Thursday, August 30, 2007

Two Bags & a Little Monster

Here's what I've been working on this week. The first bag is from the book Hip Handbags. It's a really neat book because it gives you the templates for several different bags & then shows you variations on each one.

It's just big enough for a Bible, small notebook & maybe even a water bottle. I think I'd like it better with a pocket on the outside for your keys & pen or whatnot. I am *in love* with this fabric. It is so me. I actually went back to the fabric store to buy MORE. I have never done that before. I believe it is on clearance too for $4 a yard, plus it is a medium weight instead of a light cotton. Super!!

NEXT!! Here is a little picture story of the next bag:

1) Wal-Mart bag to be used as a template 2) Cutting the fused edges of the bag 3) Grocery bag in its own little storage pouch 4) Opening up the bag 5) The finished product!

Somehow I managed to follow this tutorial to make my own fabric grocery bag. These are becoming increasingly popular as they are a "green" option to using all those slow-to-disinigrate plastic bags. You could keep one in your purse or glove box for those little shopping trips or to use whenever you need a bag: library, thrift store purchase, farmer's market, etc! Maybe I can make a few as Christmas gifts. They aren't exactly high on style, but are high on practicality. This first one will be given to my wonderful sister-in-law who just donate a generous trash bag full of fabric to my stash. Sweet!

And finally....I saw this tutorial & knew I wanted to make one for my brother for Christmas. Even if he is 27 and married. It just cracks me up when I look at it & totally reminds me of him. I am so enjoying working with felt! It is so cheap too! So I made this little guy yesterday. Unfortunately shortly after I was finished, he was adopted by my 2 year old & named "Toonie". Guess I'll have to make another one.


Beth said...

Those fabric bags would be perfect for a trip to Aldi!! Neat!

Alisa said...

Love, love, love your bags! I just found the tutorial for the grocery bag and am hoping to make one soon.