Thursday, March 22, 2012

D.I.Y clutch

I was feeling creative a few weeks ago, so I went to spotlight(fabric store) for some inspiration. 
I came home with a piece of black vinyl, yellow lining, a zip and some gold studs.
I decided I would attempt to make a clutch, I don't sew much and I have to admit that I am pretty average. 

Below are the steps to making a simple clutch.
You can use these directions to make any size clutch that you want, below I have put the dimensions of my clutch.

You need:
A 25cm zip 

A piece of lining, about 1 metre

Vinyl 1metre

Gold studs, you can usually buy these in a small bag in the crafts area

I got out my tape measure and drew 2 rectangles approximately 30x44cm and cut them out

Face the vinyl together and pin

I then did the same with the lining but added a couple of centimeters extra, this needs to fit around the vinyl

Sew the vinyl together leaving about 1cm at the top and repeat with the lining without leaving the 1cm gap

Push the studs through the vinyl, I recommend doing this before sewing the vinyl together

This is where it gets tricky. Turn clutch inside out and pin the zip to the right side of the vinyl. Sew the zip onto the bag.   Now you need to sew on the vinyl to cover up the gaps that the zip has left on either side, just sew to the point where the zip has started.

Now that you have the zip on you will want to add the lining to the bag. 
Put the lining over the inside out bag and fold down the tops of the lining to make a neat edge.
Pin the lining to the zip and sew, this way you are not sewing on the vinyl.

Tad-ah you now have one awesome clutch

If you have any questions about this post please don't hesitate to ask.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Wants for Autumn

Leather, leather and more leather!

Emily from Cupcakes and cashmere wearing leather top from H&M

Leather roped detailed biker jacket from ASOS

Leather mini dress from ASOS

Angelina Jolie pulls off this leather pencil skirt perfectly, I love it with the blouse.

Leather trousers from Zara

Real leather isn't exactly the cheapest thing to buy, so I think I may have to pick just a couple of items for this Autumn/Winter. 
I bought some faux leather leggings in the weekend to wear out on Saturday night, I paired them with some knee high wedged suede boots and a long black top.
I also want to experiment with coloured leather this year. Ah if only money grew on trees.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Delish muesli bars

We have a insane amount of rolled oats in our pantry which we hardly ever use, so I thought I would make some muesli bars.

Recipe adapted from this Choc chip oat slice

Melted butter, egg and a dash of vanilla essence added to the mix

Extra pistachios, cashews and seeds sprinkled on top with a drizzle of golden syrup before popping into the oven


1 cup of flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1 cup of rolled oats
1/4 cup of desiccated coconut
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup of sultanas
1/2 cup chocolate buttons
1/4 cup pistachios 
1/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup assorted seeds
5-6 prunes 
Dash of vanilla essence
1 egg, lightly whisked
125 grams of melted butter, cooled

-Preheat oven to 180Âșc,  brush slice tin with butter and line with baking paper.

-Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl. Add the oats, coconut, brown sugar, pistachios, cashews, sultanas, seeds, chocolate buttons and prunes, stir to combine. Make a well in the center of the bowl, add the egg, vanilla essence and butter. Stir until well combined.

-Spoon mixture into the slice tin and flatten. Sprinkle with cashews, pistachios and seeds. Drizzle with golden syrup( you could also use honey)

-Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown

-Cut into slices

Enjoy these as a healthy treat throughout the day with a cup of tea.