Every summer I get a vacation away from my family thanks to my Aunt. When she goes away I get to house sit and take care of her cats. One problem…. when I sit outside on the lawn chair… the arm rest is metal, so I end up getting burned.
Now you know the inspiration for this project, and I wish there were a way that i could record the whole process for you, but it took me a few nights in total to work on this as I do everything ALL by hand, no sewing machine.
Thread(s) in the color of your fabric
Sheet of flat ‘stuffing’
Ribbon, string but pref. the tie from your old running pants.
(bra) hooks, buttons, or velcro
I can’t tell you what size piece of fabric I used, I just grabbed the one you see below, put some of it over the arm of my lawn chair (the arm is wider then my aunt’s chair) and
I did fold it in half and sew the side,
put in my cut piece of vatting (or is it batting)
sewed the ‘ribbon’ on the sides in front and back
sewed metal hooks (the bra looking hooks) on one side (though I may add velcro or another hook to the other side)
now just to be sure that the stuffing in it doesn’t move around if I ever have to wash them… I was going to sew a line in the middle.
You can also make them without sewing as well…
I’ve never done a craft show before, and not sure if there’s a certain time of the year they are normally heald (like how Garage/tag sales are normally from april or may til maybe september (or october)
Do you remember the Upcycled jeans apron I made?
This is what gave me the inspiration for it. (Yeah so I’m a lazy crafter, not sure if it’s because I don’t have the proper room, or a ‘real’ sewing machine (instead of the little plastic crap I seem to find) even though I seem to do a better job hand sewing. Let alone none of my fabrics are organized in any form, Just in this bin under my bed, another in the closet, another in the dining room, and still a big bag in my room in front of the closet.
Anyway the upcycled jeans may not have all the pockets this does (yet) but it has what I need, plus I can always add on to it, (like I can always add the little pocket for business cards, and it still fastens with the button!
Good idea and at the same time I saw this it made me think, why ‘dress up’ the gift pouch when I could just make one with the fabric itself?
Or at least cover it to make a reusable little pouch. Not to mention that last part in the instructions having the card stock tag (I forget the name of them) over the fabric to me is a waste of time. If you are going to do that, the tag should not fully cover the fabric it should be 1/4 – 1/2 the size
Instead of making a separate paper tag, I’d just use the fabric I used to make a tag and include the person’s name so they can use it as a bookmark or something else. Or use a different pattern/color of fabric.
My idea for fabric tags is highly different than what is here. Why not make a tag you can maybe even put a few candies in (like how some hang a candy cane from a gift) You can even include a couple of dollars in it or instant lotto tickets. Also why not include the person’s name on the tag which in turn if they have a christmas tree they can hang it on as an ornament, or use as a bookmark, and if you include a magnet in it can be used to find messages on the fridge or on a hook and be used on a daily or weekly calendar they are only limited by their imagination.
Most of my ‘scraps’ are used for my Patchwork, but I have used it to make other things for family or friends like the gift bag I made last year for my friend Alisa… she likes horses and it had some on there with other western accent designs (she lives in Arizona). She just loved it I told her I made the bag for her gift but so she can reuse it for whatever she would need it for.
I got a whole heap of fabric items from my aunt Mary (I think I might be able to open my own store!!) it was like I think 4 big shopping bags FULL!!! but one of them was a Horse with Horseshoe design, maybe I’ll use some of it for a ‘tag’ or envelope or make something else with it when I get an idea.
Another great idea for this is why not make your own Halloween treat bags? (or for the kids you know best in the neighborhood or just use them as prizes for a party etc.)
The trick or treat bags are usually 3×6 inches in size and usually have 2 or more pieces of candy or other items in them, unless they are the birthday party LOOT bag size and therefore
The Party bag size should be bigger, prizes should be larger and have some sort of candy, and other item in them (small toys etc) Besides, they can reuse them for whatever they want and this way its part of the treat!
Make them with holiday designs or if there’s a birthday use a balloon or happy birthday design. Or find the kid’s favorite cartoon or game design on some fabric. and so on. These work for Host gifts for wine bottles (but you may have to pad it a bit) It’s like 2 gifts in one! They not only get the gift but can use the gift bag you make for them to throw things in for road trips to keep the kids entertained or can be used for a way to organize a purse, back pack, suit case etc. (Depending on the size you make it) or reuse for another gift.
I make the ‘Utility’ tags for $5 for one (that’s with their name, and are the sort that can be used as a bookmark, magnet, ornament etc)
Standard without Names is $10 for 20
Bags are $5 per bag. you can contact me here
This looks like a great bag for a teacher or babysitter (she can put odds & ends in when she goes to watch the kids or it can be her kit for them at her house. ) Also good for crafters for assorted things (whatever they do). Use it for a trip so you can take some projects with you for rainy or too hot days etc.
Even a good idea for an office just to organize certain things that you may have to grab on the way to an emergency meeting. I would say also to use as an emergency bag for the car but some idiot that might see it in the back of a hatchback.. well ya know,.. but you get the point! utility…use for anything you need!~
You can also adjust the design a bit so that instead of a ‘fanny’ or hip pack, You can make it into a leg pack. (I’ve seen a couple of the people on Face-off had them. This are good when you go out and you don’t want to carry anything other than your phone and a bit of cash and maybe make-up. Great for when you are at clubs, no one has to watch your purse. Also these are great for hunters for their ammo! or as a survival pack. Makes for a good masculine gift bag right from the heart!
May I suggest though the leather & vinyl totes are best to make into ones for use in the fall & winter if you want something for the spring and summer months use an old canvas (or other cloth) tote to make it out of.
I posted this mainly for the BBQ Organizer as I know its close to that time of year, so any jeans on their way out… cut out those pockets and save the legs.. (you can use those as part of the organizer.. say to keep the Grilling fork, spatula, & Tongs in!
ask friends and family for any jeans they are getting rid of (and if you have a good reasonable thrift store… you could always buy some jeans even children’s size pockets would come in handy for the straws, etc/
The pocket organizer gives a festive look to the decor of the party, and likely best placed on a main table (where you will have all the supplies & snacks or as I call it the Supply Buffet!