How to make a Planner Pouch

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Hey there!  Thanks for stopping by! I had a few requests over in my Craft Crazy Facebook Group to create a tutorial for a planner pouch.  I grabbed my planner and got busy creating what I felt was a perfect size, but you can easily adapt it to fit your planner.

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I think it’s super practical and not just for planners.  Journal writers, students and list makers would also enjoy a pouch.  Keeping all of your planner stickers, writing utensils, clips, erasers, etc. with your notebook has never been easier, or prettier.

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This is a beginner sewing friendly tutorial. Don’t let the zipper scare you, I am going to walk you through it step by step… it’s easier than you think!

I would love it if you would tag me on social media when you make theplanner pouch.  You can find me by clicking here 

If you have a Cricut, I have a Design Space file so you can let the Maker cut the fabric and interfacing for you.  CLICK HERE FOR THE DESIGN SPACE FILE.

Are you ready to get started?  Here’s the tutorial:

How to Make Fabric Rope

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This is another really easy, but fun project.  I love to make fabric twine/rope while watching tv.  I am not a person who can just sit idle, I need my hands to be doing something.

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Last night, while watching a movie, my daughter in law and I made these balls of twine.  They turned out so beautiful.

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Today, I took her ball of twine and made it into this cool trivet.  The smaller one is a coaster.

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It is truly a one of a kind rope and I kinda love it!  The best part?  It’s made with nothing more than fabric from my scrap bin!  What a wonderful way to recycle your scraps.

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I plan to keep going with my ball of twine and hope to make a rug out of it.  They are fully washable (I know that’s what you were thinking when I said rug!).

So, do you want to learn how to make some scrap busting fabric rope?  I have a step by step tutorial.  I would love it if you make some if you would tag me on my social media channels and Facebook Groups. You can find me by clicking HERE.

Here’s the tutorial:

How to Create Customized Charms / Zipper Pulls

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Quite often I get asked how to make customized zipper pulls for your bags and pouches.  I love to add that extra little personalized touch in the way of a zipper pull to stylize your handmade beauties.

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I decided to put my Cricut to the test and create these cute engraved metal tags.  I can think of a ton of ways to use these.  How about as a luggage identifier, a gift, a bag tag, a zipper pull, a necklace, a backpack label – so many ideas!

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I used the Cricut Maker and Engraving Tool to create mine and it really is quite easy! I found themedal blanks here.

I made a step by step video tutorial to walk you through designing the tags in Cricut Design Space, as well as how I attached the zipper pull hardware.  If you make them, I would love it if you would share them in my Facebook Groups. You can find the links in the description below the video on Youtube.

How to Make Envelope Pillow Covers

southbendpillowThis has got to me the EASIEST sewing project, ever!  Not only is it very beginner friendly, but it’s so practical.  With this tutorial you can virtually create unlimited amounts of personalized pillows and personalized gifts.  My friend, Karen Runge, showed me a similarly designed pillow and encouraged me to make a tutorial.  I used the Cricut EasyPress and Iron on to create my design.  You could also use this tutorial to  create a blank for Infusible Ink, Embroidery, fabric pens and fabric markers.  So many possiblities.

Let’s get right to the tutorial.  You are going to want to make pillows for all of your friends and family.  (Psssst.. these would make perfect holiday gifts!)

Katie Bow Clutch

Katie bow-7.jpgHi there and thanks for stopping by!   I am excited to show you what I have been working on.  It’s the Katie Bow Bag!  It has been so much fun creating this super functional, and very functional clutch which can easily be converted into a wristlet or a crossbody bag.

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I have created a FREE download PDF pattern for you.  You can get it HERE.  If you have a Cricut, they have a similar, smaller version with a slightly different shape  (the one on the left in the photo above).

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You can find it by searching BOW CLUTCH in the ready to make projects.   It’s the first one on the left in the above photo.  No matter which version you choose you can follow along with my tutorial and create one of these cuties today!

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This is a foldover clutch which give you a ton of room for more than just a phone or wallet.

Katie bow-8I just love how simply changing the fabrics up changes the look of the clutch.

Here is my step by step tutorial, I can’t wait to help you get started making a few of these, too.  If you make one, please JOIN MY CRAFT CRAZY FACEBOOK GROUP and post some photos!  We would love to see!

Clear Halloween Tote Bag with GLOW IN THE DARK sticks

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First of all, let say, photographing a clear bag and glow in the dark bags are not easy tasks!  However, I was so excited to get this idea posted and shared in time for you to create a few Halloween Bags for the littles before Halloween, that I decided to go with what I had.

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Aren’t these fun?!?!  I think Ace and Evie will get a kick out of being able to see their candy in their clear Trick Or Treat Totes, but they will be very excited about the Glow In The Dark feature.

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I had this idea the other day to create clear Halloween Tote bags.  I was talking to my friend, Teri, and she mentioned throwing a glow stick in would be a fun addition to the bag and so, the Glow In The Dark – Clear Halloween Tote was created.  I love it!!!

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As always, I’ve got a step by step tutorial for you to give you a general idea on how I constructed this bag.  You can adjust the sizes according to your Trick or Treater.

 

Let’s Make Velvet Pumpkin

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Who says pumpkins need to be orange?  Not me!  I wanted a little color in my fall decor and decided to add it to the pumpkins.

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I absolutely love it!  These are the cutest!!!  I had a lot of leftover stretch velvet left from the Urban Scrunchies and this was the perfect use for it.

Here’s a step by step tutorial for you:

Brinkley Double Zipper Pouch / Cross Body Bag

IMG_5800Thanks for stopping by!  I am so excited to share with you the Brinkley Double Zipper Pouch / Cross body Bag.  This is a fun and practical bag.  It features two zipper pockets

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as well as a surprise third pocket in the middle.  It’s super roomy.  I can easily fit my iphone XS Max inside the smaller pouch with plenty room to spare for keys, wallet, etc.

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I made two different sizes.  The smaller size is approximately 6 x 8 and the larger is 8×10.

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I love that you can easily switch between a clutch to a cross body bag by simply changing the detachable strap.

The measurements are as follows:

2 Outer Fabrics 8″ x 10″ (small size 6 x 8) .

2 Lining Fabrics 8 x 10 (small size 6 x 8)

2 Fusible Fleece cut to 7.5 x 9.5

1 Fabric for wristlet strap 3″ x 15″ (lengthen or shorten to your preference)

1 Fabric (or vinyl) 2 x 4″ for tab

1 D-ring / 1 Swivel Lobster Clasp

I will be making several of these for Christmas gifts.  Are you ready to make one (or three?).  Get your zippers, some cute fabric and your favorite beverage and let’s get making!!  Here is a step by step tutorial for you:

Triangle Jelly Pouches

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I had an idea in the middle of the night and could hardly wait until it was time to get up so I could give this a shot.  The Triangle Jelly Pouch!

IMG_5633I had so much fun making the fully lined fabric pouches (you can find that tutorial here), that I thought what would be even more fun, than to create a clear version.

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I mean, seriously, how cute would these be hanging off a backpack, or even just stuffed with treats.  I would totally use that purple one and fill it with Halloween Goodies for the kids.

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You could also make these out of faux leather or vinyl for another look.  Check out one of my favorite shops on Etsy called Sew Hungry Hippie.  She’s got so many fantastic selections of vinyl and faux leather.

Are you ready for the tutorial?

The Ashley Tote Bag

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Hi there!  Over in my Craft Crazy with Lorrie nuneMAKER Facebook Group I posted a bag similar to this quite awhile ago.  It was this bag:

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and boy did I have a lot of request to make a tutorial.  Life got in the way… my son got married.  I have been so busy with wedding planning, guests every weekend, that I just didn’t have time to create a tutorial.

I did, however, take the time one afternoon to make a mock up so that I could get the dimensions down.  I came up with this tote:

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Today, I finally had a chance to take a little bit from each bag and change it up just a little more and create the “Ashley” tote.  I love it so much.

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The fabric makes me happy and the quilting just gives me all the feels.

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Green and white polka dot?  I mean, c’mon!

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Of course, I have a step by step tutorial for you.  You can find it below.  I have written down all of the dimensions for you.  You can get them in my shop HERE.

Here’s the video tutorial: