Some construction images of my weekender bag. I am in need of a new photo set up so I can photograph the bag. I finally finished the bag and I’ve been testing it out. There are a few things I would like to change, but is nice to finish the first prototype in this project. Some photos of my process below:



March 12, 2014 bags, design process No Comments

Happy new year! Glad to say hello to a new year, and ready to continue this blog! I really enjoyed my brainmade holiday crafting and will continue to document my design process, and DIYS. When I wasn’t making crafts on Brainmade, I was also making gifts for friends. Now that they’ve received them, I can post pictures! Here are a few of the gifts I made for three of my good friends. I decided on the theme of travel.

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Each person got a kit! (I had the other blue contacts lens case! All of us are vision impaired!)

I tried out a free t-shirt pattern from Maria Denmark, and I really liked the fit. The pattern was only made of 2 pieces. I decided to extend the the t-shirt and make an A-line pocket dress.

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On that note, Here’s a pic with me squinting in the sun! Hopefully more design updates soon!

January 7, 2014 diy No Comments

Welcome to part 5 of Brainmade holiday! Before we begin, I just wanted to say you can now visit this blog through the URL to make it easier! WoooOooOo.

Today I’m going to show you how to make a pair of earrings out of an old zipper. I’ve made these in the past, but it was time to write a quick tutorial for them. I really love these earrings. They are simple and easy to make. If you have any old clothes you are about to throw away with zippers, you can easily swipe one up to make this. I love the look of it because it looks clean and minimal and can be worn with a t-shirt and jeans or a LBD. I think they would make the perfect gift for any friend or family member. You can easily change the look by using a silver zipper or a plastic zipper, changing the length to create a daring look or even add any extra doo dads like feathers. Enough rambling, on to the project!

















Hope you liked it!

December 19, 2013 jewelry, tutorials 1 Comment

Happy Friday! It is round 4 of Brainmade Holiday! A DIY notebook is always a great gift for anyone. You can even customize what type of paper you use for the person: Watercolor paper, grid paper, dot paper, etc. I really like this DIY because you can customize it to whomever you give it to. If you want, you could even design and print a special header for each page!

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Side note: I used 10 pages of 8.5×11.

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I keep using so much felt in my DIYs lately. Felt is nice because you don’t have to finish the seams, but you could of course try this out with any other material. I think a waxed canvas would look extremely nice or a thin soft leather. You can also change the color of the elastic or use elastic string instead. The possibilities are endless, which is what makes this item a great gift. You could really churn out a bunch of these, as this only took me about 1 hour to do (but I was also stopping to photograph it as well!)

I hope you enjoyed this notebook!

December 13, 2013 diy, tutorials 1 Comment

Welcome to part 3 of the Brainmade Holiday series! I was in need of a nice key holder so I could cover my keys and keep them safe from scratching my phone. I have seen these great key holders around but I thought it would be fun to add a familiar shape to it. At the end of the craft, I have attached more shape ideas to get you started! Also, be sure to check out the brainmade shop! Use code 25OFF for 25% off everything!!!







Remember that you don’t have to sew, you can also glue the pieces if you would like.






Here are more shape ideas to give you an idea of all the possibilities. (popsicle, succulent, bear, bunny). You can also change the material you are using to leather or vinyl. Happy crafting! Thanks everyone!

December 10, 2013 diy, tutorials 1 Comment

Hi guys! Happy wednesday! It is time for round 2 of the Brainmade Holiday series. In the spirit of minimalist wallets, I made a mountain card holder. We all have that certain someone that you can never figure out what to get them for the holidays, so we resort to the gift card. To jazz up the gift card and make it much more thoughtful, why not DIY a gift card holder. This could also be used as a wallet when not holding precious gift credit. Onward!



Low res scan of pattern available for download here.




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Sweet, all done!

December 4, 2013 diy, tutorials 5 Comments

Welcome to the first post of Brainmade Holiday! Twice a week (Until Christmas) I will be posting instructions on a gift idea for friends. I hope you enjoy this post and try making one for yourself or for your favorite photographer. P.S. Thank you to Mr. Tully for being a very patient model!




Tutorial for haylard hitch.



Tutorials: single rope braid, switchback, caterpillar.









Hooray! All finished! You can do this in so many ways and finish it with many different pieces of hardware or rope: copper tube, neon rope, brass hooks… the possibilities are endless and each detail will personalize your handmade gift! Woohoo!

I will be announcing a contest soon so please like the facebook page for future blog updates and shop info. And if you’re looking to buy brainmade, please check out the shop! New products to be added soon!

November 30, 2013 diy, tutorials 2 Comments

What is cooler then seeing how it is made? Design school allowed me to take tours of injection molding, vaccuform, and cnc factories. It always makes me question the manufacturing processes behind objects. Recently, I decided to create a visual database of the bag making process. (I cannot take credit for the images, I just sorted them together) I absolutely adore all of the details in the process, it is amazing to see flat objects become shaped into interesting three-dimensional forms. You can view it at

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October 7, 2013 Uncategorized No Comments

By no means am I a watch person. I hate wearing bracelets and watches because I have large wrists so they look too small on me, or don’t fit me at all. So surprisingly I have been looking at a lot of cool watches online, namely Cold Picnic watches. I loved the natural veg tan leather. I personally love the way veg tan looks before it gets worn out. I like the new look, but I love that it transforms in color as you use it. I love the feeling of worn in leather, it is one of those materials that ages well, it has the same experience of a soft vintage t-shirt.

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I wanted a small dainty watch, and found a vintage timex off of etsy. It arrived in great condition , only needing a new battery and a cleaning. I decided to take a few pictures of my DIY to help you walk through it. Another DIY watch strap idea is available on design*sponge if my directions are terrible ;)


For this DIY you will need:

A watch face, and old straps (or strap hardware and a strap pattern)

Mini Binder clips

Exacto Knife with extra blades

Glue (E-6000 is my preference, super glue did not hold up)

Leather of your choice. Make sure it is thin enough to go through the watch face.


My watch was vintage and so I had to clean the watch face. Pro Tip: Use toothpaste. It can be used to clean rusty jewelry or any other spot things off of metal.


After that, take apart the old watch straps and created my own pattern. Measure the width and cut a strap for that length. Because my wrist was so big, I knew I was going to add a few inches to the straps. Trace the pattern of the old straps to match how you want the watch to fit. (If the length of your strap is longer, trace the end of the strap at the end, so that it tapers properly)


Essentially, just follow the pattern of the old watch strap. I made a slot for the buckle, and clamped down two tiny straps. You will have to “skieve” bits of leather to make sure everything fits. You can youtube how to skieve leather, but the idea is to thin the leather. I did this by taking an exacto knife blade and running it through the leather. You will make a mess! I did.








After skieving the leather on the parts I wanted to glue, I put a bit of glue down. I took an extra piece of leather and clamped the binder clips in the middle of the strap. The scrap of leather (or anything you have) just helps the binder clip from imprinting on the top of your strap. To make the holes for the buckle, I used a size 18 machine needle and pushed it through a few times to make a few holes. I also put the buckle through the holes just to make sure they would work out.








After that, your watch is ready! Mine is almost ready, I just need a battery! (I hope I can get one at walmart tomorrow!) Now I have no excuse to be late.

I decided to make something I had in my head while half asleep on a road trip home. It started with a pen sketch on a post it, and then I made a few for some friends. I still have so many other projects to finish, but when a simple idea comes up, its hard not to break out the machine and get to work.









If you want to buy one, you can purchase one through my store for $12.

July 28, 2013 Uncategorized No Comments