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Magnetic Closure Tutorial

Magnetos! Magnetic Closure Tutorial

Magnetic Closure TutorialI call these guys Magnetos (comic lovers, chuckle with me now!). Magnetic closures are a great way to add a professional touch to your clutches, wallets, and bags.

Don’t be intimidated by their forged metal-ness, these babies are easy to install.

Let me show you!

 

 

 

In these photos I am installing them on my favorite placemat clutches. Magnetic Closure Tutorial

I open them up, insert interfacing, and while they are still open, I install the magnetos. So it’s important to note, you need to add these guys before you sew up the seams on whatever you’re working on. Also, it’s good to have something stiff for them to hold onto if your project allows for it — the interfacing should be on the thicker side. Otherwise the magnetos will droop and weigh the fabric down. If you’re making a slouchy type of bag, that is totally fine.

First, figure out where you want them. Magnetic Closure Tutorial

For example, If there is folding to be done, do the fold and mark where you want the closure on both sides. If you’re putting them on a bag, mark on both sides where you want it.

  • The easiest way is to put the magnets together and place it on one side where you want it and mark with pencil or marker, then pretend you’re closing your project so that it touches the fabric where it will close when you’re done, and press hard with your hands to make an indent with the tabs.
  • If I made a mark, I take the tabs of the magneto and press it into the fabric to create an indent on either side of my mark. Either way, you’re using those tab indents as a guide.

I then use an exacto knife to poke holes where the indents are and lengthen them just a bit so they are small slits. You could use your seam ripper point for this, but I find the exacto knife gives me a much cleaner cut. Magnetic Closure Tutorial

I use the knife to continue poking through the interfacing (in this case, I used stiffened felt!).

Now just take the tabs and stick them through your slits in the fabric…. Magnetic Closure Tutorial

…and through the slits in the interfacing .Magnetic Closure Tutorial

Add one of the flat pieces to the back, and press the pointy tabs outwards with your thumbs to hold the back piece in place.Magnetic Closure Tutorial

Use those thumb muscles! You may need to press them into your table if they are really strong. Magnetic Closure TutorialDo the same exact thing with the other side of the magneto on your other mark, and then finish sewing up your project. Magnetic Closure Tutorial

Magnetic Closure Tutorial

Inside of finished clutch

Voila!

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Like I said, they seem intimidating, but once you try them you’ll find they are super easy and just require a little advanced planning. Sometimes we just want to hurry up and sew, but these are a really nice touch!

01e9d150ce1c9b3b7d6d71a9436976d4c5781d31c4Need Magnetos? I get mine here!

Want to make a placemat clutch? Get the tutorial here!

Go forth and put magnets on everything! :o)

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DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

If you’ve been following me for a while, you KNOW I can’t pass up pretty fabric… even if it’s not really meant to be sewing fabric. But, pretty colors and patterns and textures are abundant these days in so many basic items that us creatives find inspiration everywhere, right? Yep.

So here we go with another gorgeous Target find!

DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

These napkins have the most gorgeous print ever and I couldn’t pass them up. I recently got around to using ONE of them to make a super cute clutch that I gifted to my son’s awesome teacher, and I’m giddy to think that I still have THREE napkins left to play with — YAY!

Oh and by the way, whilst visiting my store the other day I noticed that they now have the matching placemats too…so you could also make a clutch like this one here!

Supplies:

  • 2 Cloth napkins – mine are about 19.5″ square
  • Interfacing – I used a stiff one, cut to 9×19″
  • Ribbon or bias tape – mine was cut to 29″ but it depends on how you want to use it. If you want the decorative detail like mine that runs up and down the whole clutch, cut it to 29″ — if you just want it to tie off the button, cut it to 13″
  • A great button – in my opinion, the bigger the better!
  • Pins, thread, scissors…
  1. Fold napkin in half, insert your ribbon or bias-tape in between the two layers and pin it closed. I put the open end of the bias-tape facing out, and left a long 10″ tail. I did this just for appearance, there is no value other than it’s a cute detail. You can leave this part out if you want and just sew the two edges of the napkin together without the ribbon/bias-tape, but you’ll need to shorter piece of ribbon for the closure.
    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Fold napkin in half, insert ribbon/bias-tape if using, and pin closed

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Fabric sandwich – napkin edge, bias-tape, napkin edge

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Leave a long tail – mine was 10″

  2. Sew down the length of the pinned edge, going back and forth a few times at each end to tie off the thread. Be sure you’re catching the ribbon/bias-tape in your stitch if you’re using it, and continue to sew all the way down it’s length or it will open up on you.

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    If using bias-tape sew all the way down the length of the tail

  3. Open your new tube of a napkin and lay it out so that the seam you just made is in the center — you can press the fabric to keep it steady.
    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Open the new napkin tube and shift it to lay flat with the seam in the center

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Seam in center of new napkin tube

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    I just love this detail!

  4. Insert your interfacing! It should fit nicely in between the two layers of fabric. Go press again, following the instructions of the interfacing (or not, whatever – you’re going to sew it in place and it’s just for structure).

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Insert interfacing

  5. Sew along the bottom edge, sewing the tube shut, catching the interfacing in your stitch.

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Sew along bottom edge, making sure to catch the interfacing

  6. Sew along the top as well — BUT if you’re using a short piece of ribbon or bias-tape, this is where you’ll insert it in the center of the edge and sew it in place. If you did it like mine, it will already be there and you’ll need to either sew over the top of it or sew up to the sides of it depending on your preference.

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Sew along the top edge – add ribbon if you haven’t already

  7. Now fold your clutch. Place it face down (ribbon/bias-tape detail down) and fold up from the bottom to where you like it, pin in place, and then fold the top down. You can play with it a bit to get the right spot. Once you have it, PRESS!

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Lay detail face down,Fold and pin the bottom half up

  8. Take the clutch back to the machine, lift up the top flap and sew up the bottom side edges just to where the pocket fabric ends. Be sure to go back and forth a few times to ecure and close the stitch.

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Sew up the bottom side edges

  9. Now hand-sew your button on the bottom portion of the clutch. Tie a knot in your bias-tape or ribbon, or seal it with some fray check.

    DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

    Sew on button, knot the tail

  10. Ta Daaaaaaa! DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch
  11. ***I later went back and added some decorative stitching in another color thread just for fun, but didn’t get a good picture of it (of course) — you can kind of see it here, I did it on the top and bottom edges. DIY Cloth Napkin Clutch

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Sew Easy Placemat Clutch

Sew Easy Placemat Clutch

When you really get into sewing, you start to see fabric everywhere. Seriously. Everywhere. I don’t get rid of clothes anymore if the fabric is sew-worthy, as evidenced by my upcycle/recycle/refashion posts! But now I can’t even go through the grocery store without eyeing the tiny section of kitchen towels that are in the baking aisle.

And Target? FUHGHETTABOUDIT. Towels, kitchen towels, napkins, shower curtains, sheets, placemats, table runners…. there is fabric everywhere, and lots of super cute prints, too!

Guess how this tutorial came about? Yep. Walking by the kitchen linen aisle and spotted this GORGEOUS placemat.

Placemat Clutch

I mean seriously, it is so beautiful and has such great texture.

Placemat Clutch

I ended up buying two – one in this coral color and another in a lovely mustard for a later project!

So anyway, this placemat happens to be lined (bonus!) which made my mind start shouting ideas at me in a tourette-like fashion: BAG! Pillow. Coasters. CLUTCH!Β  Ah, yes, I think a clutch is perfect.

I wanted to make a very stiff, structured clutch – not the floppy kind (I feel like stuff would fall out of a floppy clutch, but you can skip this step if you want a floppy one for yourself), so in lieu of interfacing I used stiffened felt.

Placemat Clutch - Stiffened Felt

WHAT, you say? Stiffened felt. I love this stuff and I use it all the time! The placemat is 14×19 and a sheet of the stiffened felt is 12×18 so it fits perfectly inside. You can get it at your local craft store, or by all means, use some interfacing that is stiff if you want more structure to your clutch.

You’ll also need some velcro. There are several kinds of velcro, and truth be told I would have preferred sew-on velcro instead of the kind with the sticky back (gums up the needle!) but you use what you have on hand sometimes… so if you’re going to get supplies, get sew-on velcro instead of sticky! πŸ™‚

Placemat Clutch - Velcro

So now the fun begins. Slice open one of the short ends of the placemat…

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Stuff the felt inside…

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Push it all the way in, there will be a little room on all sides.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Set your machine to a zigzag stitch…

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

..and sew that baby back up! Be sure to go back and forth a few times at the top and bottom to seal off the thread. You won’t sew through the felt since it is shorter than the placemat.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Now isn’t that lovely? Hold up the placemat and shake it around a bit so the felt makes it back to the center.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Next you’re going to fold your very stiff placemat into a clutch. Get ready, you’ll need some muscle.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

You can fold it to where you want it, what looks good or feels comfortable to you, but if you’re a stickler for measurements (I am NOT), I measured for you and folded up to leave 4.5 inches on the top flap, as you can see pictured here:

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

I put pins to mark my place and went back to the sewing machine. Using a straight stitch, I started at the pin and went straight down to the bottom. Since the placemat is lined and you have the felt in there, your machine and needle will basically tell you where to sew and give you your seam allowance – it’s about 1/4 -1/2 inch. Be sure to go back and forth a few times at the top and bottom again, to secure your thread.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

This fabric hides your thread & seam so nicely!

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Now go sew up the other side, too..

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

..and check your work out — you now have a lovely pocket!

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Next step: use your muscles to fold that top down. Press it really well, it’s going to want to pop back up on you. I set my laptop on mine for a while just to tell it who is boss.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

This is where the velcro comes in. AGAIN – I want to reiterate that sew-on velcro is much preferred over the sticky-back velcro I am using here. Trust me. I went through 2 needles!

Pick your spot where you want the velcro placed and pin it in place.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

I joined the velcro once pinned and folded the top of my clutch over to get my spot for the second piece on the main body of the clutch like this..

Placemat Clutch - Make it!Placemat Clutch - Make it!… and then secured the second piece of velcro.

Break out your needle and thread and sew those puppies on!

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Be sure to go through the placemat and the felt or interfacing if you used it — you’ll want it to be secure and not to pull away from the structure of the clutch. I used a contrasting thread, I thought it would be cute!

Placemat Clutch - Make It!Since I used the sticky-back velcro, I had to use all my power to push the needle through. But the end result was worth the sore thumb muscles!

Placemat Clutch - Make It!Once you’ve sewn both pieces of velcro on..

Placemat Clutch - Make It!You’re done!

Placemat Clutch - Finished!Isn’t she pretty? Dramatic, but still so very classy!

Placemat Clutch - Finished!Β Makes a great gift, too – and they will be SUPER impressed when you tell them you made it yourself! πŸ˜‰

Happy Sewing!

Sew Easy Placemat Clutch

 

 

 

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas from Zazzle

Mother’s Day Gifts from Zazzle

May is almost upon us which means that it is just about time to remind the Moms of the world just how special and amazing they are. I didn’t get it before, not really, but now that I am a Mom, I have the inside scoop. Being a Mom isn’t always easy — it is often hard, stressful, exhausting… but it can also be so amazing, joyful and full of SO MUCH love (it can’t be quantified!). Our Moms deserve props! So now is your chance to tell the Moms in your life that they ROCK, and to thank them for putting up with  loving you and taking such great care of you.

I hand picked a few items from Zazzle to share — some nice things I like and thought other Moms might too. A few of them have a little Stickelberry touch to them, but do check out the enormous selection of amazing gifts on Zazzle’s website — and take advantage of the Mother’s Day sale!

Now through MAY 4th – get 50% off Express Shipping by using code ZEXPRESS4HER at checkout!! 

I love these mirror compacts! They are so cute — they come in a few different shapes, a bazillion different designs and colors, and if you want you can customize them with a monogram like I did. Compact Mirrors

They are the perfect size for a purse or small clutch! It has the up close and personal mirror on the bottom, too…perfect for obsessing over stray eyebrow hairs. Mother's Day Gifts from ZazzleYou can find my designs here or browse through the entire collection available here.

Another one of my favorites, these cute paper journals are great for Moms who take notes, jot down ideas, doodle (my favorite pastime), and make lists! I love this design (not mine!) and hope my Mother-in-law likes it too (she’s totally reading this right now). Mother's Day Gifts from Zazzle Small enough to fit in your purse, and super cute. Here it is next to the compact mirror to give you an idea of the size. Mother's Day Gifts Ideas - journal

I love that most of them are customizable, so you can put in whatever words you want!  You can find this design here, or browse the entire collection here.

And now, hands down one of my favorite gifts (drumroll, please): The GINORMOUS, personalized box of chocolates. Mother's Day Gifts from Zazzle - Chocolate!No no no no… that picture doesn’t do it justice (but aren’t those kids cute?! You can put your own on it, obviously, but I like those little fellas right there ;)). Let’s try this one — check out the SIZE..Mother's Day Gifts from Zazzle - Chocolate!Seriously. That’s NOT a mini coffee mug – that’s like my everyday jumbo mug. The box itself is gorgeous, totally a keepsake item!Mother's Day Gifts from Zazzle - Chocolate!..and did I mention it’s full of CHOCOLATE!? Beautiful chocolate no less, and you can get all one type, a giant bar, or a mix like I did here. You can find this design (Stickelberry!) here, or browse through the entire collection here.

So… you have all these gifts, and you need something special to put them in, right? Mom deserves a better container than a paper gift bag. How about something cute, sweet, meaningful and REUSABLE? Enter the Mom tote.Mother's Day Gift Ideas - Mom Tote BagIt’s perfect for everyday use, for anything she can think of.. groceries, books, toting stuff to and from your house, you name it. Mother's Day Gift Ideas - Mom Tote BagThey are very affordable and they have a natural element that makes them so lovely, too. Does the design look familiar? πŸ˜‰ Mother's Day Gift Ideas - Mom Tote BagIt can be rolled or folded up into a tiny little square for easy, compact storage. Moms love that. You can find this design here, or browse through the entire collection here, and you may even want to try MAKING YOUR OWN with pictures of family!

Mother's Day Gift IdeasgSo there you have it! My favorite picks from Zazzle for Mother’s Day. Do go and check out what they have to offer if you haven’t already. zazzleLetterform_blackI also HIGHLY recommend signing up for the free trial of Zazzle Black, which gives you free shipping for 30 days, and then a nominal fee of $9.95 annually. This more than pays for itself if you order from them often (I’m guilty)!

Hope you Moms out there have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

 

*I am a Zazzle affiliate, which means I will make a teeny tiny amount of commission from any products purchased through my links. I wouldn’t share them with you if I didn’t love them!!!

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