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DIY Geometric Pouch

A few weeks ago Sharpie sent me a package of their new Stained fabric markers to try out. I decided to put them to use making a zipper pouch, a project I’ve been meaning to try forever because I always need more. Can you ever have too many little pouches for organizing?

I started out by deciding to use an 8.5 x 11 piece of printer paper as my ‘pattern’ because… it was handy. My original design idea was to use platinum leather to reinforce the bottom- isn’t it pretty? It’s from the business card case project I did with the Texas Style Council Conference bloggers last spring. Unfortunately I ended up leaving the leather out of this project because it’s too tough for my machine to sew through.

I used basic muslin fabric for the pouch – it’s what I had on hand. ┬áSince it was rather thin I reinforced it with some fusible interfacing before getting started. My triangle pattern was inspired by something I saw here and colors came from – not kidding – the two bright pink and red yoga mats that a girl was using together at my studio last weekend. (Inspiration is everywhere!) Using pencil and a ruler I lightly traced out a grid and started filling it in with pink, orange and red.

I like doing repetitive things like drawing in all these triangles. Did you ever watch The Osbournes on MTV? It reminded me of how Ozzy would always be coloring in those pictures.

One Teen Mom and part of a Deadliest Catch later I was finished. The markers worked great and I really liked the brush tip. I had to be careful because the red would sometimes bleed into the adjacent triangles if I wasn’t careful. Also my left hand and arm were smudged with ink because I’m left-handed but i’m used to that.

I followed the excellent instructions in this tutorial when sewing.

And there’s the finished product! I’m really happy with it, though I still wish it had a leather bottom or corners. Perhaps on the next one- I’m thinking of making her a twin brother using the green/blue/purple Stained markers.

How To: Make A Celine Inspired Cuff Bracelet

As soon as I saw this Harper’s Bazaar blog entry featuring the gorgeous, green Celine cuff bracelet I instantly knew it was a DIY.

I’m sure Celine has a good reason for charing $960. But if, like me, you are approximately $957 short of being able to purchase the original, here’s how to make your own in about an hour.

Materials:
- Green polymer clay
- Minwax Polycrylic Gloss Finish

Tools:
- Beer bottle (the narrower, the better)
- Tile (to bake on)
- Oven or toaster oven
- Paintbrush
- Acrylic roller or rolling pin (or substitute- try a bottle, marker, whatever you have)

Instructions:

1. I used 1.5oz, or 3/4 of a standard sized block. Start by conditioning your clay. (If this is the first time you’re using polymer clay, read up on the basics here first.)

2. Use your rolling pin to create a flat strip that’s about 4-5 inches long (depending on your wrist size) and 2 inches wide.

3. Trim off any jagged edges along the length of the cuff. Then trim each side to give a slight curve to the ends.

4. Use your fingers and rub along all of the cut edges to round them out. The finished look is an organic shape so work the clay to eliminate any hard edges. Be patient! Also rub out any fingerprints or other dings.

5. Pick up the cuff and drape it over your wrist to ensure it’s the correct size.

6. Wrap the clay around the beer bottle for baking. To get an ‘organic’ shape, don’t lay the clay completely flat to the glass. Allow for some waves and ripples in the clay.

7. Turn the bottle sideways and lay it on your ceramic tile for baking. I used a small piece of scrap clay on either side of the bottle to keep it from rolling around.

8. Bake according the the instructions on your clay. Mine took 30 minutes at 275F.

9. After baking, remove the bracelet from the bottle. Use a paintbrush (mine was foam) to coat with Minwax Polycrylice to get a glossy finish.

10. Wear and enjoy!


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DIY: Bright Chain Bracelet

Yesterday my latest Marie Claire arrived and I was looking over this spread. The brilliantly-colored accessories are so energizing. Perfectly timed, since even here in Houston we’re experiencing a cold snap. (I have some company in the studio from the plants that normally live on roofdeck.)

Here’s how to make your own bright woven chain bracelet!

Materials:

- Chain – Use what you have, or what you can find. I used 6mm x 11mm twisted cable chain similar to this. About 12in – 18in.
- Cording – Check your local fabric store, or consider shoelaces! I used about 30″ of 1/8″.
- Endcaps – Optional, but I like the finished look. Requires 2 per bracelet. Mine are similar to this.

If you don’t want to run around collecting all the materials yourself, you can buy a kit with everything you need from me in my Etsy shop.

1. Cut your cord to about 30 in. Be sure to tape each end to prevent unraveling. Cut 2 (or 3) lengths of chain about 6″. Since the bracelet simply ties on, it’s easily adjusted to different wrist sizes.

2. Line up your pieces of chain and begin by threading it through the links of the chain as pictured.

3. Continue threading until you’ve reached the end of the bracelet. Then, cut the extra cord to about 4 – 5 in in each end. Finish by gluing on the endcaps. You can use jewelry epoxy, or even Super Glue.

4. Tie on and wear. But first, make some more- they look great together. On the pink and orange bracelet I used three layers of chain.

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