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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DIY Kids Bucket Hat

As a mother of 3 boys who love being outdoors, I've had my fair share of sewing bucket hats. In the Summer we spend most of our time outside near the water, at various sports, or just playing in the yard. My toddler is at the age where he won't wear sunglasses so I rely on these hats to protect his face and ears. This is an essential sewing project that you can customize with embroidery and fabric. I like to use Coats & Clark Polyester Embroidery Thread for the embroidery and add their Dual Duty Plus Threads for the topstitching. For the designs I loved this Baby Minis Collection from Embroidery Online. Perfect for a little ones summer hat and just the right size! 

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Summer Stripes

So far we've had a fun start to our Summer with lots of trips to the beach, swim meets, track meets, (mom of 3 boys here) and endless fun in the sun. I haven't had as much time to sew as I'd like but wanted to make a few garments to add to my wardrobe. I've always been drawn to stripes this time of year. It's a classic print that pairs well with denims. I like the look of a striped top paired with white jeans or a t-shirt dress with a denim jacket. I wanted to make both of these but have a fun twist whether that be a feminine flounce on the sleeve or a draped back.  The picky part for me is finding the right striped prints. I wanted a knit with a smaller stripes like this one from Stylish Fabric. It's just the right width where you see the stripes but doesn't overtake the design. That way I could add those additional details like the flounce sleeve and draped back. I love that I can wear both of these for a casual day at the park with my kids or dress up to a dinner date with the husband. What's on your sewing list this Summer?  


DIY Bandana Projects

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays and Summer is my favorite season. With July 4th right around the corner I thought I'd share some patriotic themed projects using bandanas. I always have a stack of these handy. Click the links below for my favorite bandana projects (some coming soon).

Bandana Bag (coming soon)


DIY 4th of July Shirt with Bias Tape

The 4th of July is on of my favorite holidays. I remember every year my mom bought USA themed t-shirts and we would wear them to the festivities which was usually a parade celebration and barbecue. I looked forward to the matching t-shirts we all wore and the bows my mom put in our hair. I've been wanting to create a 4th of July project but wasn't sure what to make until I was testing my Dritz Bias Tape Maker. Bias tape is typically used as binding or facing for projects but as I created these strips with fun prints and colors I thought of so many ideas they could be used for. For my first project I wanted to use them as an embellishment on a t-shirt so I came up with this woven American flag. Get the details below to make your own. 



DIY: Mini Embroidery Hoops

Growing up my mom had this shadow box filled with "tiny treasures" from her life. I always loved the little items that filled each box and the stories she had about each one. When I saw this "Tiny Treasure" Collection from OESD it brought me back to this shadow box and how fun it would be to add mini embroidered hoops. These are also cute to make into key chains, brooches, and necklaces. Get the details below and make your own. 


DIY Zip Tee

I love sewing and wearing basics with a twist. For example, a t-shirt that has an extra detail like this Coats & Clark Fashion zipper sewn on the shoulder seam. You can wear it with the zipper open or closed.  Either way it adds a bit of edge to your average t-shirt and simple to do. You can add this to a t-shirt or make one. I wanted make a one using a soft, drapey rayon jersey from Stylish Fabric. They have just about every color so have your pick! Get the details below and make your own.