DIY | Leather + Cork Coasters

DIY Leather and Cork Coaster via Freshlygiven.com

DIY Leather and Cork Coaster via Freshlygiven.com

DIY Leather and Cork Coaster via Freshlygiven.com

DIY Leather and Cork Coaster via Freshlygiven.com

DIY Leather and Cork Coaster via Freshlygiven.com

Whoo hoo. Look at me getting fancy. First cardboard coasters then fabric and now, leather. Next up, stainless steel and jadeite by this time next year.

You know me, leather is my thang thang. Now that I’m rolling out new pieces in my collection, I noticed my tables/work benches/catchalls needed a little sprucing.

Make these and your glasses will thank you for the new kicks.

You will need:
Leather (or Fabric will work, just be mindful of fraying)
Contact Glue (other glues may work too)
Cork
Old coaster (or circular shape) – use as a guide
Scissors

1. Using circular guide, trace circle on leather and cut out.
2. Place leather circle on cork and cut BUT make sure you leave some room around the edges. You don’t have to be perfect here. You will cut off excess cork after you glue the two materials together.
3. Apply contact glue to the back of leather circle and to the cork circle. Allow to cure (fancy way of saying let it sit)
4. Put glued sides together (leather to cork) and press. I recommend you take a glass and roll out any bubbles.
5. Cut off excess cork.
5. Optional: Stamp with a design. Branded coasters sound so cool. Would also make a great gift!


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New! Input-Output Necklace

Input-Output Necklace by Freshly Given (shop.freshlygiven.com)

Input-Output Necklace by Freshly Given (shop.freshlygiven.com)

Input-Output Necklace by Freshly Given (shop.freshlygiven.com)

Input-Output Necklace by Freshly Given (shop.freshlygiven.com)

Input-Output Necklace by Freshly Given (shop.freshlygiven.com)

Input-Output Necklace by Freshly Given (shop.freshlygiven.com)

This necklace may actually be functional if you are an old IT gal/guy. Old as in experience, not in years. If you are able to ID the hanging charms on these necklaces, you and my dad may likely have long conversations about T1’s while your beepers go off. Oh that’s right, you’re on call.

This is a fun one to wear, ad it is quite unusual, in a good way. Nothing prissy about it. I made it in tribute to my dad who rubbed his technical know-how off on me.

Available now in the Freshly Given Shop

(Stud Earrings: Michael Stewart of On the Cuff)


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New! In The Shop: The Bag of Many Possibilities

Leather Color Block Sustainable Handbag via FreshlyGiven.com

Leather Color Block Sustainable Handbag via FreshlyGiven.com

Leather Color Block Sustainable Handbag via FreshlyGiven.com

Leather Color Block Sustainable Handbag via FreshlyGiven.com

Leather Color Block Sustainable Handbag via FreshlyGiven.com

Leather Color Block Sustainable Handbag via FreshlyGiven.com

Leather Color Block Sustainable Handbag via FreshlyGiven.com

Leather Color Block Sustainable Handbag via FreshlyGiven.com

Leather Color Block Sustainable Handbag via FreshlyGiven.com

Leather Color Block Sustainable Handbag via FreshlyGiven.com

Leather Color Block Sustainable Handbag via FreshlyGiven.com

I’ve been working for a while on new concepts. Because I source my materials in a very, shall we say, unique way, every project requires a fair share of brain power. And yep, a lot of brain juice went into figuring out how to minimize waste and create a bag that you ladies would enjoy. The problem solving is by far my favorite part. Well along side sharing it with you all. Hence why everything is Freshly Given. :-) There were no pre-made patterns or folders of sketches. I have to go with the materials provided me. And trust me, my apt is not for the faint at heart. Ask the hubby.

There are limited quantities. Emphasis on limited. No need to worry about walking in to a room, embarrassed the woman over yonder is carrying the same bag. Plus, even if you did, just flip to the other side and BAAMM, magic.

I love this bag.

Purchase yours today: Shop.FreshlyGiven.com


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DIY | Greek Style Top and Cute Skirt

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Alright Alright good people. This is by far one of my favorite DIYs, and you can achieve it without a sewing machine.

You will need:
1. Maxi Skirt OR Large, ill-fitting skirt
2. Safety pins (not stick pins)
3. Scissors
3. Needle and Thread OR Sewing Machine OR Stitch Witchery (For hemming edges)

Step 1:
Cut the skirt to the length you’d like. Just make sure you have enough for your top. Hem the bottom to give it a more refined look. You’re done with the skirt. Whoop!
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Step 2:
Using the bottom half of the original skirt, open the split (if you have one) or one of the seams. If you have neither, cut open the skirt and make sure to hem those edges.

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Step 3:
Using the panel of fabric you now have, pin two edges at your shoulder blade. The rest will drape around your lovely form. Take your other safety pins and pin the top to your liking. Get creative, just cover up those boobs.

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You’re done!


Original Skirt: Grandma’s closet find
Leather Bracelet : Shop Freshly Given


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