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  • Mood DIY: Leather Charger Roll Up

    When you're packing for a trip....you ever find yourself trying to wrangle up all your power cords to take with you? Let's see....there's my phone, computer, and ipod, etc. Well here's a quick and convenient way to take everything with you! I've seen one of these even going for as much as $90 bucks, so it's an affordable DIY you may want to try to make traveling with your tech gear a whole lot easier. Mood has a variety of leather to choose from....I chose a 4-5 oz veg tan for this one.

    Leather Charger Roll Up 1Leather Charger Roll Up 2 SUPPLIES: Leather, hole punch, 2 needles, sinew, nail file, blade, quarter, rotary cutter, leather cord, awl (I showed 2, but 1 with skinnier point works), spacer, and a straight edge. Leather Charger Roll Up 3 HOW-TO:  1. Cut out a rectangle of leather with your rotary cutter, mine was 16 x 7 inches. 2. Use a quarter as a form to shape your rounded edges, as you cut it with your blade. 3. File your two edges to make sure they match and are smooth. 4. I made my pockets only 2 inches deep, so you'll need 2 rows of holes on each side that match up when you fold it. So use your spacer and straight edge to create each row (you'll finish creating the hole fully in Step 6). Leather Charger Roll Up 4 HOW-TO CONT'D: 5. Now it's time to position the holes for your leather cord -- I have 9 of them. My anchor knot is only about 1/2 in away, but the other 8 holes are about an inch apart. Use your straight edge and awl to poke a hole where your cord will ultimately go through.                                                                                                                                                                                                       6. Use your awl to fully puncture the holes for the pocket. 7. Punch those holes you created with the hole punch (you may have to roll the leather to fit through the opening).                                                                                                                      8. Feed your leather cord through. You're almost done! 9. Using a Saddle Stitch (here's a video how to do that here), take your 2 needles and sew up both sides of your pocket. (Note: I burn the knots on the ends with a lighter, so they don't come undone). Leather Charger Roll Up 5

    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: Cord and Chain Bracelet

    I'm a firm believer that every girl needs a little (or a lot) of color in her life....and our accessories are a great way to pull together any look. With lots of skin showing in the sizzling temps you'll want to hit up the festivals and concerts in style. Right? Well, your arm candy is a great place to start.  Mood Fabrics has a great trim department, and it was here that I was able to snag some beautiful cord and metal chain to help me get my (arm) party started. What accessories are you rocking this summer? Please share below! Cord and Chain Bracelet 1 Cord and Chain Bracelet 2

    Cord and Chain Bracelet 3 SUPPLIES: Cord, Chain, 2 pair of pliers, tape measure, wire cutters, 3 jump rings, lobster clasp, 2 end caps, e6000, and scissors. Cord and Chain Bracelet 4

    HOW-TO: 1. I want my  bracelet to be about 7 inches in total, so the cord part of the bracelet will be about 4 inches (both halves 2 inches each). Cut the first piece. 2. Cut a second piece equal in length. 3. Squeeze half a cap full of glue into the end cap (be careful not too add too much, you don't want it to ooze out onto the cord). 4. Fold the first piece of cord in half and squeeze both ends into the end cap. 5. Slip the second piece of cord through the loop of the first cord. 6. Now, repeat Step #3 with the second cord. 7. To complete my 7 inches, I'll need about 2.5-3 inches of chain. 8.With wire cutters, cut the desired length of chain. 9. With both pair of pliers, carefully open up 3 jump rings. 10. Take one jump ring and place it on one end of your cord connection, then attach your chain and close the jump ring. 11. At the end of this chain, add one more jump ring and a lobster clasp, and then close that jump ring. 12. On the opposite end of the cord connection, add a final jump ring, close that one up....and you're all set.

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    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of 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 The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for nearly a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and former Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester, and provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.