Tuesday, May 6, 2014

We've moved!

It's the end of an era! For the last four years, Sew Chatty has been such a blessing to me and to my family, but it was time for a change. You can now find me at Hello Apricot sharing fresh new DIY's and happy handmade goodness. Today is launch day and we're having a giveaway to celebrate so head on over and check it out! And thank you for for following along in my new adventure. You bless me.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

{Tutorial} Adding Commercial Handles to Handmade Bags

Hi everyone! I have a great little tutorial to share with you today that will take your handmade bags to the next level! Commercial store bought handles will give your tote the perfect finishing touch and make you look like a total professional. And really it could't be easier!

JoAnn Fabrics makes spring crafting so simple during national craft month with a $5 off $25 or more purchase coupon and spring crafting inspiration website!

Supplies Needed:
Commercial Handles (I got mine at JoAnn's. They're microfiber.)
Fabric scraps for creating tabs-4 pieces cut to 2"x2 1/2"

Favorite tote or purse pattern…pieces cut and ready to go
general sewing supplies

Alright, let's get to it!

1. Cut your tabs. 4 pieces at 2x2 1/2 inches
2. Fold in half along long side and stitch with 1/4" seam allowance (repeat for all four tabs)
3. Press seam open.
4. Turn inside out. Press. Press in half wrong sides (seam side) together and insert through ring of handle.
5. Baste edge closed with 1/4" or 1/8" inch seam. Whatever you feel comfy with but also be mingle of your bag pattern. If your pattern calls for 1/4 seams, use 1/8 so that your basting stitches are hidden in the seam.
6. Repeat for all four tabs and you're done! Now you can follow your bag pattern.

Oooooooh ahhhhhhhh. See what a difference that makes?!?!? Looking good. 

Here is the inside of my bag. Other professional touches I like to add are magnetic snaps, pockets, and boxed bottoms. These little details make such a huge difference in the finished look, functionality, and style of your bag.

All these supplies can be purchased at your local JoAnn's! Happy crafting friends!!

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

{Recipe} Four Ingredient Caramel Corn

Hey there! Who needs a fun and simple treat that you can share with your Valentine? Everyone loves caramel corn right??? This takes like 5 minutes to make, you ready?

This post in in partnership with our friends at Jolly Time Pop Corn

Doesn't it look yummy? Well it is. Here's how you do it:

1 stick of butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 bag popped microwave popcorn
1-2 cups mini marshmallows

Pop your popcorn according to the package directions. Pour into large bowl.
Melt the sugar and butter in a glass bowl in the microwave. 2 minutes.
Stir in the marshmallows. Heat for 1-2 minutes more until everything is all melty and awesome.
Pour over your popped popcorn and stir until everything is mixed well.

That's it! So easy and crazy delicious.

We don't do a lot of microwave popcorn these days because I've been on an air pop kick. Did you know that Jolly Time has an organic popping kernel? I'll definitely be picking up a bag on my next shopping trip! You can find it HERE.

Have a great day friends!

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