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My Second Clutch/Wristlet

Ok, second time around. Made a few alterations from the first one.

My second clutch

My second clutch

The first change I made was to add interfacing to it to add body to the fabric. Here’s what I used.


Interfacing body

I put it between the pieces of fabric to add body. I also used it in the credit card second.

Inside peek

Inside peek

Look at all that junk!

Look at all that junk!

Man, I carry a lot of stuff! One of the best things about this clutch is my epi pen easily fits in it. I could fit it in my first one, but I had to work at it and it took up so much room. I made this one a little bigger specifically for my epi pen. Bonus – If it is big enough for my epi pen, it will also hold my glasses!

It is about 10x6

It is about 10×6



I used Velcro it close it and the same kind of elastic on the wrist hold as the first one.

Velcro close

Velcro close

So pretty

So pretty

I like the contrast of the dark fabric outside and the red fabric inside.
I used fat quarters from a novelty pack I got a Joann.
I used one whole fat quarter to make the inside of the clutch and half a fat quarter on the outside fabric.


My first clutch

I made a clutch today out of some scraps I had in my stash.  I wasn’t sure how it would turn out so I wanted to use scraps.


My First Clutch

My First Clutch


This is my own design and the first time I have made a clutch.  There may be an easier way to do it, but I got inspired and made this.  The inspiration came from one of my fellow nursing students, Andrea, who carries a small clutch instead of lugging around a purse along with our two tons of books.  I thought I’d like one too so, I did it my way…

I started with a piece of fabric that I folded in half (pretty sides together) and sewed up three sides except for a two-inch hole so I could turn it right side out.  I did the same thing twice more with pieces that were slightly smaller in width and a couple of inches shorter (to allow for the folded flap to close it).

Make 3 rectangles. One of which is larger.

Make 3 rectangles. One of which is larger.

So now you have 3 rectangular pieces of fabric that have the pretty side out on both sides.

3 rectangles

3 rectangles

Pretty on both sides

Pretty on both sides

Now you want to fold one like an accordion to make pockets for your credit cards, insurance card and ID.  I took some gift cards to the ironing board and started folding and pinning the fabric with the cards in them.  I made three rows.

Side view of credit card section

Side view of credit card section

Now sew a center line so you will have 6 slots for credit cards. and sew as close to the edge as you can on each side.  Use your finger to make sure there is enough slack in the fabric to put in credit card(s).

Credit card section

Credit card section


Now take your large piece of fabric and figure out where you want the bottom to be.  Fold it three pieces.  Like an envelope.  I left a two-inch (ish) piece at the top to act as the flap to close it.  Once I did that then I sewed Velcro on it to close it.  I folded the edge of the top flap over so it would be more sturdy, then sewed on the Velcro.

Crease your large piece of fabric with the iron and fold the remaining smaller piece in half.  This will act as a divider inside the clutch.  It will give you three separate sections.  Then sew the two pieces together along the crease.

Sew the two pieces together

Sew the two pieces together.

Now sew the credit card section to the large piece.  You can choose where you want it.  I felt like it was better furthest to the back so I can see the cards when I open it.

Sew in the credit card section

Sew in the credit card section

I sewed it in following the same center line I sewed earlier to create 6 slots.  Then I sewed as close to the edge as I could on each side and across the bottom.  I did not sew up the top.  I happened to notice that it was just the right size for my iPhone, so I left the top open which give me two pockets that for my phone and whatever else I might want to stick in it (monthly girly items).

Unexpected iPhone pocket

Unexpected iPhone pocket

Next I laid it open flat and sewed the dividers as close to the edge as I could.

Sew the sides of the dividers down

Sew the sides of the dividers down

Now make a strap.  I made mine out of some elastic I purchased to make hair ties.  I got some that was velvety on one side and elastic on the other.  Turns out it isn’t stretchy enough for me to use as a hair tie (I like things easy), so now I have a use for it.  I looped it so the velvety side would be against my wrist. You know, because I am a princess and like nice things.

I folded my clutch in half and sewed up each side and enclosed the strap when I did.  Voila, one clutch.  Like I said, this was my own design, so there are probably easier ways of doing this, but I had a blast making it!

Look at all that stuff!

Look at all that stuff!


My 10 Minute Dress

I am by no means an expert seamstress.  I would definitely call myself a novice, and I just made a dress in about 10 minutes!  Talk about a confidence booster!

I bought some fabric yesterday at JoAnn.  It was that fabric that is already shirred.  I’ve been eyeballing it for a while, but never purchased it because I felt like to was too expensive.  Well it was on sale so I bought it.   I mean really, I made a dress in 10 minutes for $12.00.

So the dress took one seam.  Yes, I said ONE seam.  Well, really it took two because I redid the seam to make it fit a bit more snug.  Had I gotten the size right the first go round, it would have only taken one seam.

I measured myself above my boobs (just put the measuring tape in your armpits – or if you are like me… um, a bit lower) and have your fabric cut to an inch more than that measurement.  Iron your fabric.  Next pin the fabric inside out and sew the seam.  I used my serger, but you can use your sewing machine.  Tuck in any loose threads and voila, a dress in 10 minutes.

The 10 minutes includes ironing, pinning, sewing and trying it on, and in my case, sewing again and trying it on again.  So it will probably take you less than 10 minutes.  I’m seriously thinking about going to get more fabric so I can have one in each color they sell!

In another 10 minutes you could easily add straps to the dress.  I’m going to live on the wild side and not add them to mine. LOL

My 10 Minute Dress

My 10 Minute Dress

Length of dress

Length of dress

Curried Carrot Soup

You aren’t going to believe how delicious this soup is!  The best part is it took less than an hour to make it.


1.5 pounds of carrots, chopped (helpful hint… the smaller you cut the carrots, the less time they take to cook)

1 small onion, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 avocado

1 tsp. yellow curry powder

1 tsp. red curry powder

raw pumpkin seeds ( I used a handful)

1 tbsp. fresh rosemary

4 basil leaves

Chives for garnish

4 cups water (you could use milk, cream, coconut milk if you wish)

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. lime juice

Put your pot on the stove over a medium-high heat.  When it is hot, add the olive oil.  When it gets shimmery it is ready.

Add the chopped carrots and onions. Stir them around so they get coated in olive oil.

Let them cook a couple of minutes then add your chopped garlic.

Let them cook until the onions and carrots start to caramelize.

Add the water and let it come to a boil.

Turn it down so it won’t boil over.

I added the herbs at this point.  I also added the curry powders.  Stir to mix in.

Let it simmer until the carrots are soft.

Once your carrots are soft, it is ready.  You can eat it like it is or your can blend it all together.

I chose to blend mine together.  I used a hand blender (you know, that boat motor looking thingy).  You could use food processor or blender.  Whatever you have handy.

Blend it up.

Stir in, by hand,  the lime juice and pumpkin seeds after you blend it.

Right before you serve it, add some sliced avocado to the bowl of soup and sprinkle it with some chives.

Curried carrot soup

Curried carrot soup

Quinoa Brownies

I know this isn’t exactly a low carb dessert.  I made it the best way that I know how.  I started by tossing a cup of raw quinoa in my Vitamix and blended it on high for less than a minute and got a nice, fine flour.  (See photo’s below) I used a 1/2 cup of the flour and put the rest in a storage bag for use later.  I blended a cup because I wasn’t sure how much flour it would make.  I thought it was better to have more in case I needed it.  You can purchase quinoa flour at most stores in the flour section.  Me being me, I wanted to see if I could make it.  Turns out I can and it is cheaper for me to make it than purchase it.  Yea me!

I like my brownies to have a little kick to them so I toss in some ground cayenne pepper.  It makes them ever so yummy!

Quinoa Brownies

Quinoa Brownies


1/2 cup quinoa flour

6 tbsp cocoa powder

1/4 cup honey ( more if you want it sweeter)

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp strong coffee

2 egg whites or 2/3 a cup of egg substitute

1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper (more or less or optional)

Mix your dry ingredients in  a bowl.

Mix your wet ingredients in a separate bowl.

Combine the contents of each bowl.  Mix well.

Pour into a prepared baking dish (I prefer to use parchment paper)

Bake in a 325 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes.  Check with a knife.  If it comes out clean, it is done.


By the way, here’s what the flour looked like:

Quinoa turning to flour in Vitamix

Quinoa turning to flour in Vitamix


Quinoa Flour

More Baby Bibs

I made some more bibs and wanted to share them with you.  I used the same basic pattern as back in October of 2012.

With a couple of modifications.  I used buttons to close the bibs and I mixed and matched some fabric to make it more fun.  I also put monograms on one of them.  I think they turned out adorable!

Girly bib

Girly Bib Back

Girly Bib 2

Girly Bib Front

Boy's Bib Back

Boy’s Bib Back

Boy's Bib Front

Boy’s Bib Front

They aren’t perfect, but I’m not sweating it too much.  They were fun to make and the babies are going to be getting them filthy anyway.  More importantly, aren’t they adorable?  So much fun!

I need more of my friends to get pregnant so I have a reason to make more of these!  Come on – get to it! Make those babies!  It is spring time after all…


It has been a while since I’ve posted.  I took a little break.  It seemed like everything in my life was going crazy so I took some time to myself.  I am back now, so watch out!

Reversible Apron.  Two Pocket Side

Reversible Apron. Two Pocket Side

Reversible Apron.  Three Pocket Side

Reversible Apron. Three Pocket Side

I made this lovely reversible apron for my boyfriend’s mom.  She loves horses so the fabric seemed like a no-brainer.  As for the design… I made it with all the things I would like in an apron and can never seem to find.

  • extra long ties
  • multiple pockets (two on one side and three on the other)
  • reversible
  • monogrammed
  • long
  • busy pattern so you can’t see the mess (really so others can’t see what a mess you made of yourself)

I cut the aprons (2)  free hand. Then sewed the pockets together then to the apron.  Cut and sewed the ties together then pinned them to the aprons.  I sewed the two aprons together wrong side out, leaving the bottom unsewn.  I turned it right side out then sewed up the bottom.  Voila! A reversible apron with pockets on both sides (two on one side and three on the other).  Different pocket styles on each side.  I find I can never have enough pockets.  I placed the pockets below the waist so when you bend over nothing falls out.

Scribblings of a crazy woman.

Scribblings of a crazy woman.

I hope my design works as well for her as I think it will.  I’m going to get sewing on another one for me.  I’m beginning to have apron envy.