Sunday, October 18, 2015

DIY Wedding: Bridal Shower Skirt

Homemade floral skirt!
When I first got engaged, I had ambitious thoughts of DIYing everything for the wedding, including the wedding dress. I thought it would be the ultimate project to make and then display something I made on what would be the largest scale event of my life. There were a few issues with this ambition of mine, for starters I had never made a dress before, and after doing some preliminary research, I decided against attempting to make a dress and instead settled on something a little less daunting, a skirt for my bridal shower.
To make this skirt, you can follow this tutorial for construction and this tutorial for installation of the zipper (invisible on the side).

Thursday, September 24, 2015


I'm back from my 6 month hiatus! A lot has changed in the past few months, I got married, changed my last name, and now my husband and I are in the process of buying a house! I promise you I did not stop crafting (just posting). The good thing about my brief break is now I have tons and tons of material to post on the blog. From wedding signs, to table numbers, invitations, bridal favors, and sewing tutorials, I can't wait to share what I've been up to! Here's a brief peek into some of the wedding DIYs, photos taken by my incredibly talented photographer Jenelle Kappe!




Sunday, March 1, 2015

DIY Sew: Bucket Bag

7 to 10 Sq ft of sheep's hide leather
Purchased here on
Rotary cutter
Double sided tape
Leather Punch
Sewing Machine
Leather needle
Polyester thread

Step 1: Cut leather using the below pattern
Due to the size of the piece of my leather I needed to cut the main piece in 2 instead of 1
Step 2: With right sides of leather touching tape the right, left and bottom sides of leather together (only at the edges)


Step 3: Sew across the bottom, and up the sides, be sure to use a leather needle, adjust tension to 4, and stitch length to 3 1/2 (note this is what I used, this will vary on every machine). Note: Press as lightly as possible on your presser foot while sewing. After sewing the sides, join the corners, tape, and sew (do this to both corners)
Step 4: Turn bag right side out , punch evenly spaced holes 2.5" apart and 2" down from the top (5 on each side)
Step 5: Sewing the strap: Tape the two pieces of leather together (wrong sides together), sew up both the right and left sides (sew in the same direction)
Step 6: Cut 1/8'' by 25" piece of leather and thread it through the holes
Step 7: Sew the strap onto the bag

Sunday, February 8, 2015

DIY Wedding: Save the Date

As I mentioned in an earlier post I'm engaged! And of course it wouldn't be a craftynovice wedding without a few DIYs.  Over the next few months I'll be sharing some hand mades for my big day. The first I'll share are my Save the Dates.  These were insanely easy and extremely affordable!
The very first thing I had to do was get a great picture. My fiancé and I have some great pictures traveling but nothing that really had that professional feel I was looking for. Not wanting to go overboard on budget we didn't think hiring a wedding photographer for engagement photos was necessary. As an alternative I asked my good friend who has a nice camera to take a few shots of Ed and I. She pleasantly surprised us with some amazing pics, I don't mean to brag, but don't these look professional?

After uploading the pictures and settling on one, I downloaded these fonts from Jenna Sue, Admiration Pains, Everything Holiday, and Moon Flower
Using photoshop I typed Save the Date in white using the Admiration Pains font.
Then I opened a new file to create the text that would go on the back of the postcard and saved the file as an image.
The last step was uploading the photos onto vistaprint (as a postcard) and ordering. If you have any questions be sure to call the customer service line as they are extremely helpful.
And that's it, wait a week or two for your shipment to come in, address and stamp, send, and then you're done!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

DIY Sew: Leather Tote Bag

polyester thread
double sided tape
Teflon foot
leather needle
sewing machine
craft paper
scissors or a rotary cutter
Step 1: Create a bag pattern on craft paper. See below for the measurements I used.

Step 2: adjust your stitch length to 3.5, and tension to 1.1 (will vary by machine)
Step 3: Using double sided tape, tape the right edge of the bag together (good sides touching), then do the same to the left. Sew up the right and left sides (be sure to sew in the same direction on both sides).
Step 4: Sew each corner
Step 5: Using double sided tape, tape the wrong sides of two straps together. Do the same to the other two. Sew up both the right and left sides of the strap (make sure to sew
up the right and left sides in the same direction).
Step 6: Sew straps onto bag. Measure 3.5" in and 1.5" down on each side. Working from the right stitch 3 lines .5'' apart.

Monday, January 19, 2015

DIY: Cards

I'm currently planning my wedding for this July. In the process my fiancé and I have decided to design our own wedding invitations. As we've been working in photoshop elements 10, I realized that along with making our own wedding invites, I should design all types of cards, birthday, anniversary, baby shower, etc.
I whipped up this card in a few short minutes.
Card Stock
Little B tape
Step 1: Design your text in photoshop or paint. If you want more pretty and interesting fonts than are currently on your computer, you can go to and download your choice of font. For this card I used Everything Holiday. To download fonts create a folder on your computer and save the font to that folder, unzip the folder, and move the unzipped folder to the fonts folder which can be found within the control panel --> appearance and personalization--> fonts
Step 2: Print, make sure to change the size of your paper to 5"by 7"
Step 3: Add a small pop of sophistication by decorating with little b tape

Sunday, January 11, 2015

DIY Sew: Iphone Case

1/4 yard of fabric
1/4 yard of interfacing
1 magnetic snap
plastic iphone case
embroidery floss
Step 1: Cut two pieces of interfacing: 4.25" x 2.5" and 8.5" x 5"
Cut two pieces of fabric: 8.5" x 2.5" and 8.5" x 10"
Step 2: Install snaps: use fabric chalk and draw a vertical line at 2.75" about an 1.5" in from there place a washer. Use a pen and mark both slits of the washer. Use scissors to cut slits where the marks are. Placing the interfacing under the fabric install the snap.

Step 3: With Good sides of fabric touching pin and sew three sides of the fabric


Step 4: Fold in fabric on side you did not yet sew, and sew

Step 5: Fold in fabric 2.5", pin and sew only the top and bottom

Step 6: Take your smaller piece of fabric and interfacing and install the opposite side of the snap. Mark slits, cut, install snap.

Step 7: Fold fabric over, pin and sew (top, bottom, and left side only)

Step 8: Turn fabric right side out, fold in remaining fabric and sew up right side only

Step 9: Sew the smaller piece of fabric onto the larger piece

Step 10: Cut out a hole for your phone's camera

Step 11: Use embroidery floss and sew around the edges of the camera hole

Step 12: Super glue a plastic iphone case into the inside back portion of your fabric, let dry, and pop in phone