Homespun Help.

Lately, I’ve been semi-obsessing over new ideas for the Homespun Haley shop. Admittedly, I’ve also been semi-proud of myself for thinking things through before diving into them. I’ve been drawing up ideas and sewing several prototypes until I reach the best design. photo (11) Even though I’ve got about a million ideas that flutter through my mind everyday, what actually gets created and sold depends on one thing…what you want. I may think I have a good idea of what those things are, but how could I possibly if I’ve never asked? Here are some ideas I’ve been kicking around.

imageSo please, please, please, take a moment and let me know…what would you LOVE to see in the Homespun shop? More jewelry?  More clutches? Something random that I’ve never thought of? Leave a comment here or head on over to the Homespun Facebook Page and comment there. You never know…there might just be a giveaway that comes out of all this. ;)

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Giveaway.

Well, I got into a fight with my wireless router yesterday. Which was weird considering it’s a 5″ x 5″ plastic box. It was not clear however, which of us would be the victor until I made one last ultimately successful move. I bought a new one. So here I am! I can watch Poirot and look up new sewing tutorials once again. The two days without either of those things was close to torture.

So I’m happy about my new super fast internet, as well as several other things. A. I pulled some onions. They’re amazing.

B. My spider mums are blooming.  and C. The cobs are looking awesome!!

All of this excitement means it’s giveaway time. So, I’m going with the whole mum theme, and dishing out this super cute clutch for one lucky commenter. 

There are more pics online here, if you want to take a look. It’s lightweight and perfect for summer.

All you have to do is comment on this post by Wednesday (tomorrow) at 5pm PST.

Happy Winning!

100th post giveaway!

100 posts to me is a big deal. I began blogging about five months ago and have averaged five posts per week since then. I’m proud of myself for sticking with it, despite how my perfectionism and lack of blogging knowledge can clash. A friend made a comment on Facebook a while ago that was really meaningful to me. When I mentioned how put together her blog looked, she said it took a while to create but not to worry, mine would get there too. For someone who likes things just so, it was helpful to have a reminder that my blog is right where it needs to be, where it’s expected to be. That with time, it will become more polished, more like the vision I have in my mind for it. (Thanks Bethany…you didn’t know how much that meant did you?)

So thanks to you who have been so supportive! Here’s to 100 posts! To celebrate, I’ve got a gift for you. I made this little clutch from a tutorial I found on Pinterest. To win it, all you have to do is comment. Simple.

 I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner tomorrow night. You have until then to comment and be entered to win!

Happy blogging!

Cozy Clutch Tutorial

Welcome, the Cozy Valentine Clutch. Hopefully the meaning behind its name is evident. (the hearts + girly fabric + Valentines day being tomorrow).

Wanna know how to make this mini clutch? Ironically this tutorial has 14 steps. It was meant to be.

Special notes: This clutch is approximately 4″ tall x 6″ wide and 2″ deep. If you would like to make a bigger clutch, simply increase all the dimensions by a couple of inches.

Materials: One button, 4 inch elastic cord, cardstock 4″x8″, fusible interfacing 8″x15″, liner fabric 8″x15″, Outer body fabric 11″x8″ and flap fabric 4″x8″. Like all sewing projects, you will need an iron, ruler, marker/pen, scissors and/or rotary cutter.

Step one Right sides facing, place your flap fabric and body fabric together along the 8″ edge. Sew together with 1/4 inch seam allowance. Press seam open.

Step two Iron the fusible interfacing onto your liner fabric.

Step three To create a templet for your curved flap, fold a piece of 4″x8″ cardstock in half. Cut a curve from one corner to another. Tweak until you get the shape you like.

Step four Place the template onto your flap fabric and trace. Cut out the shape.

Step five Lay your fabric on top of the interfacing sandwich. Trace the same curve and cut out.

Step six Place the liner fabric and outer fabric together, right side in. Pin.

Step seven Fold your 4 inch elastic cord in half. Place this directly in the center of your curved flap, in between the liner and outer fabric. Make sure the loop is on the inside of the sandwich (you’ll be turning this inside out.)

Step eight Sew sides and curve together – 4 inch seam allowance. (Not the bottom edge)

Step nine Turn right side out and press. (Can you spot my mistake? I had to go back and fix it. Not the end of the world, what is sewn can be un-sewn.)

Step ten Fold bottom edges in about 1/2 inch, iron and stitch. This seam will be visable. You may want to change your thread color at this point.

Step eleven Fold the fabric, right side in, and stitch edges closed.

Step twelve Box the corners. While the clutch is inside out, grab the corner and flatten with the side seam flat instead of creased. Be sure to smooth out the inner fabric with your finger. You don’t want it bunching. Use a ruler to mark where the corner is 2 inches apart. Draw a line. Do this on both corners.

 Step thirteen Sew along the line and turn inside out.

 Step fourteen Pick a button and pop it on there!