Who doesn’t love to give or get gifts that say, “I know you, and I know what you like”! Well, here is a suggested way to give a unique gift this holiday season, that you made yourself, and will let that person know that you put a lot of thought & time into their gift.   

Below are two FREE online beginner’s sewing classes where you will learn to make a drawstring bag, bucket bag, reversible tote, and zipper pouch.  You could pick out a personalized fabric pattern, such as Chicago Bears for a sports fan or owls for a tween or teen.  The creative, personalized, patterns are endless, and you can find more deals and ideas at  


Chicago Bears Patchwork Blue Orange   Discount Designer Fabric   Fabric.comMichael Miller Norwegian Woods Happy Hooters Owls Forest Brown   Discount Designer Fabric  



Bag Making Basics  Drawstring Bag   Bucket Bag


What You’ll Learn

  • Creating the exterior and lining of your drawstring bag
  • Different ways to embellish a bag
  • Making drawstrings and threading them
  • Applying interfacing to fabric for reinforcement
  • Fashioning a circular template for the bucket bag bottom
  • Adding stitch detailing for handle texture
  • How to turn your lined bags out and finish the edges


Bag Making Basics  A Reversible Tote   Zipper How To Class on Craftsy


What You’ll Learn

  • Creating a flat boxed bottom for your tote
  • Making handles and a pocket in contrasting colors
  • Applying interfacing to fabric for reinforcement
  • Kristin’s clever trick for easily inserting a zipper in your pouch
  • How to line your bag and finish the edges for a polished look


You have the option to purchase the available kits for all of the projects above at store, or as I mentioned above, you can pick out your own fabric and accessory details at places such as  This online fabric super store has competitive prices, and they are always running online sales, so check back often this holiday season.  I hope that you take advantage of these FREE  mini classes & while your there be sure to check out some other classes that you may want to try.  


Just so you know, that some of the links above are my referral links, which means I may get a small commission if you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you of course. Thank you for your support, and I hope you enjoy!

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I admit to living two different lifestyles!  On one hand,  I love rolling my sleeves up, getting my hands dirty, and tackling as many DIY projects as I can.  Then there is the beauty queen side of me who is always keeping up with the latest hair, make-up, and fashion trends.   Believe it or not, I used to be a licensed cosmetologist who walked out the door everyday with perfect hair & make-up, and the pretty nails to match.  (Thank goodness I don’t HAVE to do that anymore…..)   LOL

I could literally spend hours on Pinterest,  searching for make-up ideas, current hair styles, jewelry, & trending style fashions.  Of course, because it’s in my nature, I try to find ways to save on all of these things!  🙂   One of the current trends that I am really enjoying is the comeback of the Vintage dress, and all things retro.  Below are some Vintage dresses that I have found online and here are some ways that you can save to achieve this look.  


 Vintage Dresses

I love vintage dresses!  They are perfect for all shapes and sizes, which is a huge plus for the curvy ladies out there.  There are several ways that you can save on getting these awesome dresses into your wardrobe, you can make one yourself, buy it online or in the store!  

Sewing Vintage The Flirty Day Dress 

   Vintage Sewing: The Flirty Day Dress with Laura Nash

If you want the perfect, fitted, custom Vintage dress then you must take this new class being offered by Craftsy.  You will get: 


    • 8 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
    • A plethora of vintage sewing techniques that you can use over and over
    • A free pattern included with purchase of the class!
    • Over 3 hours of close-up instruction
    • Answers from the instructor in a virtual classroom


If you just don’t have the time to make your own vintage creations, then your next best place is!   They have all things vintage, and in all sizes.   You can pretty much experience all decade eras at this super online store.   



And finally, if your willing to take your time and search,  you can find some of the coolest outfits at your local thrift & consignment stores.  The best part about these places, is that if you sign up for their mailing list, they will alert you when they are having an upcoming sale.  Many times, I have walked out of these super saving shops paying only a couple of dollars for an outfit.  I would love to know if there are any other Divas out there who love vintage designs as much as I do, and where you find your super buys?   

Thrift Stores

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