DIY Faux-Leather Pouches

October 3, 2013 | DIY


I know I haven’t done a DIY for you guys in a little while (my bad, life has been Busy with a capital B), but I’m sure you’ll forgive me when you see what I’ve cooked up for today :)

Feast your eyes on these cuties!

DIY Faux-Leather Pouches

DIY Faux-Leather Pouches

How cute are they? AND they’re a cinch to make too – bonus!

Here’s what you’ll need:

DIY Faux-Leather Pouches


– Pouch Template
(Get the 2-tone pouch template in A4 and LETTER, or the single colour pouch template in A4, or LETTER)
– Faux-leather
– Fabric scissors
– Ruler
– Pencil
– Ball head screwback studs (if you’re in Singapore, I found them at People’s Park China Town).
– Sewing machine and thread
– Pinking Shears (optional)
– Permanent paint markers (optional)
– Bull-dog clips (optional)

Some things to keep in mind:
– Before you start, do some test runs on your sewing machine with the faux-leather. I found that the metallic leather was great to sew on either side, but the green and brown only worked when the material side was facing up. It’ll differ for you, so it’s best to test it first – the way it sews might determine which colours you use where.
– Because the leather won’t fray, unfinished edges are A-ok! 

Step 1.
Print out the template, and cut out each piece. Feel free to make adjustments! You can make it whatever size you want, make the front flap longer/shorter, finish the edge or not. Up to you.

Step 2.
Lay your leather face-down and trace the pattern piece/s onto the back. Cut them out. Keep in mind that 1 cm (0.4″) seams are already accounted for.

DIY Faux-Leather Pouches

Step 3.
If you’re going to hem the top edge of the pouch, do it now. Just fold it down about 8mm (1/4″) and sew in place.

Next, if you’re doing the 2-tone pouch, place the the two sides together, keeping in mind that it will be turned inside-out (so be careful about which colour is facing in and which is facing out).

If you’re just doing a one-colour pouch, fold the leather in half lining up the bottom edge with the two bits that stick out. I’m getting really technical with my wording here. Hopefully the photos below will help.

Step 4.
Ignoring the top flap for the moment, sew the two pieces together 1cm from the edge. If you’re having trouble keeping the two sides together, use bull-dog clips to hold them. It’s best not to use pins because they leave holes.

If you’re doing the 2-toned pouch, sew both sides and the bottom. If you’re doing the one-colour pouch, just sew the two sides.

Step 5.
Using pinking shears (or scissors) trim each seam fairly close to the stitching. Trim corners.

DIY Faux-Leather Pouches

Step 6.
Turn pouch right-side out. Fold the top flap in half vertically with the underside out. Mark the spot you’d like your closure stud to be with a pencil. Carefully snip a little cross on that spot, but be careful not to make it too big.

Step 7.
Now close the flap over the front of your pouch and poke a pencil through the little cross you just made, marking a spot on the pouch front. Snip another little cross on the point you just marked, and stick the screw base (from the stud) through the hole from the inside. Screw on the ball head.

DIY Faux-Leather Pouches

Now close your pouch and admire your amazing work! And then go make lots more :)

As an alternative too, feel free to get creative with your leather! Permanent paint markers work beautifully for creating pretty patterns. Again – best to do a test first. :)

DIY Faux-Leather Pouches

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Fun right? What will you do with yours?

Workspace Wednesday 95.

August 14, 2013 | Workspace Wednesday

Look! I made a top!

I made a shirt!I made a shirt!

It’s a slightly modified version of this pattern.. I didn’t do the double collar and changed the sleeves to be rolled. It’s the second top I’ve done from this pattern, and I’m slowing figuring out what works for me and what doesn’t, and altering it to fit. :)

And, it was actually a lot easier to sew this than trying to sew the t-shirt I attempted last week. I failed at the t-shirt, but this blouse I might actually wear! Success ;)

PS. Possibly should have ironed it before taking these photos.. sorry about that! Just keeping it real.

Try it! Rope Bowl DIY

August 1, 2013 | Try it!

I know you all love DIYs as much as I do (don’t even try to deny it!), so I thought it was high time I started showcasing some of the incredible DIYs (and DIY-ers) out there that have caught my attention recently. I’ll try and make it a regular segment, so we can all stay feeling inspired by all that creativity out there! :)

So first up is this UH-mazing Rope Bowl DIY. How cool is that?! Seriously, if you need me this weekend I’ll be at the craft store loading up on ridiculous amounts of rope.

Rope Bowl DIY by Gemma Patford

This lovely DIY was created by Gemma Padford for A Pair & A Square. Gemma also makes and sells these baskets in her shop, so if you’re not too handy with a sewing machine, you can still have one for yourself! :)

Found via Poppytalk.

DIY Pocket Warmers

December 13, 2012 | DIY

I had such a great response from the DIY Heat Pack I did a while ago that I thought doing a mini version, perfect for Christmas gifts, was definitely in order!

If you live in the northern hemisphere and winter is descending upon you, I’m sure these sweet little pocket warmers would really come in handy! They’d be a welcome gift for just about anyone (make them from their favourite fabrics and colours!), or would even make the perfect stocking stuffers!

They’re super quick and easy to make, so lets get to it!

Here’s what you’ll need:

– Cotton fabric
– Uncooked rice
– Essential oil (optional)
– Pinking Sheers
– Fabric Scissors
– Pencil (normal, or fabric pencil)
– Sewing machine and thread
– Something round to trace around
– Funnel (optional)

Step 1.
Start by choosing your front and back fabrics, and place them wrong sides together. Use something round to trace a circle onto the fabric using your pencil. Keep in mind that this will be the line you sew around (mine was approx. 7cm (2 3/4″) diametre).

Step 2.
Cut out a square of fabric around your circle, making sure to leave at least 3cm (1″) around the outside. At this point, if you’d like to embroider anything onto your fabric you can. I just used some wool to highlight some of the flowers, but this is totally optional.

Step 3.
Sew around the circle as carefully as you can, leaving a small gap (approx. 1.5cm or 1/2″) wide in the stitching – this is where you’ll pour the rice.

Step 4.
If you’re using essential oil, place some rice into a bowl and add a drop or two of oil, mix. Pour the rice through the hole you left in the stitching (a funnel might help here), and fill the circle until it’s sufficiently full but not bursting. Take it back to the sewing machine and close up the hole.

Step 5.
Cut around the outside of the circle (not too close to the stitching) using your pinking sheers.

That’s it! Now go throw them in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute, pop them in your pockets, and feel the warmth :)

Note: It’s probably a good idea to put them on a plate in the microwave to help keep them clean.

And as always, you can find all my other DIYs over here :)

DIY Heat Pack

September 27, 2012 | DIY

I had a belly ache the other day and decided a heat pack would be the only rememdy… except we didn’t own one. Cue sad face.

So I went hunting for a DIY. There are stacks out there, but this one on The Johnston’s blog was what I referenced before I started. You can make so many versions of this once you know how – like not creating segments, adding different oils, or even adding herbs and tea. I decided to give the segmented pack a go, and added lemongrass oil because I had it here with me.

Here’s what you’ll need:

– Cotton Fabric
– Matching thread
– Sewing machine
– Scissors
– Uncooked rice (I used 2.5 – 3 cups)
– Essential Oil (optional)

Step 1.
Cut your fabric into two strips about 16″ x 7″ (40 x 18cm). With right sides together, pin and sew 1.5 cm (5/8″) in from the edges, leaving a small gap of around 5 cm (2″) on one edge.

Step 2.
Trim corners, turn your bag right-side out and use a pencil to push out the corners from the inside. Iron.

Step 3. (optional)
Measure and mark out your bag into 4 equal sections along the length. You want to sew these dividing lines, but not right to the edge – leave around 2 – 2.5 cm (~1″) free on each end. Sew each line. I also then ran a top-stitch around the edge (quite close to the edge), but still leaving the gap open.

Step 4.
Pour your rice into a bowl and add a few drops of essential oil. Mix.

Step 5.
Using a funnel (if you don’t have one, make one from paper), gradually fill your bag with rice. If you decided to go for the sectioned bag, it will take a bit of work to feed the rice equally into each section.

Step 6.
Once your bag is as full as you’d like it, fold in the open edge of your hole and top stitch it closed.

Step 7.
Once you’re ready to use it, put the bag in the microwave for up to 2 minutes and enjoy! OR you can keep it in the freezer for a cold pack :)

*Note: Some blogs I read recommend putting a glass of water in the microwave with the heat pack to stop the rice burning. Also never leave the heat pack in the microwave unattended, and be very careful removing it from the microwave as it could be quite hot.