Monday, January 17, 2022

Mini Faux Leather Zip Pouch Tutorial

 If you're looking for a super fast, easy zipper pouch to make I have the perfect one for you right here on the blog. With these I am using faux leather so there is no need for interfacing, however if you decide to use cotton fabric you can easily add some fusible interfacing and follow the same pattern.

For these pouches I have made them in mini sizes but if you want to size them up for a larger pouch the steps are the same.

All you need is 

1 piece of faux leather (mine is 4"x6")

The best patterns for this are ones that have allover or multidirectional patterns, if not your pattern will end upside down on one side.

1 craft zipper

Wonder Clips (you really don't even need them) 

That is it

Step 1:

With your faux leather pretty side up, put your zipper tape face down and sew together using your zipper foot.

Step 2:

Turn your project over and finger press the zipper and faux leather open. Topstitch down the entire length of the pouch

Step 3:

Fold the other raw edge up to your zipper tape and repeat step 1

Step 4:

Open your zipper to turn the project right side out, topstitch down.

Step 5:

Zip back up but leave the zipper pull within the barriers of your project! If not you'll have a non working bag!
Leaving about 1/4" at the top of the bag, make sure your zipper tape is together and sew up both sides.
(If you are making a larger pouch you can leave about 1"-1 1/2" space at the top.

Step 6:

Trim excess zipper from both sides, if you want to and have a lighter on hand you can quickly seal the edges where you cut the zipper tape.

Step 7:

Turn project right side out through the zipper and poke out your corners. 

You are done!

So simple, so cute! I love to play around with different leather/zipper combinations.

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Resin is not for me

No pictures in this post because I'm annoyed. I found something in the craft world that I absolutely hate working with. RESIN. I only worked with UV resin and only one brand, but from what I experienced, I can confidently say, I won't work with resin ever again. 

It smells, it's messy, it's STICKY and just not my favorite thing. This is something I have zero patience for. I'm so impressed by the people who make it look easy because, crafty is not. 

My first attempt was keychains. Those weren't too bad, I used glitter with them and only did one side. My UV light wasn't adequate so I ended up upgrading but that was another issue. I had also tried badge reels but I couldn't get them to lay flat after curing and they were a mess. I guess my feeling is I have so many other projects that I have going at once and this one in particular was causing me stress and anxitey and frankly wasn't worth my time anymore. I would sit in my craft room for hours wanting to create something but had a block about it because the resin was sitting there taunting me. 

Recently I have been doing a lot of cleaning out of my supplies and decided that they ( and 11 garbage bags of yarn) needed to go. As of now July 2021, there is a lot of supplies available. Contact me through my Facebook page if you are interested. Once they are gone I will update the post. I normally will take longer to see if something is for me or not, but after the last two attempts and getting frustrated I just decided it's best to walk away from it. 

I will still be doing work with vinyl, still be sewing, knitting and crocheting. But as far as making keychains or anything with Resin, if you have something I've made that's going to be it. Mercifully, for my wallet, this is one hobby I won't be going any further into.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Digital Art and Procreate

 Because I am the luckiest woman ever, and because he’s pretty awesome, my husband recently got me a brand new iPad Pro with 2nd gen Apple Pencil. I knew I wanted to start designing using my iPad so I downloaded Procreate. It isn’t free, it’s $9.99 but that’s it, it’s a one time purchase and all of the amazing features and tools are yours. No in-app purchases are required. I mostly plan on using it to make design elements for sublimation and other online design mediums. It is a lot of fun to play with and there is so much to learn. 

To overly simplify it, procreate is a digital medium to create pretty much anything you want. I’ve only had it for a couple of weeks so I haven’t even scratched the surface of what it can do. But I have watched a few tutorials and videos on YouTube and am excited to dive in further. These are two of the projects I've made so far with very limited drawing experience. I would highly recommend this app if you are thinking of trying digital art. 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Bye Bye Printful

 If anyone has been wondering how the Printful experiment went, well, it was ok. I have to say I had zero issues with the products themselves, they were very good quality and the print quality was also great. 

My issue was, and maybe it was just because of the kind of Etsy store I have, is that it didn't really fit in what I was looking for. My profit margin just wasn't there and I know I'm not alone. If you start off with a shirt that costs $13 and add in shipping, that shirt is costing you at minimum $17, say you are selling the shirt for $22-$25, your profit is less than $10 per shirt. Where as I can get a blank shirt from All Day Shirts for less than $2 each, cut out my own design from my vinyl stash for less than $1 and all of the profit is mine.

I don't sell a lot of shirts or physical products anymore anyway so losing the POD (Print on Demand) part of my Etsy won't hurt my sales much. In fact, my plan is to take the designs that I did have on Printful, redo and revamp some of them so they are SVG's and sell those. That way I can share my designs with other crafters and not have any of the overhead once the design is complete.


Monday, January 11, 2021

Blog Redesign!

 It's been a long time, but I finally redesigned the blog! I have wanted to do it for years, but like anything that is for myself I was being too picky and indecisive so I just put it off. And finally after the dumpster fire of a year that was 2020, I decided that I wouldn't put it off any longer and did the redesign for this year.

I used elements I downloaded from Creative Fabrica for the font and the graphic elements. I ended up making some adjustments but overall I'm really happy with the new, simple, elegant look. I will be uploading new designs to the shop soon, but my design time has been cut down with having the kids home doing virtual school. 

Monday, July 20, 2020

Creative Fabrica

Disclaimer: This is an affiliate post, which means that if you purchase any products or sign up for a subscription using my links, I will receive money for it.

 But this post has some cool stuff in it. because recently I have discovered Creative Fabrica! This amaaazing website has literally tens of THOUSANDS of Fonts, Graphics and Craft files for you to choose from.
This is my absolute favorite font right now, i love glitter 

I am an All Access Subscriber, which means that I pay a monthly fee to access all of the fonts, graphics and craft files. They also have daily freebies and fantastic bundle packages that can contain hundreds of files. 

The best part is they all come with Commercial licenses. So if you are using fonts to make SVG files or any projects for sale, you can do so without worry about Copyright issues. 

Here is my Affiliate Link, if you click through and decide to subscribe please do so using my link.

Thank you!

Friday, May 1, 2020

DIY Masks!

Hello everyone! I hope you are all staying safe! I wanted to show a step by step guide of how I make my face masks.
The pattern I used can be found here at Hello Sewing I will note that in the pattern is says to do a 1/2" seam allowance, this ended up being too much and the masks were coming out too small so I have been doing 1/4" for all seam allowances. I also printed the template out on cardstock in each size so I could have them available when I needed them. 
Ok so let's get started. So in this first photo I have the two pieces of fabric for the inner layer, pretty sides together ready to sew. 

and we're ready to sew our first seam.

Here is the first layer sewn together, then I trimmed the excess fabric.

In this step I folded down about 1/4" from the open edges and sewed down a straight line.

Here are the outer layers ready to sew, as always, pretty sides together.

Here are those layers sewn together and the excess trimmed.

Now, put both pretty sides together, line them up and clip. Sew down the straight edge first and then do the curved part. 

This is everything sewn together.

Trim the excess and turn the mask right side out.

Run a top stitch down the top and bottom of the mask

Top stitching is complete! Almost done I promise!

Fold over the extra on the edges to make the sleeves for the straps.
Sew the straps into place.
You are finished!

Another tip was I used my Cricut Mini Press to help with cutting and pressing the lines so I didn't have my bigger iron to deal with. Once the pattern is cut and you get used to making them you can finish a mask in under 30 minutes. I have made over 100 of them so far and and going to need to replenish my fabric stash when this is all over. (oh and I did my own nails during Quarantine using a Polygel nail kit from Amazon, I didn't go to a salon!)
Happy Crafting!

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Holiday Crafts!

This Holiday Season I was pretty busy with my Air Explore 2. Once I got my Cricut Easy Press out of the box and was brave enough to try it, I fell in love with using Heat Transfer Vinyl and I'm so happy that I have branched out into making different things.

This year my best sellers were the Christmas Elves and Moose from the Dollar Tree. Throw on some HTV to personalize and they were a huge hit.

Another set of really popular items were the customized pot holders and cutting boards. (Also from the Dollar Tree!)

I also made Santa Cams- which were made from Nightlights from the Dollar Tree and cell phone wide lenses also from, you guessed it, the Dollar Tree. Then I used Extreme glitter Mod Podge on the backs of the nightlights to add some sparkle and to cover the scratches that are on them. You can also use frost spray but I didn't like how they came out. Then I just added a small vinyl decal and a tiny rhinestone to look like a Record light. I love how they came out and they were a hit too.

Buffalo Plaid was everywhere this year, including the Dollar Tree, they had these adorable faux fur topped stockings that were perfect for personalization.

Acrylic ornaments were something else that I really enjoyed making this year, I made dozens of them with names, images and they were a little challenging because they are so small but the finished product came out really pretty.

I also made some Teacher/Bus Driver appreciation gifts for my girls and their teachers and the Bus Driver/Montior enjoyed them.

And of course BOWS!

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, October 19, 2019


So as if it isn't glaringly obvious, I have severely neglected this blog. I always have the best of intentions to keep writing and keep it updated but life gets in the way and I'm just bad at it.
I won’t be making anymore promises of more frequent updates but I will post when I can here and I have been a bit more active on Instagram and Facebook.

For Mother’s Day this year my wonderfully sweet husband bought me a Cricut Air Explore 2! It took me a bit to bust it out and start crafting but I have made lots of items so far and now that he also gave me an Easy Press I can start making items with Heat Transfer Vinyl. I am so excited for all of the possibilities! One of the other projects I just discovered is Hair Bows!

They are so fun and easy to make I am addicted, for now I’m starting with Halloween bows but I also have my eye on some other holiday patterns as well as mermaid and unicorn bows!
The items I used are Faux Leather sheets from amazon, there are a TON of options to pick from but these are my favorite brand.
You also need alligator or French hair clips and of course your hot glue gun.
You will also need a template to cut out your bows. There are a bunch in Etsy or if you’re feeling creative you can make your own!
Oh and I also made the display cards using a template I purchased here and some card stock! So easy and fun!

Happy Crafting!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Sprinkled Heart Sack Hat Pattern

         Hello everyone! I am trying to post more this year so I am starting off with a new pattern from me! I have made this ADORABLE sack hat in 5, yes FIVE sizes. From little bitty baby heads to big noggins, I got you covered.

     The easiest part of this hat believe it or not are the little hearts! With your main color on your hook, insert your hook, yarn over with your accent color, close out the stitch with the main color. That's it! Nice and easy! What's not easy for me was deciding how I was going to carry my yarn. This is a personal preference and you can do it however you're comfortable. You can either carry it UNDER your stitches and tuck the yarn in-
Pros- No yarn hanging out on the inside of the hat
Cons- You can see it through the stitches
-This drives me crazy so I went with option B.
Carry the yarn OUTSIDE of the stitches, this will cause yarn to hang on the inside of the hat, but I don't mind it much. it's the inside of the hat so I don't think it's a big deal, plus you can always go up a hook size and line with fabric.
Also, Pom Poms. yarn ones, fur ones, tassels, I would love to see people's projects with these added embellishments!

You can find the pattern either on Etsy or Ravelry

Happy Crafting!