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Round Woven Jute & Leather Bag | DIY

 I love how this bag turned out and I can't believe how simple it was to make. It just goes to show if you can't stop thinking about a project, you should probably make it!

With just a few materials, this bag comes together in less than an hour and a half. It's a great way to practice different stitches on your sewing machine and new techniques with adding leather straps.

I love this woven bag trend and I can't wait to bring this bag around with me during the spring and summer!
 Round Woven Jute & Leather Bag DIY

Materials & Tools: 2 woven placemats (I found mine at Hobby Lobby for $3 each), Jute yarn, matching thread, leather straps, flat posts, sewing machine with zig-zag stitch, hammer, post setter, leather hole punch.

  • Cut 3 long 45 in. strips of jute yarn. Tie in a loose knot at the end and braid together. When you reach the end, tie in another loose knot. Repeat for 5 braids.
  • Turn your sewing machine on to the zig zag stitch setting. Folding the first braid in half, start to sew back and forth between the braid to connect the strands. Continue to attach more braids when you reach the end by stitching over them. 
  • You'll be making a long rectangle, so keep sewing back and forth until all of the braids are connected and your rectangle is complete. Back stitch and cut off loose threads
  • Sew your rectangle to one placemat by sewing along the circle edge. Repeat this on the opposite side with the last placemat.
  • To attach your leather straps, punch holes towards the end and post setter to attach the flat posts in place with a hammer. 

Not too bad, right? This is a great afternoon project to take on, especially if you are counting down the days until it is warmer like I am. Have you been crafting for spring yet?!


5-Minute Marble Tray | DIY

 I made this DIY last year and honestly never shared it on my blog because it is SO easy and so cheap...but I kept getting questions about it and figured the best DIYs are the simple ones. So here we go! Here is how to make your own marble tray in less than 5 minutes.

 5-Minute Marble Tray DIY
Materials: Large Rectangle Marble tile (I found mine at Home Depot), Adhesive Rubber Feet (also found at Home depot), Sand paper

Steps: Sand off any bar codes that may be on the edges of your tile using sand paper, apply rubber feet to the four corners of the tile. Optional: If your rubber feet are not sticking, use a heavy duty glue to apply.

Of course, you can get fancy and paint the edges or add handles but I'm learning I love a good simple home accessory that doesn't beg for attention but stands on its own. This marble tray allows our coffee table books, coasters and candles to have a grounding spot.

Looking for another DIY? Try this hexagon tray, this hexagon serving tray or this hexagon tile vase (can you sense a trend?!)



A FREE Workbook: How To Make Your First 100 Sales On Etsy

I wrote this blog post on how to make your first 100 sales on Etsy and then got to thinking there was so much more I could have added. That's when I thought to make a free workbook to walk Etsy sellers through their first 100 sales on Etsy.

I have opened three successful Etsy shops over the past 5 years and I've been wanting to help other Etsy sellers since the beginning. I hope this free resource helps you in your own Etsy journey!


What you'll learn through this workbook:
  - How to make sure your product is ready for Etsy and how to generate more sales through more product options. 
  - What makes a photo sell a product
  - How to promote to your circle of influence and beyond
  - How to create the perfect product title and focusing on SEO
  - How to adapt along the way!

Reaching your first 100 sales is a huge milestone to selling on Etsy. I've found that it is the first domino to the chain reaction so I'm excited to give you this free workbook to help you reach your first 100 sales!