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Gusseted Girly Messenger Bag – Great Valentine Gift

 

 

Yo-yos on Girly Messenger bag by Niki Meiners

Yo-yos on Girly Messenger bag by Niki Meiners

 

This feminine messenger style tote is perfect for a Valentine’s Day gift.  It is soft and girly and it can be carried long after.  Plus the flowers on this bag will last a lot longer than a dozen roses.

 

Gusseted Messenger Style Tote

Gusseted Messenger Style Tote

 

Tools:  

Scissors, Cutting matt, needle, thread, pins, Clover Yo Yo Maker in extra small, small, medium, large, extra large circle, small and medium heart and the small and medium flower.

Materials:

Confection Button Collection and FabriTacCream canvas, cream burlap small dark pink rick rack, large light pink rick rack, various scraps of coordinating fabric. Two strips of 6×24”, burlap, Velcro ®

Directions:

1.  Cut burlap to 36″ by 22″ to make a bag about the same size as a grocery bag. So if you buy 44″ wide fabric, you can make two bags with a yard.  Cut in half.   to measure &&& Cut canvas to $x#.  Sew the burlap to the canvas.  Fold the top edge down 1/2 inch. Then stitch ¼” from edge.   Place wrong sides together and sew on the three remaining sides.

2.  To make a gusset, flatten the bag with the bottom seam on top.  (It looks like an odd triangular shape, but makes more sense when you actually do it). Then sew across the triangle so that your seam is about 3-4″ long (mark it by sliding a ruler down until it reads 3″). When you turn the bag right-side-out, it will stand up like a paper grocery bag just not as deep.

Gusset on Messenger Style Tote

Gusset on Messenger Style Tote

3.  Cut striped fabric for handles to 6×24.  Fold in one inch on each side finger press.  Then stitch ¼” from edge.  Fold ends of each tip to form a diagonal and sew along edges.  Sew the other end inside the bag.  Straps can be made of self-fabric, very sturdy ribbon, matching fabric remnants, nylon webbing, or whatever else seems you have handy.  I tied the fabric strips into a knot for a decorative effect.

 

Knot at the top of the straps

Knot at the top of the straps

 

4. To embellish the tote use Fabri-tac to adhere various lengths of rick rack.  The rick rack  mimics flower stems.  Mine vary from 4-10″.

5.  Follow manufacturers directions to make the yo-yos.   I used a variety of the sizes listed above.  Hand sew buttons in the center of each yo-yo.  You can either adhere the yo-yos with a quick stitch or you can use the Fabri-Tac.

 

Yo-yos flowers with button center

Yo-yos flowers with button center

 

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Cute button and bead embellished headband

I love doodling on all types of objects, so when I was sent some of the Start Ups buttons, I was excited to see what I could come up with. I decided to use my Marvy Uchida alcohol based markers to color the flower Start Ups and make a headband for my daughter. The Start Ups are great for adding your own personal touch to a fun button project!

Button and bead embellished headbad by Jen Goode

Button and bead embellished headband by Jen Goode

Materials you’ll need:

Button and bead embellished headbad steps to make

Button and bead embellished headbad steps to make

Here’s how to make a button and bead embellished headband:

  1. Color the Start Ups however you like. I chose the alcohol based markers because they blend nicely and the colors are vibrant. They have an almost hand-painted look when finished. If you’d like, add a light layer of clear spray varnish after you color. However, it’s not necessary, the color stays put on the Start Ups nicely.
  2. String embroidery thread through the Start Up and through a bead and then back through the Start Up. Then attach by wrapping the thread around the headband.
  3. Repeat as necessary for the number of beads and Start Ups you’d like to include in your design.
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Glitter Buttons add Sparkle to a plain T-shirt

Add colored glitter glue to clear buttons for an embellishment that sparkles!

Making your own Glitter Buttons is an easy DIY project that you can complete with the kids in a weekend.

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Messenger Bag with Embroidered Table Runner

Thrifting Thursday - Messenger Bag with Embroidered Table Runner

I found this adorable table runner while cleaning up my Mother In Law’s house a couple of weekends ago. For some reason she had only worked half of it and then put it away to never be worked on again.

I felt bad cutting it up but it didn’t quite fit on the front of this messenger bag. So I cut it to fit and then cut the lace from the edge and sewed it back on. Same thing…only smaller.

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I sewed a small heart shaped doily to the lower corner and embellished it with buttons from a Button Bonanza bag in Bubblegum. Finally, I stitched again around the outside edge of the heart with pink embroidery floss and put embroidery floss through a couple of the buttons.

I haven’t decided if it’s finished or not. I’ll have to sit with it for a day or two and decided if I need to add anything more.

What do you think? Is it finished? If not what would you add?

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Buttoned Up Cowgirl Fashion

Button embellished cowgirl shirt

Button embellished cowgirl shirt

Whether it’s time for some ropin’ and ridin’, or just a fancy night out on the town… There’s not much fashion that doesn’t look better with BUTTONS!

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Cute recycled T-shirt button skirt

DIY recycled t-shirt button skirt by Jen Goode

DIY recycled t-shirt button skirt by Jen Goode

Between all my kids, the house is always filled with someone’s clothes that don’t fit anymore. With hand-me-downs, the boys have had a great selection of new clothes in every size, but my daughter isn’t about to get excited over monster truck t-shirts unless that have bling in sparkly pink and purple. However, with a little creativity, we can turn any rough, tough boy-wear to fabulous girly in no time!

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Cute as a Button Party Dress

Cute button dress

Cute button dress

Isn’t this little party dress adorable? I love the way the colors of the buttons echo the polka dots in the bottom.

Oh! And those cheeks! How could a mommy not spend all day kissing those cheeks!

Please visit Craftiness Is Not Optional to read more about this project.

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