I wanted a new bright tote for the season. I had this yellow home decor fabric on hand that I thought would be perfect! The tote was a super simple construction, but I added some nicer bag hardware to take it to the next level!
To prepare the tote for this heavy hardware I had to reinforce the top a bit with some Peltex. I also reinforced the bottom since the bag is quite large.
Finally, I took the time to add screw-in grommets which really make this tote a "looker".
I am super happy with the results. This will get a TON of use this summer!
This is an economical gift with a lot of heart. I made 12 of these this year for teachers, babysitters, coaches, etc.
What You Need:
A dozen 4oz. Boston Round Bottles
Fresh Vanilla Beans (I used organic)
How to Make It: Sterilize your bottles.
Cut the Vanilla Beans in half, then slice lengthwise to expose the bean paste (but don't scrape it out). Place about 4 Vanilla halves into each bottle and fill the bottle with Vodka. A funnel makes this super easy.
Make up some labels on your computer and stick them on. Finish with a nice ribbon.
IMPORTANT: You need to let these steep for about 2 months before using. You either need to plan ahead, or include a little note letting the recipient know when they can use it!
I don't know about you, but my kids have the ability to destroy the back of my front car seats. I tried out those store bought organizers and protectors, but none fit right....so I set out to make some custom ones.
I simply measured the back of my seats and followed the shape. Used elastic to hold them in place at the bottom and created a tab with buttonholes to hold it in place at the top (the headrests feed through the buttonholes).
Added a few pockets for my kids' stuff and my seats are now completely protected from little feet!
This really was an easy project and would highly recommend it for those of you who have little children and can't stand the foot dirt on the back of your seats!
My daughter wanted to be a cowgirl this Halloween. An image popped into my head and I went for it! The jeans, shirt, and boots were already in her wardrobe. I snatched up a cowboy hat for about $5.00, a bandanna for under $1.00 and snagged a used men's suede shirt from eBay....
Using one of her shirts, I created a template for the vest. Did some "smart" cutting to maximize everything that was already finished on the shirt and........
I have been wanting to make a "store-bought-looking" for a while now so I came up with a simple pleated bag design that I thought would lend itself nicely to adding hardware. I also wanted a leather look, so I found this faux leather that was super easy to sew with.
While the bag is simple, it is the hardware and material that really give it that store-bought look.
I even took the time to add some detail on the interior pockets by adding leather accents.
I really had fun making this and I think I achieved my goal! If you take the time you can pretty much take any bag pattern and give it that "professional" finish by adding hardware.