Moroccan Pouf | DIY

3.27.2015

Until last night, I didn't even know what this was called. I searched on Pinterest 'leather pouf' and found they are actually called Moroccan Poufs. They can be pretty pricey, so I was pretty excited when I found this tutorial on how to make your own. It seemed like a fun project to try out and I had plenty of leather left over from a project I was never going to use so it was worth the shot!



You can follow Gentry's tutorial here. It is very easy to follow!

Here are some notes I'd add from making my own pouf:
-I used a thin, distressed leather hide. It was about 2 yards and I had some left over.
-Pleather would also work great!
-For stuffing, I used batting, old pillow cases, and pillow filling. To fill your pouf, stuff a lot towards the top and shape it. This makes the shape prominent and doesn't make it too stiff. Be less generous with the stuffing towards the zipper.
-I was going to add stitching afterwards using the zig zag stitch on my machine but stuck with the subtle shapes. If you want to add stitching, I would recommend going over each seam with a zig zag or decorative stitch before moving onto the next shape.
-The directions say to make 16 of each shape, I ended up only using 13 because I think I made my circle too small. I was still pleased with how the size turned out.
-For my zipper I used the technique I used here. I wasn't too worried about hiding it since it will always be on the bottom. I cut the circle out in one piece and attached the zipper to line up with the long rectangle I cut out.
-A great idea is to make two or three in different colors and sizes and style like this






I've been wanting to take small strides towards decorating our home without having to break the bank. What have you been making lately?

Leather Zippered Pouch | DIY

3.19.2015

Recently, I've been toying around with some bags, wallets and other small accessories to launch in my Etsy shop. I've been carrying around this pouch, and another variation of it for a few months now and would love to show you how to make your own. If you aren't into making your own, keep an eye out on my Etsy..I'll be adding some of these soon!
Materials:  Thin leather, tapestry fabric, metal zipper, rotary cutter, right angle ruler 
Steps: Cut a rectangle 8.5 inches wide by 10.5 inches tall. In the middle, draw a line 9.5 inches long - leaving an inch on each side. Draw a line parallel to it, a quarter inch below and connect with lines on the end to make a rectangle. Cut this shape out. Attach zipper by lining up under the rectangle you just cut and sew around the parameter. Cut off the excess zipper. Cut a rectangle shape from your tapestry fabric to the size and shape of your liking leaving a sewing allowance (I made sure mine was big enough to fit my phone). Sew your fabric to your leather, leaving the top open. Fold the leather rectangle in half and sew around edges. Now you have a fun new bag to carry all your necessities in!



 I made one without a pocket and used a paint pen to add polka dots and I also made one that has a rectangle ring for easy carrying. These are pretty simple to make and are so useful! Have fun making your own :)

Date Night Idea: Make Your Own Sushi

3.09.2015

Next time you are looking for a fun night in, make your own sushi! I went to a party a while back where we made our own sushi and took a stab at it on Valentines day and it was so fun! I did a ton of research before hand for recipes and tips, so be sure to read up on how to make the rice properly. The best part is you can try out different combinations and make a roll or two to save for lunch the next day. We ate sushi as a snack and as lunch for the rest of the week! It was a big success in the Weston household.

Have you ever made your own sushi?