Bow Clutch Tutorial

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The other week I shared my first attempt at a sewing project for the Winter Pinterest Challenge.  I promised you all a tutorial showing the process I did to make this cute little purse.  You can also view the amazing tutorial I followed on Elm Street Life.  Life then got crazy again, but I am finally sitting down to get this tutorial finished.  On a side note, we closed escrow on our first home today! Now 3.5 months for packing and waiting until we move in.  So on to the tutorial….

DIY Bow Clutch Sewing Tutorial

First things first, you will need to gather your supplies.  You will need a few sewing basics like a sewing machine, rotary cutter, cutting mat, iron and ironing board.  In addition for this project you need:

  • Thicker fabric for the exterior (I used European Linen Fabric Fig)
  • Lining fabric (I used Kona Cotton Meringue)
  • 9″ Zipper is a complimentary color
  • Matching thread (I had such a hard time deciding at the store that I came home with 3 shades)
  • #808 Pellon craft fuse interfacing

DIY Bow Clutch Sewing Tutorial

Next step is to cut all the pieces of fabric.  I found this step to be a bit frustrating as there seems to be a learning curve with accurately cutting fabric with a rotary cutter.  It just seemed so slippery!  I ended up re-cutting a few pieces and wasting a bit of fabric.  The picture below is a guide for the pieces you will need to cut.

Interfacing: 10″x 6″ (2)

Liner fabric: 10″x 6″ (2)

Exterior fabric: Body 10″ x 6″ (2), Strap 14.5″ x 3.5″, Bow 11″ x 5″ (2), Knot 2″ x 5″

DIY Bow Clutch Sewing Tutorial

Now that we have all of our pieces it is time to get to sewing, starting with making the strap.   Continue reading »


Winter Pinterest Challenge: Bow Clutch

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I was so excited last week to hear the announcement for the Winter Pinterest Challenge! This challenge was the brain child of two fabulous bloggers (Sherry & Katie) and each time they invite two additional bloggers to help host. The point of the challenge is simple, stop pinning and start doing.  Pick a project you pinned and you have been putting off and get busy.

A big shout out to our fabulous hosts this time around:

For this time around I am FINALLY diving into a project on my new sewing machine.  I have been eyeballing this adorable bow clutch that I pinned (my pin) to my sewing board months ago, way before I even owned a sewing machine.  This project comes from the creative mind of Whitney at Elm Street Life.  She wrote a fantastic step-by-step tutorial showing how she made this lovely clutch.  So here is the final product:

DIY Bow Clutch Sewing Tutorial

I am so happy with how it turned out being this was the first project I have ever made on a sewing machine.  It is not perfect but I love it!  I bought all my fabric from fabric.com.

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The exterior green is European Linen Fabric Fig and the inside liner is Kona Cotton Meringue.  I got the zipper, thread and interfacing at Joann’s.  I bought more supplies to make this again in purple with pink liner too!  Continue reading »


My New Sewing Machine

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This post has been a long time coming.  Right after Christmas I finally pulled the trigger and bought this beautiful sewing machine. First thing I did was pull it out of the box onto our kitchen table and proceeded to Instagram it and text my sister.  And there it sat, untouched for weeks. Finally I have started my first project with it and can’t wait to share it next week!

Sewing Machine

I had done a lot of research over the past year deciding which one to go with. My mom swears by Janome, so I narrowed my search to my top 3 picks nearly a year ago. I ended up choosing the most expensive one (of course!) the Janome DC5100 Computerized Sewing Machine.  You can get it on Amazon for $599, a great price for such an impressive machine! I can’t wait to share many projects to come.  For a sneak peak into my crafting, or to see a million pictures of the cutest 15 pound Chihuahua…

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Top 7 Apron Sewing Patterns & Inspirations

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I finally did it.  I purchased my very own sewing machine! More on it later as I get it out of the box and learn how to turn it on. In the meantime I ordered a bunch of fabric and I have been busy planning away my projects. To kick it off, I really want to make an apron. I cook every day, but still do not have one. So, I high and low and came up with my top 7 inspirations for creating my very own apron. Some of these sites even have tutorials to make it easier for the novice seamstress like me!

1. Anthro Knock-Off Apron by Blue Robin Cottage – I LOVE this one! so cute with the ruffles on the bodice and edges plus the mustard color is perfect.  I know this one was designed for a child, but make it into an adult size and I would wear it :)

2.Flirty Apron Tutorial from Dating Divas – This looks like a great one for a beginner like me.  Kristen gives a great, full blown tutorial with pictures to show exactly how it is made.

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Felt Flower Tree Skirt Tutorial

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This year for Christmas I decided to tackle one momentous project I really have wanted to get done for years; to hand-make a tree skirt. A while ago I saw this beautiful flower tree skirt and nearly gagged when I saw the price tag of $350! Yikes!! With a little ingenuity and elbow grease I knew I could make a tree skirt I would truly love and that would be one of a kind.

DIY felt flower Christmas tree skirt tutorial

I am so happy with how it turned out! This was a very time-consuming and detailed project, so if you are planning to make it be sure to leave yourself plenty of time before Christmas. There are about 120 hand-sewn flowers alone on this tree skirt and each one has to be hand stitched onto the tree skirt once you make them. So, here is my tutorial on how to make a felt flower tree skirt.

Materials:

Step 1: Start making your flowers. Take your felt material and cut out four hourglass-like petals. They do not have to be exactly the same size and shape, but keep them fairly similar. Continue reading »


Wedding Week: Hay Couches/Mr. & Mrs. Pillows

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While searching for rustic ideas to incorporate into our wedding, I came across Elizabeth Anne Designs blog and fell in love with the look and feel of her post about a Knoxville Farm Wedding.  I especially loved the use of hay bales for seating areas, and decided I wanted to use hay for our wedding too.  At first I planned on hay for the ceremony seating, but after finding out it is really not the cheapest thing, I decided to make couches for seating areas around the gazebo dance floor instead.

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Wedding Week: Rustic Details

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Our Rustic Wedding

Image by Shepard Photography

Love is in the air! With spring right around the corner, it sure is starting to feel like wedding season!  This time last year I was entering the final scramble to get my long list of DIY projects done in time for our August wedding.  In honor of this time of year, welcome to Just Two Crafty Sisters Wedding Week (or two weeks since I just realized how many projects we actually did!!) Let’s start with an overview of our rustic / backyard / orchard wedding details.  Looking for a tutorial of each project?  As I post those tutorials over the next few weeks, I will link them here :)

Our wedding colors were fuchsia and chocolate brown.  Being that the wedding was held outside in my parents’ orchard, I wanted to keep everything simple and a little bit country.   Continue reading »


Hunt for the Best Sewing Machine

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I have finally decided that it is time to buy a sewing machine. The types and features out there are quite overwhelming, so here is my research and maybe it can help others choose the right machine for them.  For starters, I want to find machine under $600.  My mom swears by Janome, so I am keeping my main focus there.  My top 3 choices are Magnolia 7300, DC2012 and DC5100. They are priced from $399-$599 on Amazon (click on the sewing machine images below to be directed to Amazon if you are looking for reviews or to purchase one yourself!).  I am leaning towards the DC5100, but it is more than I was hoping to spend on my first sewing machine.  Decisions, decisions…..

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Holly’s Knitted Wool Scarf Pattern

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A couple of years ago, I decided to test my skills as knitting and make a scarf without following any patterns.  I kept it simple with just knit and purl stitches and this is the scarf I came up with:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By alternating knit and purl I was able to get a fun texture and pattern going, and I seem to get compliments on it whenever I wear it out.  I decided to recreate it and by doing so, take notes and record the pattern for others. Bear with me, this is the first time I have tried to record my own pattern for others to follow, so here we go!

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