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A Newly Improved Poopy Clutch Tutorial

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I had to make myself another poopy clutch (the old one was misplaced) and thought I could do much better than the tutorial/pattern I gave you last year. Without any further ado, I give you THREE versions of the old tutorial!! The new patterns are smaller and still fit up to 3 size 4 diapers plus a travel wipes case!! Very convenient for undercover diaper bags (aka purses).

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Materials Notes:

It might be useful to note where my supplies can be found. Button studs, Leather (you’ll want 2-3 ounce leather for this project) and hole punches can be found online at tandyleatherfactory.com, or check out their store locator for the store nearest you. (I sound like an advertisement, but seriously they have everything.)

As seen below, you can also use leather, vinyl or fused plastic. The folks at Etsy labs have a great tutorial on fusing plastic bags. I’ve seen some really cool fused bag projects.

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Leather Poopy Clutch

The No-sew Version
Similar to last year’s pattern, this pattern is optimized for leather, vinyl or fused plastic. No sewing required!

Click here to download the Normal Poopy Clutch Instructions

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The No-Sew Version + SCALLOPED EDGE
This version is my personal favorite. It’s just like the first, it’s made for leather, vinyl or fused plastic, but with a decorative scalloped edge to add a little flirty flair to those messy diapering sessions. No sewing required.

Click here to download the Scalloped Edge Poopy Clutch Instructions

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Sewn Fabric Version
Can’t find leather or vinyl? Wanting to use up your ever-growing fabric stash?!? This pattern is for fabric, complete with instructions for two different edges.

Click here to download the Normal Poopy Clutch Sewing Instructions

Introducing Oleo Vonvurstenberg and Leather Baby Booties

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Remember our little shadow friend that came to visit? Well, I decided to make him a reality, sans toothpick. I used smooth silk/linen fabric from fabmo (so soft for a little baby) for the body and velvet embroidery thread for the details. Velvet embroidery thread, while not cheap, is hands down my favorite to work with. It’s just so yummy! Without any further ado, I’d like to introduce you to Oleo Vonvurstenberg. He’s sweet, always happy to see you and loves curious little babies.

Oleo Vonvurstenberg

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I also made a pair of regal baby booties in black. Leather. I just love this bitty booties pattern from Heather Bailey, it’s so easy to hand sew and even easier on the sewing machine.

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Handmade Bouncing Baby Swing

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I remember being incredibly jealous of my younger sister [4 years younger than me] while she bounced up and down in her bouncy swing. I’m sure I had my turn when I was a baby, but I don’t remember that far back. I didn’t really think of buying one for Penelope and never would’ve thought about making one, until I saw the most amazing felt swing at Apartment Therapy.

Fortunately for me, Enfant Terrible‘s shop featured the swing with loads of photos [that have since been removed], allowing me to figure out how the thing was made. AWESOME. What better time to make it than for Christmas?

This is the second time I’ve made some sort of furniture for my child, and hopefully won’t be making the same mistakes as last time. Rest peacefully knowing that I love Penelope and would never put her in harm’s way. For my baby’s safety I used:

  • 4 ounce shoulder leather instead of felt [stronger and doesn’t stretch much]
  • natural leather, no dyes or bleaches
  • doubled up artificial sinew for strong seams
  • 4 bungee cords that can hold up to 50 lbs of tension each [I know Penelope’s a big girl, but not that big] although they might look like they’re going to fall out in the picture, but they’re actually really hard to get in and out of the eyelets
  • circular wall hooks that can hold up to 2300 lbs of pressure each, bolted into the studs of our door jam

We’ve had the swing up for about 3 weeks now, and it’s been a wonderful success!! Everything is strong and holds in place, and Penelope has such a great time bouncing away to music in it. It’s really cute to watch.

I think when she gets bigger, and we actually have a yard [that might be never] I’d take out the bungees and put rope through the holes and attach it to a tree. Wouldn’t that be sweet?

Note: I can not be held responsible for those that might try this at home.

Happy Day, Goobie!

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My dearest Penelope Pearl is 7 months today! I just noticed (about an hour ago), that Pen is cutting her first tooth. Goodness, maybe that explains the light sleep, and ornery mood. Strange thing, though. . . It’s not her bottom front tooth. It’s her right incisor. Yeah, the one that I hear is the most painful for babies. Strange?!? I also noticed that her right molars are coming through, too. Looks like I need to stock up on teethers.

Yesterday, my friend, Brooke and I made headbands for our little girls. It was great, fast and super easy. Pictured above is my creation. I love it, but I think next time I’m going to make the tule (sp?) flower smaller, so Penelope’s not quite as tempted to pull it off her head. Thankfully she was sport enough to not touch it for the photos. I’ll be putting a tutorial up soon on how I did it.

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Your mom and dad love you dearly, bubba grrz.

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