Chevron Makeup Bag

Look familiar? I sure hope not! This bag is one-of-a-kind and incredibly useful. You can design it to fit your personal style based on the fabric and zipper color you choose. If you’ve never been on I would highly recommend it. I also have a few basic suggestions when it comes to choosing your fabric for this project.


First, if you’re OCD about lines or prints matching up perfectly, choose wisely.

Second, this Chevron fabric is a cotton canvas “outdoor fabric”. Contrary to what you might think, it’s fairly easy to work with! It’s sturdier than regular cotton and more durable which is great since the final product is something you would use everyday.

The style is the same as the zipper pouch I posted but two things are different. This makeup bag is a few inches bigger and the inside is PUL (water resistant) fabric!

Can you say #genius?

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Let’s face it, makeup can be messy. Eye shadow containers open up and compressed powder doesn’t always stay compressed. My moisturizer has exploded more than once on a trip and I’m sure I’m not the only one. This bag will prevent those bound-to-happen messes from being a bigger hassle than they need to be.

I actually didn’t measure my fabric. I tried fitting all my make up in the smaller zipper pouch and realized I need a few more inches. I laid out my zipper pouch on this new fabric and estimated rectangles a few inches bigger. No matter what size you want it to be make sure the outer fabric and PUL fabric are the same size.

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Put the right sides together, sandwiched over the zipper. The zipper should be face down on the outer fabric. Pin and sew along the zipper. Again with the right sides facing each other, sandwich the fabric over the two other pieces of fabric and zipper. Pin and sew along the zipper.

*Open the zipper!!!*

Pin outer fabrics together and inner fabrics together leaving a 4 inch hole on the inner fabric. Sew around the edge and trim the corners. Flip the bag inside out and sew up the hole. I sew along the entire edge to give it a sleek look.

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I’ve already used this bag a few times and it works really well. No explosions yet though so it hasn’t been completely tested 🙂 The PUL fabric is machine washable so you can toss the whole bag in with your laundry! Happy day!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Fancy Apron

First off, I just want to admit that I know this isn’t the most practical apron.


That’s not the point. The point is for it to be semi-functional and SUPER cute 🙂 Which it totally is. Mission accomplished. This apron is for my sister who is in Honduras right now as a missionary. Yes, her name is Elena and yes the “n” looks a little weird but that’s what you get for embroidering a name for the first time!


I started with a basic white apron you can find in most stores like Target or Walmart. I covered the apron in white lace, pinned it and cut around the edge. Then I sewed it in place. It’s primarily because of the lace that this apron really isn’t practical.

Can you imagine getting flour and crumbs and spaghetti sauce on that lace?! She sure will look cute while she cooks though! Maybe this can be more for those times when she’s not really going crazy in the kitchen but needs a little a lovely lace apron as an added precaution. Who knows.

I made the bow out of this salmon-pink lace I had and sewed that onto the side. I tried putting it in the middle and it just looked weird so I went with the bow-on-the-side look instead. I think it accents the whole look very well.

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The name. Oh boy. The name took me a while and yes I did try it out first on my machine. I’d show you the picture of how that turned out but then you would never stop laughing and this is as far as you would get in my post. So I’ll save that for another time 🙂

I wrote out her name with a colored pencil and then sewed like this llllllllllll along the traced line! I used embroidery floss starting at the “e” which was a smart move because ain’t nobody got time to sew that whole name with just thread!

Once she gets it I’ll update the post with a picture!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Pin Cushion Jar

A few months ago I bought a sewing kit that came with all the essentials and had a second section for storing fabric and other odds and ends. My issue with this kit is that it’s not big enough and my thread gets mixed in with everything else.

This pincushion gives me more room in my sewing kit and it puts all my thread in one easy-to-search container! I’ve been using it for a few days and I love it – and it’s cute 🙂

All you need is a jar with a 2-part screw on lid, a smidgen of stuffing, enough fabric to cover the lid, glass paint and nail polish remover. I wanted to have a black lid so I used spray paint too.

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In order to get this stained glass look you don’t need and oven or several hours to wait on mod podge and food coloring to dry. I used glass paint and nail polish remover. The nail polish remover thins it out so you can use as much or as little as you want. It all depends on how transparent you want the jar to be.

I wanted a stained glass look but the first time I didn’t use enough nail polish remover so it was really dark. The second try I used about a teaspoon of paint and 1/8 C of nail polish remover. I had to play around with it to figure out exactly how I wanted it to look.

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The second time around it was thin enough but left these dots. Ugh. The good thing about this process is that you can re-do it before it dries by rinsing it out with water. In the end I decided to try it one more time.

Third time’s a charm, right?

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There we go! That’s what I was going for. Thin, even coat of paint just to give the jar a little something – a little pizazz!

Making the poof was a little more complicated that I anticipated. Create a little pocket through the lid with the fabric square and fill it with stuffing. Put the sealing disc into place and cut off the excess fabric. Secure down the little fringe leftover with super glue, hot glue, or tape. Voila! You’re set to collect thread and bobbins!

Do you think it’s possible to have too many organizing containers?

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Snow Monster

I worked at Learning Express a thousand years ago and we used to sell these “Ugly Dolls” that were quite hideous little stuffed monsters. The toy sparked an idea and I thought I would try making my own little monster!

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The fabric pretty much chose the type of monster for me – how can it not be a little snow monster? It’s so fuzzy and white! I’m planning on sending it to my sister who is on her mission in Honduras. I know she’ll like it but I thought there might be a little girl where she lives that could really use a new fun toy and Elena could share it with her.

For starters, I traced around my hand, with my pinky & thumb sticking out from the rest of my fingers. The monster is basically two mittens sewn together – just don’t forget she needs two arms!


After I cut out the shape of the body I used felt to make the teeth, eyes and pink bow. Obviously you could make a little boy snow monster and opt out of the bow. I sewed on the little accessories by hand before I put the body together.

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To give it a little mouth just pull the fabric up over the bottom edge of the teeth and sew it in place. I did that with the machine and because the fabric is so fuzzy you can’t even tell!

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At this point we’re going to divert from what I actually did because I did it the hard way. Put the right sides of the fabric together and cut a line in the bottom portion for legs. Starting at the side of the head sew around the monster, leaving a hole at the top where you will put the stuffing in.

Flip the monster inside out and pack in enough stuffing to make her soft but sturdy. Remember that hole in the top of her head? Sew that up by hand, folding the edges in and using a blind stitch.


Ta da! Congratulations! You have your very own snow monster!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!