Anthropologie Inspired Fur Ascot DIY

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One of my most favorite times of the year is when I can start wearing scarves. I just love the coziness of them and the warmth they bring. Faux fur scarves have been popular this year and I wanted to make one myself.

Anthropologie Inspired Fur Ascot DIY | happy together
I spotted the Jolana Ascot online at Anthropologie and it looked like a super easy sew.

Anthropologie Inspired Fur Ascot DIY | happy together

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I liked how you could style it in a few different ways as well. And doesn’t it just look so cozy? I have not seen this in person, so I recreated it in a way to save on some fur material. I also went by measurements they had online for length and width.

Anthropologie Inspired Fur Ascot DIY | happy together
To make your own you will need:

  • 1/2 yard of faux fur (but I will share how I used a smaller piece to make it happen in directions below)
  • 1/4 yard of fleece
  • sewing machine with coordinating thread
  • hand sewing needle
  • pins
  • scissors
  • optional: seam ripper

Anthropologie Inspired Fur Ascot DIY | happy together
You will want to cut a piece from the faux fur that measures 39″ by 14″ and cut a 39″ by 4.5″ piece from the fleece. { I actually had this precut piece of fur that was 18″ by 30″ and cut two pieces of about 19.5″ by 10″ and sewed them together. The fur is stretchy so it was actually a bit more than stated on the package, just in case you did the math and was like that wouldn’t work ;) haha If you have to do something similar you can get a pretty seamless look by using a large straight stitch when sewing and then pulling fur out of the seam to help cover up the seam. }

Place fleece on one side of fur, right sides facing. Pin together and sew.

Anthropologie Inspired Fur Ascot DIY | happy together
Pin other side of fleece to other side of fur and sew together.

Anthropologie Inspired Fur Ascot DIY | happy together
Turn right side out. Making sure the fleece is in the middle, push in edges on both ends and pin. I made the fleece sides a little lower than the other side so it doesn’t peek over.

Anthropologie Inspired Fur Ascot DIY | happy together Hand sew in place. This material is very forgiving for hand stitching. I just went through the top of fleece fold and then through top of fur fold for each stitch.

Anthropologie Inspired Fur Ascot DIY | happy together
Once done sewing both ends, pull fur out a little bit to add to fullness and hide stitches.

Anthropologie Inspired Fur Ascot DIY | happy together
Now you will need to sew two slits. It’s kind of like making big button holes. My machine will not do a button hole this large so I used a very small and tight zig zag stitch to sew one. I started on one end and went down 3.5″. Then sewed over to side a little and did another line and finished by sewing across other end. If your machine does not zig zag, you could do this with a straight line. Just sew a very skinny rectangular box and go over it a few times to build up strength.

Anthropologie Inspired Fur Ascot DIY | happy together
Use scissors or a seam ripper to cut in the middle of the slit you created. That is where you will slide the opposite side of ascot through. This would make a great gift and it really is very comfy!


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Anthropologie Style Refashion: The Cassia Scoopneck DIY

Anthropologie Style Refashion: The Cassia Scoopneck DIY | happy together
One of my most favorite sewing projects are refashions. It’s fun to just sit down and alter something already made. It doesn’t usually take as long compared to making an item from scratch and it’s satisfying to add a little more “you” to clothing. We all know how much I adore Anthropologie, so I went there for inspiration first. I found the Cassia Scoopneck and decided it would be fun to replicate in my own way. I mainly focused on the back, but there are a few other details you could add to a shirt to look even more like theirs (like the ruched sleeves and the added lace details to the front bottom corner).

Anthropologie Style Refashion: The Cassia Scoopneck DIY | happy together
I originally had a shirt that looked more like the Anthro one. It was dark blue with small white stripes. Unfortunately I went to cut it and accidentally cut the front instead of the back! That made me so sad. That shirt will be made into something else though. I tried to find a shirt thrifting, with no luck, but came across this cute boat neck striped shirt at Walmart. They had it with mustard yellow stripes as well. My friend also gave meĀ  a perfect vintage curtain for the back and I used buttons, knit fabric, and lace from my stash. This shirt would have cost me nothing at all if it wasn’t for my accident, but it ended up costing me $7.44 to make versus the $68 the Anthro one costs.

Anthropologie Style Refashion: The Cassia Scoopneck DIY | happy together
You can see the before and after of the shirt above. Just little details that take this shirt to a whole new level. This is what you will need to made your own refashion:

  • Knit shirt of choice
  • Lace fabric
  • Lining fabric (I just used a knit fabric so I wouldn’t have to sew a bottom seam and it wouldn’t unravel)
  • Lace trim of choice
  • 5 buttons
  • Small piece of ribbon for button loop (or can make a loop simply from embroidery thread)
  • Pins
  • Needle for hand sewing
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Appropriate sewing needle (for knit fabric) and sewing machine with notions
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Optional: Ruler or Measuring tape

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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

Anthro Refashion Tutorial: The Esplanade Halter Top

I am just adoring all the things that Anthropologie has out right now. I went to their store this morning to look around and I saw so much I would buy if I could! But, I was inspired to make some refashions that mimic the look which makes me happy :)

Anthropologie Inspired Refashion

Here is the first tutorial for an Anthro Refashion that I was inspired to do. It is based on the Esplanade Halter Top. Oh, and this is another goal for the summer: Make more clothing for myself!

Anthropologie Inspired Refashion
Anthropologie Inspired Refashion

What you need:
-A knit shirt or tank top to use
-Fabric for neck and bow
-Scissors and stuff needed to sew with

Grab yourself a knit shirt or tank top you want to use (A). A tank top would be the easiest to cut, but I found this top at Kohl’s on clearance for two dollars and knew it was perfect for this.

Next you want to cut it into a tank top if you have a shirt (B). Leave some extra around the sides to be folded over to create finished edges. Also, I had to cut the front two sides shorter than I originally did in picture B. See in picture E how much shorter I cut them?

Fold the side edges inward over a little bit and sew (C). Then fold over inward one more time and sew again (D).

Measure across the front strap and right down measurement (E). Try the shirt on and measure how far from top of one strap, around your neck, and all the way to the other top strap. Write measurement down as well. This is how you will determine what size to make the fabric neck piece. The width of the strap on mine was 3 inches, so I doubled the size and added a 1/4″ seam allowance to each side. Then the length from the tops of the straps and around my neck was 19.5″. So I added 1/2″ to allow a seam allowance on both end. My fabric piece I cut was 6.5″ wide by 20″ long. (The fabric I used was this silky like stuff I had in my stash)

Now take your piece of fabric and fold it in half short ways right sides together. Sew down the long side creating a tube (F). Then turn right side out and iron.

Find the center of the fabric piece and line it up to the center back of the shirt. Pin right sides facing (G). Then sew it in place.

I turned the shirt inside out for the next part. Then match the ends of the fabric to the front straps, right sides facing. Pin and sew in place (H).

Scrunch down the back of the neck and sew over (I).

To create the bow I just cut a piece of fabric 32″x6″. Then I folded in half short ways, right sides facing, and sewed down the long side. I then turned right side out and ironed. I turned the the ends in at each end of the tube and sewed the openings shut. Then I tied a bow from it and hand sewed it in place. I suggest trying the shirt on and determining where you want the bow to go. It might look funny if not in the right place.

*If you want to do the front with the buttons, I would suggest shirring down the middle and sewing a strip of fabric over it. Then sew on buttons. You could also shirr down the middle of the back to create the back look of the halter top. If the shirring doesn’t work, just baste down the middle, scrunch the fabric by pulling the thread that came from the bobbin, and then sewing over it to secure the fabric in place.

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