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How to sew a simple cape

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I’m not kidding when I tell you I made this last winter….and I am just now getting to tell you about it. I waited too long to write the post …and then it was past the season— so I thought I would wait until this fall. This project is a fabulous beginner sewing project. Straight stitch…nothing too fancy…and it can be made to fit anyone. I made this one for me…but the peanut uses it too. Here is how you can sew your own simple cape…..

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The fabric I choose was 54 wide ( my finished arm length is 19.5 inches)….so when you go into JoAnn or where ever you go to get your fabric…look for the longer bolts of fabric. This is a “suiting” fabric….tweeds work great too…just pick something that isn’t too heavy….and not too bulky…because you will be lining it and you want to fit it into your machine. You do NOT pre wash this fabric…if something gets on this….just have it dry-cleaned—as you would a suit.

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Lay the fabric flat on a large work surface.(pic1) Fold the fabric into 4ths….meaning fold it in half and then in half again. Be sure that all edges are even and the corner is square. Measure from the corner out to the “arm” length (pic2). Mine is the entire length of the fabric. Hold the measure tape at the corner and trace with chalk the radius from that point (pic 3). This will give you your cutting line. Pin all layers and cut. From the corner….mark with chalk 2.5 inches for the “neck”…pin and then cut the corner out with shears. (pic4) . Spread fabric into the circle shape and choose a place to cut from the outer edge to the neck. This will be the front of your cape.

Repeat with your lining fabric (mine is a lightweight satin)

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Pin the right sides together matching edges and pinning. A large work surface is key to having it all line up. Leave a 4-5 inch opening on the outer edge to be able to turn fabric inside out.

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Sew a straight stitch around the entire circle…leaving your opening. Trim your material and turn right side out and iron your edges. Fold in the opening and iron…then straight stitch to close the seam. You can choose to do a closure of some sort….I sewed on a small snap in the front to prevent it from slipping off when I am wearing it. This is more of an “accessory” like a scarf…so you don’t need the closure if you don’t want to fool with it.

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Dude…you just sewed a cape!! Stand up and do the happy dance!!!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

New clutches in the shop…20% off for my readers

Hi all!! I have had the sewing itch lately and I created some new clutches for my etsy shop! I shared them yesterday on Facebook and Twitter…but with some of the FB changes I am not sure how many of you all are seeing my updates. Apparently you may have to “like” my page again and click “show in newsfeed” if you want to see my facebook post.

Here are the new clutches….I am going to offer my readers a 20% off discount for the next week or so.

 

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Madras lined with a blue dot

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Vintage floral lined with a red dot

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Amy Butler floral lined with an aqua dot

Here is a link to

Peanutbearys on etsy

 

For your 20% discount…enter the code “Reader” in the coupon box when you check out!

Back tomorrow with a One Sentence interview with Marian from “Miss Mustard Seed”! !!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Update: How to sew a clutch and finish it

Hi all!! Hope you are having a relaxing Memorial Day weekend. I wanted to pop in and share a little update on a past post I did about making your own clutch purse….

A long while back I made a Youtube about how to sew a clutch purse. It has been viewed over 25,000 times. Y’all like the clutch purse…a lot. I have also had many questions about it…and so here is an update to answer some of those questions…I hope this helps yall ;)

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1. What size are the clasp for this clutch and where did you buy them?

The only place I have found that carries this size and style is a buyer on etsy . She is fabulous and can help answer any questions you may have too:)

2. How do you finish the purse?

Yes…an important step that I completely failed to leave out of the video. I am so sorry about this!! Here is my attempt to make it up to you….A photo tutorial…on how to finish your clutch purse….

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If you haven’t viewed the original video…and would now like to make your own clutch purse…here is the link for the video. Please excuse my cheesiness….;)

 

 

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Sew a custom Coverlet

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I still walk in my daughter’s new room and smile. I would have loved this room when I was her age! It is such a fun hangout space! When we were looking for a comforter we came up short. There wasn’t much out there…besides zebra print. And neither of us really wanted that. I stumbled upon a fabulous tent sale at a local fabric store. This fabric was marked down to $5 per yard. It was a crazy price for this fabric. Original price on it was $48 a yard. YIKES! Goes to show you that if you see a bit tent outside a very fancy frilly fabric store…give yourself 5 minutes to look…you never know what you may find. I scooped up the last 2 yards and it became my daughter’s coverlet. Here is how I made it….

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You need a large space! I used the floor. My daughter’s bed is a twin. The width of this fabric was the perfect size. I didn’t need to cut it or make a seam anywhere. If you are wanting to make a queen…you would have to by double the fabric and seam the fabric together in the center all the way down so that your width would cover the bed. For the backed of my coverlet I used a twin fleece blanket from target. It worked out great because I knew it I used that as a guide it would fit the bed perfect. Plus it’s nice and soft ;) We also used a down comforter under this to use as her main blanket.

Spread and smooth out the fabric. Place the fleece blanket (right sides together) and start pinning. Be SURE to not skip the pinning step!! It is crucial when you are sewing a ginormous piece like this to pin every 4 inches or so….otherwise you are going to  end up wanting a drink in the middle of the day. Super frustrated! Pin and be happy I say!

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Sew a straight stitch all the way around the piece. Leave an opening large enough to get your hand in there. Turn the piece right side out and smooth out the corners. Fold in the opening and stitch shut.

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And you have your custom made coverlet…on the cheap and completely unique!!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
custom length curtains for less

Custom length curtains for less

I recently shared this over at CSI project and I wanted you to see it too.  Here is a super easy way to make an inexpensive store bought curtain look a lot more custom. I bought these curtains on clearance at Target. I think they were maybe $7 each.

The only trouble was they were about 18 inches too short. My solution was to buy one yard of fabric….cut it in half and sew it to the bottom of my curtains.

I lined the back of the fabric…pinned it to the bottom of the curtain and sewed a straight stitch. It makes the curtains feel a bit more weighted at the bottom too!

It is a really easy way to make some custom length curtains….without the expense :)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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