denim thread for Jeans in faded blue. To add more detail I topstitched along the seams with Dual Duty Plus Jeans thread in gold. Get the details below and create your own.


DIY Upcycled Denim Skirt

Lately, I've been really liking the look of various shades of denim sewn together. Maybe it's just my way of using up those denim scraps but it creates a cool look when it all sewn together. I had some denim strips I've been wanting to use from my latest project and when I saw this Modern Gored Skirt Pattern I knew this would be a good one to try. I made an elastic waist to keep it comfortable and added Dritz Frog Closures for some additional detail to the front. Get the details below and make your own.



DIY Farmers Market Tote

With the lovely weather we've been getting down South, it got me inspired to sew up a little Summer tote for the Farmers Market. My toddler son and I have been going almost every weekend. He loves to pick out fresh produce to cook and snack on. I love to get out and walk around and hit up my favorite coffee shop. I have plenty of reusable totes but of course I don't think you can have too much. I had this embroidery sample I made from the Summer Collection by Shannon Roberts. It's one of my favorite collections from Embroidery Online. I wanted to add it to a Farmer's Market Tote. This pattern is quick and easy to follow. You can embroider the pocket or even use a fun print. I wanted a crisp white one so the embroidery stood out and I added contrasting belting for the straps. Get the details below and make your own. 

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DIY Ruched Beach Skirt

I made this fun leopard print ruched skirt for our summer vacation. I liked the idea of using this as a cover up for the beach and then walk to the dining and shopping area as well. I got a lot of compliments and interest in it so I decided to share the tutorial with you. I used this leopard print rayon jersey from Stylish Fabric. I love that it doesn't wrinkle and it's not see through which makes it the perfect fabric for this project (or most knit projects). They have other prints and solid colors as well (search rayon jersey on the website).

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DIY Upcycled Denim Satchel

I hate to say it but getting "back to school" ready is already in full swing. I have thoroughly been enjoying my summer a bit too much because it hit me like a bag of rocks when I just heard a back to school commercial...I am not ready! I know that may seem a bit strange for a mom of 3 boys, but it's been a wonderful break thus far. We've done A LOT but also have enjoyed these carefree, schedule free days of summer. To get myself ready (and inspired) for the upcoming school year I wanted to make something. I saw this Indigo Junction Side Note Satchel pattern using upcycled denim and it got me inspired. I love a pattern that encourages repurposing and I have a bucket of denim scraps that needs to be used. It's a nice size for all the necessary items you need for school or mom life.  I wanted to incorporate the new Dritz 1 1/2" message belting that said "original" in black and white. They also have a tan and grey that say "maker" and "one of a kind". Cute for belts too!  

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