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DIY // Canvas Leather Tote


After making many leather geometric necklaces, I still had lots of leather left! I don't like to waste anything, so I wanted to use it in another project. Also, I've been looking for a big canvas tote that I can haul with me to markets and estate sales. I didn't have one that was very sturdy, so I thought that leather straps would be the perfect addition to this bag. I hope you like it too! 

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- 1/2 yard of blue canvas

- 1/2 yard of gray canvas

- scraps of leather at least 28" long and 1.5" wide - old belts would also work really well! 

- 4 top gold snaps

- thread, sewing machine, scissors, chalk, iron, 

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1. Cut a 17" x 17" square from the blue canvas. Cut two 11" x 17" rectangles from the gray canvas. If you have a rotary cutter, ruler, and self healing mat, use these to easily cut out the blocks. If you do not have these on hand, mark the lines with chalk and then cut with scissors.   

2. Using a 1/2" seam allowance, sew together the blocks as shown. Press the seams open. Now top stitch the seam. To do this sew on the right side of the fabric, 1/4" from the seam on both sides. This finishes the seam and makes the seam lie flat.  

3. Hem the top of the bag. Iron 1/4" seam down, then fold & iron the seam 3/8" and press. Sew. 

4. Fold the "bag" in half, make sure to line up the colored sections. Pin. Sew the side seams with a 1/2" seam. 

5. To make gussets, keeping the bag inside out, pinch on corner of the bag mark 2" from tip to form a triangle, mark with chalk. Sew where line is marked. Repeat for other side. Turn inside out and you now have a bag! I don't trim the gussets as they helps the bag stand up. 

6. Make handles! Cut two 28" by 1.5" of leather from scraps or use a belt. On the top of the tote, mark where you'd like the handles. I marked mine 2" down from the top, and at 5" and 11" mark. To poke holes, the easiest way is to snip a small hole with the tip of the scissors. 

7. I only attached the front snaps to each of the handles. Punch a hole in the leather, attach the snaps to secure leather to canvas, hammer secure. Repeat three more times to each end of the handle.  

Viola & Enjoy!


DIY / / Infinity Rope Scarf

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It's that time of year again! Every time the leaves start to fall, I start to yearn for a ball of yarn and a knitting project. I tend to have a case of seasonal knitting syndrome! Does this happen to you, too?

If you are new to knitting or have wanted to learn how, but never tried, this is the perfect project! Even if you are an experienced knitter, this project is quick, easy, and it's always fun to play with something new! Also, my favorite projects are one-skein knitting projects, like this one. I tend to go into yarn shops and can't leave without at least one skein of beautiful yarn! I'm sure I'm not the only one with this problem! ;) 


Any type of yarn will work! Currently, my favorite yarn is Berroco Flicker, it comes in beautiful shades and has a trace of metallic flicker in it. 

Have you ever used the Clover Wonder Knitter? It's cheaper than a pair of knitting needles and can make many more knitting projects too! 

To get started, thread the yarn up the barrel of the wonder knitter. Wrap the yarn clockwise around a spoke, work counter-clockwise until all of the spokes are wrapped. Thread the yarn in the holder and you're set to being knitting! 

With the hook, pull yarn (that is attached to the holder) over the first loop of the spoke and release the hook. You've made your first stitch! Turn the yellow wheel to your left and repeat stitch. Keep knitting until your desired length.

I like the knit the whole skein, this always seems to be the perfect length no matter what skein of yarn you use. To end, knot the beginning and the end of the knitted chain together by taking the tail end of each yarn and tying them together. Knot with three overhand knots. This knot can easily hide under the leather cuff or at the back of the neck. 

Isn't it easy and oh so pretty?! Now you could stop there, but I love the look of adding this simple leather cuff, it also helps keep the loops secured together. 


5" x 1.5" scrap of leather

gold snaps (available at sewing and craft shops)

leather hole punch

snap setter

cutting mat

Punch a 1/8" hole in the leather. Hammer the punch through the leather to make the hole. Make sure your table is protected by a self-healing mat. There are four parts to a snap (directions are included in the package), but set the leather in-between the male and female snaps, hammer the setter to expand the male snap to secure it. Repeat with the other side. Make sure that both snaps are on the right (top) side of the leather. Wrap around your infinity rope scarf and snap! 


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Half Log Cabin // Tutorial

First off, thanks for the feedback from the yesterday's boy baby quilt! I received a few texts, tweets, and comments, so much so that I thought I would share a little mini tutorial today. Also, I finished another one that I plan on posting to etsy, even though I'm so in love with it. But I do enjoy seeing a quilt go to a new happy home. 

If you Google "Half Log Cabin" many different tutorials pop up of all sorts of options that you can create with this simple block. When I was beginning to plan this quilt, I couldn't find the exact proportions that I wanted to make, so I improvised and wrote out my own. Here are my own measurements: 

Cut two of each of these measurements. Then starting with the square, sew (with a quarter-inch seam) to the top and bottom the 3" x 3.5" strips, then to the sides 3" x 8.5" and so on. I found it was easiest to press the seams outward after sewing each strip.  The block should measure 20" x 20".

Make four of these blocks. For this quilt, I mixed high and low value prints in each block, and randomly placed the fabrics in different spots within each block. I found that this made for a more random, evenly placed look when the quilt is finished. 

After the the four blocks are made, I numbered the big blocks, then stacked the quarter blocks. I arranged these blocks a pattern. I found it easiest to look at the longest strip of the blocks to distinguish them from one another. Then, I attempted to have one of each of the four blocks in each horizontal row, and one in each of the vertical rows. That way no two blocks were right beside each other. Finally, I looked at the orientation of the longest strip and tried to make sure that each block faced all four ways. However, in marking this photo, I realized that the number 4 block faces left twice. But overall, you can't tell, and I think it makes for a balanced quilt! 

Finally, sew each block together. I like to sew the horizontal rows together to make long strips. Then sew each row together to make the quilt. You have yourself a quilt top! For directions on making a quilt sandwich and quilting it, there are many great books on the topic, Modern Log Cabin by Susan Beal or The Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman are two great books to start with and they are local to Portland! ;) 

Or if you're in the Portland area and want to learn, come to the class I'm teaching at Modern Domestic! I'm really excited to be one of the new teachers there. We're offering a beginning quilt class from start to finish! Click here to check out the Baby Block Quilt and to sign up

This Half Log Cabin quilt is very addicting, as soon as I finished this one, I knew that I wanted to make another one with my Echo fabric by Lotta Jansdotter

If you have any questions, let me know! I'm happy to help! ;) 

Happy Quilting! 


Pipe-Cleaner Easter Baskets

More Easter Baskets! Chris and I love to give each other baskets full of goodies on Easter morning. It reminds us of how Chris proposed. A few days before Easter Chris gave me a basket full of Easter eggs and took me to different locations that we had had a special moment. At each place, I opened one egg where there was a special memory inside. The final egg had the ring inside! It was such a sweet day and exchanging baskets is such great way to remember our engagement. 

This project is truly simple! Make spokes of your basket by tying four pipe cleaners together. Add a ninth spoke and trim to the length of the other spokes. If you want to customize your basket and make it smaller or larger, add/delete the number of spokes. Make sure that you have an odd number of spokes, otherwise the weaving will not work. 

Weave in another pipe cleaner, over and under the spokes. When the pipe cleaner ends, twist twice the end to the beginning of another pipe cleaner. Curve spokes upward to form the sides of the basket. Continue until you are satisfied with the shape and size. Tuck the spokes into the previous rows, trim excess. Finally, twist two pipe cleaners together to form handle, and hook onto the top of the basket. Enjoy!

Play with patterns and colors!

Happy Easter!


Featured on Design*Sponge!

Today I'm truly over the moon! I'm so excited to share this DIY color blocked rope basket that is currently featured on Design*Sponge. It's truly led me to reflect back. D*S was the first blog I ever read, and it inspired me to start my own blog. I'm truly inspired by the team of professional creative, and entrepreneurial spirit of Grace Bonney, Kate Pruitt, and the whole d*s team! To contribute has long been a dream of mine, so when Kate asked if I'd consider contributing at Alt, I jumped at the chance. It took a lot of work to decide on the final method and product, but I'm loving how it finally turned out. Special thanks to Courtney Smith for helping me and being an amazing photographer! Click here to see the whole tutorial.


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