Jean Skirt Upcycle


I remember turning a pair of jeans into a short skirt in the late 70’s it was fun then and now this style is back in fashion. I saw that the Diesel jean shop sells this skirt for $180 and I’ve seen others on the market for $300.  A friend asked me to create this look…

Top 22 Holiday Craft Favorites in 2015!


These holiday crafts made the top viewed list in 2015! The most views were during weeks 3-7 so if you see projects that you like click on the photo to find the link to the featured project.  You will need to like my Facebook page to view and ask questions about the handmade items posted by fans. Save & Pin this for Next Year! …

Upcycled Sling Bag- Is it a Hit or Miss? Fab or Drab?


Hello Handbag Junkies’ It’s Hit or Miss time! So far men have come up with the most creative ideas for custom-made handbags!  I wouldn’t have thought that, but here’s a great example of upcycling a vintage Swiss Army blanket into a cool sling bag!  Last week I showed you my test pattern and now for the big reveal. Here’s…

Holiday Craft Favorites – Week #4


Week #4 Holiday Craft Favorites! Click on the photo of your favorite craft and you will find the link to the featured project.  Like my Facebook page to view and ask questions about the handmade items posted by fans.   There’s still time to be inspired!   Here’s wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope to…

E-Tablet Clutch- Is it a Hit or Miss?


Hello everyone, my favorite time of the week is here… It’s Hit or Miss time! You get the first look at the e-tablet clutch!  The perfect clutch to carry your electronic tablet, Kindle, and much more. What do you think? Is it a Hit or Miss? Fab or Drab? I used the toggle button, zipper and zipper…

Coin Purse- Is it a Hit or Miss!


Hello everyone, my favorite time of the week is here… It’s Hit or Miss time! I’ve taken a liking to coin purses lately, and wanted to share my latest up-cycled canvas fabric combination.  Using the brown fabric with light blue polka dots, accompanied with a paisley lining keeps the coin purse modern, and playful. The one featured here is 5″x5″. What do you…

Upcycled Bow Clutch Tutorial


Here’s a quick and easy tutorial on how to upcycle two placemats into a cute bow clutch purse.  Designed for only the essentials you need to carry to a wedding or night on the town.  The party purse material only cost me $2.00.  Super fun to make and so darn cute.  Some of the pictures are a little dark –…

Grand Opening!


It’s official, I’ve finally opened my online Etsy Shop!  You can find me under LaCartera or Click here!  Please take a look, follow me and share with your friends.  I still have more listings to create so check in often. After 3 months of designing, sewing, blogging, and social networking, I can say that I’m getting…

Upcycle Sunflower Purse Tutorial


The Sunflower Purse Tutorial is simple to make with two round placemats.  The handmade beaded handles add extra interest to textured placemats. Materials Needed Purse: Two thin standard round indoor/outdoor placemats (14 inch length x 15 inch width) Thread should match placemats Lining fabric (your choice) Magnetic Closure Materials Needed Handels: 18 large wooden beads 16 medium beads 24 small…

Sunflower


Introducing the Sunflower Straw Purse created from two placemats.  If you’ve been following me you know that I had to repurpose the handles from my last hit or miss purse creation.  This is a better use of the handles, and all the work that went into making them. The simple style with magnetic snap can handle your necessities and give…

Creme de Menthe Purse Tutorial


I love Green!!  You gotta love this purse with recessed zipper and rope handle.  It reminds me of the Andes Creme de Menthe candy.  I think all of the purse are easy to make but, seriously this one only took me 2 1/2 hours.  That’s including the changes to the design and purse handle challenges.  Since this was…

Tangerine Foldover Clutch Tutorial


This design is super easy and fun to make! The Tangerine foldover clutch material used here is from Abuja, Nigeria. I love the paint splatter effect.  My fabric choice comes from a repurposed  Nigerian cotton long dress.  The recessed zipper and the magnetic snap secures your belongings and helps with the sleek look.  Here’s another view…