Friday, 22 March 2019

Hanging Storage Bags {Simple Sewing}

Simple Sewing storage bags

A simple sewing project on my JUKI DX7

Little sewing projects are where I am at. I love a simple sew and there is something so incredibly easy about being able to just whip up something and use it straight away.
For a little sewing project this week I have made these small, one handled bags which are useful for just about everything! Seriously, I am trying to find something these things aren’t good for!

This is a “ How To” on making hanging storage bags to help keep your home organised!
I have made these in 3 sizes, my favourite being the small and medium, I think the large is great for the kids but it hangs very open and I prefer the two smaller options I am going to give you.

Simple Sewing storage bags

Instructions for making

1. First you need your fabric, pressed and cut to 22 by 10 inches {small}, 24 by 12 {medium} or 26 by 14 inches {large}. These measurements I just made up when I was making so feel free to resize depending on what you want, mine are slightly more rectangular than perfect square if that helps.
Make sure your fabric is ironed before you start and has straight edges.

2. We are going to have a French Seam on the inside of the bag so to create that, fold your fabric in half {wrong sides together} and pin. The fold seam with be the bottom hem.
Sew down the two edges.

3. Now turn the pouch inside out and press.

4. Resew a seam down the two edges making sure to catch the edges inside within the seam.
When you fold your pouch the right way round you will have created a French seam. The sides are complete.

5. The opening of the bag needs to have a small hem put in. With your back still inside-out, iron a 1cm fold around the whole top. Sew this down. 

6. You now have a hem, but you are going to make a bigger one meaning the opening of the bag will look nice an neat. Fold down a further hem.

At this point we are going to make our handle.
7. You will need some more fabric, again, you can make this up as you may have a specific place you need to hang this and want the handle to be able to fit over it. Use your common sense.
The width of the handle should be around 2.5 inches wide and about 10 inches long. You are going to iron this first.

8. Iron a hem of about 1 cm along the long edges. Then fold the fabric in half longways, tucking the seam in and iron in half.

9. Then sew straight down both edges, closing the open side with a line of stitching.

10. When you have enough hem (turned down from the top of the bag), tuck both ends of the strip handle underneath the fold of the hem. You are going to catch these inside the hem as you sew it down, going around the whole opening of the bag running your stitch along the bottom of the hem line.

11. When you have sewn the hem down, flip the handles up and sew around the whole top of the bag, catching the handles in the top seam as you go around.

Turn your bag the right way round and all of a sudden you pouch comes to life!

I have been able to use these all over the house. In the kids room for pyjamas and toys, even books on the end of the bed look great in these bags.

Simple Sewing storage bags

Simple Sewing storage bags

In my room they sit perfectly on the drawer handles or even on my headboard. Perfect for faux plants, vanity products or storing bedroom knickknacks! 

They can be used in a playroom for toys or if you make them big enough, for blankets. I was even thinking you could use them in a car to put the children's entertainment in, just make sure the handle can fit over the head rest! They really are useful little pouches and so easy to make.

Have a go!


Wednesday, 6 March 2019

3 Ways To Wear Snakeskin Print Boots {Featuring Items Gifted}

 I think snakeskin print is fast becoming a firm favourite of mine. I am not scared of wearing animal print but, like most, always favour the leopard because the warm brown tones really suit most of us. This season though snakeskin is firmly “fashionable” with the print appearing on jeans, dresses, bags and shoes so here is an idea for how to wear one of the hardest pieces; snakeskin boots!

Snake skin boots fashion ideas

I got these boots at the beginning of the year and to be honest have worn them all the time. Even Rob has passed comment on just how much I wear them and who can blame me, they are beautiful! I haven’t written much about them however they have appeared in a previous post styling them with a mac. The thing is, these boots were the antithesis of a kind of boot I hate. I got them on a pure whim after seeing someone else in them but I kinda expected not like them. The thing is, the cut of them was all wrong for me. They definitely are a shoe boot and finish below the ankle bone which just gave me the creeps. Haha. OK that's exaggerated but I just never thought they looked great as really the style of the shoe boot has been around for a very long time!

That all said, they arrived and to my absolute shock they absolutely transformed me. I felt like a fricking boss babe and just loved how they sat. All my prejudgments were gone as soon as I put these on and all I could see was awesomeness!! Again, maybe that reaction seem a little too much but to be honest, these boots went on and have very rarely come off!!
That all said, the other thing I loved about them is that they go with everything! In fact I pretty much replaced all other shoes with these boots. They look great with jeans and a jumper, They work with dresses and tailoring, I mean, they just look brilliant! So I have decided to show 3 ways to wear these boots specifically with old clothes which you may think wouldn’t work with this style.

Print clashing to the max

OK so two different animal prints have come together and created something awesome.

My dress & jumper OLD H&M

I was worried it would all be too much, the jumper is big, the dress underneath is even bigger so with some wild boots thrown in we are looking at an outfit with a lot going on, but really, it’s comfy, it’s dressy and practical for the changing seasons. A midi skirt would work brilliantly as really I am focusing on the length but this pattern clash makes me feel warm and snuggly!

Snake skin boots fashion ideas

Snake skin boots fashion ideas

Snake skin boots fashion ideas

Snake skin boots fashion ideas

Snake skin boots fashion ideas

Florals and Snakeskin

Jeans OLD H&M
Boots NEW Boden

So there is a lot going on here, red florals, brown cord, stonewash jeans, colour pop bag and then the boots. Yeah, actually stonewashed jeans are my least favourite but for a lighter more casual look I love them. However, this outfit is far from casual. I have teamed them with a wrap blouse knowing that the red flowers would work well with the snakeskin and used the brown cord blazer to just soften it all up. The thing is I love the warmer orange/red/brown tones and try and wear them as much as I can. The boots have a tiny bit of red lining poking out so I connected the colours that way. I really love how even though I wouldn’t naturally pick these out together, they pair up well!

Snake skin boots fashion ideas

Snake skin boots fashion ideas

Snake skin boots fashion ideas

Stripes are always a good idea

Top NEW Joules
Jeans NEW Joules

Boots NEW Boden
Jacket OLD River Island (see similar)

The thing with stripes is that they and the leopard print can pretty much be worn by all and pretty much go with anything. They are a great contrasting pattern so with a brown suede jacket and the snakeskin boots I have a formula for an outfit that will always work. Black jeans, stripes and the snakeskin boots can be an everyday outfit for me, and this top in particular matches so well!

Snake skin boots fashion ideas

Snake skin boots fashion ideas

Snake skin boots fashion ideas

The thing I have noticed most about my wardrobe whilst shooting these outfits is just about how much brown I wear, I have used it in all three outfits as the main statement colour and feel it just suits me. I think my hair colour helps but as part of understanding my personal dress code, shades of brown seem to be my friend!

I hope you like my ideas on three ways to style up these Snakeskin boots! Have you got any ideas??

Boots previously gifted by BODEN

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