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DIY Wrist Clutch with Lace Trim

Foldover Evening Bag 400

DIY Wrist Clutch Design by Lorine Mason

Simple foldover Wrist Clutch perfect for a pair of sunglasses, some lipstick and whatever else you might need on your next outing. Choose your favorite Decorative Trimmings and  dress up the the basic canvas fabric base. Slip the strap over your wrist and you are on your way.

Supplies for the DIY Wrist Clutch with Lace Trim:

  • Decorative Trimmings – Assorted
  • Canvas – 1/4 yard
  • Cotton print lining fabric – 1/4 yard
  • Medium weight fusible interfacing
  • Large snap fastener
  • 1 1/4 inch metal ring
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Basic Sewing, Measuring, Cutting and Pressing Tools & Supplies

How To make a DIY  Wrist Clutch with Lace Trim:

Using the pattern, cut out one clutch from the canvas fabric, a second from the lining fabric and a third from the fusible interfacing. To request a full size pattern, leave a comment at the bottom of this post asking for the pattern for the DIY Wrist Clutch with Lace Trim.

Iron interfacing to the back of the purse. Press fold lines across the width of the purse using the measurements provided. Stitch two rows of lace trim across the front of the purse, spacing them 1/2 inch apart. See Diagram A

Wrist Clutch

Stitch braided trim on top of the lace trim. Stitch a second piece of braided trim along the bottom edge, placing it 1 1/4 inch up from the bottom edge. With right sides together, fold the strap tab in half and stitch using a 1/4 inch seam. Turn right side out, press , then top stitch down either side. Fold in half and insert metal ring. See Diagram B

Cut a 2 inch by 12 inch strip. With right sides together, fold in half and stitch using a 1/4 inch seam. Turn right side out, press, then top stitch down either side. Fold in half, and insert metal ring. Stitch across the raw ends. Turn the strap inside out, sliding the seam next to the ring and top stitch across the end.  See Diagram C

Pin the strap to the bag front, attaching it 1/4 inch below the upper fold line. See Diagram D

Wrist Clutch

With right sides together, cover the purse front with the purse lining. Stitch around the outside edges, using a 1/2 inch seam and leaving a 4 inch opening along one side. Clip corners, turn right side out and press.  See Diagram D

Create the purse pocket by folding the bottom edge of the purse along the lower fold line. Top stitch around the outside edge of the purse; stitching 3/8 of an inch from the outside edges. Create the purse flap by folding the top edge of the purse along the upper fold line.   Follow the manufacturer’s directions to apply a snap closure to the purse front.  See Diagram E

Upcycled Tea Towels with Decorative Trimmings

Upcycled Tea Towels

Upcycled Tea Towels with Decorative Trimmings – Design by Lorine Mason

Make Upcycled Tea Towels by taking plain tea or dish towels to the next level is so easy with the use of  Decorative Trimmings wide selection of trims; lace, braids, pompom trims and rick racks. Make some for yourself or perhaps as a gift for friends and family.  Bake a loaf of bread and welcome a new neighbor with these Upcycled Tea Towels.  You can make a different set of the towels for each season or month of the year.  They are also great shower gifts.  Handmade items are always nice to receive.

Supplies for Upcycled Tea Towels:

  • Tea Towels
  • Decorative Trims such as pompom trim, rick rack, & lace
  • Fabric marking pen and ruler
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Straight pins
  • Basic sewing, cutting and pressing tools
  • Fabric glue – optional

How to Upcycled Tea Towels:

Using a stitch ripper, remove the hem stitching along the sides of the towel. Note: It is only necessary to remove stitching in areas where you intend to add rows of trim.  Press the side hems flat.

Measure across the width of the towel, and cut lengths of trim using this measurement.

Using a ruler and a marking pen; draw lines across the width of the towel, perpendicular to the hemline to indicate where trim will be attached.

Lay trim along the drawn lines and stitch using a coordinating color of thread.

Stitch trim along the bottom edge of the towel.

Refold, press and sew the side seams back into place.

Note: Fabric glue may be used instead of sewing. Follow the manufacturer’s directions to apply the glue. The use of glue is suggested for towels used for decorative purposes only.  If you intend to glue the trim make sure the glue is designed to be washed.

Bolero Jacket T Shirt Makeover

 

Adult TShirt Redesign Final

Bolero Jacket T Shirt Makeover Design by Lorine Mason

A free T Shirt Makeover idea for you.   Taking something as simple as a basic black t shirt and turning it into an elegant bolero jacket is quite simple. Choosing the right trim might prove difficult as the options are quite varied. Which is your favorite?

Supplies for T Shirt Makeover:

  • T shirt
  • Decorative Trim – Venice Lace Embroidery
  • Double wide bias tape in coordinating color
  • Fusible hem tape – ½” wide
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Basic sewing, measuring, cutting and pressing tools & supplies

How To  DIY T Shirt Makeover:

Referring to the diagram ; trim the length of the T shirt, cut the front opening and remove the neckline binding. Cut a 1” strip from the excess length of the T shirt material.

T shirt Makeover

With right sides together, open one edge of the bias binding and stitch along the neckline edge, being careful not to stretch the neckline. Sew along the fold of the bias binding. Turn the binding to the inside of the T shirt and top stitch along the opposite edge of the binding.

Press hem tape to the inside edges of the T shirt along the front and bottom edges. Turn the hem tape over to the inside of the T shirt and press. Remove the paper backing from the hem tape and press well to secure a hem along the front and bottom edges of the T shirt.

Stitch trim to the right side of the T shirt along the front and neckline edges of the T shirt in one continuous length, turning the corner at the front edges of the neckline. Use project photo as a guide.

Stitch trim to the bottom hemline of the T shirt, turning under the ends of the trim along the front edges and stitching to secure.

Measure the circumference of the sleeve hemline and cut two pieces of trim this length plus 1”. With right sides together stitch each of the trim pieces together using a ½” seam. Slide the trim over the bottom hem of the T shirt sleeve and top stitch in place.

Using the 1” strip cut earlier, pull the two ends of the strip taught so that the edges roll towards the center. Cut two lengths and tie bows of a desired size. Hand stitch bows to the sleeves.

PomPom Beach Tote

Canvas Bag Makeover Final

PomPom Beach Tote – Design by Lorine Mason

Pump up the beach fun by adding rows of pom pom trim and rick rack to a simple canvas bag. Low sew or No sew – the choice is yours to make. Bright bold colors give this PomPom Beach Tote an added pop.  You can stand out from the crowd with this DIY PomPom Beach Tote.  Pick a bag that will hold all your gear or adjust the  supplies needed based on the size of the bag.

Supplies for PomPom Beach Tote:

  • Canvas bag
  • Decorative Trim such as pompom trim and rick rack
  • Fusible lettering
  • Sewing Machine
  • Coordinating thread and pins
  • Fabric marking pen
  • Basic sewing, cutting, measuring and pressing supplies and tools
  • Optional – Fabric Glue

How To make PomPom Beach Tote:

Measure the bag opening and cut a piece of rick rack trim this measurement plus 1 inch. Pin the trim to the inside edge of the bag, turning under one end and overlapping them behind one of the straps. Top stitch in place.

Using a ruler and fabric marking pen and measuring down from the top hemline; mark two lines, one at 1 inch and a second at 3 inches.

Top stitch pompom trim along the marked lines, overlapping the ends for a finished look.  You can use a straight stitch or a zig zag stitch. try to use coordinating thread so your stitches will not be noticeable.

Follow the manufacturer’s directions to fuse letting to the front of the tote bag.  Take caution when working with a hot iron and make sure you are working on a safe surface.

Optionally you may skip the sewing and attach the trims and lettering using fabric glue. Follow the manufacturer’s directions carefully.  Choose a fabric glue that is washable , as you do not want your cool creation coming apart after laundering. 

Children’s Polar Puff DIY Hair Accessories

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DIY Hair Accessories – Polar Puff   Design by Lorine Mason

Children’s Polar Puff DIY Hair Accessories can be expensive and you can make your own with ease.  Make  DIY Hair Accessories that coordinate with the clothing they own.  Many little girls love to dress up.  An easy way to make a plain outfit special is with Hair Accessories.

Supplies for DIY Hair Accessories:

  • Plastic Hair Bands, Hair Elastics, Barrettes
  • Decorative Trimmings – Polar Puff Trim
  • Double Sided Tape – ¼ inch wide
  • Felt
  • Needle & Thread
  • Glue Gun
  • Basic cutting, sewing and measuring tools
  • How to:

Hairbands – DIY Hair Accessories

Starting approximately 1 inch up from the inside edge of the hairband, press double stick tape to the surface of the hairband. Wrap the tape around to the front of the hairband, across the top and down and around the opposite end.

Remove the backing tape from the double stick tape as you work. Press Polar Puff trim into the tape along the inside edge and then turn the trim 45° and wrap around the hairband end continuing wrapping it around the hairband until you have covered approximately two thirds of the hairband. Trim.

Repeat covering the remaining section of the hairband by starting from the opposite end. Trim.

Cut a length of Polar Puff trim and tie a bow over and around the hairband covering the meeting point of two sections of Polar Puff trim. Alternating add a Polar Puff Circle Flower

Hair Elastics & Barrettes – DIY Hair Accessories

Create Polar Puff Flowers following the diagrams provided.  Cut felt circles to cover the back of the flowers.

Glue Polar Puff Flowers to Hair Elastics, and onto hair bands by inserting the elastic/hairband between the felt and the flower. Add glue, press together and let dry.

Glue felt circles to the back of the Polar Puff Flowers then glue to the front of barrettes.

Polar Puff Flowers
Polar Puff Flower Diagram

 

Fashion Makeover

Dress Makeover ideas

Fashion Makeover Design by Lorine Mason

Do you have a favorite dress that needs something a little more. Have you ever thought of adding trim to take that dress to the next level? You can give the article of clothing a  Fashion Makeover

Supplies for Fashion Makeover:

  • Purchased dress
  • Decorative Trims – cotton trimmings 
  • Fabric marking pen
  • Thread
  • Non-fray liquid glue
  • Sewing Machine
  • Basic sewing, cutting, measuring and pressing supplies

How to give clothes a  Fashion Makeover:

Choose a design; in the case of the featured project overlapping circles were used. Using a large serving plate and starting at the center front of the dress, the pattern was marked directly onto the skirt. Note: Only one set of circles were drawn. The second row of trim was added by stitching ½ of an inch out from the first row of the trim.

Before starting to sew on the trim, determine a starting and ending point. Consider whether trim will be overlapped and therefore which area of the trim should be added first. In the case of the featured project, the hemline of the dress is where all trims started and ended as when the hemline trim was added it would cover any raw ends. Note: Avoid having to turn under raw edges whenever possible as you do not want added bulk.

Lay trim over the drawn lines and start stitching. Depending on the width of the trim, you may need to stitch along both edges of the trim to achieve a finished look.

Stitch trim along the hemline of the dress. Hand stitch the two ends together, overlapping and intertwining the elements of the trim for a finished look. A drop of non-fray liquid glue may be helpful.

Stitch trim to the neckline and armholes of the dress. This can be done by placing the trim under the edge of the finished opening and top stitching or by hand stitching the trim to the inner edge of the opening. Be sure to finish all raw edges by overlapping them slightly. Avoid bulk whenever possible.

The belt of the featured project was actually an elastic casing belt with a metal hook and loop buckle. I cut the buckle away from the belt, removed the elastic and cut the belt fabric in half lengthwise, trimming one end at a 60◦ angle. With right sides together and lace inserted along either side, I stitched the belt fabric along both edges. I then turned the belt right side out and added a thrift store buckle.

Baby Boutique Cards

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Baby Boutique Cards – Design by Lorine Mason

Creating one of kind cards is pretty simple. Using a die cut of a baby onesie simply add leftover bits of trim. You can create the Baby Boutique cards to coordinate with the theme and color.

Supplies for Baby Boutique Cards:

  • Die Cut Onesie Card Blank – (two die cuts per card)
  • Decorative TrimmingsRick Rack & Lace
  • Double Stick Tape – 1/8 & 1/4 inch wide
  • Glue
  • Button
  • Scissors
  • Needle & Thread
  • Velcro® Sticky Back Dot

How To make Baby Boutique Cards:

Apply double stick tape to the card front, wrapping it around to the inside edge of the card using the project as a guide to placement. Remove the backing from the tape and apply trim.

If your chosen trim is too narrow to use double stick tape, use small dots of glue applied directly to the back of the trims. Glue only a few inches at a time. Be sure to wrap the trim around to the inside edge of the card for finished look.

To create the ruffled skirt. Turn under the side edge and sew a running stitch along the top edge of a 10 inch section of lace. Repeat turning under the opposite raw edge of the lace. Pull the thread to gather the lace until it fits the width of the card. Stitch into the lace to secure threads. Trim threads. Add skirt to card front using glue or double stick tape.

Cut the second die cut in half along the shoulder seams. Set aside the back half of the onesie cutout and apply double stick tape to the back of the front section. Remove the paper backing from the tape and apply it to the inside front of the card, covering all of the raw edges of the trims applied earlier.

Glue button to card front, if desired.

Cut the Velcro® dot in half and apply the hook side the tab on the back of the card and the loop side to the front. Note: You will be using only one half of the Velcro® dot for each card. 

 

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