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  • Mood DIY: Leather Card Holder

    I'm currently making my website for my leather goods brand, Brandhyze + Co, and thought...."hey, I'm gonna need a trusty new card case holder for my cards once they come in" (hope she doesn't mind, used my hairstylist's cards here to demo). :) So, I made a template, grabbed some leather from Mood Fabrics, and got to work folding and sewing -- it's really easy! You can add a snap, paint on your initials, etc...the possibilities are endless. Have fun making your own.Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 4.25.01 PMLeather Card Holder 2SUPPLIES: pattern, rotary cutter/scissors, 3-4oz leather, skiver, tragacanth, edge burnisher, edge note, a q-tip, needle and sinew. Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 4.22.44 PMHOW-TO: 1. Cut out the template, trace it on to the leather, and then cut it out of the leather. 2. I wanted the stiffness and "stand-up" that a slightly thicker leather would have, but that thickness also made the case hard to fold. So, I used a skiver to shave off some of the "flesh" of the leather to make my job a little easier. (Note: I learned this the hard way while making a duffle bag once...but you'll want to go a little slower until you get the hang of skiving, or else with a new blade you may shave a hole right through your leather). 3. After you shave some of the back off, there may be some leather sticking up along the edges. If so, use a little tragacanth and a burnishing wheel to smooth everything down. 4. Crack a window and lay down some paper towel or newspaper to coat the edges of your leather. I usually use about 2 coats and let it dry for about half hour before picking it up again. Lastly....I used a leather sewing machine, but feel free to use the method I always fall back on -- good ol' hand stitching (using the saddle stitch) like I did here. Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 4.25.01 PMBrandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of the award winning blog, Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on Dr. Oz, The View, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Super Money, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics

  • Leather Belt DIY

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    Belts are an essential part of any wardrobe, but they're often a rather pricey detail for such a small accessory, don't you think? Especially in the men's department; even though belts sold at stores boast high prices and quality, sometimes they don't even last a whole year! That's why I wanted to try making one myself and seeing how much of the price I could cut down. I was pleasantly surprised with the results, so I wanted to share them with all of you, too.

    This DIY is applicable for all types of fabrics or materials used for making belts, so whether you use a leather material like I did or even something like canvas or cotton, this tutorial will be good for you!

    Here's a list of what I used:

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    - .25 YDs of Midnight Bottega Basketwoven Cow Leather - Any belt buckle - 279 Dark Midnight 100m Gutermann Sew All ThreadMood Brand Lia Sewing MachineDritz Grommet Plier Kit or  Dritz Tapered AwlDritz Tailor's ChalkDritz Size 3/9 Sharp Needles Optional: - Leather Binder or Rubber Cement - Piece of soft scrap fabric Style 2026 100/16 Singer Pins & Needles (good if using thick fabric/material) Making a belt is surprisingly easy. Don't be too intimidated by how long the page might seem; I think seeing will be easier than trying to just write the steps out, so there are lots of pictures with my notes! You can use the fabric that I listed in the materials list, but you can apply these tutorial instructions to pretty much any fabric you'd like! Once you have the basic idea down, sewing a belt together is a quick job! .

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    The first thing you should do is determine what buckle you want to use! Buckles range in all different sizes, styles, and widths, and whatever buckle you use will be crucial to deciding what size your belt will be. The buckle I used is  the bronze one in the picture above, so any measurements I talk about specifically are designed for that one.

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    Since you should have more than enough extra fabric to work with from your 1/4 yard of material, cut a couple of pieces off in the direction of the grain your fabric will be in for your final product and measure out how wide your belt will be. Don't just go by the width of the buckle's right side; your belt needs to be able to slide comfortably over the side where the clasp will rest on the left side. Sometimes the left side width is smaller than the right side because of rounded edges, so keep this in mind!

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    Take your test pieces and try them out. In the top buckle, 1.5" in. fit comfortably while the bottom one need an 1" in. width. It's very useful to test out the widths before attaching your buckles! After this, you should test to see what length you need for your strip of fabric. Take a tape measure and determine the width of your hips, or wherever your belt will be sitting when you wear it. Whatever number you come up with, add about 8-10" in. This should be the length of the fabric for your belt altogether! Keep this number in mind when you go to cut your fabric. I wanted a belt that was a little longer, and so I went with a 45" in. length and a 1" in. width.

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    Once you know how long and wide you need your belt to be, get to cutting! If your fabric is thick enough, you should only need one cut, but if you have a thinner fabric, you may want to double up or even add some thick interlining between the layers. A belt doesn't need to be incredibly thick, but it should be durable! You want your belts to last a long time. This fabric has a backing and is thick enough with just one layer, so I only needed to cut one piece for the belt.

    Just a note to add: the piece I cut here isn't the piece I used for my final product--it's wider. I wanted to make sure it would be big enough to see the differences. I trimmed this piece down further to the 1" in. measurement I needed for my bronze buckle after initially cutting this piece.

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    If your fabric has a pretty obvious grain, you may need to go back and trim the edges. With this leather fabric, I wanted to trim the sides so the edges lined up nicely with the squares of the basketwoven strips.

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    After you've trimmed your fabric down, you should trim the tail ends of your fabric strip! At least one tail end should be cut straight so that it has cornered edges. The other tail end you could be squared off as well, or you could round it off like I did here:

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    For this tutorial, the squared off end will be hidden and the rounded edge will be visible when worn! Depending on the shape you cut it into, it can change the entire look of your belt, so have fun and experiment!

    You should also take the time to double-check that your strip of fabric for your belt will fit now that it's trimmed down. Remember, the extra 8-11" in. will the be extra tail end of your belt that slips away in the belt loops of your pants when you wear it. You don't want this to be too long or too short; too long, and the belt will look too big, but too short, and the belt will look too small for you!

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    Once you have your piece shaped how you like it, go ahead and top-stitch your fabric . Make sure your bobbin as well as your spool of thread on top are full enough that you can stitch all around the border of your belt in one go! While this isn't mandatory, if will look best if you only have to back-stitch on the first squared end since it'll be hidden away later on! Work slowly and carefully--this top stitch will keep your belt together, but it will also look beautifully decorated if it's done well!

    For my belt, I did a top-stitch very close to the edge so that it was centered on the strips of the basketweave. If you're using a different fabric, feel free to guide to a 5/8" or 1/4" in. seam allowance. Start on the bottom corner of the tail end (where you can see I left the threads on the left side), go down the end, and then pivot at the corner to turn and continue all the way down the length of your belt.

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    Once you get to the other end, top-stitch according to whatever shape you made your other end into. Try to make sure this looks clean! Continue back down to the other end where you started again, back-stitch once your reach your the starting point, and trim your loose threads.

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    When you're done top-stitch, it should look nice and pretty!

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    Once your belt piece is done, put it to the side. We need to make a stay-loop for the belt now! Cut a small strip of your fabric that you're using. It should be thinner than the width you used for your belt and long enough to wrap around the width of your belt with a little extra to overlap with. Keep the edges squared. Make sure it's trimmed and nice, and then top-stitch it in the same way that you did your belt piece.

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     Next, you need to hand-sew your loop together. It shouldn't take much thread, but be extra careful if you're working with a thicker fabric. Invest in a thimble for hand-sewing with thicker fabrics--it'll save you a world of hurt!

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    When your loop is complete, slip it onto your belt!

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    For the next step, we need to cut a hole for where the arm of the buckle will go through. Measure about 1.5" in. on the end of the squared tail end of your belt and mark this spot in the center of the belt's width and then use your grommet hole cutter to punch a hole into the spot you marked. At this point, you could use your leather binder (if you're using leather like I did) or rubber cement to coat the raw edges of this hole you just punched to keep the fabric from coming apart. It's not completely necessary, but I recommend it if you're worried about the fabric fraying!

    You should now be able to slip the arm of your buckle through and fold the tail end to wrap around and behind the back of the buckle.

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    Use some Wonder Clips to hold the tail end in place and sew along the tail end to secure your buckle.

    And last but not least, we need to punch in holds for securing your belt when you wear it!

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    Try on your belt and slip it through your now-installed buckle. Find where you need the belt to be tightened to so it sits comfortably where you'll be wearing it and mark this point with your tailor's chalk. Remove your belt and use a tape measure to mark where the other holes need to be. I marked two on each side of the first marking I made about 1" in. apart each. This will allow you to use your belt regardless if you need it to be looser or tighter!

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    When you have your markings where you'd like them, take your grommet hole punch again and get to work punching holes over your markings. Here's a little tip: use a napkin or scrap piece of softer fabric to hold against the front when you punch the holes to keep the front of your fabric from coming out messy!

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    Clean buckle holes for your belt! Again, use your leather binder or rubber cement to seal these.

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    And now you should be done! Slip it on and try out your new fashion-forward belt you made for half the cost of what you see in stores. If you need to buy the tools, making a belt can be a little extra money, but once you have the tools to use, you can easily make more for a small fraction of the cost!

  • Zodiac Gift Guide

    Zodiac sign readings and horoscopes might not always be completely accurate, but they can be fun to look up and share with others! They give little insights to the type of person you might feel you are, or they might just give you another perspective to see things from that you hadn't thought of before. A fresh look is always exciting, so we wanted to put together a kind of fabric horoscope that would do this for everyone to try! Combined with DIYs and other sources of inspiration linked for your convenience, we've tried to narrow down and tailor a fabric and design for each Zodiac Sign that could help you find a style choice for yourself, or even for a friend or loved one as a gift! Take a look below and see which of our sign designs you like best! No one is made up of a single Zodiac sign, so don't be surprised if you find yourself loving more than one! There are only positive vibes in these designs--have fun with it!

    Aries: Sequins, high energy, and bright colors!

    Aries signs are usually know for being very self-motivated and passionate, and that energy should shine out! We think sequins fit them for this purpose! Sequins glitter in any light and make a statement the moment they're seen, which can be a great asset. Take a look at our latest stock of sequin fabrics and trims here! Bright colors would fit this sign as well. If sequins aren't your thing, a bright, strong color can be just as effective for showing off that confident personality. Consider this DIY, especially if you're iffy on sporting a sequin piece! There's no shame in going for a more mature or muted design. You can look just as fierce in this style!

    And with all that energy to use, plenty of you probably try to keep up with a daily workout plan! (If you don't already, consider trying it out for fun!) This phone case armband DIY will make it easy to keep in touch during your workouts or to carry your music with you. Music can make a world of difference during a workout and can be a great motivator for both pros and novices!

    For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: Milan Fashion Week | Spring 2017

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    Taurus: Tweeds, stable but comforting and warm!

    Taurus is known for being a sturdy sign where comfort and stability are key! A warm skirt or jacket made of tweed will last forever if you take good care of it (and Taurus signs will!) and they'll look professional. The muted colors tweeds usually come in will also give off a mature appearance. Take a look at our latest stock of tweed fabrics here! Consider this color-block wool skirt DIY if you have little experience with working with tweeds! Practical and comfortably conservative, this skirt is easy to assemble and will maintain a long lifespan with you!

    And when you're ready to bundle up at home and take that time for yourself, consider doing so with this handy reading pillow! Fashioned with multiple pockets for storing writing and/reading materials, this pillow project is great at multi-tasking as it is at relaxing! (Plus it's super cute!)

    For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: Fall 2016 Office Fashion and Styles

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    Gemini: Brocades, versatile, and creative!

    Geminis have a lot going on in their heads creatively, and fashion is a great medium to express that through! Fabrics that are organized with a lot of detail are great for this purpose! Some might think these styles are too "busy," but when crafted carefully (and with your natural expertise!) into your style, they can look stunning! Brocades are perfect for this! Fabrics with duality are also appealing for these signs, because it allows them to switch up the style without having to find a new piece! Take a look at our latest stock of brocade fabrics here! Consider this bomber jacket DIY for a versatile design that can keep up with your need for something refreshing! Reversible and beautiful, a brocade bomber jacket will be just the thing you've been looking to add to your wardrobe!

    Another hidden gem to add to your accessory collection is a cord and chain bracelet! Though small in size, a bright and colorful piece of jeweley can bring your entire look together!

    For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: New York Fashion Week Trend Report | Fall 2016

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    Cancer: Performance Fabrics, energetic, and positive!

    Cancer signs are sensitive to the energy and emotions around them, and that sensitivity comes out best through positive interaction and activities! Hobbies like dancing and working out are natural outlets for you, which is why performance fabrics are a great fit! The more the fabric and outfit flows, the better, and it'll follow with you as you dance your way through your day. Take a look at our latest stock of performance fabrics here! Athletic and charismatic, Cancer signs feel best when they're sharing their excitement and energy with others, making you one of the best influences on the people around you. Solid, bright colors are good, but a print will help you reach out well, too! Consider this DIY for a flowing skirt and matching crop top that won't restrict your blinding and sweet personality! Continue sharing your positive outlook and it will come back to you!

    This adorable watermelon purse will bring an extra slice of energy to your wardrobe! With its shine and bright colors, just looking at it will lift your spirits!

    For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: New York Fashion Week | Spring 2017

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    Leo: Faux furs, intelligent, and warm tones!

    Strong and confident are the usual qualities of this sign's focus, but they're more than just a proud face! Their intelligence is what makes them so strong-minded, and their confidence is what drives their action-oriented personalities. But for all their motivation , they can also be reserved and quiet in their personalities, eager to be there for others. Faux fur is show-stopping and needs a wearer who's bold enough to wear such a fabric confidently! Combined with warm tones, this fabric's style shows off the inviting personalities of Leos. Take a look at our latest stock of faux fur fabrics here! Consider this DIY for a simple but powerful faux fur vest piece! It's a stylish garment that will make you look and feel like a rock star that the world is waiting to see.

     What better way to show off your intelligent disposition than with a neck tie or bow tie? Try this DIY with a paisley fabric to add a more familiar or personable touch to your image!

    For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: Brocades on the Runway .

    Virgo: Viscose, reliable, and modest!

    Virgo signs are loyal and positively analytical, making them reliable and dependable friends! Their desire to be prepared fuels this reliable quality, and while they prioritize being ready for most situations, they see this as merely a logical way to live. This makes them a fairly modest and admirable people. Viscose fabrics are both comfortable and adaptable, which fits Virgo signs well! Viscose has great stretch so it can conform and flow when needed, and its subtle sheen makes it a beautiful addition for many designs! Take a look at our latest stock of  viscose fabrics here! Consider this t-shirt dress DIY for a cute and comfy look to make with your favorite Viscose fabrics!

    And for all the modest and reserved design one might think of along with a Virgo, shake it up with an accessory that stands out! Design your own faux fur pompom key-chain and show off to the world that you may be dependable, but you don't mind spoiling yourself from time-to-time, too (which is good!).

    For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: Fall Pantone Forecast

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    Libra: Velvets, balanced fabrics, and soft textures!

    Libra signs are probably the softest and most cooperative sign, generally speaking, and they're good at being around other people (because they love to be around them!). They are a very balanced sign in that they can get along with most kind and good-natured people easily, making them very pleasant company. A nice Lyons velvet or stretch velvet could be great for this sign! The colors that velvet comes in are usually easy on the eyes, which is pleasing to both the wearer and passersby. Velvets are also soft, which would be comfortable to the gentle minds of the Libra sign. Take a look at our latest stock of  velvet fabrics here! Consider making a velvet dress with this DIY! This dress has a lovely flare and a tapered fit that's perfect for the fall season.

    For a little bit more flare, add an accessory like these tassel earrings! Another simple assembly project, these earrings will jump your ensemble up from casual to dazzling!

    For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: Paris Fashion Week | Spring 2017

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    Scorpio: Leathers, resourceful, and wise!

    Scorpios are a brilliant sign known for being the truest of friends, and their passion for others makes them resourceful and assertive when they need to protect others. They are wise with their loyalty and honest in all their efforts. Truth can be a big deal to them. This is why leather fabrics fit them so well! Leathers are worn and beautiful, and they're strength makes them durable and long-lasting. Take a look at our latest stock of  leather and faux leather fabrics here! For a brave and confident sign like this, a style has to match to them! We think this bomber jacket with a twist DIY would be perfect for Scorpio, because it takes a bold and confident person to both create and pull off this style! Scorpios who are confident about strutting through in a jacket like this will look fantastic!

    Don't think we've forgotten about the leather! A hand-crafted bag like this messenger bag/backpack combination DIY is what a Leo might be looking for! Multi-styled accessories like this are hard to come by, just like true friends!

    For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: Satin Draping

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    Sagittarius: Guipure Lace, a extroverted, and enthusiastic!

    A wandering soul with a heart for exploring, Sagittarius signs enjoy their freedom! This sign is very extroverted and loves engaging with people and the outside world, and being dressed for it is important! Things like statement pieces and conversation starters are perfect for this sign. Other great pieces are ornate fabrics for going out to socialize, like guipure lace! With scalloped edges and geometric designs, these intricate fabrics are gorgeous and stand out in a crowd. This complex design will reflect this sign's complex and interesting personality! Take a look at our latest stock of  guipure lace fabrics here! Consider trying this Lace Kimono DIY for a quick and easy garment that looks beautiful and stunning!

    And to mix it up a bit, try dressing up a simple shirt or dress collar with a hand-made removable collar! These are a lovely way to play up your look without making any permanent alterations to your clothing--no strings attached!

    For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: Abstract Prints

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    Capricorn: Cotton prints, honest, and rational!

    Capricorn signs are wonderful people who should be valued for their directness and honesty! Interacting with people like this is easy, because you never have to second guess what they're thinking--they'll tell you themselves! Their presence can be comforting in that way, and they'll always help in the most rational way they can see themselves. Their truthful efforts make them responsible and capable people, and their self-control is admirable. A fabric like cotton--tried, traditional, and true--is a perfect fit for this sign! Sport a cotton print to add a little style without having to put in too much extra effort (though they'll appreciate the extra effort, too!). Take a look at our latest stock of cotton prints fabrics here! Consider this plaid flannel shirt DIY to make for yourself or someone you know! Flannel and cotton shirts are pieces that can look incredible when their corners are crisp and their designs are sleek. Take the time to carefully put together a shirt like this, and this sign will be thoroughly impressed to hear you made it yourself!

    While a bolder print may not be your thing, changing up your style or combining it with one that your comfortable with can be refreshing! Try making yourself a pair of these custom fit leggings for a chic and comfortable style!

    For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: NYFW Fall Forecast | Spring 2017 .

    Aquarius: Silk Charmeuse, innovative, and elegant!

    Aquarians are often noted for their attention to detail and their never-ending effort to improve, even when others think they're already at their best! This is because they constantly have new ideas that they think their project would look better with, and they don't mind getting their hands a little dirty to do it. Hard work always pays off for this sign! But for all their readiness to do the hard labor, they'll appreciate looking good, too, because they're good enough to balance both! A beautiful silk charmeuse  fits this sign. There's nothing better than someone who can do hard work and look elegant doing it! Take a look at our latest stock of silk charmeuse fabrics here! Consider trying out this ribbon tie blouse DIY made with silk charmeuse! It's a cute and dainty style, but that doesn't meant you can't get down to business and be taken seriously wearing it! Show them how it's done!

    Consider this velvet choker DIY for making an every-day accessory that's subtle yet stylish. Hold your head high knowing you've got the right ideas to take on your day!

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    For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: Cotton Eyelets .

    Pisces: Silk Chiffons, artistic, and sophisticated!

    Truly a child of the arts, Pisces signs may thrive best through a creative outlet that lets them express emotions and their naturally intuitive thoughts! Clothing designs and styles that are too stiff or modern may seem boring, so look for or create your own patterns that help you feel right in your own skin. Ornate sleeves or decorative trims paired with smooth and shiny fabrics might fit your tastes better than others! A silk chiffon could be your perfect go-to fabric for this. These flow beautifully, feel smooth, and look like they're from a different time.  Take a look at our latest stock of silk chiffon fabrics here! Consider this buttoned sleeve shirt DIY that uses silk chiffon for a style that will make you feel both modern and elegant!

    For an accessory that incorporates aspects of nature or flowers, try making this fabric floral crown DIY! This is another cute and elegant piece to share!

     

    For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: London Fashion Week | Spring 2017

  • Mood DIY: Removeable Collar Tutorial

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    Ever wanted to add a collar to your ensemble without permanently altering your top? Removable shirt collars are a simple and quick way to do it. Removable collars can help add a pop of color or a print to your shirt, help dress up a basic tee, or just keep your neck warm! There are a few different styles you can go with, too, like angled collars, peter pan collars, and more, plus you can play around with the design for your closures and how you attach the collar to your top! Trims are perfect for this project, too, because it’s so easy to embellish them. You could use a piece of embroidery or ribbon to tie your collar on—there’s lots of room to experiment! That’s what’s so appealing about removable collars; they’re wonderful to work with and make since the design is so versatile and open-ended. To help give you some ideas, we’ve put together a quick tutorial for how to sew an angled collar as well as a peter pan collar. Removable collars look especially cute tied with a bow, so get ready for ribbons! The Materials List will be separated into three lists, one for each of the three collar types that this tutorial goes over, so you can have an easier time planning out your own project!

    Materials List

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    Nautical Collar 1/4 YDs Optic White Mercerized Cotton Shirting 1/2 YDs Navy Corded Crochet Trim - 3.5" 1/2 YDs White Water Jet Loom Interlining and Fusible 1/2 YDs 1/4" Light Navy Single Face Satin Ribbon 22 Egg Shell 250m Gutermann Sew All Thread Pattern Pieces #4 and #5 from Vogue Pattern #V8927  

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    Striped Peter Pan Collar 1/4 YDs Black/Multicolored Striped Floral Cotton Poplin 1/4 YDs Optic White Mercerized Cotton Shirting 1/2 YDs 1/2" Misty Turquoise Single Face Satin Ribbon 1/4 YDs White Water Jet Loom Interlining and Fusible Peter Pan Collar Pattern by Mood Peter Pan Collar Pattern by Mood 10 Black 250m Gutermann Sew All Thread  

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    Cherry Blossom Peter Pan Collar 1/4 YDs Italian Ivory Solid Cotton Shirting 1/2 YDs 1" Metallic Rose Floral Lace Trim 1/4 YDs White Water Jet Loom Interlining and Fusible Peter Pan Collar Pattern by Mood Peter Pan Collar Pattern by Mood 323 Old Rose 100m Gutermann Sew All Thread   Notions Iron and Ironing Board Mood Brand Lia Sewing Machine Craft Pints 8" Fiskars All-Purpose Scissors Dritz Size 9 Sharp Needles   Nautical Collar The first to go over is the Nautical style collar! Since this is a piece from a brand-name pattern, this tutorial will focus on how to go about embellishing with the navy crochet trim.

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    When you cut out your fabric and interlining, you'll need two cuts of the collar and the collar stand, as well as one cut of interlining for each of those pieces. Iron your interlining to each of the cuts, and grab your navy trim. The navy trim should be layered between one collar cut and one collar stand cut, with the interlining sides facing OUT, and when placing the trim between your two pieces, line the straight edge side of the trim at the points of the top side of the collar piece. Do not turn and pin the trim to go with the curve!! You want it to be straight to get the look in the final photo!

    Pin the layers together, making sure the collar stand piece is longer than the actual collar (this should NOT be gathered!). and sew the plain seam. Trim along the seam you just sewed.

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    You're going to do the same with the other pieces, minus the trim layer!

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    This next step is similar to when you're making a pillow; pin your two halves right side together. You're going to sew along these lines:

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    We need the three unmarked spots left open so that we can turn the collar right-side-out and also have a place to attach our ribbon closures! Once you sew these seams, clip along all the edges carefully, trim any excess threads needed, and turn your collar right-side-out. Don't cut your seams!

    From here, press your collar flat so it's easier to work with. You'll need to make sure all the corners are filled out (use a clean, thin dowl or paint brush handle!).

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    Now take your 1/2 of ribbon and cut it in half, and trim the other end so that they're the same length. Pin the ribbon into the open edges of the collar stand, and then go ahead and top stitch a border around your collar stand piece. 

    After that is done, flip your collar stand up and iron it down. Tie your bow, and you're all done!   Striped Peter Pan Collar

    Next up is our striped collar! These steps are a bit simpler. For the pattern, we drew one up ourselves. Click here to download the pattern! Print out the pattern and cut out the paper along the lines, seam allowance is included!

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    Cut out your two fabrics, one collar pattern piece in the striped fabric and one in the white, and then one cut of interlining. Iron the interlining to wrong side of the striped fabric.

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    Pin your pieces right sides together and sew along the borders, making sure to leave openings like in the picture below here:

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    The opening in the collar is so you can turn it right-side-out, and the openings at the tips are for adding your ribbon!

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    Make sure to clip along the curved edges and trim an lingering threads, then turn the collar right-side-out. Fill out the shape using a clean dowl or other thin tool, and then press it flat wit your iron.

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    Next, take your 1/2 yard of ribbon and cut it in half, and trim the other ends.

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    Go ahead and pin the ribbon into the openings you left behind with the shiny side of the ribbon facing out. Using black thread, top-stitch around the entire border, making sure to back-stitch over where you inserted the ribbon.

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    And then you're all done!

    Cherry Blossom Peter Pan Collar

    And lastly, is the cherry blossom peter pan collar!

    This collar has the same steps as the striped collar, but with a few added steps beforehand as well as skipping any top-stitching.

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    This trim is an embroidery trim which means in order to attach it, it must be hand-sewn, and since it's such a loose trim design, I highly suggest pinning your trim down onto your already-cut fabric pieces in the way that you want it to lay for the final product, like so:

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    Do this for both sides before starting to sew. It's best to get the trim to lay as symmetrically as possible.

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    Sewing down just the leaves and flowers is enough to keep it flat and stable. Don't pull your threads too tight, because you want them to lay flat, and make sure to tie a knot before starting each leaf or flower and after you've completed it. It's also important to use like-colored thread (the thread listed above in the materials list matches the pink of the embroidery thread very well).

    After this step, continue as you would for the striped peter pan color, EXCEPT for top-stitching the final border. This collar does not need to be top-stitched! Make sure to iron the backside of this collar, not on the front--it's safest to keep from ironing the embroidered trim!

    And there you have it! Three simple and quick removable collar designs. See how you can change little things and make a completely different design? What designs do you think you'd like to try? Are there any trims that you'd love to see on a removable collar?

  • Quick and Easy Button Crafts

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    So; let’s talk buttons! Here’s a question for all of you casual button-enthusiasts out there: where do you most often use buttons? On a shirt? Pants? Usually closures, right? Maybe a pillow? Have you ever considered decorating with buttons? There are plenty of big and small projects that can be improved with just a few buttons! Working with buttons is a great and refreshing way to shift your mind and design in a different perspective! Sometimes it might help to think outside the box, but it might be better for others to think inside the box! You can focus on the big or the small details—buttons can go either way, and both methods produce different results!

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    Getting interested? Then you might want to consider trying out a Bag o' Buttons to get you started! These bags always provide an amazing assortment of button types, colors, and shapes. I was so impressed when I opened up a bag and saw how many different types poured out! These are available in both small and large sizes, so you can get the amount that suits your needs! So grab yourself a bag, check out some ideas below, and get ready to button up!  

    Button Brooch

    This is a cute idea that just involves stacking a few buttons on top of each other and sewing them together with a bit of complimentary embroidery thread! These come out best when using different sized buttons, and you can play with the color combinations all you want! Attach with a safety pin or brooch pin! DSC_1133

    Holiday Wreath Button Embellishment

    Embellishments on holiday wreaths look beautiful in any season! Since buttons come in all colors and designs, it’s easy to find buttons for every occasion and holiday. Add some buttons for a pop of color or to finish off seasonal motifs!

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    Button Pendent

    This is similar to the Button Brooch, but worn in a different spot! Buttons that are ornate and stand out proud on their own can take a center stage over a shirt pocket or dress hem!

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    Button Napkin Tie

    Another idea that’s simple, tying some buttons together with a little more embroidery thread can make for an adorable and colorful napkin tie! Use them for dinner parties and other special occasions you need a fresh dinner set for!

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    Button Flower Bouquet

    Button flower bouquets are beautiful and elegant pieces that can be wonderful setting pieces for the coming fall season! Use colors and flower designs reminiscent of mums, sunflowers, and harvest-time flora and set them in a decorative cornucopia to liven up a dining room or coffee table!

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    Button Bookmark

    Button bookmarks are vintage little clips that are safe on your wallet and your books! Take a paper clip, attach a button to each side on the end, and you’re done! You can use them for your favorite novel, marking important pages in textbooks, or for organizing your planner!

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    Button Pushpins

    Bored of your corkboard’s push pins? Don’t want to spend money on those pretty ones from the store? Decorate them yourself! Use some hot glue to spruce up any bland pins you have. These will give a cute and quirky touch to your corkboard!

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      These are just a handful of button DIY ideas, but it’s something to get you started! Have you done a button project that wasn’t listed here? Or maybe you thought of another project idea from looking at these? Share your comments and photos with us—we’d love to see more ways to use buttons!
  • Mood DIY: Skinny Leather Belt with Chicago Screw Closure

    I grabbed some leather from Mood Fabrics and wanted to try it, when I saw a belt from J. Crew in tan a few years ago that actually inspired this DIY. I totally think that it's a belt that can be dressed up or down and can be fastened in a number of ways (as is, tucked on one side, tied in a knot, etc). Are there any ways I haven't thought of? Let me know below.Leather Grommet Belt1 Leather Grommet Belt2SUPPLIES: Harness leather (around 8-12 oz), rotary cutter, 3 chicago screws, edge kote, glue, hole punch, q-tip, awl, and blade. Leather Grommet Belt3HOW TO: 1. Cut out a strip of leather that is 1/2 inch wide (mine was 38 inches long). Then take your awl and make an indentation for the holes every 3/4 inch (I made 9 holes in total, 1.5 inches from the edge). 2. Take the hole punch and punch each hole that you marked. 3. To make sure I lined up where my knobs should, I put one end of the belt on top of the other to mark where my previously punched holes were. Go ahead and punch those holes. 4. Then screw on each Chicago Screw (Note: I add a dab of glue under the screw cap for added security). Leather Grommet Belt4 HOW TO CONT'D:  5. Now, you want your chicago screw head "knob" to be able to fit through the hole...but it may need a little help, so you'll need to take your blade and cut a straight slit on bottom of each hole (cut a little less than 1/4 in). 6. Lastly, take your q-tip and edge kote all sides of the belt. Let it dry about 30-40 mins. (Note: I usually do 2 coats). Leather Grommet Belt5"Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of the award winning blog, Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on Dr. Oz, The View, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Super Money, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics

  • Mood DIY: Leather Cord Keeper

    I'm a huge fan of audiobooks (some of my favorites are Millionaire Next Door, Shark Tales by Barbara Corcoran, and Outliers), but I got so sick of unraveling my earbuds on the train every time I fished my iPod out of the depths of my purse. So, I decided to do something about that this weekend. I grabbed some leather and a "snap closure kit" from Mood Fabrics, and made myself a cord keeper that has eliminated the problem. Want one for your power cords too? Feel free to add 1.25 in to the height, and you should be good to go. Leather Cord Keeper1 Leather Cord Keeper2SUPPLIES: 4-5oz leather, scissors (and rotary cutter if you wish), hole punch, binder clips, awl, heavy duty snap kit from Mood, mallet/hammer, and a hard surface (I used piece of marble). Leather Cord Keeper3HOW-TO: 1. Cut out a piece of leather that is 3.25 x 3 inches (Note: Feel free to use a nickel to round the edges). I used the rotary cutter as much as I could and then switched to the scissors for the edges. 2. Use binder clips to hold everything in place while you decide where exactly you want your holes of your snaps to be (I placed my snaps on top so that I could eye-ball it). Then use your awl to punch through the layers to mark your desired holes. 3. Go ahead and use your punch, to "cut out" the actual holes. 4. Lastly, the snaps come with their own set of directions on the pack....but if you want, here's a quick look to help you figure it out. It's super simple. Use your mallet to hammer all 4 pieces (for one complete snap) into place.Leather Cord Keeper1Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of the award winning blog, Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on Dr. Oz, The View, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Super Money, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics

  • Mood DIY: How to Sew a Clutch Wallet

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    Clutches are one of the most helpful fashion accessories; you can never have too many. So rather than buy yet another, I decided I'd throw one together myself! And since National Dog Day is fast approaching, I thought I'd add a little Swatch into the design.

    Items used:

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    To get the right shape, I simply enlarged a photo of Swatch from Mood's neoprene print, re-sketched it to fix any proportions that were skewed, and cut out each section: the base for the head, his white spot, two ear shapes, two eyes, and a little highlighting for his right eye. Everything went together fairly easily, although I do need to clean up a little excess glue around the one eye. And a few hand stitched around his nose made the perfect freckles.

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    For this clutch, I added in an invisible magnetic snap behind Swatch's head. If you've never inserted one before, don't worry - it's incredibly quick and easy.

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    Rather than attach it directly to Swatch, I put it on an extra scrap of vinyl and then glued and stitched it behind Swatch afterwards. The snap comes with two sides, and each side has a small metal support plate. Trace the two lines from the plate onto your fabric and then cut along them. They'll  be exactly where your snap will slip into the fabric, like you see below.

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    Place the support plate onto the back of the snap and fold the sides of the snap over to secure it.

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    Here's a view from the front. This was then attached to the back of Swatch's head. (The second half of the snap will be attached later.)

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    Now for your clutch panels. The outside is made up of two parts - a 10"x15" vinyl rectangle, and a 10"x7" taffeta rectangle. The lining was 10"x22".

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    If you're following along and making your own, attach the small taffeta panel to the vinyl, right sides together. This will become the front flap of the clutch.

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    Fold the vinyl panel in half, matching right sides, and stitch up the sides. Do the same with the lining; and be sure to fold over a 1/2" along the open edge. They should look like this:

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    Pin the right side of your front flap to the lining. Sew just around the 3 sides of the flap and turn right-side out. It'll look a little bit like this mess:

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    The remainder of your lining should fit right inside the vinyl pouch, and start looking like a clutch!

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    Before top-stitching along the open edge, add in the second half of your magnetic snap. I attached Swatch's head to the front flap first (a little glue and some slip-stitching did the trick), and then folded the front flap down and marked where the back of my snap should be placed for everything to close correctly.

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    And in under an hour, I had an adorable new puppy clutch! So tell me in the comments - will you be making your own? Will you add a cute little Swatch to the front, or something different?

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  • Mood DIY: How to Sew a Watermelon Purse

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    Fruit prints and accessories have been one of the cutest trends this summer, so today I made the shiniest watermelon purse on Earth. I love it.

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    Items used:

    The first thing I did was cut 2 semi-circles from each color of vinyl, with the following dimesions:
    1. Green: 12"x7"
    2. White: 9.75"x5"
    3. Red: 9"x4.5"
    I also cut out a strip of green vinyl for the base of the purse. This piece was 19" long, 2" at each end, and about 4.5" toward the center.

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    Once all the pieces were cut, I had to create the front and back panels of the purse, which meant making it look like a watermelon! The white semi-circle was top-stitched onto the green, followed by the red. One of the best things about these vinyls was the ease with which they went through the sewing machine.

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    For the seeds, I sewed 9 shank buttons in an evenly spaced pyramid pattern - 4 across the top, then 3 and 2 respectively. I chose to keep them just on the front panel, since the other one would constantly be bouncing against my leg while I walk anyway. No sense in wasting buttons!

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    Before adding the base, I attached the two panels to the zipper. Since I used a fairly long one, I shortened it about three inches from the vinyl and sewed a little cotton tag on the end so it wouldn't come apart or scratch anything in my purse.

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    The ends of the base were folded down slightly and a small length of red vinyl was used to add rings to each end so I could attach a chain for the purse strap.

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    The last step was to finally add the base! It was sewn to the bottom of  each panel, with right sides together, then turned right-side out through the zipper opening.

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  • Mood DIY: How to Paint on Fabric

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    If you've never painted on fabric before, it can probably seem a little intimidating. You may be asking what type of fabric is best, is there a specific type of paint, are there any extra steps -- but let me tell you, it's so incredibly easy!

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    When adding your own designs, you'll want to stay away from basic acrylic paint. Instead, look for Jacquard textile paints! They'll move and stretch with your fabric, without cracking or drying out. Or, if you're looking to customize some shoes or leather, Mood sells Angelus paint at their NYC store if you call and ask for it!

    To showcase the paint in this DIY, I decided to make a "Thank you, Mood" pillow, so I went with an opaque white and a metallic gold.

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    Step one is creating your design. This can mean free-handing it right on your fabric, or designing it on paper and transferring it. I free handed the "Thank you" and a little Swatch face onto a black cotton twill with chalk. For the logo, I used some handy tracing paper to create a stencil.

    The "super opaque" white paint was true to its name, went on super thick, and only needed one coat. The metallic needed two coats, as expected, but looks flawless once it's dry!

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    The main thing that makes fabric painting different from regular painting is the need to iron! Once the paint has dried, iron both sides of your fabric for 30 seconds.

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    After that, your newly customized fabric is ready to be transformed into something new. Like this adorable throw pillow! All you need to do it add an invisible zipper to the bottom of two squares and sew the last three edges with right sides together.

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    Lastly, clip the corners of your squares and turn your pillow casing right side out before inserting a pillow form. And just like that you'll have a unique new pillow for your couch or armchair!

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