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  • Mood DIY: Handstitched Pebbled Leather Drawstring Bag

    Recently I saw a Building Block Leather Drawstring bag and got inspired. I just loved the shape and the juxtaposition of the materials...so, I decided to create my own. Mood Fabrics had just about all the supplies I needed (aside from the rubber tubing) to create this fun bag. Have a go-to crossbody bag you love? Share below. Pebbled Drawstring Bag1 Pebbled Drawstring Bag2SUPPLIES: Straight edge, pebbled leather, rotary cutter, about 6 ft of rubber tubing (this isn't solid tubing featured here, but I found some at Canal Rubber and I recommend it over the hollow), a circle to trace, rubber mallet, scissors, spacer, awl, hole cutter, wood (this came with hole cutter in a grommet set so you won't punch a hole in your table) artificial sinew, and 2 leather needles Pebbled Drawstring Bag3HOW-TO: 1. Cut out a rectangle of leather based on the height and circumference of bag you want. 2. Use the spacer and straight edge to create your row of holes along the bottom permitter of the bag (Note: I suggest doing a 1/4 in seam allowance and skiving the leather a little if you want it to lay really flat). 3. Use your awl to fully punch the holes that your spacer created. 4. With your awl trace out your circle template.

    Pebbled Drawstring Bag4HOW-TO CONT'D: 5. Using scissors, cut out your circle. Then using your spacer and awl, repeat Steps 2 & 3 around the perimeter of your circle. 6. I started in the center here because I previously stamped a logo and wanted it in a certain position, but I recommend starting on one end (1/4 inch in from the edge) and then stitching (saddle stitch shown here) all the way around until you are ready to close it up (Note: you may have to cut off a little extra if you made the body bigger than your circle bottom). I found this is an easier method unless you want to use a ratio to figure out perfect size for circle and outer bag. Then, stitch up the side of the bag. 7. After that, lay your bag flat and figure out where you want your holes for your straps to go. Mark both (I did one on top of the other, an inch apart). 8. Punch the holes with your hole cutter and mallet. 9. Cut your tubing at your desired length, then insert it through the holes and knot them on the inside. 10. Lastly, use your last piece loop the closure piece of tubing through your strap, and you're all done. Pebbled Drawstring Bag5

    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: Reversible Denim and Faux Leather Tote

    Do you have a favorite handbag that you carry with you just about everywhere you go?  Well, mine is my canvas Marc Jacobs tote that I got for less than $1 while thrifting—it's the perfect size and completely resilient to the torture I put it through. So, in addition to being this girl's best friend, it's also now served as the inspiration for what will become my new tote. But since I'm super lazy when it comes to switching up my handbags, I thought "why not take it a step further and have two bags in one?" That's just what I did....chic on one side, cool on the other.  So I ran over to Mood Fabrics and grabbed some denim—they have a great selection of various weights and colors—plus some canvas, snaps, and faux leather; and I was well on my way.  Tell me what you think! Reversible Denim and Faux Leather Tote made with Mood Fabrics materials and supplies. Reversible Denim and Faux Leather Tote made with Mood Fabrics materials and supplies. Reversible Denim and Faux Leather Tote made with Mood Fabrics materials and supplies.

    SUPPLIES: Denim, canvas, faux leather, glue, straight pins, scissors, rotary cutter, tape measure, snaps straight edge, iron, and a sewing machine. Reversible Denim and Faux Leather Tote made with Mood Fabrics materials and supplies.HOW-TO: 1. With your rotary cutter, cut out 6 rectangles.  You'll need all 6 rectangles to be 21 inches x 11 inches each -- 3 denim, 2 canvas, 1 faux leather. Then you'll need rectangles for your handles, 2.5 inches x 21 inches -- 2 denim and 2 faux leather. 2. Pin down 1/4 seam allowance on both sides of 1 rectangle -- this one will serve as the bottom. 3. Iron these down. 4. Pin this bottom to both side panels on either side -- I pinned about 2 inches from the bottom of each one. 5. Now sew the 2 side panels to the bottom. 6. Now that you've sewn together both side panels and the bottom, take this giant rectangle you've created, in half with the right sides facing and pin up both sides. 7. Sew up the left and right sides you just pinned. 8. Now you have a pocket -- you're getting close! Turn it right side out. 9. Pinch the bottom corners together like I've shown you here, to box out the bottom of your handbag. 10. Pin the point of your corners to your bag.

    Reversible Denim and Faux Leather Tote made with Mood Fabrics materials and supplies. HOW-TO CONT'D 11. Your bag is coming together, but now would be a good time to press out those side seams with your iron to make it look really polished. 12. Now for the fun part! Put the bag on your machine and sew these 2 bottom points to the body of the bag. 13. I found these snaps in some of my stuff and didn't think to put them on before I sewed the points down....so you can either do it the right way, or glue them in place like I did, here. 14. Repeat Steps #1-13 for the canvas and faux leather version, and then place one side inside the other, wrong sides facing. 15. Fold down about a 1/2 in seam allowance on both bags, and pin them into place. 16. Now that your bags are created, it's time for the handles.  Take 1 denim and 1 faux leather, and place them together right sides facing -- pin them together. 17. Sew about an 1/8 in seam allowance on both sides of each handle. 18. It's going to take some wiggling, but stick a safety pin in the denim and use it as a guide to aid you in turning the handle to the correct side. Repeat for second handle. 19. You want to place the handles between the 2 layers; so peel open the panels, stick the handles in, and pin them in place. 20. With an 1/8 in seam allowance, make 2 stitches around the top perimeter -- and you're all done!

    Reversible Denim and Faux Leather Tote made with Mood Fabrics materials and supplies.

    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 The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for the past a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and was a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester. 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: Double Zip Printed Clutch

    I'm not sure how many dog lovers we have out there, but one of my favorite pooches to see all dressed up is Swatch of Mood Fabrics. His nonchalant and carefree trot between departments always makes me grin when I'm there. A true sport in a land of endless wardrobe possibilities, Swatch made me want to commemorate some of my favorite looks he's rocked. From a funny Valentine to biker Swatch, I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that that dog has captured the hearts of SO MANY Mood customers.  So with some colorful vinyl and snazzy zippers in hand, I created a way to carry him around with me -- without further ado, here's my homage to Swatch :)

    Double Zip Printed Clutch 1 Double Zip Printed Clutch 2 Double Zip Printed Clutch 3 SUPPLIES: vinyl, rotary cutter, mod podge gloss lustre, magna-tac glue, iron, measuring tape, thread, needles, straight pins, scissors, pen, transfer paper for dark shirts, zippers, silk, images you want to transfer, and a wash cloth. Double Zipper Printed Clutch How-To

    How-To: 1. Using the rotary cutter, cut out 2 rectangles from your vinyl/faux leather.  (Note: Mine were 11 x 8 inches -- 1 inch was added to the length of the teeth of the zipper, and height too.  I used purple on the backside and off-white on side where my images would go). 2. Mark out a half inch seam allowance  (Note: You will re-mark this when silk is applied). 3. For silk lining, I marked out a 10 x 8 inch rectangle. 4. For less fraying, make a small snip with scissors to begin with, and then I hand rip out the rectangle. 5. Putting right sides together, add straight pins to hold vinyl together. 6. Across the bottom, hand stitch along one horizontal. (Note: For neatness, sew along the half inch seam allowance line you marked out -- be sure to bring needle back through, last place you inserted it). 7. Cut off excess. 8. Apply Magna-tac glue to the whole back side. 9. Lay silk directly on top of the glued side. 10. Re-mark out half inch seam allowance along sides. 11. Add straight pins to hold sides together. 12. Flip whole thing onto correct side. 13. Apply damp cloth over clutch, and then iron it to flatten it out. 14. For a center point for the double zippers, mark a mid point on the inside of the clutch. 15. Add straight pins to hold zipper in place, and then hand stitch both into position. 16. Lay clutch on top of back side of iron-on transfer with images already printed on it and outline it. (Note: For printing, follow instructions that come with the paper). 17. Cut form out. 18. Peel off images from transfer paper backing, and lay it on to the clutch. 19. Laying something like a t-shirt on top, iron on the transfer paper images. 20. Using a napkin/sponge, apply Mod-Podge to seal it.

     Double Zip Printed Clutch 4 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 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.