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  • Trend Report: Handbags for Fall 2016

    Handbags were everywhere on the Fall runway this season with a wide variety in texture and shape. The biggest trend, however, was functionality and purpose. Here are some of our favorite styles from this season’s top trends! Fur Bags Fur-covered handbags were a huge hit with the runway, and we couldn’t agree more! There’s something so vintage and nostalgic about a nice fur covered purse, and they always give off an elegant and classy appearance.
    Salvartore Ferragamo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Salvartore Ferragamo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Michael Kors | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Michael Kors | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Whether sporting something like a bucket purse or a boxy handbag, fur designs can be a great statement piece. Soft to the touch and usually easy on the eyes, it’s hard not to appreciate their unique image (even if you go with faux fur!). If you’re looking to make a fur-covered bag of your own, consider some of these fabrics for your design!
     Black/Pale Gray Solid Faux Fur Black/Pale Gray Solid Faux Fur
     Black Grooved Faux Beaver Fur Black Grooved Faux Beaver Fur
     Silver Faux Wolverine Fur Silver Faux Wolverine Fur
    For the straps, these furs pair well with:
     Platinum Fashion-Weight Faux Leather Platinum Fashion-Weight Faux Leather
    Drawstring Bags Drawstring bags are a great staple of handbag fashion, mostly because of how easy they are to work with! You can make them as big as you'd like it to be, and they close easily, so you never have to worry about your belongings falling out.
    Alexander Wang | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Alexander Wang | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Lanvin | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Lanvin | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    They look great no matter what size they are. And since the design is simple and interchangeable, you have a lot of choices to consider if you're making one. If you would like to make one, we actually have a DIY article about making one with leather here! Here are some of the materials we suggest if you're looking to make one of your own!
     Copper Fashion-Weight Faux Leather Copper Fashion-Weight Faux Leather
    You don't have to go with just leather, though!
    Natural Solid Canvas Natural Solid Canvas
    Black Waxed Cotton Canvas Black Waxed Cotton Canvas
    And for the drawstrings, you can use drawcords or metal chain! Tasseled and Long-Fringed Bags Fan of the Western look? Tassels and long fringes often bring a sense of down-to-earthness, and adding fringe to a piece is also a great way to play with the illusion of body and flow.
    Altuzarra | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Altuzarra | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Roberto Cavalli | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Roberto Cavalli | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Usually made of some kind of leather or leather look-alike, tassels and fringe can draw the eye with their fluid movements, which is what makes them a popular item. Even small additions of fringe can pay off! Check out our DIY using fringe to spruce up a pair of heels by Brandhyze here! If you’re interested in a fringed purse of your own, consider these fabrics for your design!
     Mint Stretch Faux Leather/Vinyl Mint Stretch Faux Leather/Vinyl
    4" Light Brown Suede Fringe 4" Light Brown Suede Fringe
    2 2" Safe Basic Tassel
    Revamped Fanny Packs Revamped fanny packs were huge in the 90s, and they’re back again! Designed for ease of comfort and functionality, these hands-free designs are now trendy and versatile!
    Prada | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Prada | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    While the photos provided here show off a very chic styles, revamped fanny packs are flexible in what designs look good for and with them. If you need some inspiration, take a look as some of these ideas!
    Brown Fashion-Weight Faux Leather Brown Fashion-Weight Faux Leather
     Silver Solid Faux Suede Silver Solid Faux Suede
    Along with these fabrics, you can do a little embellishment with a chain strap, sequin or beaded trims, and clasps!   Halfmoon Bags Halfmoon bags are super cute and in-season now! The curved shape of their silhouette is simply graceful and like no other style.
    Celine | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Celine | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Loewe| Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Loewe | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Any color fits well with them, and so long as you have a sturdy fabric to help keep its shape, you can go with almost anything! If you’d like to see some fabric ideas for halfmoon bags, consider some of these!
     Fudge Backed Faux Leather/Vinyl Fudge Backed Faux Leather/Vinyl
    Rag & Bone Coated Port Royale Laminate/Vinyl Rag & Bone Coated Port Royale Laminate/Vinyl
    Turkish Purple/White Floral Water-Resistant Vinyl Turkish Purple/White Floral Water-Resistant Vinyl
    And some notions--like grommets, trims for straps, and a zipper for closure--to help finish the look! Small Backpacks And lastly, small backpacks! This fashion has flitted around through the years, but they got a particular amount of attention by designers for this season.
    Versace | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Versace | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Michael Kors | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Michael Kors | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    As with the halfmoon bags, their shape is one of the features that stands out most, and like the revamped fanny packs, their functional purpose makes them a great choice for on the go!
    Off-White/Maize/Sky Blue Geometric Canvas Off-White/Maize/Sky Blue Geometric Canvas
    Rag & Bone Italian Vertiver Vinyl Rag & Bone Italian Vertiver Vinyl
    And finish it off with a zipper!
    Black Chain Separating Zipper 26 Black Chain Separating Zipper 26"
      Which of these handbag designs is your favorite? Have you seen others aside from these that you loved, too? Can you think of any fabrics that we didn't listen that you would like to use for one of these styles? Let us know! Save Save Save Save
  • Mood DIY: Leather Pencil Case

    I make handstitched leather bags and for the longest time I was using a ziplock bag to store my leather working tools. But, after wearing through about a dozen baggies, I decided to wise up and create a durable and functional way to carry everything with me on the go. I saw something similar to this pencil case that inspired me, and I decided to create my own template (which can also be enlarged to create a dopp kit as well) for my fun carryall. This case can be used for tools, school supplies for kids, makeup brushes -- just about anything you can think of. What would you store in yours? What color leather would you use from Mood Fabrics?  Tell me below. Leather Pencil Case1 Leather Pencil Case2SUPPLIES: A zipper, pattern, veg tan leather (Kodiak leather is shown here), wire cutters, glue, skiver, glue, blade, rotary cutter, straight edge, binder clips, awl, spacer, artificial sinew, and 2 leather needles. Leather Pencil Case3HOW-TO: 1. Cut out your pattern. 2. Skive just the edges of the 6 flaps so they lay flatter when you stitch them together. 3. Use the spacer and straight edge to create your row of holes along the permitter. 4. Use your awl to fully punch the holes that your spacer created in the previous step. Leather Pencil Case4HOW-TO CONT'D: 5. When I handstitch zippers on, I find it easier to glue them where I want them, and then go back and stitch them in place after the glue has dried. So, use your e6000 glue to apply your zipper where you want it. 6. Use your binder clips for added pressure to hold your zipper in place while it dries for about an hour. 7. Using the saddle stitch (shown here), stitch up your pencil case. 8. Lastly, cut your zipper (if you got the type of zipper I had) and stitch on a little accent piece of leather for a pulley if you want.

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    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: 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: Embossed Vinyl Bike Satchel

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    Have you noticed a trend with the last couple blog posts? It's bikes! Tomorrow is National Bike to Work Day, and we're not just celebrating with bicycle prints, but accessories as well!

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    For this versatile roll-up pouch, I used Mood's brand new Bourbon Floral Embossed Vinyl and lined it with an olive colored organic cotton twill. The pattern pieces are incredibly simple: just a 15" square with a 1" addition for the front flap, and two 4" circles.

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    I lined the pieces first, so a little pop of green shows between the seams on the side. This meant sewing the vinyl to the twill with right sides together and flipping it out through a small opening. To close the openings for the sides, I made the top of the circles flat and top-stitched. I then lined up the flat part of each circle to the bottom of the main pouch panel and sewed them together around the circle, until I hit the flat edge again. The flat edge then becomes the opening of the pouch, like you see below.

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    Once the bag part of the pouch was done, it was time for the ties. I decided to make them out of the twill, to add some contrast, and 4 gold buckles. The two straps attached to the front are about 20" long, so they can wrap the bottom and top of the satchel, before fastening with the buckle.

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    The straps on top are for attaching the bag to the bike. These are a little thinner and only about 7" long.

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    I sewed mine directly on the top of the flap, in line with the front straps, so they loop through each other when they're both closed.

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    All in all, it was a quick and useful DIY, and it holds a surprising about of stuff! It's great for phones, keys, notepads, a water bottle - anything you might need when you're biking to work tomorrow!

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    The best part is, it's detachable. So you could fit it onto your handlebars, behind your seat, or even on the frame. Plus, you can easily attach a shoulder strap and take it with you on the go!

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    Special thanks to TCO Shop for letting me showcase this DIY on one of their beautiful electric bikes! Look how gorgeous it is!

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  • Mood DIY: 5 Minute Coin Purse

    Everyone needs more purses. They're cute, they're functional, and they're versatile. And the best way to make the most of that versatility is to DIY your own!

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    I had some leftover felt to work with, and thought a mini clutch bag would be the perfect project - it can hold coins, chapstick and a few extra dollars when I need it to. And it can clip onto my keys!

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    Things I used:

    Felt Coin Purse 1

    I started by decorating what would become the front clasp. Rather than adding a fake button, I decided to embroider a simple, minimalist heart. Directly on the other side of that, I attached the top of the sew-on snap.

    Felt Coin Purse 2

    Sewing on the first side was next. This lets you better visualize where the button on the front flap will lie, before you sew on the second half of the snap. I recommend sewing on the snap before you add the last side; it just make it a little easier  to tie off your thread.

    Felt Coin Purse 3

    Once I sewed the snap and two sides on, it was basically done! A hole punch worked wonders for attaching the  purse clasp, and few braided strips of leather made the perfect clutch strap! What design aspects would you change if you made one of these for yourself?

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  • Mood DIY: Simple Hiking Pack

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    With great weather finally showing its face, I thought it time to begin prepping for the new hiking season. And what better way to do that, than to make a cute and functional new bag?

    Items used:

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    Pattern pieces:

    1. Arm straps - cut 2 (4"x23", tapered at the ends)
    2. Pack base - cut 1 (12"x18", 1"x1.5" cutouts)
    3. Small loops - cut 4 (3"x4")
    4. Large loops - cut 2 (2"x8")
    5. 6 metal ring buckles
    6. Main bag panel - cut 2 (23"x18")
    7. Front flap - cut 1 of leather and 1 of canvas (16"x16")

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    Step one would be sewing your large and small loops. Each gets folded in half longways, with right sides together and sewn along the length. Turn them right side out, and attach the four short loops between the bag base and main panels, like the above photo.

    The loops on the left side have two rings each and are slightly closer together; this will become the front of the pack. The loops with one ring on the right will attach to the back straps.

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    With right sides together, fold the base in half and sew the main panels together. Sew the sides to the base next, as shown in the above right photo. From here you can hem the top of your bag. Typical hiking packs roll down from the top, so they can fit more if you have a lot to carry, so don't worry if your bag is starting to look long and skinny.

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    While sewing the front flap together, also include the long loops, like in the picture below. They should be the same distance apart as the small loops on the front panel. The flap will then be attached about 11" from the top of the back panel, along with the arm straps. Like the loops, the straps get folded in half, sewn along the length and turned right side out.

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    After the top of the straps are sewn on with the flap, they can be attached to the metal rings at the bag's base.

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    Fill your bag with supplies, fasten the front flap to the small loops, and you're ready to venture into the wilderness!

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  • DIY: 20-Minute Oversized Clutch Wallet

    How often have you put together the perfect outfit, but totally hit a wall when none of your bags matched? With this 20-minute DIY project, you could have a unique clutch for every day of the week in less than 3 hours!

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    Items used: Miscellaneous materials:
    • One sheet of printer paper
    • Measuring tape or ruler
    • Marking tool or pen
    • Scissors
    • Awl for puncturing leather

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    Steps:
    1. Lay your piece of leather, right side down.
    2. One the wrong side, trace your printer paper along three sides, leaving one long side open.Clutch 1
    3. Flip the paper along the long side and continue tracing the short sides. You should have the beginnings of a 17”x11” rectangle.
    4. At the open end of your rectangle, trace the corner of your printer paper, keeping the point centered. This will be the front flap or your clutch.
    5. Still on the wrong side, mark about 2” down from the front flap.clutch2
    6.  Below that, mark every half inch down to the bottom, about a half inch from the edge of the leather.
    7. Puncture the leather at these marking with your awl.
    8. Begin lacing up the sides and tie off the top.clutch 3
    9. Repeat steps 5-8 on both sides.
    10. Attach your magnetic clasp to the front flap and front facing of clutch, being sure to line them up properly.
    11. Cover clasp with a button and show off your new, handmade clutch!

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  • Mood DIY: Bi-fold Wallet

    Over the holidays I was looking for a stocking stuff as a man's gift....and wanted to try my hand at a simple wallet. So, I grabbed some thin leather and digitally printed vinyl canvas that I came across at Mood Fabrics, for a edgy option. As with anything I create...I get better and learn something new with each project that I embark on. This didn't take much time at all...not bad for my first time. Bi-Fold Wallet 1 Bi-Fold Wallet 2SUPPLIES: 1 oz leather, digital print vinyl canvas, mallet, sinew, needles, scissors, straight edge, pattern, binder clips, e6000 glue, chisel, block and a rotary cutter.

    Bi-Fold Wallet 3 HOW-TO: After completing this project, I may recommend creating your holes before gluing the edges down. It can totally be done as pictured, but you have to be extra careful to punch the chisel directly down versus at an angle. 1. I've laid the pieces out in their general order to be assembled. Cut out all your pieces from the pattern (including a strip not included that is 8.5 x 7/8 in) 2. Place glue on thin strip mentioned above (Note: I initially tried rubber cement, but found that I liked the e6000 better). 3. Take Pattern C (face up) and Pocket Pattern (face up) on top of each as pictured. Then use binder clips for about 30 mins to hold your glued strip in place. Sit this aside. 4. Next take leather piece Pattern A and place it wrong side up. Then take camo Pattern B and place it right side up. After that....apply glue to the 1/4 in and fold it down. Let it dry with binder clips again.

    Bi-Fold Wallet 4 HOW-TO CONT'D: 5. Pick back up the pieces you worked on in Step #3; and use your chisel, mallet, and block to create your row of holes. I even use a double up piece of leather to punch into versus ruining the teeth on my chisel. 6. Stitch the piece you just punched in Step #5. Check out this post to see a link to learn how to Saddle Stitch. 7. Take the piece you created in Step #4, and repeat Steps #5 and #6. 8. Lay both pieces on top of each other. Tuck in the tabs pictured with a little glue on them. The piece you created in Step #3 should go on the bottom, and you will need to take your scissors and make two tiny snips on either side of the tabs (as shown). 9. Finally apply glue around remaining three edges, and then use the binder clips to hold it in place. Again, use the chisel to create the holes and stitch like in Steps #5 & 6 again. Bi-Fold Wallet 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: 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: Leather iPad Sleeve

    Ever since the leather lesson I got as part of a birthday present, I've been finding new things to make and have been sharing them with you. I think of my iPad as my slideshow on the go for all my projects, so I throw it in my purse and carry it with me everywhere I go.

    Learning to hand stitch leather has totally opened my eyes. I now find myself eyeing the bags of every passerby (without being too creepy :). Want to grab some leather and supplies from Mood and create some stuff of your own? Check out the process below. Leather iPad Sleeve 1 Leather iPad Sleeve 2 Leather iPad Sleeve 3SUPPLIES: leather, dye, edge kote, tragacanth, sandpaper/file, waxed thread, needles, q-tip/wool dauber, circle edge slicker, and a rotary cutter. Leather iPad Sleeve 4 HOW-TO: 1. Cut out 3 rectangles of leather (I did 2 pieces that are 9.5 x 8in , and one that is 6.5 x 8in).  Take your dye, and in a well ventilated area over some old newspaper, rub in your dye.  (Note: You may want to dab your cloth on a towel to dilute the color). Let this dry for a few hours. 2. I used the saddle stitch here (easier to see explained in video, check out a good one here and here). The pricking iron and awl needed to make the stitching holes aren't pictured, but they are in the video.  I also recommend first sewing the pocket on to the front panel....once that's done, then stitch the whole front to the back panel. 3. Sand down all the edges. 4. Slick the edges down now a little at a time, with tragacanth. 5. Next, burnish the edges that you just put the tragacanth on, with the slicker. I actually suggest slicking a few inches at a time and then burnishing...just so you aren't getting tragacanth everywhere. 6. After that, use a q-tip or a wool dauber and slowly rub on your edge kote, just on the edges of the leather for a finished look. OPTIONAL STEP: I had a logo created...if you want to put letters on, go ahead now and wet the leather just a little and then use a mallet to imprint it into the leather. (Note: I hold it in place with my hand and then tap it with the mallet on each side and in the  middle, rather than using the handle).  Leather iPad Sleeve 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.

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