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Simple Leather Camera Strap | DIY

It was about time I re-made my original Simple Leather Camera Strap DIY since I recently gave my original strap away to a friend. This time, I added some stitching and used a beautiful veg tan leather so it will turn a beautiful color over time. This is a great DIY for your photographer friends, or for yourself!
Materials: Leather veg tan strap (at least 30in.), 2 key rings, hammer, 2 rivets and a rivet setter, leather hole punch, sewing machine with leather needle (optional)

Process: First, cut your leather strap to the length you desire. If you are adding stitching details, stitch along the sides on both edges. Punch a hole about 2 inches from the end on one side of the strap. Feed the strap through a key ring and mark where to punch your next hole. Put the post of the rivet through the back of the strap and connect to the top of the rivet. Set in place with hammer and rivet setter and repeat on opposite side!

I love how simple this strap is and as always with veg tan, it will only get better patina over time! 

Thanks, Rachel, for these photos! 


Where To Find Bulky Yarn

Today is officially the first day of fall! What better time to start on your big crochet project than now?! After I made my chunky crocheted blanket last year, I felt like I hit the jackpot with Loops & Thread's Ginormous Yarn. It came in skeins of 100 yards and I got it all on sale at Michaels. Here is a photo for proof.

Unfortunately, it seems they discontinued this yarn and I have searched ALL OVER to find it for you. It is nowhere to be found. I did hear of a reader that found it recently at her closest Michael's, so maybe as the temps drop they will release it! Keep your eyes peeled because this yarn is the best and so inexpensive!

Chunky blankets are an investment. This is why you may be shocked at the price of a chunky blanket, but after making my own I completely understand. I've rounded up a few sources at the cheapest bulky yarn I could find for you to make your own blanket. If I missed some that you are aware of, please comment and add to the list!

1.  I love the texture in this yarn! It only comes in skeins of 14 yards, so keep this in mind when ordering.

2. Comes in skeins of 39 yards. You'll need quite a bit for a large blanket, but the colors are beautiful.

3. How fun is this big ball of yarn?! There are so many color options! For a blanket about the size I made, you'll need 6kg (about $250)

4. This is the closest to the yarn I used for my blanket. In fact, this is what I started using until I found it in bigger skeins labeled as "ginormous". Maybe that is why Loops & Threads discontinued the ginormous, since they knew they would make more off of chunky yarn in smaller skeins? Just a thought..

5. This is a great option for shopping at Michaels so you can use a coupon or take advantage of their sales (that seem to happen all.the.time). The material is more like a baby blanket, but who doesn't want a super soft blanket?

Do you have any big knitting or crocheting projects lined up now that it is fall? I'd love to hear about them!



Wooden Welcome Mat | DIY

 As you probably saw in the updated front entry post, we have a new welcome mat! I know a wooden doormat is not the most functional projects, but I love the simplicity of a mat like this because I've yet to find a regular door mat that I love. They all seem a little cheesy or quirky, which is great, but not necessarily what I'm looking for. Ever since I saw this doormat by The Merrythought, I had it on my list to make my own. I mixed inspiration from the girls at The Merrythought and Mandi from Vintage Revivals to create this welcome mat.

Materials: 8 ft. 1x4 board, 6 ft. 1x2 piece of wood, Plywood cut to your welcome mat dimensions, Wood Glue, Nail Gun or small screws, Miter Saw, Satin polyurethane or clear coat of your choice.

Steps: Move your miter saw to cut a 30 degree angle. I moved mine all the way to the left. Cut your first piece by lining up the saw blade and the corner of the piece of wood. Mark on your saw (or use tape to guide you) where the corner matched up. Flip the board over, line the edge to your tape and cut again. Continue making cuts until you have enough to cover your plywood. Glue the triangles together on the plywood and let dry. Cut your 1x2's to size to frame in the plywood and triangles. Using wood glue first, attach around the edges and then reinforce with a nail gun or small screws. Seal your welcome mat with polyurethane and let it dry completely!

Without sealing your mat, it can get dirty pretty quick but sealing it can allow you to simply wipe it off. Have fun DIY-ing!