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DIY Fabric yo-yo Coin Purse

Yo-yo Coin PurseUpon request, I’m re-posting the directions for making a fabric yo-yo coin purse.  It was first published in 2011.  The tutorial for this coin purse was also published in Haute Handbags Magazine.

Supplies:

Coin purse frame set (pictured above) – I purchased this one at Daiso. You can also find them on Amazon.

Fabric and matching thread

2 Buttons

E-6000 Glue

Scissors

Pliers

DIY yo-yo coin purse 3First create two fabric yo-yo’s. The size of your yo-yo’s will depend on the size of your purse frame. Most frames come with a pattern.  You will need to make your yo-yo’s the size of that pattern. You can find the directions to make fabric yo-yo’s here.

DIY yo-yo coin purse 4Hand sew wrong sides together with a whip stitch (refer to blue dots in photo).

DIY yo-yo coin purse 5Cut raffia (should come with kit) to the length of your frame. Sew on to the opening of both sides of the purse.

DIY yo-yo coin purse 6Add glue to inside of the frame. Push fabric into the inside of the frame. Crimp the frame closed with a pair of pliers. Cover frame with fabric when crimping to protect the frame.

*Usually a purse frame will come with instructions similar to this tutorial.

Yo-yo Coin PurseDone.

Time for a Change

Christmas pictures on instagramIt’s time for me to take a break from this blog.  Most likely it will be a permanent one.  The truth is my heart  just isn’t in it anymore.  I think I’ve known that for a while now.  I think many of you have known that too.  So thank you for all the comments, the kind words,  the shares, the likes and everything in between.  These past eight years have been a blast!

That said, I’ll still be around on Instagram (photos above) and sharing what I’ve been up to. If you want to keep in touch on Instagram, click here.

A Visit from St NickI also started writing a web comic for fun.  It’s called Lilly the Pug and you can find it on Tumblr (click here).

Wishing you all a very Happy Holidays.

With Love,
Jessica

DIY Washi Tape Pencil Toppers

DIY Washi tape pencil toppers

I can’t remember the last time I posted a washi tape craft on Zakka Life.  I do know It’s long overdue.  So today I’m sharing how to make washi tape pencil toppers.  These toppers easily slide on and off pencils.  They’re also easy to make.

Supplies:

Wide straws – I use bubble tea straws that you can get at the Asian market.  You can also look for smoothie straws.  Unfortunately those pretty paper straws do not work for this project.  They’re too skinny and will not fit over the pencil which is important.

Scissors

Washi tape – any color or print

DIY Washi Tape Pencil Toppers 31.  With scissors, cut your straw into 2in pieces.

2.  Place a small piece of washi tape on top of the straw.

3. Cut the edges of the tape and stop at the straw.  Refer to dotted lines in fig. 3.

4.  Fold all pieces of tape down on the sides of the straw.

DIY Washi Tape Pencil Toppers 45. Wrap a piece of tape around the top of the straw to cover up the tape from step 4.

6.  Continue to wrap pieces of tape around the straw until it covers the whole thing.  You can stick with the same color or change the colors/prints as you go.

7. Wrap a 5in piece of washi tape around the top of the straw.  The tape should extend out and come together (sticky sides together) to make the flag.

8. Trim the flag by cutting out a “V” shape on the side of it.

DIY Washi tape pencil toppers 2To personalize the pencil toppers, write a name or initials on the flag.

 

On My Radar: Jewelry Designer, Yoko Minemura

homako necklace 3Necklace by Yoko Minemura

Yoko Minemura is the jewelry and accessory designer behind the shop Homako.  Yoko began designing accessories for friends which eventually evolved into Homako in 2008.  Yoko likes to work with soft fabrics and felts. Sometimes she incorporates embroidery into her designs.  The necklace (pictured above) caught my eye because it was inspired by origami.  I also like that I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

homako necklace 2The necklace I purchased came wrapped in cute tissue paper, sealed with stickers/washi tape, and a handwritten note. These personal touches tell me that Yoko takes pride in her work.

homako necklaceHere I am wearing my origami necklace.

Below are a couple more items you can find in Yoko’s shop.

homako necklace 4Stripe Rope Knot Necklace by Homako

homako necklace 5Fabric Jewel Hair Clips by Homako

To see more of Yoko’s designs, click here.

DIY Pom Pom Rug

DIY Pom Pom Rug 3I finally finished the pom pom rug for my daughter’s room!  I can’t tell you how good it feels to have this rug finished. And through the process, I learned a few things about these rugs. For starters, there’s a reason they’re usually small in scale.  The pom poms take a long time to make and it takes up a lot of yarn.  So if you want to make one, keep this in mind.  Pom pom rugs are not a cheaper alternative to regular rugs unless you have a very large stash of yarn you want to get rid of.  And with that said, on to the tutorial.

DIY Pom Pom Rug 5I’ve seen a few tutorials that suggest using a non-slip rug mat as your base.  I don’t recommend this because they are made out of flimsy rubber and rip easy.  If you’re going to go through the trouble of making a pom pom rug, I recommend Latch Rug Canvas.  I purchased this one on Amazon.  You can probably find it at fabric and craft stores as well.

Supplies:

Pom pom maker

Yarn –  wool is always best but very expensive.  I made mine with a soft acrylic

Scissors

Latch Rug Canvas

Masking Tape

DIY Pom Pom Rug 11.Make the desired amount of pom poms for your rug.  Leave about a 6in tail to attach the pom poms later.

I made my pom poms in two colors and two sizes to achieve a variety of texture.  I also made my pom poms full by trimming them down.  For a more shaggy look, trim your pom poms less.

* I was able to get about 10 full pom poms (2 inches in diameter) from a 5oz ball of yarn

DIY Pom Pom Rug 72.  Thread the tails of you pom poms trough two different squares on your latch rug canvas.  Tie a knot on the back side of the canvas.  I made a triple knot for good measure.  Continue to do this until all your pom poms are attached to the canvas.

DIY Pom Pom Rug 6This is what the back looks like. I trimmed the tails to one inch after I made the knots.

DIY Pom Pom Rug 83.  To finish the back of the rug, cut the canvas into sections.  Refer to the black dotted lines in the top figure.

4.  Fold the sections over and tape down with masking tape.  Make sure the canvas is not showing in the front of your rug.

* Alternative to steps 3 & 4 – You could just cut away the excess canvas.

DIY Pom Pom Rug  4This pom pom rug measures 32in x 23in and took about 150 pom poms to make.

*I recommend making some extra pom poms to have on hand in the event that a pom pom comes apart.

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