Do It Yourself: Leather Wallet

Hey Everyone! This DIY is a little complicated and does have a lot of steps but it turned out exactly as I hoped it would. This is a simple leather wallet, that can be used when you're travelling and want to carry light or you're going to the beach or even for everyday use. I have a little bit too many membership cards myself to make this everyday use, but it's definitely possible. It can also be a men's or women's wallet, with a simple fabric change the possibilities are endless! Now let's get started.

What you will need:
• Leather of your choice
• Fabric of your choice (pockets)
• Interfacing (optional)
• Thread to match your fabrics
• Fabric Scissors and Rotary
• Fasteners (with guide)
• Fabric Tape Measure
• Sewing Machine
• Hem Guide (optional)
• Iron and Ironing Board

1. Start by measuring out your pattern. You can either print out this pattern I created HERE. Or you can simply use the measurements and draw out your own. If you would like to make it completely custom you can change any measurements you desire. The pattern is made on 11x17 (tabloid)  paper so you will need to print it off on that size of paper.

Back: 11" x 5 ½" (you will have a fold line 3" in with a ½" for the hem)
Front: 8" x 5 ½"
Pocket Base: 4 ½" x 5"
Pockets: 3" x 5"

**measurements include hem additions

2. Cut out your pattern so you have all the pieces ready to go so you can begin to piece them together.

3. If you would like to make one pocket thicker as I did with the bottom pocket simply iron on interfacing to your bottom pocket piece. Leave ¼" for the hem uncovered by the interfacing. This makes it easier to have a clean and non-bulky hem.

4. Hem all your pockets (¼") and pin. To help the hem stay in place iron the fabric. This will make sewing your hem a breeze.

5. Hem all your pockets so they're all even. Do not sew the sides yet. This will be done when we attach the piece to the leather backing.

6. Hem your pocket base just as you hemmed the pockets. The base is also going to act as a pocket when completed.

7. Sew the bottoms of each pocket to the base. Start with the top pocket and work down, doing one pocket at a time. Leave about ½" showing of each pocket top. This will allow your cards to sit nicely and to slightly show through so you can use them with ease.

8. Set your pockets aside for now, and grab your leather back. Pin the leather about ¼" down. Leather is not easy to pin or to iron. So be careful and make sure your iron is set to an appropriate setting. I also recommend putting a piece of fabric or brown paper in between and do not hold the iron on long. You don't want to burn or melt anything.

9. Attach your fasteners to the back and front piece of fabric. Making sure they line up and are centred. I placed mine about an inch from the bottom, but position is completely up to you.

Quick Tip: How to attach a fastener

• Your guide will have labeled slots on it and your fasteners should be labeled on the package.
• For me part "A" is the sharp end that goes on the back of the fabric. Insert this end into the "A" slot on your guide.
• Take part "D or C" which depending on which end you are doing will either be the male or female end of the fastener. And insert that into the opposite end.
• Make sure part "A" is on the wrong side of your fabric and sandwich the fabric in between and hammer the fastener together,

Make sure when doing the top fastener "male end" to do it before you sew the pieces together. This will make it so you can't see part "A" of the fastener.

10. Grab your pockets with base again and pin them to the front leather piece. Line up the bottom of the fabric with the bottom of the leather. Fold the edges of your pocket each about ¼" under and pin. This will make a clean edge. Don't bother doing this will the bottom of the fabric as it will be covered. Sew along the edges and bottom, leaving the top open.

11. Fold over the bottom piece to create the final pocket. Pin along the edges, joining the front and back together. Like before, use the iron to aid in the fold.

12. Sew along the edges to seal the seam together. Do this on both side. Always remember to back-stitch in the beginning and end of each line to ensure the thread won't come loose.

13. Finally sew the top of your wallet closed. You can create a hem here if you want, but with the unfinished edges I wanted it to be unfinished here too.

14. Cut off any loose edges to clean up your wallet and you're finished!

If you would like a little more guidance feel free to watch the video or ask me any questions and I'll be sure to answer them quickly.

Enjoy and thanks for reading!

Do It Yourself: Etched Glass

Hello Everyone and welcome to this weeks DIY. Glass etching is probably the easiest DIY to do now that we have etching creams but it can be one of the hardest processes depending on what you would like to etch. Simple lines and patterns will be easier than intricate designs. It is extremely fun and a fantastic way to customize anything so get creative!

What you Need:

• rubbing alcohol
• cotton pads
• paper towels
• bowl for etching cream
• etching cream (I used Martha Stewarts Brand- it's not the cheapest at $35 but it was all I could find)
• glass bottle, cup, vase, etc. (whatever you want to etch)
• pencil
• brush for etching cream
• exacto knife
• self-adhesive paper (found at walmart for $10)
• and a ruler if your design requires it

1. What you will want to do first is take the rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad and clean the surface you plan on working with. Once you have wiped the area free from any dust, dirt and oil, carefully dry the surface with paper towel. Remember to not touch the surface directly with your hands to avoid any unwanted oils. This will allow the paper and etching cream to stick nicely to the surface.

2. Decide on your design. This is completely up to you. I would recommend if you have a small surface to trace the area onto your paper so you know the space you're working with. It is also easier to work with flat surfaces so when you are starting out try to find something that isn't too round. This will make your stencil sit nicely on the surface.

3. Once you have decided on your design and are happy with how it looks, cut out the stencil. This is the trickiest part in my opinion.  If you have a swivel blade handy this will make curves easier but if you don't, just take it slow and be careful.

4. Once your design is cut out carefully peel and stick your design to the surface you are working on. Make sure it is pressed down firmly especially along the edges of your design to prevent bleeding.

5. Take your etching cream and pour a little in the bowl. You will only need about the size of a quarter and a half - or for my fellow Canadians a loonie sized amount. Take your brush (if you buy the Martha Stewart brand it comes with one) and brush the cream onto your design. You want the cream to be thick and even. It's okay to put a little too much cream on, since too much is better than too little.

6. Set your timer for 15-minutes and let the cream set.

7. Once the 15-minutes are over. Peel off your adhesive paper and run the surface under cold water. It is okay to rub the cream off while under the water with your hands as it has already set. This will remove any extra cream.

8. Once your surface is clean and dried you will be able to see your etched design and you can now display it as you see fit!

I hope you enjoyed this DIY, I didn't make a video for this one, on account it is very hard to film. I am buying a new tripod today to aid me in my DIY makings!

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Do It Yourself: Fried Honey Bananas

Hey Everyone!
This is a recipe that is perfect for those who want something sweet but also want to stay healthy. This recipe is gluten-free and paleo. It is also the perfect snack for those who have digestive issues like myself.

What you will need:
• Bananas
• Honey (use pure honey for paleo)
• Coconut Oil
• Water
• Cinnamon

1. Heat up the oil in a skillet over medium heat.

2. While your oil is heating up, chop your banana into pieces, ¼ of an inch works best.

3. Arrange the chopped banana pieces in the skillet. Leave them to fry for about 1-2 minutes on each side.

4. While the banana's are frying, mix 1 tbsp of honey and one tbsp of water and whisk.

5. Remove bananas from heat and pour over honey mixture and let cool.

6. Sprinkle the bananas with cinnamon and enjoy!

Now you can either enjoy these on their own, or you could add them to ice cream or crepes/pancakes in the morning. This recipe is super quick and easy to make and is definitely a really naturally sweet treat!

Want to watch the video? Click here:

I hope you enjoy and I shall talk to you soon!

Do It Yourself: Sugar Cookie Chex Mix

Hello Everyone! I apologize for my absence this past little while, I have been very ill lately and with that I find it hard to do any posts. But I am starting to try to get back into the swing of things and decided I would bring you a yummy snack for any occasion. The nice thing is the base of this mix is gluten free so as long as you make sure your other ingredients are good you have a yummy gluten-free snack!

What You Need:
• 6-cups of Rice Chex Cereal (which is less than one box)
• ¼ cup of margarine or butter
• 1 tbsp of corn syrup
• ¼ cup of granulated sugar
• 2 tsp of vanilla extract
• 1 cup of icing sugar

Optional Add-on: I added M&M's to mine to add a little bit of colour, you can either add the same or any other candy of your choice. You can also leave it plain. The snack is delicious just by itself.

• large microwaveable bowl (I chose one with a lid)
• microwavable measuring cup
•measuring spoons

1. Measure out 6 cups of the Chex cereal and pour it into the microwavable bowl.

2. In the measuring cup melt ¼ cup of margarine or butter for 30 seconds or until it is melted.

3. Once melted add 1 tbsp of corn syrup and ¼ cup of granulated sugar, heat this mixture for an additional 30 seconds.

4. Once heated give the mixture a quick stir and add in 2 tsp of vanilla extract. Once the vanilla is added stir again to make sure all the contents are mixed.

5. Pour the mixture onto the cereal and begin to slowly mix. Make sure to move slowly so you don't break any of the cereal and make sure all the cereal is covered.

6. Place the microwavable bowl into the microwave for two 1 min intervals. Make sure that you carefully stir the mix after each minute.

7. Pour the icing sugar onto the cereal. I did this in small bits to make sure all my cereal was covered. I chose to use a bowl that had a lid so I could place the lid and shake until all my mix was covered in the icing sugar. If you don't have a bowl with a lid you can either place the mix in a large freezer bag and seal it tight and shake, or you can slowly stir the icing sugar in.

8. Once finished the mix should be covered in the icing sugar. You can either serve as is or add any garnish that strikes your fancy.

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Thank you for reading and watching, I hope you enjoyed this recipe and please tweet or Facebook me a photo if you made it!

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