Sewing Projects #5 – Drawstring bags

I found this fabric in Walmart as a ‘fat quarter’ and thought: “Hey I DSCN6219could make a bag for Max (the boy across the street from me) He was a big Batman fan for years, now he’s ‘Graduated’ to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (wonder if his mama will let him watch the new movie… man they sound more stupid as thugs than they do with the surfer voices.

This project can be done by sewing or the no-sew way (you just need the heat-bond to do it.)

I did the more simple drawstring with one string so you just have to knot it at one end.

Supplies

leather cord (or Faux version), or shoelace (some strong ‘string’or chord that’s durable)

-1 fat quarter (or something bigger depending on the need for the size of the bag you will make.

-Either heat-bond + an Iron

*you can also better secure it by sewing it or at least a little sewing on each corner  with  Needle & Thread (or machine)

 

How To

  1. with the non-image side facing you, Fold a piece over at the top and set your pins. If you want, before that you can include the string as there have been times I didn’t at this point and couldn’t get it through to finish off.    You could cut a thin piece of heat-bond and set it but be sure the bond is only at the lower part of the fold because if you haven’t already folded the fabric over the string, it may be hard to get it through later. (This if anything at all should be the one spot you do sew to be sure the string stays secured)
  2.  sew or heat-bond the side while the image is still not showing (You can also do both, use the heat-bond to tack it down and then sew it after.
  3.  sew the bottom shut.
  4.  Turn right side out
  5. sew the chord or string into the top and don’ forget to knot it. (This is the easiest way for a drawstring bag.)

 

Now you have a nice gift or Party loot bag, or whatever you want it to be a bag.

I’ll have to find a piece to make another to do a How-to video for the no-sew version. Just need to get the iron and board out and no one around to be in the way.

 

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Bookthongs

My apologies for a lack of posts, my computer died and it took awhile to get a new one.

Have a late secret Santa gift or just don’t have a clue what to give to a family member or a friend?

Give something truly from the heart,  for anyone who likes to read (print) book, writes in a journal or just needs to keep their place in something! Also if they don’t do any of that, you could always make one to be a necklace (justs be sure its long enough to be wrapped round the neck, to look like a choker, or just drape around one’s neck.

 

I’ve started making  book thongs this year. I had purchased a couple in the past in Waldenbooks

and a friend gave me one as well (sadly it broke I used it so much! I still have yet to repair it)

In my opinion, they are better than those boring ribbons that are bound in journals (and likely not the color(s) you want), and these are much nicer looking than actual bookmarks. They are like jewelry for your book! They also stay in place better than a book mark (which always sseems to fall out) as they are weighted by the beads and charms.

Here’s a few of the ones I’ve made on your left…

The first one is a holiday gift for a friend who Likes penguins

The one in the middle was part of mom’s mother’s day gift, one year.  Mom said its so pretty it should be earrings (I think she was referring to the bottom part)

The Chinese themed one on the right is mine. I need to get a better picture of it as well as, I should take a picture of the journal(s) it should be with, (see the bottom of post.

 

To make these you need some beads, some charms, as well as chord/string.

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I have leather like cord as well as some hemp twine.  Just be sure if you are buying the beads specifically for this project, that you make sure all the beads have the same size hole and the chord fits in the beads!

I’ve seen some book thongs (like the one on right)  where people have made them fully beaded (with small seed beads for the spot where it goes in the book, but that will mess up the spine of the book, as well as the book thong won’t stick in the book as it should.)

I have also thought of making my book thongs long enough to be a wrap around necklace/Choker.

One of My favorite things about book thongs is I don’t think I saw any 2 alike in the store. And when you make them for you they have your personality and likes (color, maybe interest like a Harry Potter themed one) Even when you make a gift for someone, likely it’s not just made for their interests and personality nor does it show yours, with these it does both!

 

 

If you are giving it as a gift, I came upon this cute little card one could make

I’m going to have to see if I can make some business cards with that on it (or my own version) to stick with mine.

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I sell the book thongs by request, you tell me a color and a theme you want and I’ll see what I have in stock to make it and give you a price on how much it will be. I can also make matching earrings and other things if I have enough of supplies. You can make your requests in the contact form below.

 

Here are those Journals The Chinese themed bookthong goes with.

 

Want to order a bookthong?

Image Transfer

Depending on what you are working with there are 2 ways to do this

The first is if you want to ‘trace’ something into your journal or on a report etc. I learned about this recently.

This one is great for those of you that journal, or might want to make your own picture but can’t quite get it just right so you can use a few different images to put it together to create it

Get some GRAPHITE paper  this can be erased after you have gone over it in the color you want.

make sure when you purchase in a store it says graphite as Carbon will not erase.

 

Transfer an image to wood, clay etc by using

a printed image, and some baby oil!  as seen here

http://www.garieinternational.com.sg/clay/shop/image_transfer.htm

Pen Pal Kits

I’ve been Pen paling (yeah the snail mail way) since summer of 1994. I do still write to a couple of my original pals, as well as have some new ones. This year I thought of the idea of making a pen pal kit for a couple of mine. It’s a thoughtful gift, the box gives them something to lean on as well as store their paling supplies in, if they do not have a desk. Plus You can also (if you’d like) personalize the top of the box with a monogram,  re-paint it or even use a nice tack paper on it especially if like me you use the good Cigar boxes. Sometimes you don’t even need to as some are nice enough looking.

Whatever your decision make sure  you personalize it with some things they like as well as the sort of stationery they normally use (like Notecards, a writing tablet, or printer paper.) Include a pen, some stickers, and other assorted items.

Take a look at what I’ve included in mine.for my Pal Alisa (it was her 2016 holiday gift)

 

Sorry this cuts short