Drawstring bag and Craft’sist

I made this bag for my dad to protect one of his fishing reels.

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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.

 

Patchwork

My patchwork as of July 2017

I’ve been working on my patchwork sheet or utility blanket for years. It seems spring/summer is the time I get in a sewing mood so some years its just too hot to work on and others  I don’t add as much to, or like this year my fabric bin just explodes~!

This was originally made as a patchwork BODY pillowcase. Then I decided to just make it into a blanket. Which was a good idea as it saved my hide this summer during a ‘cold’ spell! It went from 90s to the 70s within a night. So I used that around the house in lieu of a jacket (which I didn’t have one with me! Which means No matter what ALWAYS pack a jacket!)

So I am featuring my patchwork (as of the end of July 2017 – Beginning of September)  this time to show off what I’ve done so far this summer, but because I thought it was a great idea for any of you that want to start sewing! It’s a great way to learn and perfect your sewing and stitches! Even come up with your own tricks.

Hand sewn items hold up better than machine sewn. Think about it.. there may be 2 bobbers but the thread is not doubled like when you hand sew. I have never had a problem or complaint when I’ve sewn a gift for someone nor sold something I made or when I’ve fixed clothing for someone!

Dn’t currently have any fabric and there’s no craft store close to you? Well what about some of those old shirts that do not fit you, or that are almost threadbare? The Novelty shirts, bands, or even your child’s baby clothes.  Include Onsie’s, toddler tops, and just add rows for each year.

You can do 2 even do one general and one themed. I was thinking of doing a separate beach theme one but not sure if I have enough of tops that no longer fit etc to use. You can d a family quilt with something of everyone’s favorites and use it as a throw for the couch.

 

You can also see the video I did. Apologies for the quality, I filmed it with my kindle so no tripod for stability.

Wheelchair/Walker Bag

I came across this Betty Boop fabric in a Walmart and my Nana’s Name is Elizabeth but everyone calls her betty and Buys her Betty Boop stuff. When I was little my Nana used to crochet etc a lot but now she’s in her 90s! and the arthritis won’t let her. Being this year we had to put her in a home (she wanted it, after  she fell.) at the time they had her in a wheel chair, then I heard she was using her walker again. So I thought I’d make a small bag she can leave on either to put whatever she wanted in. (Although when I went she leaves her purse on the walker way too obvious for my taste!)

I may use the other one as a lounge chair bag to put a small paperback book in chapstick a couple dollars etc or I may see if I have something else more me to use.(Halloween or something summery like tyedye)

Arm guards for Lounge chairs

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.

 

Supplies

Fabric

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

Steps

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…

part ways with your Favorite denim Easier with these clever projects

Have I got some projects for you this year! I cam across this and started to drool.

Instead of getting rid of those old jeans put them away to use for these darling if not daring projects!

What are they, one is a bib, a basket bucket and even a place mat with pocket for napkin and utensils. Let’s not forget the Denim Whale, I wasn’t aware blue whales came from denim! I also like the jeans with the British flag on it

Up the ottoman project to be storage! Use a pail of your liking to store your kids toys or anything that you may need to quick clean when pressed for time when company is coming.

I ‘sew’ want to make those place mats for cookouts!

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Vendor Apron for Craft shows

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!

Craft Show Vendor Apron from Crafty Staci - I want to make this for my longarm apron: