Anthropologie Deer Hook DIY Look-a-Like

Anthropologie Deer Hook Look a Like

The last time I went to Houston and was browsing in Anthropologie, I came across the adorable creature kingdom hardware pieces they have. When I was thinking about things to make for Miss J’s room, I remembered them and really wanted to make a place for her to hang her clothes, dress up stuff, etc. using one or more of those hooks.

Anthropologie Deer Hook Look a Like

Then, one day, I was looking around in Marshall’s and spotted a silver deer hook. I immediately knew that I could make my own bronzed hook and for less money too.

Anthropologie Deer Hook Look a Like

I bought the hook for $5.99 (and I’m sure you can find these at places like TJ Maxx and Home Goods too. We don’t have those here, so it’s either Marshall’s or Ross for me).  Then I headed over to Lowe’s and bought the two side hooks and this spray paint, Valspar Metallic in classic bronze. I can’t remember if it was $3.98 or $4.98, so I counted it as $4.98 in my expense round up above.

Anthropologie Deer Hook Look a Like

I spray painted the hooks and was so pleased with the result! The spray paint went on perfectly and smooth. And now I still have a whole can to use on other projects. Plus, my daughter loves her little hanging station now. It’s all part of a plan to make being responsible a bit more fun. She is enjoying picking out her clothes and putting them out so they are ready to go the next day.
Don’t you just love it when a diy presents itself and you weren’t even trying? Me too :)

Anthropologie Deer Hook Look a Like

Today’s Tutorial: The Rag Bag

Allright everyone, here is the beginning of the Sunday tutorials. My goal is to do this as often as I can. Of course, I might do some during the week as well, but at least every Sunday. Here is the final outcome of today’s tutorial:

End Result

It was inspired by none other than a purse on (which by the way is $298!):

It’s so simple to do, I didn’t even need to take a bazillion pictures of how to do it. It comes out cute and super quick, so instant gratification. All you need to know how to do is cut and knot!

1. Look through your closet, a thrifstore, etc. and find a purse that has a crochet/knit type of look. (Or, you could crochet, knit a bag yourself. I was just too lazy to do that). I found mine at a thrift store for $4 and it was in perfect condition. There were a ton more like it there too, in all sorts of sizes!


2. Cut up a bunch of strips of fabric. I cut mine roughly 18″ long and 2″ wide. Some I made a little skinnier though because the material was thicker. I cut up two shirts (from the thrift store), a scarf (my mom had given me a while back to use for crafts), and some lace and silk fabric scraps I had. Ribbon could work too. Then you only have to cut the length.

3. Begin knotting the strips of fabric on. I started with strips I cut up from a shirt and then just filled in from there. I tried to do them in rows, although, there are a few that are not on “a row” I made. Just fill it in to your liking.

Beginning to tie on the fabric strips

4. Trim the bottom pieces so they are all even and you are done.


I like my new purse

Happy Sunday!

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Long Sleeve Shirt Refashion and Headband Tutorial

While I was browsing at Anthropologie’s website, I came upon this shirt.

“How cute!” I thought. Then in an instant, my mind starting going over how to do this myself with a long sleeve shirt. It didn’t take me long at all. I used a jersey type of shirt, but you could use a cotton, etc. shirt. There might have to be a few adjustments though (such as finishing the top seam all the way around). I also added at the bottom how I made the headband from the extra material.

What you need:
-A long sleeve shirt
and the obvious: sewing machine, etc.

1. Start by cutting the sleeves off.


2. Cut straight across from bottom of one arm hole to the other.


3. Cut sleeves open at the seam


4. Measure length for straps (from top of chest to about the same height down on your back). Cut the sleeves to that length plus a little extra for seam allowance. (mine was 16 inches roughly)


5. a. Pin sleeves to the front, with the edges meeting right at the middle of the shirt. I pinned the cuff part of the sleeves here, but you can put whichever end you would like here. I had seams on the one side from the cuff being sewn on, so I made sure that side would be facing me when worn.


b. Sew the sleeves on. Finish the seams.


6. Take the other end of sleeves and pin to the back(right sides facing). I gathered them a little, but again, you can do it however you want. Sew them on the back. Finish the seams. (If you made this with a nonjersey shirt, then you might also want to shirr the top, not the sleeve add ons but below it, or sew elastic on the inside to make it snug).


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Front and Back

7. Try it on and either mark where you would like to sew it, or you could do what I did and just tie an extra piece of material around it to hold the front together.

Trying it on

Tying it together

-I cut as long as possible strips from the scrap material. Then I pulled on them to stretch them out. Next, I laid them sort of side by side
Headband 1
and sewed them together on one end, then the other.
Headband 2
Then I trimmed the ends and put both sides together. I zig zag stitched them together.
Finished headband
Just make sure they are long enough to fit around your head. If not, you could make a bracelet or rosette pins or whatever with the leftovers.

My little one had to get in on the action
Happy Sewing Everyone!

Lovely Trims Vintage Clutch Tutorial

Happy Monday to you all! Here is the tutorial I said I was going to put up. It’s inspired by this clutch at Anthropologie.I saw it in an email that I received from them and it reminded me of these vintage quilted fabric samples I had bought off of Ebay forever ago. I decided that I was going to make myself one with the fabric samples. Then, I figured, why not just do a tutorial for it? Here we go…..

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Remember, if you make a clutch using this, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see it in the Flickr group

-2 pieces of outside fabric (6.25” x 11”)
-2 pieces of inside fabric (6.25”x 11”)
-Optional: 2 pieces of interfacing (6.25”x 11”)
-1 nine inch zipper (or take a longer one and make it shorter, read instructions on packaging for how to do that)
-1 yard of pom pom trim (I found these lovelies at Joann’s in the decorator fabric section)

What you need

*Remember to always back stitch at beginning and end of sewing. This keeps it from unraveling*

*All seam allowances are ¼”*

1. Take the two pieces of exterior fabric and create a center pleat on each. Take the first piece, long way across, and fold in half .


An inch in from the middle crease, take top fabric and fold it back an inch.


Pin in place.


Then flip over and do the same to the over side of the middle crease. Do the same thing for the other piece of exterior fabric.


**Repeat on other piece of exterior fabric**

2. Place zipper face down onto top of piece of exterior fabric. Pin on.


3. Using a zipper foot, sew it on. Open and iron.

4. Place the other side of zipper onto other piece of exterior fabric at the top, right sides facing. Pin on.


5. Using a zipper foot, sew it on. Open and iron.


6. Take a lining piece and place right side up (if using interfacing, it will be underneath the piece of fabric). Pin the back side of a zipper side onto it. Pin in place. Sew on with zipper foot.


7. Take the other piece and do the same thing, but sew it onto the other side of the zipper (making sure the right side of the fabric is on the wrong side of the zipper).


8. Fold the purse out (Meaning: With the zipper in the middle, have the fabric on one side of the zipper out and the same with the other side. Top stitch with zipper foot across all layers of fabric on each side of the zipper.


9. Unzip the zipper. Pin on pom pom trim to the front side of the outer fabric only. Make sure the pom poms are facing in. Sew on.


10. Zip the zipper back almost half way, then fold the fabric so the interior fabric is facing each other and then the exterior fabric is facing each other. Pin in place.


Sew around the purse, with the exception of an opening in the bottom of the interior fabrics. This is where you will turn the purse right side out.

12. Turn purse right side out and sew the opening shut (I did mine by hand so you couldn’t see the stitching. I have no idea what I did stitchwise, I just did it). You can machine sew it closed as well.


Push the interior fabrics inside the exterior to have the final purse.


Then take a small piece of ribbon and tie it on the loop of the zipper.

Zipper Ribbon
Holding my lovely new clutch

Anthropologiefied Flower Necklace in 2 ways

I saw this necklace at Anthropologie and knew I could make one myself. I love their stuff! So, I first looked around and tried to come up with an easy inexpensive way to do this. The first thing that came to me was to use this lei that I had (see tutorial below).
A Lei Anthropologie Necklace Look A Like
Then, after I made that, I came across the contest at Sew Mama Sew blog. You make a flower and put it on something. They gave some tutorials to use if you want, and when I saw this one by Brittany from Cottage Road Designs, I knew I had to make another necklace. I did this one a little differently though.
Anthropologie Look a like Necklace Second Anthropologiefied Flower Necklace
I didn’t glue them on the necklace. I put them on pins, so I could use them for other things too. Like this shirt:
Other ways to use the flowers
So to make it this way, Brittany’s tute. I did the biggest middle flower with a 4.5” square. The next two with 4” squares, the next two with 3.5” ones, and the last two with 3” squares. Then I added the pin back like she does. Then follow the steps 7-9 to make the ribbon necklace.
Lei Anthropologiefied Necklace Tutorial

1 flower lei
7 beads to coordinate
30 inch length matching ribbon
Necklace clasp
Thread and Needle
Glue Gun

1. Cute lei and separate flowers
2. Fold the flower in halp, then fold that in half. Glue or sew this fold in place.
Do this for 6 petals to create one flower. You will need one that is unfolded for the top.
Tutorial Tutorial
3. Glue 6 petals together to make the full flower. Start with two right across from each other.

Then glue two inbetween space on top, then the last two in the bottom space.
Glue the last full petal to the middle
4. Glue a small piece of felt to the back
5. Glue a bead on in the middle. I also glued some petals to the bead to make it look fuller.
6. Make six more flowers this way, but trim the petals a little smaller for the next two, even more for the next two, and even more for the final two. The lei I used actually had two types of flowers, so I used the tiny ones on the last four.
7. Take the 30 inch long piece of ribbon and fold in half. Then lay the middle flat and put the ends of the ribbon up to create a square with the top open.
8. Add the necklace clasp on according to its instructions. You could also just fold the ends of the ribbon nicely and glue them together if you would like.
9. Glue or pin on the flowers. Place the biggest in the bottom middle. Then the next 2 biggest on either side of it. Then the next 2 biggest next to those, and finish with the smallest ones.
All Done