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 the easiest Dog Bandana, ever!

IMG_7270.jpgI don’t know about you, but I am a sucker for a dog in a bandana!  On the same hand, I am terrified to put anything around my dogs’ necks, after a rather scary incident a couple of year ago.

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I decided to make a bandana that could be easily removed if needed.  Instead of using a traditional bandana style that is tied, I utilitzed the Kam Snaps (you know how I love my Kam Snaps).

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I also used my Cricut EasyPress and Embroidery machine to embroider their names.  i just love how they turned out.  Over the holidays between my dogs and my sons, we had five dogs in the house. I made them all Christmas Bandanas using holiday fabric.  It was so stinking cute.  I can’t wait to make Valentines, Easter and lots of other variations.

This is probably one of the EASIEST beginner sewing projects, a person can make.   Are you ready for a tutorial?  I’ve got you covered… here you go.

Maggie Pouch

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I am super excited to share with you my latest creation.  I call it the MAGGIE POUCH.  It is so stinking cute!  I love how roomy this bag is, and the open wide zipper makes it seem even bigger than it is.

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The finished bag measures about 10 x 6.5″.  It’s the perfect size for a clutch wristlet, makeup bag or just to keep track of odds and ends.

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It has a fully lined zipper in the lining.  IMG_6993.JPG

A must for me!

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I used the Cricut Maker to cut mine.   You can find my SVG file  here.  No Cricut? No worries, I’ve got a PDF Pattern for you here.

I have a step by step tutorial for you and you won’t believe how easy it is!

Sequin Jelly Pouch

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Did I get your attention?  Who doesn’t love sequins and rainbows?  I certainly do!  I was so excited that this project came together exactly how I envisioned it.  I cannot wait for you to give this a try.

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This cutie patootie comes together in no time and takes very little supplies.  You might want to pick up this cute heart clear vinyl from Sew Hungry Hippie and make a few today.

I used a set of sequin from the Dollar Tree a few pieces of vinyl and a zipper… that’s it!  Super easy, right?

I’ve got a few tips and tricks for you when working with vinyl in the video tutorial.  If you make one of these beauties, I’d love to see you post it in my Facebook Group called CRAFT CRAZY WITH LORRIE NUNEMAKER.  We have so much fun in there and we share all things Crafty.  Come join us!

Now, here’s the tutorial:

Wireless Ear Bud Holder

Hey there!  After popular demand from my previous wired headphone holder, I have created a wireless version for all of you who have wireless headphones.  This is super easy and requires very little to make.  They will make perfect stocking stuffers!  Just sayin!  You can cut this with your Cricut using my Original Design Space File by clicking here.  If you don’t have a Cricut, I’ve got a free PDF pattern for you.  You can get that here.

Here’s the step by step tutorial

 

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.

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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!

Parkside Tote – Collaboration with OklaRoots

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I have been so excited to release the Parkside Tote Bag.  OklaRoots and I collaborated on this super fun, super practical tote bag.

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We are both bag makers.  She is also a quilter – I want to be a quilter.  Neither of us have the time to commit to a full size quilt everytime we want to quilt, so we decided to combine our two loves and voila… the Parkside Tote was built.

Jess over at OklaRoots designed the quilt block just for you.  It is perfectly sized and pieced together to fit within the construction of this tote.  You can visit her blog and Youtube to find out how to make the quilt portion of the bag, pick up the PDF templates and she’s even got SVGs for all of you digital die cutting makers.

IMG_3399Then stop back here and I’ll show you how to construct the bag.  I’ve got a PDF for you with all of the dimensions for the fabric portions of the bag.  You can get it HERE.

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There is so much room inside of this bag.

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So, grab some fabric, vinyl, cork or whatever your preference is, and let’s get started!

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: