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  • Mood DIY: Leather Messenger Bag/Backpack

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    Learning to sew with leather has been on my list for a while now, and I love things that are changeable and versatile. The solution? Make a messenger back that's also a backpack! Overall, it was a fun project, and definitely a great gift idea. Fabrics & materials used:

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    The leather base of the bag is pretty simple - 15" across and 18" up, with rounded corners on the top. The bottom is a 12"x6" oval.

    Having rarely worked with leather before this, I was a little worried about this project, but it was so much easier than expected! Plus, this stuff glided through the Mood sewing machine with no issues at all.

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    The adjustable front pocket is a 12" square with one quarter cut out. I wanted the pocket to have structure and be able to pop outward from the bag, so stiffener was a necessity. This is where the osnaburg would typically come in - it's easy to work with, strong, and keeps its shape. However, I had a bit of sticky-back foam left over from a previous project that worked wonders! I stuck three triangles onto the back, folded the seam allowance over and top-stitched them into place. The result was a perfect pyramid when the two top points were brought together.

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    The "pocket" has two positions. I put it in quotes because it's more of a little pouch, great for easy access necessities like headphones or pens or anything you can hook over the side.

    Each point has a snap on the underside so it will stay secure when the pocket is flat. To make it a pyramid, I added a snap to the middle of the bag, like you see below. The left point can be brought to the center and the right point can attach onto the extra snap on the topside of the left point.

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    The pocket was then clipped into place along the bottom of the front bag panel. It was time to attach the zipper!

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    I made two loops with the green vinyl and inserted a ring into each. They were pinned on either side of the back bag panel, between the leather and the zipper, and in line with the top of the front pocket.

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    I sewed the remainder of the zipper on both the front and back panels, which finished up the sides, and then attached the bottom of the bag.

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    After the oval base of the bag was sewn, it was just finishing details! An 8" strip of vinyl became a loop on the top rear of the messenger bag. To make the bag into a backpack, the strap simply needs to slide through this loop!

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    For the strap, I used more of the green vinyl, but this could easily be substituted with some webbing. One end was sewn onto one of the rings, while the other was attached to a clip so it can remain adjustable.

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    So will you be making one to gift this holiday season? What color scheme are you going to go with? Tell us below!

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
  • Halloween Contest Entry #71

    Pamela H's Klingon and Orion Slave Girl Costumes

    Pamela H's Klingon and Orion Slave Girl Costumes

    For the Klingon costume Pamela H's used black faux leather vinyl with studs and grommets for trim. For the Orion Slave Girl Costume (in green) was made using stretch velour, magenta color trim in gold polyester sequins and silk polyester for the bottom.
    For more information on how to enter the Mood Fabrics 2011 Halloween Costume Contest and complete contest rules for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to MoodFabrics.com please visit www.moodfabrics.com/halloween2011/ Rate your favorite costume below!
  • Halloween Contest Entry #57

    Julia H.'s Halloween Costumes

    Julia H.'s Halloween Costumes

    Julia H used white vinyl and white cotton for her costume.
    For more information on how to enter the Mood Fabrics 2011 Halloween Costume Contest and complete contest rules for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to MoodFabrics.com please visit www.moodfabrics.com/halloween2011/ Rate your favorite costume below!
  • Halloween Contest Entry #48

    Jill B.'s Halloween Costume

    Jill B.'s Halloween Costume

    Jill B.'s Halloween Costume was made with Silver, reptile pattern vinyl fabric used for the harness, arm bands, and boot covers. The cape/vest is a printed polyester with applied square sequins. The underskirts are three different types of novelty mesh/tulle.
    For more information on how to enter the Mood Fabrics 2011 Halloween Costume Contest and complete contest rules for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to MoodFabrics.com please visit www.moodfabrics.com/halloween2011/ Rate your favorite costume below!
  • Halloween Contest Entry #44

    Elleyna A.'s Wonder Woman Costume

    Elleyna A.'s Wonder Woman Costume

    To make this Wonder Woman Costume Elleyna A. used Satin for corset with boning, hand-beaded gold vinyl. Spandex brief bottoms and boot covers. Satin cape. Gold vinyl headband and wrist cuffs.
    For more information on how to enter the Mood Fabrics 2011 Halloween Costume Contest and complete contest rules for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to MoodFabrics.com please visit www.moodfabrics.com/halloween2011/ Rate your favorite costume below!
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