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New Video Tutorial for the Kristine ID Wallet

Michelle Burke

The first Uniquely Michelle video tutorial, “Kristine ID Wallet - Envelope Flap Side” showing the making of the flap side of the Kristine ID Wallet, went over well, so I decided it was time to make another video tutorial. This time I made the ID window side of the Kristine ID Wallet using the alternative method for making the ID window pocket.

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This alternate version for making the ID window pocket has become quite popular and it is really a fun way to make the ID window pocket. Check out the “Kristine ID Wallet - Alternate ID Window Pocket Side” video on the Uniquely Michelle YouTube channel! While you are there, make sure to subscribe to the Uniquely Michelle YouTube channel, then you can be the first to know when I publish more video tutorials.

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If you would rather read the instructions for making the alternate ID window pocket, that is available in the “An Alternative ID Window for the Kristine ID Wallet” blog post. The blog post includes the measurements, instructions, and photographs showing each step.

A Customer Appreciation Sale

Michelle Burke

I appreciate my customers so much! Without you, there would not be a Uniquely Michelle. To show my appreciation, all Uniquely Michelle patterns are on sale for 15% off starting today, February 12 through Valentines Day, Thursday, February 14.

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You do not need a coupon code to purchase a pattern from Etsy or Bluprint. Use coupon code “15LOVE” when purchasing from the Uniquely Michelle Website Shop.

Here are all the links you need:

UM Etsy Shop: http://bit.ly/UMOnEtsy

UM Bluprint Shop: http://bit.ly/UMonBluprint

UM Website Shop: http://bit.ly/UMWebsiteShop

Thank you Uniquely Michelle Customers! You fuel my creativity and you are helping to make this a fun adventure!

A New Year at Uniquely Michelle

Michelle Burke

With January well underway, I thought I would give you a quick recap of 2018 and a preview of my plans for Uniquely Michelle for 2019.

Looking back at 2018, it could be called the Year of Tutorials for Uniquely Michelle. There were several tutorials for the Kristine ID Wallet including the Alternate ID Window tutorial, the Gift Box tutorial, and the Flap Side Video Tutorial. It was so fun making the first video tutorial - I can’t wait to make a video for the ID window side of the Kristine ID Wallet!

This is the Kristine ID Wallet that Cheryl Brewer Gloege made for swap partner, Brenda Ellendson. Cheryl also made a Kristine ID Wallet gift box for the KIDW and included a matching Snap To It Key Fob and some candy!

This is the Kristine ID Wallet that Cheryl Brewer Gloege made for swap partner, Brenda Ellendson. Cheryl also made a Kristine ID Wallet gift box for the KIDW and included a matching Snap To It Key Fob and some candy!

Another first for Uniquely Michelle in 2018 - hosting a swap! The Kristine ID Wallet Swap was fun.

Adding a Crossbody Strap to the Lindsay Wristlet was another tutorial that was published on the Uniquely Michelle Blog in 2018. This is my favorite way to add a crossbody strap to the Lindsay Wristlet and it makes the Lindsay Wristlet perfect for travel. I used it to hold my passport and all my essentials as I traveled Europe last spring.

The Snap Blog Series was a success! I think everyone learned a lot about installing both plastic, Kam Snaps and metal, SnapSource snaps during this blog series.

The Snap Blog Series culminated with the release of the free Snap To It Key Fob pattern.

December was a busy month personally, as I made several Christmas gifts for relatives this year, including eight Set To Go Cosmetic Bag sets. They were a labor of love and they were well received. I gave them to my mom, sister, my five sister-in-laws, and one of my nieces.

I didn’t want to leave my dad out of the handmade gifts, so I made him a leather Retreat Bag (pattern by Emmaline Bags).

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December was a bit crazy with the Craftsy/Bluprint changes. In case you haven’t heard, Craftsy is becoming Bluprint. I felt it was very unfortunate how Craftsy handled communication with designers as they closed down several pattern shops and removed several patterns from the shops that remained open on Bluprint. I feel extremely fortunate to still have a shop on Bluprint that includes three patterns - the Kristine ID Wallet, the Lindsay Wristlet, and the Just the Ticket Luggage Tag. These three patterns along with all the other Uniquely Michelle patterns are available in the Uniquely Michelle Etsy Shop and the Uniquely Michelle Website Shop. The only exception to this is the free, Snap To It Key Fob pattern - it is only available in the Uniquely Michelle Website Shop as Etsy does not allow the posting of free patterns. I will keep you updated on the ongoing changes as Craftsy continues to switch over to Bluprint. I am hoping to be able to add the rest of my patterns to Bluprint at some point in 2019. Also, you can still access any Uniquely Michelle patterns that you purchased on Craftsy on Bluprint - just sign in and click on “Library,” then click on “Own Forever Library,” and finally click on “Pattern Library.”

I’m loving planning using  The Maker’s Yearbook 2019 ! It’s a great planner for anyone with a handmade business.

I’m loving planning using The Maker’s Yearbook 2019! It’s a great planner for anyone with a handmade business.

Looking ahead to a new year is always exciting for me as I plan what is next for Uniquely Michelle. In 2019, I plan to make more video tutorials available on YouTube - they are fun to make and a great resource for you. I am planning on writing a blog series or two. I’m also thinking another swap (maybe with the Just the Ticket Luggage Tag?) would be fun. I have more thoughts and ideas that I need to finalize before I share them, but I think 2019 will be an exciting year for Uniquely Michelle! Let me know if you have anything you would like have happen with Uniquely Michelle in 2019 in the comments below. Also make sure to sign up for the Uniquely Michelle newsletter so you don’t miss out on any upcoming happenings!

A Sewing Bucket List

Michelle Burke

Today I am going to share with you a sewing adventure that I undertook that has nothing to do with a bag, but it did get something off my bucket list! Yes, I have a bucket list, but my bucket list looks very different than most bucket lists I hear about. Most people’s bucket lists have items on them like, ride in a hot air balloon; visit all the continents; have lunch with someone famous; swim with a dolphin in the wild; be an extra in a film. My bucket list, on the other hand, is a sewing bucket list! 

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I love to sew and I am pretty good at it, but I am always wanting to learn new things and improve so I have a sewing bucket list to help me do this. My sewing bucket list is ever changing and growing. I may never check everything off my list, but I love it when I can check something off and recently I was able to do that.

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A few years ago I decided I wanted the challenge of making myself a wool coat. I have made clothing (for myself and my daughters mostly), I have made window coverings, I have made quilts and I have made bags of course. But sewing a wool coat for myself was a challenge, especially since I wanted it lined and I wanted it to have a hood with faux fur trim.

I am excited to say that my wool coat is complete and I love it! I bought the wool, the silk lining and the faux fur from Mood Fabrics and I used the Pepernoot Hooded Coat pattern by Waffle Patterns. The pattern was easy to follow and I was really happy with how easy it was to sew with the wool. The silk was a little more difficult as it shifted quite a bit as I was cutting and sewing with it, but I like the way it turned out so it was worth a few frustrating moments.

I followed the pattern almost exactly. One change that I made was to line pocket pieces with the silk so that there were not any raw edges on the inside of the pocket once it was sewn in place. I also wanted a slightly more fitted look, so I took the coat in at the waist by about a half inch.

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This coat took some time to make, but it was worth going slow and getting it right. I had fun challenging myself by making this coat! 

Are you wondering what else is on my sewing bucket list? Here is what is on the list at the moment:

  • Make myself a pair of jeans

  • Make 80% or more of my wardrobe for a season

  • Make a quilt with curves (I love the Sew Kind of Wonderful quilt patterns, especially Urban Candy, Lattice Revival and Chic Country!)

  • Make a few mini quilts

  • Give only handcrafted gifts for Christmas one year (this can include food items, crocheted items - all the gifts just have to be handmade)

  • Dress shirt for Brian

  • Make a new or redesign an old wedding dress

  • Design a sewing pattern for a piece of clothing for myself

  • Add some embellishment (see @wildboho on Instagram) to a piece of clothing

Can you guess which item on my list scares me the most?

What is on your sewing bucket list? Please share by commenting below!

Uniquely Michelle's First Video Tutorial

Michelle Burke

A lot of people focus on the ID window pocket side of the Kristine ID Wallet. There are a couple video tutorials out there for making the ID window pocket and a couple of alternative methods form making the ID window pocket. With the ID window pocket getting all the attention, the envelope flap side gets overlooked.

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I decided it was time for the envelope flap side of the Kristine ID Wallet to get its time in the spotlight, so it is the star of the first Uniquely Michelle video tutorial. In this tutorial, I go through each step in making the envelope flap side of the Kristine ID Wallet, including making the card pockets, the flap and the key ring loop. I also share tips and tricks as I go.

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Although I talk about installing a magnetic snap in the video tutorial, I go through the steps of installing a SnapSource metal snap. There are a couple steps that need to be altered when adding a metal snap, so I make sure to highlight the changes as I am sewing and adding the snap.

Check out the new Uniquely Michelle YouTube Channel and The Kristine ID Wallet Tutorial - The Envelope Flap Side video tutorial. I hope you learn from and enjoy this first Uniquely Michelle video tutorial. I learned a lot as I made it and I am excited to make more video tutorials!

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The Snap To It Key Fob & The Lindsay Wristlet

Michelle Burke

I’ve already talked about what a great pair the Kristine ID Wallet and the Snap To It Key Fob make in a previous blog post. Today I want to talk about the Snap To It Key Fob and the Lindsay Wristlet as a set. The Snap To It Key Fob is an obvious choice to use as a replacement for the wrist strap on the Lindsay Wristlet. The Snap To It Key Fob adds some character to the Lindsay Wristlet and it is an easy way to keep your keys together with your essentials!

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You can make the Lindsay Wristlet as you normally would with a D-ring and then just add the Snap To It Key Fob to the D-right. This is what I did to add a Snap To It Key Fob to a Lindsay Wristlet. Another option would be to replace the D-ring with a 1/2” swivel snap hook. This would make it even easier to add the Snap To It Key Fob quickly and easily.

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I made this Lindsay Wristlet using a fabric I love - Bookplate by Alison Glass in charcoal for the exterior. For the pockets on the interior, I used Dimples by Gail Kessler in dark orchid. I used these same fabrics for the Snap To It Key Fob. It is fun to see the pocket fabric on the Snap To It Key Fob since the only way you see this fabric on the Lindsay Wristlet is by opening it up.

What an easy way to attach my wallet to my work bag ( Sidekick Tote )!

What an easy way to attach my wallet to my work bag (Sidekick Tote)!

I love the idea of being able to hang my Lindsay Wristlet on a shopping cart, a stroller, or on a bag handle if I want. I also love how the Snap To It Key Fob adds some pizzaz to the Lindsay Wristlet.

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You can purchase the Lindsay Wristlet pattern from the Uniquely Michelle Craftsy Pattern Shop, the Uniquely Michelle Website Shop, or the Uniquely Michelle Etsy Shop. The Snap To It Key Fob pattern is a free pattern that can be found in the Uniquely Michelle Craftsy Pattern Shop or in the Uniquely Michelle Website Shop.

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A Kristine ID Wallet Video Tutorial by Sew Much Moore In Store

Michelle Burke

Have you heard about the video tutorial series that Nicole of Sew Much Moore In Store has made showing her techniques and trick for making the Kristine ID Wallet? Nicole has the making of a Kristine ID Wallet broken down into two videos and she also has a third video related to the Kristine ID Wallet showing how to make a lanyard.

In the first video, Make Your Own ID Wallet - Part One, Nicole takes us through the making of the ID Window Pocket.

In the second video in the series, Make Your Own ID Wallet - Part Two, Nicole finishes up the Kristine ID Wallet. This video includes the adding of the zipper tabs, the d-ring (or key ring) tab, and the zipper. It also includes the final sewing of the exterior and lining. Nicole chooses not to add the card slot pockets and envelope flap to her Kristine ID Wallets, so this is not included in her video series.

Nicole’s video tutorial on making a lanyard is not specific to the Kristine ID Wallet, but it is a great resource for making and adding a lanyard to the Kristine ID Wallet. I always love seeing or hearing different tips or tricks people use when sewing things and Nicole shares a lot of her tips and tricks in her videos! Thanks Nicole for sharing your great techniques for making the Kristine ID Wallet!

Nicole wrote a great blog post about the Kristine ID Wallet, why she likes making them and selling them. Your can read her blog post here.

You can see all of Nicole’s video tutorials on her Sew Much Moore In Store YouTube channel. You can get the Kristine ID Wallet pattern in the Uniquely Michelle Website Shop, the Uniquely Michelle Craftsy Pattern Shop, or the Uniquely Michelle Etsy Shop.

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A Snap To It Key Fob Coloring Page

Michelle Burke

Have you downloaded the FREE Snap To It Key Fob pattern yet? If you haven’t make sure you do!

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The Snap To It Key Fob is quick and easy to make and can be used as a key fob or as a wristlet strap for a wallet or wristlet. The snap makes it so you can attach your keys or wallet to a bag strap, stroller handle or grocery cart handle.

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I think that one of the most fun parts of making anything with fabric is picking out the fabric! So when Alison Shaw, one of the Snap To It Key Fob pattern testers, suggested I make a coloring page for the Snap To It Key Fob, I thought it would be a fun way to play around with fabric colors and patterns before making one of these great little key fobs.

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Grab your markers, colored pencils, crayons, gel pens - whatever strikes your fancy and color away! There are eight Snap To It Key Fobs on the coloring page, so plenty to play with!

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Get the free download of the Snap To It Key Fob coloring page and the free Snap To It Key Fob sewing pattern and have fun creating! The Snap To It Key Fob sewing pattern is available for free download in the Uniquely Michelle Website Shop or the Uniquely Michelle Craftsy Shop.

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The Snap To It Key Fob & The Kristine ID Wallet - A Good Pair!

Michelle Burke

As you would probably guess, I made several Snap To It Key Fobs as I was writing the Snap To It Key Fob pattern. Since the release of this free pattern, I have made a few more - they are so fun to make and fast to sew up! As I was writing the pattern, I kept thinking that the Snap To It Key Fob would make a great wristlet strap for a wallet or wristlet. I had to try it out of course, so I made a Kristine ID Wallet and matching Snap To It Key Fob.

I think it turned out so cute! I combined Essex Linen in Teal with a pretty floral called September Blooms designed by Shopcabin for Hawthorne Threads. The print comes in two sizes and I used the “little” size in the Peacock color. I then added Squared Elements in Honeycomb by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics for the lining of the Kristine ID Wallet.

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By making the exterior of the Kristine ID Wallet out of two fabrics, I hoped to accent the floral fabric and make it coordinate with the Snap To It Key Fob even more. I really like how the blue linen makes the floral fabric take center stage!

Those snaps are turquoise SnapSource metal snaps, I love the way they look with the fabrics. I also love the copper-colored hardware I used for this Snap To It Key Fob. I got this pretty 1¼” rose gold/copper finish key fob hardware from Bagmaker Supply.

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I think the Snap To It Key Fob and the Kristine ID Wallet make a great pair, don’t you? I like that by adding a Snap To It Key Fob to the Kristine ID Wallet, you can snap your Kristine ID Wallet to a grocery cart, baby stroller or strap of a purse, making it very convenient.

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If you don’t have the Kristine ID Wallet pattern you can purchase it from the Uniquely Michelle Craftsy Pattern Shop, the Uniquely Michelle Website Shop or the Uniquely Michelle Etsy Shop. The Snap To It Key Fob pattern is a free pattern that can be found in the Uniquely Michelle Website Shop.

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Snaps - The Testers' Snap To It Key Fobs

Michelle Burke

This is it, the final day of the snap blog series! If you missed any of the previous posts for the snap blog series, I have links at the end of this post. I hope you have already downloaded the free Snap To It Key Fob pattern and have your snaps and snap installation tool ready (or maybe they are on their way)! Today I am excited to share with you my amazing testers’ Snap To It Key Fobs - be ready to be inspired! I would like to say a big thank you to my great team of testers, they always do amazing work and they really came through with some great key fobs and pictures. It is fun to see how the different fabric combinations completely change the personality of the Snap To It Key Fob. Are you ready to check them out? Here we go . . .

We will start with Barbara Dorig’s pretty Snap To It Key Fobs. She made two with very different personalities! I love how Barbara added her Snap To It Key Fob to a cute little coin purse! Barbara used KAM snaps on her key fobs. You can see more of Barbara’s Swiss-made creations on Facebook: www.facebook.com/beedeeschoenesausstoff and on Instagram: www.instagram.com/bee_dee_swiss_made.


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These lovely Snap To It Key Fobs were made by Marilyn Brandt. She has a flair for making things classy! Barbara likes SnapSource metal snaps and so she used those on her key fobs. You can see more items that Marilyn has made on her blog: www.shadesofbold.blogspot.com.

Shanel Chute of Sanity’s Boutique made her Snap To It Key Fobs with pretty, summery fabrics that give them a vintage feel. Shanel agreed to test this pattern even though she wasn’t at home with her sewing supplies at the time. She usually uses KAM snaps, but had to opt for some knock offs. Shanel likes KAM snaps better. You can see more of Shanel’s beautiful creations here: Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/sanitysboutique Facebook: www.facebook.com/SanitysBoutique Instagram: www.instagram.com/sanitysboutique

This bright, fun Snap To It Key Fob was made by Laura Hyder of Stitches by Laura. The lime green fabric she used shows off the bright, colorful floral fabric perfectly! Laura used a normal ring metal snap that she had on hand. To see more of Laura’s creations, check out these links: blog: www.stitchesbylaura.blogspot.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/stitchesbylaura Instagram: www.instagram.com/stitchesbylaura

I love the fun, colorful Snap To It Key Fobs that Noor Raats made! The KAM snaps that Noor used coordinate perfectly with her fabric choices. I asked all my testers to let me know what snaps they used and where they got them. Noor got her snaps from a German shop called Snaply. Doesn’t that sound like a shop you would love to spend some time in? I know I would! You can see more of Noor’s beautiful creations here: Instagram: www.instagram.com/noor.raats blog: quiroandme.blogspot.com (Noor’s blog is in Dutch, but there is a “translate” button that pops up so you can read it in your language of choice.)

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I love how the Snap To It Key Fob can be attached to a bag handle or strap. That is what Jenniffer Howling did with her pretty Snap To It Key Fob. Jenniffer used a metal SnapSource snap on her key fob. I love the way the pink snap contrasts against the blue fabric!

How adorable are these Snap To It Key Fobs? Jackie Anderson did a fabulous job making this bunch of key fobs. I love how she got the little animals and sun placed perfectly on each one! Jackie used metal SnapSource snaps that coordinate so well with her fabrics. You can see more of Jackie’s awesome work on Instagram: www.instagram.com/rowermom3

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This sweet little Snap To It Key Fob was made by Gwen Lockwood of GML Designs. Gwen used such pretty fabrics for her key fob and she used a KAM snap to finish it off beautifully. See more of Gwen’s awesome creations here: Facebook: www.facebook.com/GmlDesigns Instagram: www.instagram.com/gmldesigns

These Snap To It Key Fobs were made by Sue Reed of Dreamscape Studios. What a great variety of key fobs and colorful snaps. Sue chose to use KAM snaps for her key fobs. Sue had already given one of her Snap To It Key Fobs away within a day of finishing it. Sue’s beautiful work can also be seen here: Facebook: www.facebook.com/dreamscapestudio Instagram: www.instagram.com/dreamscapestudio

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Diane Cullum of Two Chicklets Sew Shop made this patriotic looking Snap To It Key Fob. I love how the red snap adds to the style of Diane’s key fob. Diane used a KAM snap in the making of her Snap To It Key Fob. She was lucky enough to get a big starter set of KAM snaps from her sister for her birthday one year! Check all of Diane’s makes here: Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/twochicklets Instagram: www.instagram.com/twochicklets Blog: sewingwithd.wordpress.com

Kate Maryon made a great variety of Snap To It Key Fobs, including a Christmas key fob, a Harry Potter key fob, and a lady bug key fob! Kate did a great job of pattern placement on her Snap To It Key Fobs. I love her choice of snap colors too. You can see more of Kate’s creations here: Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/KatydidKLM Instagram: www.instagram.com/katydidklm

One of my testers is really more of an editor than a tester I guess. Alison Shaw did a great job editing the text of the Snap To It Key Fob pattern, finding my misspellings, grammar mistakes, and making great suggestions to make the text of the pattern easy to read. Thanks Alison!!!

Thanks for joining us this week! I hope you have learned a lot from the Uniquely Michelle snap blog series! If you missed any of the snap blog series, here are links:

Day 1 - Metal Snaps

Day 2 - Plastic Snaps

Day 3 - Installing Metal SnapSource Snaps

Day 4 - Installing Plastic KAM Snaps

Day 5 - Free Snap To It Key Fob Pattern

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