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Inspiring ideas from customers!

The best and brightest chosen from images of facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

The best and brightest ideas by Urban Threads customers from facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

This gorgeous bag Meloncollie shared with us on our facebook page is just stunning. What a perfect combination of design and colors!

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Fridays At The Office

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Of course our lunchroom fridge is covered in magical unicorn magnet stories. What else would you expect from crazies like us?

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Get The Look – Typewriter Crossbody Bag

Get the look of this chic typewriter purse from Kate Spade by DIYing it with machine embroidery and applique.

This adorable Kate Spade purse, originally at Nordstrom, has been all over Pinterest. Unfortunately, in addition to being nearly $500, it’s also sold out. So even if I had tripped and fallen into money, this little baby couldn’t be mine. Luckily, with a little ingenuity, we can make our OWN with a much more cost-effective DIY.

Create your own version of the Kate Spade typewriter purse with this machine embroidered DIY alternative.

This is a much simpler red crossbody bag you can find at Target for about $27. Quite a bit more budget-friendly, and it has the available space on it to add a little embellishment. Really, any purse that has enough space for a little keyboard addition will work, either store bought or thrift store goodness. Red is totally optional too, but darn cute.

In addition to a purse, you’ll need the awesome Typewriter Alphabet embroidery designs, cool-fuse interfacing, and some applique fabric. As we will be using interfacing to attach these pieces on later, be sure to pick a fabric that can be ironed without melting, especially for the large grey keyboard area. If you want to use something a bit fancier for the accents (like the space bar) you could always attach it with fabric glue.

Create your own version of the Kate Spade typewriter purse with this machine embroidered DIY alternative.

So let’s start with the embroidery. Take your gray piece of fabric, and hoop it up as usual with some cutaway stabilizer. You’re going to want to carefully stitch your Typewriter Alphabet keys in a rough arrangement of a typewriter, like so. For a purse this size, I used the smallest size alphabet. With this much embroidery, it’s nice to be doing this on a separate piece of fabric, instead of directly onto our purse, which would be darn near impossible to hoop anyway.

If you want to know how to arrange and stitch alphabet designs, click here for a tutorial.

Create your own version of the Kate Spade typewriter purse with this machine embroidered DIY alternative.

Once your alphabet it all stitched and pretty, you can trim the fabric down to a “keyboard” shape, so to speak. Now, if you purse has a front with a large enough opening that you can applique your fabric piece directly on, good for you! If not, we have a little trick to make it look like a chic, stitched piece of final work. First, stitch a seam around the edge of your fabric anyway. Then, you can attach it to the front of your purse by using your cool-fuse interfacing.

I recommend cool-fuse because there’s a good likelihood the purse you might be working with could be leather or pleather, and in that case, the lower heat you can use the better. If your purse is pleather, take care not to iron over the edges of your fabric onto the pleather, as it may melt.

Create your own version of the Kate Spade typewriter purse with this machine embroidered DIY alternative.

Finally you can add your extra fabric details in a similar manner. Cut them to shape, and stitch around the edges to give them a finished look. Then use more fusible interfacing to attach them, or if you’re feeling fancy like I was for the space key, you can go with vinyl and just use fabric glue. Smaller pieces of fabric are ok for that.

If you’re a bit worried about your fabric staying put, I’d recommend going in with a needle and thread and adding a few stitches here and there through the purse to make sure the seal doesn’t start to pull away. Wouldn’t be good to have your typewriter fly off.

Create your own version of the Kate Spade typewriter purse with this machine embroidered DIY alternative.

And you’re done! Some adorable embroidery and some quick fused applique, and we’re in business. Plus, we saved ourselves like, $470. Score!

Get the look of this chic typewriter purse from Kate Spade by DIYing it with machine embroidery and applique.

So next time you see a cute idea that’s a little beyond your budget, remember that you’re a crafty wizard, and you own magic machines that can help you make cool things. Things like totally chic typewriter purses!

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Color Inspirations – Sunset Aqua

Find unexpected color combinations in nature with this  Sunset Aqua color inspiration for your embroidery designs.

This week, find the unexpected color combinations in nature. A blazing amber sunset over rustic fields combines unexpectedly with an aqua sky as it transitions from blue to gold. Bring these unusual tones into your own designs by combining the rustic with the unexpected. A dark, rich leather is the perfect backdrop to set in a golden tone, and then bring it to life with the aqua hues of the sunset. Those bright blue-greens and yellows will really pop! See how it compares to the original.

Which do you prefer?

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Fridays At The Office

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Sneak peek! Digitizer Bonnie (a Chicago transplant) seems especially excited about this upcoming series, even stitching something up a little special as a test. We’re all pretty excited too, after all everyone has a place that’s a little special in their hearts!

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Color Inspirations – Succulent Hues

Find illumination in the vibrancy of nature with this  Succulent Hues color inspiration for your embroidery designs.

Find illumination in the vibrancy of nature with this Succulent Hues color inspiration. The bright, unexpected jewel tones of natural succulents brings a glorious ombre blend to your embroidery designs. Find a design that already incorporated an ombre transition into its color scheme, or totally transform one into something fresh and new by adding this chic transition. See how it compares to the original.

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Handmade Highlights – Cozy Kitties

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Kim left this super cute set of photos on our facebook page, sharing that, “Yesterday I taught England how to hand embroider. She finished the design today and I couldn’t be more proud!! I am so thankful that all my kids are creative and love to make.”

How adorable!

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