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Hi. While browsing through some of my old pics, I came across this oldie, but goodie. Now you guys can’t tell me that this hot pink color isn’t POPPING :-). Because It’s such a vibrant color, I was instantly drawn to it and because I love the convenience of being able to quickly throw on a crossbody purse and still be trendy, I ran with it. So I found this super easy tutorial online. Click on link below. The supply list is very short and the instructions are simple to follow. Also, the only one thing I did differently vs the tutorial was add the magnetic snap instead of the zipper. There was no particular reason for this switcheroo, I was just being lazy and found it simpler to eliminate the zipper step. Unfortunately, I didn’t take pics of my steps, but hopefully the tutorial will guide you smoothly through the process.

Be Blessed. I hope you all like the pics and enjoyed the post




Hey guys 🙂 Here’s another super fun and easy project. So all you will need is a small amount of faux leather(I had some scraps leftover from a previous project), pair of scissors, fabric paint(find at any craft store), earring hooks(found at Hobby Lobby), marker or tailor’s chalk, and lastly a leaf template…click here

Step one– Place leaf template onto leather and cut it out.

Step two– Personally, I think to make the leaf look more realistic, I created these slashes around the leaf with scissors.

Step three– I used the tailor’s chalk to draw the design similar to what a real leaf looks like(the veins) of a leaf, so that I could neatly trace over it with the fabric paint.

Step four– Unfortunately, I forgot to take a pic of this step, but I used the smallest punch size on my hole puncher to create a hole for the hook, once that’s done, just add the hook and lastly sit the finished earring(s) to the side and allow the paint to fully dry.


Be Blessed. I hope you all enjoyed this post.

XOXOXOXO…..Ms. Kim Austin




DIY – Quick 30 Minute Clutch – Handmade (pictures)

I was going out one night and need a clutch. I had left mine at home in Texas. First I used a big piece of leather I had had forever.

I cut my leather into a rectangle like piece where is could fold 3 ways, leaving the raw edge.

Next, I used my chalk pen to measure and trace where I wanted my zipper to go and cut it the hole out.

There is is!!

I tested my zipper to see if it would fit perfectly and it did.

You may need clips to hold the zipper while you sew.  Flip over and top stitch both sides down.

My nails look horrible… ughhh (SORRY)

Stitch the top, once you have the zipper in.  This closes up the inside of purse.

Then you are done.


DIY Fringe Bag (Full Tutorial)


Here are the supplies you need. I made my own pattern. The top of the pattern is 15″ and then I drew the curve. You can make it what ever size you want. Make sure you buy a zipper to match the size of the straight end of the bag.-2-3 pieces of fabric (depending on size), suede, leather – one is for the purse and the other for fringe.

-a yard or less of fabric for the lining

-leather needles for machine

-scissors (use paper scissors)

-15 inch zipper

-poster board (to make pattern)

-paper clips


-sewing machine

I bought soft suede leather at Tandy Leather. The pieces were $16 each. I initially bought two pieces. I ended up having to go back and get another piece because I didn’t want my fringe to look thin or skimpy.

I folded one piece of my suede leather in half with right sides together. I laid my pattern on top and and cut it out.

Next, I took a piece of leather and start cutting my fringe. I needed for one side of my purse 32 inches of leather. So I cut (2) 16 x 11 inch pieces.

I felt like my fringe was too fat so I cut them again (took me forever) to make them skinnier.

Then I cut my lining with the same pattern.

I drew a small piece for the ends of my zipper. It is 2.5 x 1.5. Cut it out.

Lay on leather. and Cut (2)

This is what I did with the 2 pieces that I just cut. They will fit on each end of zipper like this.

Go to the sewing machine and sew down with one clean stitch across.

Now we will add the zipper to our suede and lining. Right sides together lay the zipper on the front side of suede face down. (Shown above)

Lay your lining on top face down.

I pinned mine. My suede was pretty thin.

I took it to the machine put my zipper foot down and stitched it.

View of back side.

Now, do the same thing for the other side.

This is what it should look like when you have both zippers sewn down.

Now lay your fringe. Right sides together!!! I pinned it around my bag. Make sure you keep the fringe in the middle. maybe use a paper clip or rubber band, I didn’t and a few of my fringes got stuck later as I put the bag together.

This is what it looked like when I did one side, I wanted my fringe to be thicker so I cut more fringe for the other side,

This is what it should look like when you are done. When you are stitching the fringe to your suede pieces, keep the lining out the way. It does not get stitched yet.

Now go and stitch about 3/8 around. Maybe even 1/4 inch. Remember to keep the fringe out the way.

I am using a leather needle. Although the suede I am using is not thick. I am stitching a lot of layers.

Funny angle but this is how the fringe should look when you are done.

Now you will fold it over…. Right sides together.

Pin your lining and leave about a 9 inch opening. (this is the opening you will pull your bag through once you have sewn everything.

Sorry about blurry pic.

Now, do the bag side. MAKE SURE ALL FRINGE IS INSIDE AND OUT THE WAY of the stitching that is about to happen. BEFORE YOU PIN DOWN…. make sure you unzip the zipper about 1/2 way down.

I used paper clips for the layers of leather, pins no longer worked.

When you stitch around, this is what it should look like. You are now going to reach in that opening of the lining and pull everything through.

Here you go!



DIY Sewing Station

This was such a fun and very inexpensive project. I may have spent no more than $100 for all of the supplies combined. The finished product gave me LIFE, because prior to having this sewing table, I was either cutting my fabric on the floor or on a really small end table, it was such a bummer!! I’m so excited about my new and improved sewing space. And of course I found the tutorial below on Pinterest.

Be blessed. I hope you all enjoyed this post.




XOXOXOXO….Ms. Kim Austin