Archive for July, 2008

Fun with blanket stitch

A friend invited me over to show her how to make a cozy for her iphone.  Look at what she made!  Isn’t it adorable!  That’s her dog Scooter checking it out.   She gave me some wool felt and I made a little pouch so I can keep my ID and earphones on my water bottle when I go to the gym. 

How to make a reusable grocery bag out of a busted umbrella

Reusable grocery bags are all the rage now.  There are so many pretty ones out there but I refuse to spend money to buy them when I can make them myself.  Here’s one I made out of a busted umbrella I found in the trash! 

1.  Remove the umbrella fabric from the frame (careful not to poke your eyes out).  Cut out each of the seams and you should have 8 triangle pieces.

Umbrella fabric

2.  Iron the pieces on a low setting.  Use a rotary cutter to neaten up the edges.

Umbrella triangles

3. Cut 2 of the triangles in half lengthwise.

half of triangle

4. Take 2 triangles and 2 of the half triangles you just cut and piece them into a rectangle.  The right angles of the half triangles should be on opposite corners of each other.

4 pieces for sides

5. Sew the pieces together and press.  Make another one.  These are the 2 sides of the bag.  Sew the 2 sides together (right sides facing each other) on 3 sides.  You should now only have 2 triangles left.

6.  Cut 2 strips (about 11″x3″) out of 1 of the remaining triangles.  Fold each strip in half and sew lengthwise.  Turn them inside out and press flat – these will be the handles.


7.  Fold the top edge of the bag down about an inch and a half on the wrong side of the bag and press (this will give the top of the bag a little more strength for the handles).  Center and attach the handles.  I squared out the bottom of the bag but you can leave it as is.  Turn the bag right side out.

8.  Now the really fancy reusable grocery bags out there have their own little pouches.  This is where the last piece of the triangle (the one with the velco tab!) comes in.  Cut a 6″x6″ square out of the triangle (I had to decrease the width after I took the picture). 

9.  Fold the square in half lengthwise with the velco tab inside and sew the side and bottom.  Turn right side out.

10.  Roll up your bag and stuff it in the pouch!

This bag is super light and it takes up no space at all.  Throw it in your backpack, car (I mean, bicycle), pocket, and you’ll have a waterproof bag for any occasion!

bad blogger

I haven’t been very productive lately … I can’t believe I haven’t posted on my blog in over a week!  With the long weekend coming up, I’ve decided to start decluttering again.  First thing to go will be this vintage Vitamaster stationary bike.  Someone threw it away and I brought it home because I like the way it looks (check out that big ass seat (literally), you know it’s vintage b/c the seat won’t give you a wedgie).  It actually looks kind of cute in my living room but I could live without it.  I posted this on Craigslist and someone’s interested in it.  If that falls through, I’ll try Freecycle and if that doesn’t work, I’m going to see if I can take it apart and stick it in a recycling bin.  I’m sure the metal can be recycled and that was one of the reasons why I “rescued” it from the curb.  I also have some lumber from various projects that I’ve been “saving” … yeah, those will go on the curb with a FREE LUMBER sign this weekend.  Good thing there are other people like me who like to rescue free crap!