here! Here are some of the materials we suggest if you're looking to make one of your own! You don't have to go with just leather, though! 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. 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! 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! 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! 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. 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! 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. 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! And finish it off with a zipper! 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
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. SUPPLIES: 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. HOW-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. HOW-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.
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
Types of Zippers: Coil
- Nylon or polyester
- Aluminum, nickel, or brass
- Commonly found on jeans, purses, and pockets
- Cheaper alternative to metal zippers
- Often seen on parkas and kids' clothing
- Similar to coil zippers
- Typically found on dresses and skirts
I've been on a leather kick lately if you hadn't noticed -- making several different items since my leather making lesson -- and since we're in the chillier months, I've been really drawn to this wine color that looks great in just about anything. Call it what you will: oxblood, wine, burgundy....Mood Fabrics has a great selection of that and more that you're sure to love. Now, the first time I made a clutch, I had to wrap my brain around the whole flipping it inside out thing....but once you get it, you'll be making one in every finish and color. I guarantee it. I'd love to hear your clutch success stories below. SUPPLIES: straight edge, silk polyester lining, leather, straight pins, rotary cutter, scissors, a binder clip, and a zipper. HOW-TO: 1. After cutting out 6 rectangles (2 tiny ones to encase the zipper, 2 leather 16 x 11 inches, and 2 lining 16 x 11 inches), take your 2 tiny ones and attach them to either side of of zipper with binder clips. 2. Sew your tiny rectangles of leather to either side of the zipper. 3. Now this step can get a little tricky, but it's super easy once you've done it the first time. Ultimately you want your leather on top of the zipper, and your lining on the under side. So take your leather and with zipper facing up, attach the right side of your leather to your zipper with your straight pins. (Note: you don't want to get too close to your zipper teeth or you won't be able to unzip it with ease). Repeat on opposite with lining. 4. Go ahead and sew each.
HOW-TO CONT'D: 5. Here's on it looks once leather is sewn to the zipper. 6. Now, you'll have 4 flaps attached to the zipper: 2 leather, 2 lining. Line them up and hold the leather in place with binder clips before placing on sewing machine. Straight pins here might leave puncture marks in your leather. (Note: leave the zipper open about 5 inches, or it will be challenging to flip the bag to it's right side). 7. After sewing up all 3 sides of your leather, you'll sew up all 3 sides of your lining...but leave about 5 inches open on one side open. 8. Cut off your 2 corners on your leather. Now, you're almost done -- flip pull the leather through the lining and flip the bag a second time to get it all on right side with lining now on inside. Hand stitch up that 5 inch opening in the lining and you're all set.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 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.
One of my favorite style bloggers is Wendy of Wendy's Lookbook, and while flipping through her site one day, I came across a gorgeous calf hair leopard-printed studded Valentino clutch that was simply stunning. So, during one of my more recent trips to Mood Fabrics NYC (they have SO much new stuff in stock) while scooping up the fur I used on my fur vest, I came across this great leopard-printed faux fur, and immediately knew what I'd do with it. Tell me what you think below. SUPPLIES: 1/2 yard faux calf fur, silk lining, interfacing, zipper, wire cutters, straight pins, pyramid studs, rotary cutter, straight edge, a thimble, and a sewing machine.
HOW-TO: 1. Cut (2) 14 x 9in rectangles of each of the faux fur and interfacing, and (2) of the silk lining 14.5 x 10in. 2. Use your wire cutters to remove all but 2 prongs (on opposite ends) from each of your pyramid studs (Note: it's a little tedious, but glue wasn't as secure as I would have liked, and if you leave on all the prongs, they rumple the fur). 3. While I did this step last, I'd like to suggest here that you apply your studs...because once you get it all sewn together it's a little trickier to fold down the backs of the studs from the inside. 4. My zipper was a little too long, so I cut it down like I did here. Then I used my straight pins to secure it to one of my faux fur rectangles, face down. 5. I had to wrap my brain around how to attach lining and top fur....so I played with the concept on how to attach them both. So, while my faux fur was attached to one side of the zipper, I flipped the zipper over and pinned my hemmed silk lining to the "wrong" side of the zipper. 6. I laid it all flat here so you could see me attach the 2nd layer of fur to the "right" side of the zipper, with lining on the reverse.
HOW-TO CONT'D: 7. Sew your faux fur and lining respectively to your zipper. 8. This is how it looks thus far. 9. While sewing up the sides of my bag, I added the little 90 degree notch so zipper could be inset (like I did here with the throw pillows). 10. Lastly I pulled the lining out of the inner portion of the handbag, and stitched across the bottom (Note: you may have to pull it over the lining to sew the sides of it on the wrong side). 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 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 Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Manilla, Good Housekeeping, and 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.
My first sewing obsession of the new year was to make a bomber jacket. Every time I saw a bomber jacket added to Net-a-Porter or read some fashion editorial about varsity jackets as the latest thing, I decided I had to make one for myself.
So, hmm, I knew I wanted to make a black bomber jacket, though I didn't intend to make a textured bomber jacket. But readers, even though I work at Mood Fabrics and fabric is my business, I GET OVERWHELMED TOO! I was wandering around our silk department, pattern in hand, and I was an indecisive mess. Drool was practically coming out of my mouth, I was in such a stupor over which fabric to choose. But then our wonderful, longtime sales associate America thrust a bolt of newly arrived Marc Jacobs wool-blend brocade at me and said "Here, this is your fabric." Actually, I think she just wanted me to quit taking up space on the sales floor, but I grabbed a couple yards of it and scurried back to my office downstairs.
And this cotton brocade turned out to be a delight to work with. Don't you just love it when fabric behaves? When a seam presses open perfectly and your stitches disappear into the fabric? We still have some of this brocade available at the Mood NYC store: call 212-730-5003, ask for America (or the silk department) and tell her you want Meg's bomber jacket fabric; $50 a yard and worth every penny.
Above, a better glimpse of this textured fabric and some of the jacket details. You can see I opted to use elastic encased in silk satin rather than the called-for ribbing at the waist and cuffs. I tested a couple of knit ribbing options first, including a neoprene, but wasn't happy with them. I do like the contrast of the smooth satin with the textured cotton.
The zippers are pick-stitched rather than machine-stitched; I think that's a little more elegant. I wish I had gone with a more expensive zipper rather than these ordinary YKK zippers, and that I had played a little more with zipper treatments before going the exposed zipper route, but oh well, live and learn.
Bottom line: Really, really pleased with this jacket, though it ended up being a little more structured in appearance than a typical bomber jacket. I wear it unzipped over a t-shirt or turtleneck, and with jeans or black or tan pants. Sewing construction actually was easy and it all came together fairly quickly. In fact, I'm now working on another interpretation of the bomber jacket, this time in ivory neoprene with lace overlays....
Thinking about making a bomber jacket? Really, the fabric options for this type of jacket are endless. I'd consider lighter-weight fabrics with some body, soft hand and relaxed drape, maybe a medium-weight satin. Take a look at bomber jackets in stores and online and see what fabrics work best, then go for it!