Pocket Clutch {Gift it}

It's Christmas season and that means a lot of handmade goodness is happening around our home. My middle daughter loves to bake and loaded our freezer with some sugary goodness to have on hand for friends and neighbors. While I have been sewing in my craft room; last week's creations were some Pocket Clutch wallets. 

pocket clutch.jpg

This pattern came from Michelle Patterns and was an easy tutorial for a great price. There are two inner pockets; perfect for a cell phone credit cards and cash. 

Pocket clutch. SugarBeans.org

I used a combination of vintage fabrics + modern designs. My college girl came home and picked out a clutch she had her eye on.  Now I have a handful of small gifts for some special Dearies. 

Pocket clutch. SugarBeans.org

Making and receiving handmade items as gifts is my favorite. Especially the giving part; so fun! 
What are some handmade items you are giving out this season? 

Mini Granny Square Tech Case {Tutorial}

With the return of the colder months, my heart and fingers have turned to a favorite hobby--crochet. This week, I have transformed a pile of mini granny squares into a sweet & colorful Tech Case. 

Mini granny square tech case tutorial. SugarBeans.org

I used my very favorite cotton yarn from Hobby Lobby {I Love This Cotton} in a variety of colors. Such cheerful color combos!

Mini granny square tech case. SugarBeans.org

An Ipad mini fits perfectly in this granny case. My kindle fits into the case as well with a little wiggle room; I could easily fit a small notepad in the case with my kindle. 

Crochet mini granny square tech case tutorial. SugarBeans.org
This photo shows the backside of the granny squares connected with a single crochet stitch. 

This photo shows the backside of the granny squares connected with a single crochet stitch. 


  1. Make a two round mini granny square. 
  2. Connect the mini squares in a three row pattern using a single crochet stitch. 
  3. Continue connecting rows of three until 24 granny squares are in rows. 
  4. Match up 2 rows of granny squares and connect to begin making a longer column of grannys. 
Mini granny square tech case; backs. SugarBeans.org

     5. Continue in this manner until all 24 granny squares are connected in a long piece of cotton goodness. 
     6. Weave in the ends.
     7. Using a single crochet stitch, close up the case around perimeter with a chosen color of cotton yarn making a flap and one row of squares overlapping at the top. {Photos above with iPad or Kindle in case show where the fold and flap should be crocheted shut}.
     8. Add scallop edging around two sides of case. ( 1 sc, *skip 2 sp, 5 dc in third stitch, 1 sc, repeat from *).

Scallop edging on granny square tech case. SugarBeans.org
mini granny square tech case. SugarBeans.org

When I got to the top of the flap, I single crocheted 12 stitches to make the loop for the button and reconnected with a slip stitch and continued the single crochet around the edge. I finally got to use my SugarBeans wood button I purchased from Pick Your Plum a while ago. 

Mini Granny square tech case with scallop edging. SugarBeans.org

I'm sure there will be more mini granny square projects in my future; these cute squares give off a vintage vibe and the color combinations just make me giddy. This tech case could also work as a sweet pouch for small gifts this Christmas season; maybe even a stationary case for your writing friends. Whatever the purpose, it sure is a little piece of 'pretty'.

Happy Sunday! 

Linked this project up at the following parties: The Party Bunch, Flamingo Toes

Two-Sided Headband {gift it}

My college girl is coming home for a week; and with this beloved return of our eldest, I conjure up sweet surprises waiting on her bed to bless her and make her smile. This week, I made a few two-sided headbands for some of my college Dearies. 

Two sided headbands. SugarBeans.org

I used the Women's Headband tutorial at Alice & Lois for these cuties. 

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Hoping that your week is filled with plenty of memory making with loved ones, surrounded by delicious food and blessed traditions.

Gift Kits {College bound}

On a recent visit home, my daughter mentioned that her dorm mates swapped names to participate in a secret sister game. Each gal gets a name and leaves encouraging notes or small gifts while keeping their identities a secret. She wanted to stock up on some wrapping essentials for small gifts, so I was happy to oblige. 

Gift Kits. SugarBeans.org

A small mason jar was filled with gifting essentials, and I sewed some quick fabric bags. 

Gift kits. SugarBeans.org

Inside the jars

  • Bakers twine wrapped on a clothes pin
  • Washi tape
  • Felt bow clips
  • Fabric tape
  • Gift tags
  • Mini notecards
  • Poms 
  • Mini clips
Gift kits. SugarBeans.org
Gift kits. SugarBeans.org
Gift Kits. SugarBeans.org

Looking forward to handing out these gift kits next week. Two of my favorite college girls will be in town, and handing out small bits of happiness just makes my day. Knowing they will be used to bless others is thrilling as well. 

Gift kits. SugarBeans.org

I have a couple of gift bag kits in my Etsy shop if you're not the sewing kind. Eight bags and tags in a kit. Two styles available. These would make great neighbor, teacher or teen gifts as well. Happy gifting, Friends!

Currently {Bow ties + Baking}

Currently happening in my parts: 

Recent pictures from my Instagram account:

Bow tie making for my boys Homecoming dance. 

Bow tie. SugarBeans.org

The wonderfully talented, Kate from See Kate Sew has an amazing FREE tutorial on these lovely bow ties. 

My fella + his bow tie. SugarBeans.org

Baked a favorite cheesecake tart one slow, laid-back Sunday. And it was YUM!

Cheesecake fruit tart. SugarBeans.org
Cribbage. SugarBeans.org

I found this vintage wooden cribbage board at Goodwill recently. Decided it was time to learn something new. Some of the pieces were missing but Amazon Prime came to the rescue with a $3 peg replacement pack. My Hubs attempted to teach me this complicated card game at 8:30 at night; too late for a new concept. But I look forward to learning this game over the course of the upcoming winter months. 

What's currently happening in your parts??

Faux Antlers {tutorial}

Faux Antlers {tutorial}

A little while back, my Hubs and I had a leisure weekend at the beach in Michigan. We strolled, ate quiet meals, junk shopped and relaxed. While strolling along the still shore, we spotted numerous limbs of driftwood; these limbs were brought home to remind us of our weekend away, and hopefully incorporate into our home. First project: Faux Antlers. 

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Weekend Project {Fireplace make-over}

Weekend Project {Fireplace make-over}

Last weekend's project is this weekends joy. We have lived in our current home for close to 14 years. In all of that time I have HATED our fireplace. It was dark, had an ugly grate and the mantle was an unsightly wood block cemented to the brick. It appeared that not a lot could be done. But, last weekend the skies parted, the energy and time needed to finish a project opened up and the surprise project became a reality. 

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