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Latest obsession: DIY $6 Gel Manicure (How to use ImPress Nails)

A beauty blogger, I am not….but I have to tell you how much I love this product. I heard about it from Mallory over at ClassyClutter. She showed on her instastory a few weeks back these nails that you press on, and they stay on, do not get marked up, look amazing for a week…and then you take them off. I was intrigued mainly because I am that person who gets a gel manicure, and then HATES to go back and get it taken off—so I try to do it myself, with the foil and the acetone, and waiting—and I end up crying and cursing all the things after about an hour or trying to take off the gel nail polish. Can. Not. Stand the gel. So, I wanted to try these Impress Nails, they are cheap, come in a ton of colors, no harsh gel light thing, no harmful chemicals and are SOOOOOOO easy to put on and take off. Since I project a lot, and my nails are constantly getting beaten up, I thought it was at least worth a try. I shared this on instagram a few weeks back—yall were intrigued too. I will say, that I didn’t find much info online about the best way to take them off. So I did put a little video together so that you can see how easy it is:) You can find these at most drug stores and Target etc….I have found the most color selection at CVS (in stores they are about $6)

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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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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….;)

 

 

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