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Friday
Aug092013

Special Website Announcement!

Hey everyone! You've undoubtedly noticed that things have been slow around here. The biggest reason for that is that I've been busy with moving the website from our current server onto a new one. Super exciting, super scary. 

I have most of the preparation done, so over the next couple weeks the real move will happen. The site might be unaccessible, slow, or just plain weird at times, but don't worry, things will be back to normal in no time! 

Why I'm excited about this (and you should be, too) is:

- faster website loading speeds
- easier site updating (which means we'll spend less time writing about projects and more time making new projects)
- some new features right away
- more new features in the future (when they'll be so much easier for me to build!)

All your bookmarks and links should continue to work as usual. The RSS feed should, too, but if you don't seen anything in your feeds for a while give it a double check - that's the glitchiest thing I've been working on so far.

Thank you SO MUCH for your patience, and I look forward to our better future!

<3
Kris 

P.S. - Don't forget about the new Skillshare class - we already have a bunch of students signed up so it should be lots of fun! 

Sunday
Jul282013

Leather Accessory Making Online Workshop


A few weeks ago Skillshare came to us to ask if we would create a class for them. Because they're a really fun site full of all kinds of cool classes we accepted, of course, and put together a class on Leather Accessory Making

The class includes the patterns for the messenger bag and wallet shown in the picture, as well as a bunch of video lessons about buying leather, different ways to make seams, how to hem leather, and lots of other things that you need to know to make professional quality leather goods.

You work through the course at your own pace, and we'll be there to help you along. We'd love to see some familiar blog friends in the course! Class begins August 24th!

Tuesday
Apr232013

Gathered Stripes Knitting Pattern

This textured stripe pattern alternates segments of garter stitch with segments of gathered stockinette stitch. It's a nice way to add some visual interest without a lot of complexity. This is shown in a smooth cotton yarn which results in an almost lacy garter stitch, but the effect would be very different in a lofty wool.

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Sunday
Apr072013

Sewing Decorative Charms

Wandering through the aisles of a craft store can lead to all sorts of inspiration. Some objects are designed for one type of craft project seem destined to be used in another area. Sewing decorative charms like the bag of mother-of-pearl chips I found located with the mosaic/glass working stuff is be a beautiful way to create a new texture on a leather bag. But how do you attach something like this (with no holes or facets) to fabric?
Sewing Charms onto Fabric or Leather

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Thursday
Mar142013

Classic Knotted Belt

This classic belt has a nautical influence and is a great wardrobe staple. Make your own so it's the perfect size to fit you.

Belt made with nautical style macrame knotting.

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Saturday
Mar092013

Camera Strap - Cut and Sew

Having a custom camera strap made from the colors and fabrics that match your personal style is a great addition to your wardrobe and it keeps your camera at close reach.

**Disclaimer** This camera strap is made from leather.  Leather is strong and durable. However, if your camera lenses are very heavy or the camera may have stress exerted on it during wear (moving it around quickly, excessive downward force placed on the strap by jumping or dropping the camera, etc) you should stick with commercially made camera straps with nylon connection points.  Nylon has a much higher tensile strength than leather and should be used if there will be a lot of force placed upon the camera.  This strap is designed to be worn in casual situations (like walking around taking photos in a low stress environment).  Your camera equipment is expensive and the authors at HowDidYouMakeThis? cannot be held responsible or liable for damages if your strap breaks.  Use your best judgement!

Here is the tutorial on how to pattern your own custom camera stap or you can buy this pattern for $1USD.

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Wednesday
Mar062013

Patterning a Camera Strap

If you want to carry your camera in a way that keeps it handy and easy to use a good quality camera strap is needed.  However, so many of them are unattractive and the nice ones are so expensive!  Why not make one for yourself?  The following pattern is for working with leather (or vinyl) and fabric.
Make your own DIY Camera Strap

**Disclaimer** This camera strap is made from leather.  Leather is strong and durable. However, if your camera lenses are very heavy or the camera may have stress exerted on it during wear (moving it around quickly, excessive downward force placed on the strap by jumping or dropping the camera, etc) you should stick with commercially made camera straps with nylon connection points.  Nylon has a much higher tensile strength than leather and should be used if there will be a lot of force placed upon the camera.  This strap is designed to be worn in casual situations (like walking around taking photos in a low stress environment).  Your camera equipment is expensive and the authors at HowDidYouMakeThis?|Luxe DIY cannot be held responsible or liable for damages if your strap breaks.  Use your best judgement! 

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