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DIY jewelry organizer

Happy National Sewing Month!

To help celebrate, I contributed this simple jewelry organizer tutorial to AllFreeSewing and FaveCrafts.

Check out the full DIY project HERE.

And because it’s a month worthy of celebration, FaveCrafts is giving away fabulous prizes to readers in the US and Canada. Head on over to the tutorial and their blog for more details.

thrifted dress to tabbed skirt

Remember when I turned a dress into a skirt? Also when I made this skirt? And this skirt, too? I have tutorials for all three projects. Two days ago, I combined all three ideas and came up with this:

[Inconsistent colors are brought to you by our crazy tropical monsoon weather.] 

This skirt used to be a drop waist dress with puffed sleeves. I got the dress for about $4 at a thrift store. I find myself picking up dotted items from racks at any thrift store; that is how I found this dress. When I saw that the hem had bird prints, I had to buy it. Another reason why it came home with me was I found the vintage-inspired cut adorable. There was something Jessica Day about it.

But when I fit it at home, it looked all sorts of wrong. The top was boxy and the elastic waistline was too low on me. I thought removing the elastic would solve the problem but nope, it still looked odd.

So I decided to make a skirt using the bottom section. I cut a part of the dress 16″ from the bottom:

Cut strips for the waistline using the upper section:

Shirred the waistline using long stitches:

Added zipper to one side seam:

And then attached the bottom to the interfaced waistline:

Because I love the birds so much, I fashioned a waistline tab using some of the scraps:

More photos of the incredibly beautiful print. Aherm, excuse the white chalk. I totally drew on the right side harhar.

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tutorial: DIY craft fair purse

Or travel purse. But really, this is a purse perfect for any event where you might need to stash said purse under your shirt/dress while it is hanging from  your neck. Get the picture?

Okay, cool.

I’ve been meaning to make a craft fair purse ever since we started joining bazaars. Any plain purse simply doesn’t meet my standards. Which are:

  1. Must be rectangular, flat, and just a tad smaller than a paperback.
  2. Must be a sling type.
  3. Must have several compartments.
  4. Must fit a mobile phone, a notepad, a pen, a fistful of coins, and peso bills
  5. Must be easy to store inside a bag
Here is what I came up with:

And here’s how I made this DIY craft fair purse:

Got myself…

2 8-inch zippers

grosgrain ribbon (1/2″ width) or make your own strap using any fabric you like

barrel strap adjuster or blocker (optional)

outer purse pieces (2 of A – 4.5″ x 6.5″ | 1 of B – 4.5″ x 3″ | 1 of C – 4.5″ x 2.5″)

lining and trim purse pieces (2 of D – 4.5″ x 6.5″ | 1 of E – 4.5″ x 2″ | 1 of F – 4.5″ x 1.5″)

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