Category Archives: Fashion

Make: Leather Barrette

February 5, 2016

Leather Barrette-2Over the holidays I was out shopping for gifts when I came across this really simple, leather barrette. It wasn’t super expensive (about $25), but I was trying to stay on track to buy gifts for the people on my list, not myself (it’s a slippery slope).

I went back after the holidays to the same store, and of course, that pretty leather barrette was nowhere to be found. Of course. It was such a little thing – why didn’t I just buy it when I had the chance. One thing about shopping in Paris that I’ve learned over the past year is when you see it and you want it – buy it. Because it may not be there again. Ever.

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This posed a problem with a simple solution- make one! I happened to have all of the makings of a leather barrette right at home: some old, leftover hyde from another project, some Snap Clip barrettes and, my very favorite lazy-DIYer tool – the hot glue gun.

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The process is simple really – no need to get too technical. Just cut the leather around the clip to measure, and cut a rectangle as neatly as you can (I guess if you really wanna be a perfectionist, grab a ruler, a pen and an Exacto Knife or leather knife. You do you.).

Leather Barrette-5Then use your hot glue (or fabric glue, if you think it will bond to the metal. Or old chewing gum. Whatever works!) and adhere the hyde to the barrette.

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Leather Barrette-1I like it. Simple and different and much better than that unsightly rubber band I’ve been using to tie my hair back lately.

Stay tuned for more fashion here on The Clever Bunny. I realized over the holidays that so many of my clothes are the same – I keep buying different versions of the same pieces every time I shop, mostly boxy cut tops and drapey blouses. As part of my New Year’s Resolution I decided to make an effort to use this fancy new sewing machine to master making those simple items I am drawn to. I mean, it can’t be that hard, right???? RIGHT?!

Make: A Scarf into a Kimono in under 5 mins

February 23, 2015

untitled-105I don’t know if it’s the sunny days that have been peeking through or if I’m just tired of wearing bulky, gray and black layers, but I could not be more ready for spring. I’ve started planning my Spring Wardrobe on Pinterest , and I keep stumbling across lots of beautiful, flowy, springy looking kimono-style pieces. I’ve been on the hunt for a perfect one and, while there are so many choose from, I just can’t make my mind up. I remembered this scarf I got on sale from Zara a while back that is truly the softest thing I have ever touched. It’s also a HUUUUUGE rectangle of fabric, and while I loves me a big ole scarf, this particular piece of fabric is just too pretty to be wrapped and twisted into unrecognition – this pattern is seriously so beautiful. It deserved to be seen!

untitled-124All you need to make a quick kimono is a scarf or a large square or rectangular piece of fabric of your choosing, and some needle and thread. Simply fold the top section over onto the scarf (the size of the fold depends on how long you want the kimono to be/how drapy you want the arms to be). I wanted my kimono to be longer, so I folded over about an 12 inch section. I simple sewed the two sections together, about a 5 inch stitch, leaving plenty of room open at the end to keep it nice and flowy. How many times can I use the adjective “flowy” in one blog post, you ask? A lot, apparently. Leave the big section in the middle unstitched – that will drape around your shoulders. Repeat the same 5 inch stitch on the other side to create the other “sleeve”, and then…

Kimono… you’ve got yourself a kimono of sorts! I can totally see this being a perfect around the house piece of clothing or a beachy coverup.

untitled-109 untitled-116Another plus to this simple DIY is that, if you are careful with your stitching, you can easily pull the thread out and wear your scarf for its original use!

***Also, please forgive the terrible photos of me “modeling” this thing. I haven’t exactly mastered the art of self portraits.

Come on spring!

(Here are a few tutorials I found on making your own kimono, if you are feeling adventurous!)
Kimono Tutorial – by Irene
Kimono Tutorial – by cottonandcurls
Kimono Tutorial – by Francois et Moi


Make: A leather wallet.

March 3, 2014

untitled (37 of 82)Ive been wanting to try to make something with leather for a while but to be honest, I was a little intimidated. We have a good friend who makes beautiful leather goods, and I follow several companies on Instagram that do, too, like Stash Co., Bison Made and Convoy Goods. I thought that if maybe I started with something simple, I could ease my way into making something more complicated, like this .

Connor has been wanting a thin leather pouch to carry his business cards, so I decided to start with that. Seemed easy enough – two pieces of leather hand sewn together? I got this! No. Turns out the process was a little more tedious than that.

untitled (21 of 82)To make the wallet/business card pouch, I used some scrap leather (I found some at a local craft store), regular thread, scissors, a small sized nail and hammer, as well as a service you can nail into. Tools not pictured that you will need are a ruler, a pen or chalk for marking the leather, and a leather stitching needle. If you plan to make a large amount of leather goods, or think this is a hobby you might have for a while, then i would suggest investing in a leather rotary punch.

untitled (23 of 82)I traced around a business card to get the approximate size wallet that I wanted, leaving a little room on all four sides. Then I traced the border lines with a sharpie pen (using my ruler to attempt accuracy). I did this on the inside of the leather, or the suede side, so that it wouldn’t show. I did this twice to make two identical pieces. After cutting the two pieces out, I trimmed any super crooked edges. It’s impossible to get perfectly straight lines with hand scissors, but hey, it’s what I had to work with.

untitled (25 of 82)Use some sort of clamp – paper clips, binder clips, bobby pins, to hold the two pieces of leather together. All I had were these hair clips – I know it’s a little ridiculous but it’s snowing outside and I wasn’t about to leave the warmth of my home for binder clips. I used the Sharpie pen and ruler to trace 3 border lines, leaving one side open. You will use these lines as a guide to nail the holes through.

untitled (28 of 82)Note that I am still on the suede side. All of the markings are on the inside to keep the leather side clean looking. From here, take your nail and hammer holes all the way through both pieces, until you feel the nail go into the wood. Do this all the way around on the lines you drew, as close together as possible. I got this little tip from my friend Susan who saw my first draft on Instagram. Thanks Susan! It worked like a charm!

untitled (29 of 82)This process takes about 30 minutes.

untitled (30 of 82)After you hammer all of your holes, flip the pieces of leather right side out. You are ready to stitch the pieces together now!

untitled (31 of 82)You will need a special needle to stitch leather – you can find a small leather stitching kit at most craft stores. I am using a smaller gauge needle since the size of my leather object is small (I don’t want HUGE stitches on such a small item).  I tripled the thread I had and started stitching:

untitled (35 of 82)untitled (37 of 82)I like the way it turned out, although next time I would probably just double the thread instead of tripling it. I bought some waxed thread to attempt a bigger project next time. Stay tuned for that. What do you think?

Stash Co. Bag

November 6, 2013

untitled (3 of 55)Back in June, three of my best girlfriends pitched in and got me this AMAZING leather weekender made by Stash Co. To try to describe the incredible texture of this leather is difficult – it is so dreamy. All of the pieces are perfectly stitched together, and I was told that over time, the stain of this leather will change. This bag is made for longevity – it is something I know I will have for the rest of my life, and will pass down to my children.

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Cheryl Schulke runs her magic bag making studio out of an old mattress factory in Sealy, Texas, a small town I grew up camping in often. Cheryl’s dad nicknamed her “Stash” at a young age because she was always hiding things. Which is adorable and perfect.

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One of my lady friends who pitched in for this gift is Grace, who is co-owner of the amazing Do or Dye Texas Salon  (you might have seen them featured on A Beautiful Mess here!) with Brandi from Mucho Mucho Bueno Bueno. The second half of MMBB is Brandi’s sister Kelly, who works at Stash. While not helping to run a successful blog and work at an amazing brand, Kelly has pioneered a project called The Pinpoint Method where she will travel all over to cities to expose designers and artists in unexpected places. All that to say, all of these ladies (and gents!) are doing incredible things, and I am lucky to know them! Also, that was some shameless name-dropping. So sue me 😉

Back to this bag. Ugh. It’s seriously my favorite thing ever. It’s perfect for lugging my camera and regular purse items or for a weekend trip. And I’m not gonna lie, the thought of turning this into the world’s coolest diaper bag has crossed my mind. This was me receiving the bag as a gift:

imageSee that? See that pure joy and excitement?! Also, my gorgeous friend Robin photobombing this photo.

Stash offers a wide array of bags including canvas and raw leather (I want this, this, and this). as well as leather aprons and camera straps. (Oh, and this!)

Just when you thought Stash couldn’t get any cooler – Cheryl and her husband host a number of musicians at their studio and open up their place for intimate concerts. For more info on new products and upcoming events, follow Stash Co. on Facebook by clicking here.

And of course, thank you to Grace, Lindsey and Susan for this amazing and timeless gift. I will cherish it (and you!) forever.

Tulsa Tuesday: Bison & Bear

October 29, 2013

Bison&Bear SignageI’m so excited to share with you another of my favorite local shops in Tulsa, Bison and Bear! Recently relocated from the Philcade building to the incredible Philtower building just around the corner, Bison and Bear has a new store front right in the middle of Tulsa’s beautiful Deco District downtown.

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You might have picked up from the incredibly masculine name that this store is geared toward men, selling men’s clothing, product lines. But don’t be fooled! They have plenty of stuff for the ladies, too! In fact, one of the shop owner’s goals in expanding their location was to bring in more merchandise for their strong female clientele. In addition to women’s clothing, you can find vintage accessories and an amazing selection of home goods, as well.

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Shane Hood and Joel Hitsman make an incredible team – Shane is an architect who is a self-admitted “design addict” who loves American-made goods and all things mid century modern. I met Shane when I took pictures for the Mod of the Moment event a few months ago. In fact, Shane is on the board of the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture, a non profit that focuses on the preservation of historical architecture in T-Town. Joel Hitsman is the Co-Founder of Hitsman Ties, a brand of designer ties and bowties that have been featured in GQ. Hitsman is also the original owner of Bison and Bear when he started it as a pop-up shop.

Walking through this store is kind of like walking around a museum – not that everything is old, necessarily, but that every item seems to be hand picked and curated. It’s hard to know where to begin – with Mollyjogger blankets and Doug Johnston baskets, to vintage safety razors and shaving products, Chemex coffee makers, to hand forged knifes and hand made wallets, to vintage southwestern textiles-this store really has everything.

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untitled (197 of 243) untitled (203 of 243) untitled (205 of 243)My husband came with me when I stopped by on Saturday to get some photos and he purchased one of these razors. Bison and Bear sells the blades to go with them, separately.

untitled (179 of 243) untitled (173 of 243) untitled (156 of 243)This is a great place to go for your bearded fellow! Shane wears a pretty impressive beard himself, so I assume he has tested most if not all of these products at some point!

untitled (137 of 243) untitled (144 of 243) untitled (147 of 243)I love the use of pegboard on the walls – Shane and Joel did a great job with the industrial feel of this shop.

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One of my favorite items in the shop right now are these hand made knifes forged from rebar by a local Tulsan named Sam Martin. untitled (131 of 243) untitled (130 of 243) untitled (133 of 243)There are some really cool women’s items to choose from- lots of vintage bags and jewelry and also these amazing Tradlands button ups, made especially for women by a really cool woman:

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This is the perfect shop for gifts for men and women alike, and with Christmas around the corner, I’m sure that you already have your holiday wheels spinning! Be sure to stop by Bison and Bear and say hi at:

Bison & Bear
427 South Boston
Tulsa, OK 74103

11 am to 7 pm

And be sure to stop by and give them a like on Facebook where you can also get updates on new items they are carrying.
Bison & Bear Facebook

Thanks to Shane and Joel at Bison & Bear!