Buy or DIY: Loeffler Randall Tassel Clutch

Buy or DIY - Loeffler Randall Tassel Pouch how to make

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Lately there’s been a plethora of crafty accessories all over the stores. Colorful tassels, fringe, pompons, and embroidery evoke a 70’s Summer with an 80’s pop flair. This means that any wily DIY’er can easily create the look for less and craft up accessories that look fresh, fun, fantastic, and on-trend this Summer without breaking the bank.

Take this Loeffler Randall Tassel Pouch – a big, trendy investment at $225. (And now totally sold out – for good reason! Similar in beige with silver tassels here.)

Why not be inspired to create your own fun version at a fraction of the cost?

BUY – Original

Loeffler Randall Tassel Pouch, $225 (similar here)

DIY – Your Own Version

YOUNA Small Leather Crossbody Purse, $15.99

1/10yd Custume DIY Craft Leather Fringe Tassel trims, $0.99 per 1 yard piece

Loctite Vinyl, Fabric, and Plastic Adhesive, $10.50 for 2

Pick up some suede tassel trim from your local crafts, notions, or leather working store – or from eBay here. (At $0.99/yard – plus a little wait for shipping – eBay is definitely the most affordable option…though if you can buy local, go for it!) If you’re buying on eBay I recommend these colors from the seller to truly recreate the Loeffler Randall look: Yellow, Watermelon Red, Blue, Orange, Purple, Dark Purple, Pink, and Beige.

Use a plain black zip pouch as your base (or try my DIY Leather Laptop Sleeve to make from scratch – just add a zipper closure to the top instead of an elastic!)

Roll up the tassel trims, spreading some Loctite Adhesive at the base to hold the rolls. When you feel the roll is full enough, cut off the remainder. Allow to dry, holding closed with a piece of tape.

One dry, fan out the pompons (you may need to trim the end of the tassels shorter) and use a generous dab of Loctite on the base to secure to the pouch. If you’re worried about adhesion, a hand-stitch using black polyester waxed thread and a leather hand-sewing needle will secure those suckers on there!

Pair with some natural wedges, some washed skinny jeans, and a wrap top make of striped shirting – and you have yourself a foolproof day-to-night Summer outfit!

Happy DIY’ing!

xo

Carly

3 DIY Ideas for Valentine’s Day Projects (That You Don’t Have to Only Use for Valentine’s Day!)

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In the past couple days I’ve shared some fun projects with Paper Mart and I wanted to combine them all into one round-up in case you missed any. Instead of the typical candy or chocolates, use your creativity and surprise your honey (or make some pretty decor!) with these ideas:

DIY Valentine’s Day Jeweled Wreath

DIY Valentine’s Day Labeled Glass Bottles

DIY Valentine’s Day Crepe Paper Peony Flowers

Thank you to Paper Mart for supplying the materials to make these projects!

Happy DIY’ing – and Happy Valentine’s Day!
xo
Carly

20 DIY’s to Elevate Your Spring Style

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Spring is on its way, bringing a revival of pastel hues, flowery motifs, and lighter fabrics. Want to start the season off with a couple DIY projects to freshen up your wardrobe? Check out these 20 Spring Fashion DIY’s from the Chic Steals archives:

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Illusion Jeweled Rhinestone Chandelier Earrings

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Super-Easy Tattoo Tights

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Tom Binns Neon Cameo Necklace

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Colorblocked Bag (or How to Paint Leather with Acrylic Paint)

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Easy 1 and 2/3 Yards Lace Dress

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Alteration 101: How to Make a T-Shirt Dress Bigger

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Colorful Anthropologie Tassel Necklace

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Galaxy Print Mini-Skirt

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Radiant Rhinestone Belt

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Miu Miu Rhinestone-Embellished Flats

And I’m sure you’re looking for MORE Spring projects, so here you go!

10 DIY Projects for Spring crafts roundup

Clockwise, from top left:

Flowered Ballet Flats  |  Floral Applique Cardigan  |  Prada Rose Cabochon Stud Earrings

Gold Foil Easter Egg Nails  |  Flower Barrette

Flowered Snackcessory Clutch  |  Watercolor Scarf  |  Enamel Bib Necklace

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Lace Maxi-Skirt

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Flower Petal Top

Happy Spring – and Happy DIY’ing!

xo
Carly

DIY: No-Sew Clutch with Audrey Fabric from Jo-Ann’s Buttercream Luxe Collection

This post is part of a paid campaign with Kollabora and Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts. All opinions expressed are my own. My full Disclosure Policy is here.

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Jo-Ann has just released a brand-new line of luxe fabrics known as the Buttercream Luxe Craft Collection exclusively at Jo-Ann stores. The Collection consists of Audrey, Olivia, Stella, and Elizabeth fabrics: all color-coordinated and designed to work together for all your projects.

The beautiful monochrome and chic patterns probably make Audrey my favorite collection – but the other ones are pretty gorgeous as well!anchor_elizabethanchor_oliviaanchor_stella

Kollabora put together a project featuring fabric from the Audrey Collection: this super-cute No Sew Clutch.

No Sew Audrey Clutch with Jo-Ann Buttercream fabric

See the full project with instructions here:

Audrey No-Sew Clutch by Kollabora

I can’t wait to check out this line at Jo-Ann…using my 40% off coupon…and whip up something really gorgeous for my office!

xo
Carly

Kollabora x Jo-Ann Fabrics DIY Instagram Instacation Magnets

Ever wanted to display all those beautiful photos from your Instagram feed into a craft easily and at home?

This is a fun project to turn Instagram photos into magnets commemorating a fun event or time. (AKA an “Instacation!”)

They’re surprisingly easy to make at home (and a number of the supplies used in this project are on sale right now!) Plus, you don’t have to use a 3rd part for the printing – you can just use a regular printer to print your images on cardstock. Print, cut, and stick and that’s it!

Check out How to Make the DIY Instagram Magnets here

xo

Carly

FTC Disclosure: This post was part of a paid campaign with the Kollabora Network. The above opinions are my own. My full Disclosure Policy is here.

DIY Links of the Week 5/11-5/17/15

links-of-the-week-portland-love-padlockMy tutorial on how to take headshot photos that reflect your blog’s brand was just included in the weekly round-up of Links a la Mode on IFB!

There are a bunch more links – and many EXCELLENT DIY tutorials as well, so clicky clicky to visit all those included and say hi!

Thanks for the inclusion!

xo
Carly

Links à la Mode: May 14

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