Monday, April 21, 2008

Retro Fabric Ideas Book & Recipe Book

Check out this super cute ideas book. I made a retro fabric recipe book and thought it would be fun to make an ideas book since most of us have them!

This fabric is also a piece of retro feedsack fabric from the 1940's.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

3 Ways to Decorate a Kids Room with Vintage Beach Chairs

Summer is fast approaching. Summer design tips are kicking into high gear.

Vintage beach chairs make the most awesome kids furniture, kids storage, and retro reused furniture for the home.

I recently came across a stash of vintage beach chairs and was completely inspired to use them in a kid bedroom...finish reading...

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Streeterville Bag in Amy Butler's Midwestern Modern Fabric

Made this large hobo bag in the new Linen Optic and Mustard Martini fabric from Amy Butler. This bag is reversible! I love a large handbag and this one holds so much stuff!

You could easily use this handbag for a diaper bag or gym tote as well.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Eco Friendly Purse - Recycled Materials

I am always amazed at the cool items you can make from recycled fabric. This is another sweater purse made from a soft and sweet grey sweater that once again shrunk up in the wash.

Maybe I need to quit washing them in the machine and I could wear them more than once! This awesome recycled bag also has 100 % cotton canvas inside, which gives a great pop of color and it super sturdy.

I will be adding this grey sweater purse to Etsy soon. So, look for some more photos and hopefully you will be inspired to recycle some fabric & clothing as well.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Meet Pinky

Oooh, this one is too sweet. This is a charming little pink purse made from a recycled sweater. You know, one of those sweaters you love, buy, wear once, and it shrinks up about 6 inches.

Anyway, it will have a much longer life as this chamrign little purse!

I used some yellow fabric inside with a washed out old feel and a magnetic snap.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

New Purse Made from Amy Buter Fabric

OK, I do love this Amy Butler fabric and never seem to tire of seeing it made into a new purse pattern. I used the full moon coordinating fabric inside, like most peole do with the Wall Flower pattern.

I made up this purse pattern as I went along. The best description I can give for it is a puffy pleated purse. I simply added some pleates on the left and right sides of the front and back panels and it really makes this purse pattern have some awesome fullness.

I am going to make this same pattern out of some vintage fabric as well! It seems like it would work well in a variety of fabrics, including some of the new Amy Butler fabrics.
This simple purse pattern might also look great in a large size.

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