How to do a Patterned Dot Wall

patterned dot wall

When I found out I was pregnant last year I was of course thrilled for a new little bundle to join our family. Soon after it sunk in,  I got super excited to do another nursery! We didn’t find out the gender with either of our boys and they were so close in age that I just used the same nursery for both of them. It was gender neutral and of the “pre-pinterest era” so I have had years to collect ideas and get inspired :) I already knew what I wanted long before I even knew the gender so when I found out this girl was a girl… I knew a dot wall was happening.

I know I’m a little late to the gold-vinyl-dot-wall-party but I still love it, so I thought it would be perfect for the wall behind the crib. I have seen the gold dots randomly placed on walls and while I do love random I wanted a pattern this time. I searched and searched for a tutorial on how to get THIS LOOK  in my inspiration photo but I wasn’t able to find much. I called for backup, my mom and sister. I’m sure there are many ways to achieve this look but this is what we did.

I bought gold sticky vinyl online and used my cameo to cut 1.5″ dots. I have the silhouette file saved, if anyone wants it let me know.gold vinyl gold vinyl dotsgold vinyl dots

Other than my dots, I used these supplies: a ruler, tape measure, piece of cardstock, scissors, some very sticky double sided foam tape and a pencil. The other must have tool is a laser level. I found this one at Home Depot for around $8.patterned dot wall

lazer level

After measuring my wall, my mom (the math star of the team) figured out how far apart my dots could be based on how many dots we had. I bought 8 feet of vinyl (8′x12″) and the dots were 1.5″ in diameter so she figured each dot needed to be 6.5″ apart. The very first two rows are the hardest because you have to get everything set from those, so we started at the top of the wall. Thank goodness for my mom and sister! My sister climbed the ladder for all of the tall dots, I didn’t take over until we were about halfway done. (grainy iphone pic)

patterned dot wall

 The whole trick to getting the pattern to look like a pattern is getting straight lines on your wall, enter the laser level. I’m sure you could also use other methods like an overhead projector, use a regular level with a tape measure and pencil, pop a chalk line, etc. But I really liked this little tool. We used the double sided foam tape on the back which needed to be changed every few rows. Once you get it taped it up it rotates 360 degrees so you can get it lined up correctly after mounting it to the wall.

laser level

There is a level on the back but it wasn’t super accurate because of you move it just a hair the line at the end of the wall moves inches up or down! For the first row we started measuring from the ceiling and made a pencil line 6.5″ down on both sides of the wall. For the other rows we measured from the previous dot line. Then we just played with the laser until the line was touching both pencil marks on both sides of the wall.

patterned dot wall

patterned dot wall

patterned dot wall

This is a very hard picture to see but the laser line on the left is below the pencil marks so you have to play with the laser until the the line is perfectly on the marks like the picture on the right. patterned dot wall

As far as the spacing on each row we also spaced the dots 6.5″ apart. Instead of holding a ruler or tape measure between every dot we measured a piece of cardstock and used that as the ruler. We measured 6.5″ from outer edge of each dot and made sure the top of the dots lined up with the red laser line.

patterned dot wall

patterned dot wall

After you get your first two rows up, its pretty easy. A few other tips… every other dot on our left side had to be cut in half. And I did have one dot that I had to put under the power outlet plate.

patterned dot wall

patterned dot wall

I really love how it turned out and I can’t thank my mom and sister enough! We worked one night from about 2-3 hours then I finished it up the next afternoon so it was a pretty quick project. The most time consuming part is getting the level lined up but I love the patterned look so it was worth it!

patterned dot wall

Here is a little peek at the crib. I will have the details on the bedding and quilt next week.

patterned dot wall

patterned dot wall

So does anyone else have a dot wall at their house? Let me know if I left any info out… I am suffering from pregnancy brain lately :)

Houston Moms Night Out

If you are a Houston Local this post is for you, if not… look some nursery updates later this week :)

HoustonMomsNightOut

Houston Moms Night Out… woo hoo! My really fun friends Channing and Michelle started a new blog called Moms Without Answers. They are hilarious and real and they also make some pretty awkward videos :) They are hosting their first event and asked Meg and I to co-host… of course I had to say yes!

So… if you are in the Houston Area and a Mom, or a Mom-to-Be or a not a Mom but a fun lady then come hang out with us on Tuesday May 6th for National Moms Night Out. Pinot’s Palette is sponsoring along with Grub Burger Bar so there will be food and cocktails. There will be a few giveaways and some other Mom’s setting up a little store front for shopping. Doors open at 6:30 and the painting class starts at 7… painting, shopping, food and drinks all for $15! Whats not to love?

You can get your tickets HERE and they are already selling quickly so be sure to reserve your spot :)

Hope to see you guys there! Email me if you have any questions

DIY Leather Tote

 

DIY Leather ToteIf you are anything like me at the beginning of this project then you are scared of sewing with leather, am I right? Cause I was… I didn’t even know if my sewing machine could handle it. The Leather Hide Store asked me if I wanted to try out some leather sewing. They are a small family owned store that sells wholesale leather hides and remnants… they also work closely with the craft community! I was up for a challenge so I chose a color called “Peanut Brittle” from their remnant section. The piece received a few days later was HUGE!!

DIY Leather tote

I decided on a lined tote. Here are some “sewing with leather tips” I learned along the way:

sewing tips

diy leather tote

I started with my pattern. This is a very rough and not to scale picture of what I measured out on the wrong side of the leather. I just used a ball point pen to measure out my pattern.

bag measurements

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After tracing the pattern, I cut it all out. For the straps I cut out two pieces at 2.5″ x 32″. I like REALLY long straps so most peolple might want to shorten this.

diy tote bag

Remember not to use pins on leather. This was the hardest part for me, the leather needle actually cuts a little dot so once you make those sew lines you can’t really do it over. I used my clover clips to keep it all together. Place right sides together and sew up the sides and the bottom of the bag leaving the corners alone.

diy tote bag

I also read not to back stitch and to tie up the ends of the thread. However I back stitched in a few places and I think it did fine.

diy leather tote

Next, I closed up the corners. Do this by “smooshing” the sides together and matching the seams. diy leather tote

This was the hardest part for my machine, I had to sew to the seam then use my wheel to manually go through all the layers.

diy leather tote

At this point it should look like this… kind of bag-ish :)

diy leather tote

Now on to the lining. This part could be skipped all together because leather won’t fray. I wanted a pop of color and I needed a pocket so I decided on it. I cut two pieces at the exact same measurements as the outer bag pieces.

diy leather tote

I also made a pocket by cutting two pieces at 11″x 7″. Place pocket pieces right sides together and sew all around leaving an opening for flipping. Flip and and press so you have a double sided rectangle. Top stitch the top of the pocket. Place on your lining where ever you want. Pin and top stitch around the two sides and the bottom.

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Then I measured my phone to make a perfect little pouch for her. I just sewed up the center of the pocket making two.

diy leather tote

I also added a little taylormade tag for fun. I used my burning tool then cut some leather into an oval and sewed it to the other side of the lining.

diy leather tote

With the two lining pieces cut, do the exact same thing as you did with the leather. With right sides together, sew up sides and bottom then sew the corner.

diy leather tote

diy leather tote

You should have two bag pieces now. With right sides together place the lining part over the leather part. diy leather tote IMG_8164

Match the seams and use clips or clothespins and sew all the way around the top edge leaving an opening for flipping.

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Flip the bag right side out and push the lining into place. I usually would sew the lining down so it doesn’t show from the outside but I liked the little pop of color so I sewed it with a little lip showing. Either way top stitch all the way around.

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Lastly we have to make the straps, remember that my measurements are extra long so feel free to shorten them. I just pinched the wrong sides together and sewed leaving a few inches at the end. I marked where to stop sewing.

leather bag straps

Next, I measured 4″ from the seam of the bag and placed the straps. Then I just used a box stitch to make sure they are good and sturdy!

diy leather tote

Voila.. I sewed with leather!

diy leather tote

DIY Leather Tote with tips!

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Thanks so much to Leather Hide Store for providing the leather and helping me overcome my fear :) Have I inspired you to make your own tote? Its your lucky day! Leather Hide Store is giving one lucky reader a $50 gift card to their online store! Enter by the Rafflecopter below. Good Luck!
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City Girl Frock from Pattern Anthology

city girl frock

Those talented girls from Pattern Anthology have done it again. They just released their new line called “Just Add Jeans“. The collection comes with four versatile knit tops for women, yay for sewing for yourself. Kate over at See Kate Sew asked me to pattern test for her City Girl Frock and being that I’m pregnant with baby #3 I went with the dress option just to make sure everything was long enough :)

I used a black interlock knit from Joann’s and I was a rebel and tried a linen for the cowl part. It worked!

city girl  frock

city girl frock

It’s super comfy and as I grow I think I’m just going to wear it without the sash. The cowl is my favorite part. For a few weeks only the Pattern Anthology Collection is on sale for 40% off so go check it out!

city girl frock

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