July 14, 2010

What to do with the leather - Part 1

So I have a lot of this pale blue leather left after making Melissa's poopy clutch last week.  I'm kind of excited because I've never really worked much with leather, but I already love it.  So, here and there you'll see a segment called "What to do with the leather."  I'm going to to show you some different leather ideas.  If you're not into leather, you can still use vinyl for a lot of these projects or even fabric for some of them.

So first let me tell you a few things I learned about leather when I went to the leather store.  It's NOT like the fabric store.  You don't say, "I'll take a yard and a half of that."  You have to buy entire pieces.  They have small ones and they have large ones.  The price can vary a lot.  Some is thick, some is thin, some is super soft and some if really hard.  Now the giant piece I bought was on clearance.  I spent $30 on it, but I've already make 3 clutches, a few other things you'll soon see and there's still a ton left.  That can give you an idea of pricing.  However, you could also spend $30 on a little piece.  It just depends on what you like.

Today we're making a very versatile leather flower clip.  I like seeing flowers in leather because I think it makes the flower less little girl-like and more edgy-funky. 


I cut a few large leaves, and two flower shapes to start.  These don't need to be perfect.  I think they look great when they're a bit off.


I hot glued the large petals to a round piece of felt.  (Yes, I could have just cut the whole flower shape, but it uses less leather to cut just petals on the big one.)


Then I glued on the other layers and a big vintage button.


I took an alligator clip and a small piece of felt.


I clipped the felt into the inside of the clip and glued the top as shown.


The felt sticks really well to the felt.  It's pretty impossible to peel that baby off after it's glued.
  I tried to glue the clip where it's covered by the flower, but I also try to have the part that sticks up (on the clip) run off the edge of the felt so it doesn't make the flower stick up quite so much there.


Now, what do you do with it?  Oh baby, I've got a lot of ideas for this one.  You could clip it on the edge of a shirt....in the middle or on the side.


You can clip it onto a soft headband.


You could clip it onto a purse/bag.  Tomorrow I'll show you one more thing I plan on clipping it to.

Wait - I have one quick question for all of you.  Would you be interested in a hair week?  I've had a few questions about my hair and it might be fun to exchange some ideas.  Tell me what you think....fun or lame?

Have a great day!

43 comments:

  1. The flower is just lovely. I like the versatility it has. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Wholeheartedly, YES! I would love to see "hair week!" :) Saw you on 'my backyard eden' and liked your sight! Adorable!

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  3. I agree Hair week= FUN!!!
    By the way- I LOVE all your head bands. I have a head full of red UNRULY curly hair and 3 crazy UNRULY children and my headbands save my life all the time. Thanks for inspiring so many ideas inside of me@!!

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  4. VERY cute craft! Love the result!

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  5. I love your hair clip! It's great. I think hair week would be awesome, especially since mine is in a state of transition and always want to think about it.

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  6. I love your hair clip! It's great. I think hair week would be awesome, especially since mine is in a state of transition and always want to think about it.

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  7. Please (in my most desperate but not whiny begging voice) do hair week!

    I am rocking the ponytail with pinned back bangs daily. Husband is surely tired of it, although he is too sweet to ever mention it. We need help out here.

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  8. I think hair week would be great! That's one of the things I LOVE about your blog - it's not all stuff to make for the kids, or all decorating, or all fashion - it's a good healthy mix of wonderfulness! :o)

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  9. That pin is awesome! And YES on the hair week! Bring it on!

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  10. Love the clip, hair week would be fun!!!

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  11. Yes on the hair.

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  12. Cute flower! I particularly like it on the headband. I'd love for you to do a hair week! I've learned a lot from hair tutorials lately, and I was just about to post, not a tutorial exactly, but pictures of my hair from yesterday.

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  13. I just wanted to say that I absolutely LOVE your blog! Of all the craft blogs I read, your is seriously my favorite and the one that inspires me the most! Hair week would be awesome, I'm still in heaven from your photography tips week. Thanks for making my crafty brain come alive!

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  14. Hair would be the opposite of lame! So fun.

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  15. Love it! And yes to hair week! No more pony tails or buns!

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  16. Um, love it. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. Also, those headbands that you sister (?) is selling, is it online only or is there a store somewhere?

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  17. I'm scared of leather. Thank you for introducing us....maybe leather and I can become friends!

    (I have boy hair....so hair week is going to make me wish I didn't cut it...but that's okay....it's a GREAT idea anyway)

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  18. Apparently all mommies can use more ideas for hair that doesn't include pulling into a ponytail or picking food out of it. I'm game for some ideas.

    The flower is super cute. I like the idea of being able to move it around to different objects depending on your mood for the day. As always, thanks for the great ideas.

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  19. Yay for hair week! I am clueless about my hair and would love some tips on how to style mine!

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  20. Yes, for hair week!... coming from a hair stylist, I love new ideas and problem solving from everyone. Love the flower too!

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  21. LOVE it! I am really into hair accessories right now. The leather is the perfect touch of edgy to balance the girly flower!

    I vote for hair week. Yours is really cute...please do share!

    ~Amanda

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  22. Love that flower! Especially on the red headband. I'd be so giddy if you did a hair week. I'm in "post-new-baby-SO-totally-need-to-change-my-hair" mode.
    Dang, I'm lovin' your blog!

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  23. Youre too cute. I need one!

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  24. Adorable! I think you hit the jackpot w/ that piece of leather ;) And YES to hair week - I'm all in!

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  25. love it on the red headband! So cute!

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  26. I love the flower!
    And yes I would be very interested in a hair week!
    I am always looking for new tips and tricks! (and some pretty headband tutorials?) ;)

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  27. love that flower.. and you are adorable in that last picture. :)

    jen@eighteen25

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  28. I would love it if you had a hair week!!!

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  29. love the pin. it looks even better on! so cute. and YES to hair week!!!!!!

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  30. Awesome hair clip. yes, let's do a hair week. What an awesome idea. I always love to hear your ideas!!!

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  31. I'm so going to make a few of these. I just cut like close to 2' off of my hair like, I don't know, almost 2 months ago. I can wear these types of things now with my short 'mom' doo. Come visit me. I bake, lol. Love your blog title.

    Dawn @ BeatUntilFluffy.com

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  32. awesome!
    i love hairclip (i just write a post about it). sweet leather too. i can't wait to make one. oh i tweet this. hope you don't mind.
    (lemme know if you do, i'll erase my status update ) :D
    http://twitter.com/ditamaulani/status/18577922202

    Dita

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  33. Love how it turned out!

    Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com

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  34. After hair week could you do a makeup week? You always look so put together in all your photos. It makes me scared to even think about having kids, since I look like a hot mess and am only 24 with no kids! eek!

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  35. Love the leather corsage, and you look so adorable! Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

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  36. adorable! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

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  37. Super Cute! And bring on the hair week.

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  38. this is really cute... and I love your banner!!!!!

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  39. I love the versatility of this design. I should make one for my summer hatband. I will be linking in my blog as this tutorial is so worth sharing. Pearl

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  40. This clip/broach/headband/belt ornament is soooo fun! I made one out of deep red felt. It's so cute! I can wear it in my hair, on my shirt, on my belt, so versatile! I never though I could make something so beautiful! I am wearing it on my shirt right now!! I absolutely love your blog and all of your perfect ideas! I will be trying out some others soon! You brought out the crafty person in me!

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  41. I'm using die cut flowers to make pendants. What do I use to glue the flowers to the bails? Do I need a stiffener/backing on the flowers? I noticed that when I glued he bail onto the flower, the bail and chain would push through the petals and be in front of the pendant, rather than in he back. That's why I thought I would need a stiffener for the leather. Any suggestions? I'm new to this group and appreciate all help.
    Cheryl

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