Craftspiration: Perforated Tote Bag

Today’s craftspiration (craft inspiration) comes from thisĀ DIY by one of my favorite bloggers/TV personalities Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love. Her Perforated Leather Flair Tote Bag got my attention back in 2017, and I’ve been dying to do it since. It takes me awhile nowadays to get to all my crafts as my job (which I love) has become bigger and better. :)

I love her DIY, but I decided to alter it just a tiny bit to allow for a leather tote bag I already had. The only difference is the bag has an exterior leather pocket. On the plus side, having the perforations on the exterior pocket will allow the pin backings to be more ‘protected’ from interior contents. It seems like whenever I wear a pin, I always end up losing the backing…thus losing the pin in return.

Check outĀ the instructions on Damask Love, and you can see my version below.

UPDATE: What kind of magic is this? Pin locks?!? I had no idea that these pin locks even existed. I guess I didn’t really need the exterior pocket. Well too late now. I picked some of these up from Amazon, and now my pins will be super safe.



Vintage blanket tote bag

Since this is my first Alt as a blogger, I am trying to bring outfits that represent me, and where I come from. I’m lucky that its going to be cold this week in Salt Lake City, because I have some perfect sweaters for the occasion! And since this is Alt, I wanted to MAKE something that represents the Pacific Northwest too!

My idea started last July when I bought a vintage Pendleton blanket off Etsy. This seemed like the perfect starting point for something Northwest.

Pendleton blankets are kind of a staple for the Northwest. The company is based out of Oregon, my next door neighbor. My parents had and affinity for Pendleton blankets. My first year at college my parents bought me a UW Pendleton blanket. It was (and is) perfect for picnics and football games. Years later who knew that the design firm I was working for, would have Pendleton for a client. I had a great time working on print jobs for them while learning all about blankets in the process. There is such history in the company and they go to great lengths to make a beautiful, quality product.

So with a history with these blankets, I decided to make this vintage one into a tote bag to use as my carry-all for Alt Summit.

Now since I’m not a pattern maker, nor an expert seamstress…I needed to find the perfect pattern to showcase (and work with) the blanket. I went through 2 patterns until I came across and the Super Tote Pattern. With a few modifications (to adjust for the thickness of the blanket fabric) I created the perfect bag for Alt. Even though there are some flaws, I am so happy with the outcome!

Blanket tote process

I added a “Krafty Kath” leather label from Cocosheaven as a finishing touch! So come look for the girl with the blanket bag and come say “hi!”


Blanket tote


Taxidermy tote

My recent trip to Portland inspired me to make a craft worth the great city. I picked up this inexpensive natural colored tote at Joann’s, and my first instinct was to “put a bird on it” but that was too obvious. Instead I decided to take a cue from nature (and my current obsession with faux taxidermy) and put a deer on it! Maybe I can start a new trend on Portlandia.




Step 1:

First print out the deer template on the cover weight stock. Either cut with an x-acto knife, or cheat like I did and print it out using your Cameo Silhouette!!

I ran my stencil through my Xyron to give it some tack on the backside. If you don’t have a Xyron, you could spray some light Spray Mount on the backside.


Step 2:

Trim close to the stencil and position your stencil on the bag where you want it.


Step 3:

Choose what color of paint you’d like to use and begin to dab the paint on at a 90 degree angle. This helps the paint not to creep under the edges of the stencil.


Step 4:

Carefully pull off the stencil and fix up any rough edges with paint. Let it dry for a few hours, and then fill it up with your craft goodies and go!