12 DIY Days of Christmas: Day 11

To celebrate the Christmas season, I’ve asked some of my closest(and most creative) friends to share with us their favorite holiday DIY projects.  I’m excited to introduce you to my friends as well as their great ideas!  They will be sharing recipes, decorating ideas, projects you can do with your kids and more. Stay tuned for the next few weeks, and hopefully we will all be inspired to be creative this season. Make sure to leave them a comment letting them know you loved their project!

If you’ve known me for any length of time, then most likely, you’ve heard me talk about Brandi(AKA: Aunt B).  I sat behind her in 9th grade geography, and the rest is history.  Brandi is responsible for our B-Hobo Bag as well as helping me realize my potential when she began styling(and brought to life) my Give Me Moore Sessions.  B is one of my best friends and I’m so thankful to have her in my life!

 

Brandi’s DIY Shearling Vest

DIY Shearling Vest

This DIY project is for the budget friendly fashionista or anyone else who appreciates trends but doesn’t appreciate the hefty price that comes along with it.  I have been coveting the shearling vest for quite some time but when I researched the prices I was disappointed to find it was way out of my price range. Until… I had dinner with one of my hip and cool students (I’m a girls minister by day and a “stylist” by night:) the other day who happened to be wearing a SHEARLING VEST! I demanded that she take it off to let me evaluate it!! After careful evaluation I decided that it was simply a rectangle with 2 holes and a “doodad” in the back to cinch it.

Items you’ll need
Materials:
Shearling Fabric (found at most fabric stores) cut about 1 1/2 by 2ft my exact measurements turned out to be 53 inches by 2 feet
needle
fascinator
thread (beige color to match fabric and a color to match the fascinator)
scissors
tape measure
sharpie or pen
Note: My particular vest is made to fit a medium size

Step 1: Take a piece of shearling fabric cut 53inches X 2 feet
Step 2: Next, I wrapped the fabric around my back like a shawl and held it from corner to corner. I took a sharpie or pen and mark a small dot under each arm on the inside (white side)-this will mark the middle of your cut armhole (there needs to be approximately a 8-8 1/2 inches from top edge of fabric to center of the dot) Before you cut arm holes make a template either with a piece of paper, cardboard, or a saucer (anywhere from 5-7inches in diameter for a medium)
Step 3: Next, Fold fabric in half, your dots should align
Step 4: To begin your circle place your finger on the dot (white side) and push up to cut a slit, cut circle out, try it on to make sure it is comfortable and clean armhole up.
Step 5: To make your second armhole fold fabric in half use first arm hole as a template to cut second armhole(FYI: my armhole was 7 inches in diameter)
Step 6: To make tab in the back, simply cut a half moon out of scrap fabric approx. 1 inch
Step 7: Next, sew half of the fascinator onto half moon fabric
Step 8: Then hand stitch the half moon fabric and center it with each arm hole, on the back of the vest it should be approx. 5 1/2 inches from the bottom of vest. Do this on each side.
Now try it on and pair it with everything from jeans to dresses!  Also my total cost ended up being under $10!!! Holleer!