It’s that time again! School supplies, backpacks, lunch boxes, etc… This year I gave the girls a choice. They could buy either a backpack or lunchbox and I would make the other. They chose to buy backpacks so I researched exactly the type of bag I wanted to make. My goal was to make it with recycled materials. I decided to do a fused plastic bag “fabric” and embroider it with scrap fabric. Instead of showing you my own ways of doing it, Dana at MADE did a great synopsis of how she did her recycled grocery bags and referenced some other helpful sites. My only other addition is that to fuse them, I used butcher paper to sandwich the bags. It worked just great. Also, I didn’t want to go out and have to shop to get my plastic bags. That just seemed wasteful to me since I was trying to make something recycled. We already use recycled bags for any shopping so I didn’t have any around. I used freecycle to get bags and ended up with all I needed!
So to begin my tutorial, we’ll start with your already fused bags.
I let the girls choose whatever fabrics they wanted and shapes and embroidered them right on to the plastic. It’s extremely easy to sew on so don’t be afraid.
Next, I prepped my bag. You need a bottom, two sides and a front and back. ( you also need a flap over, but we’ll get to that later.) This isn’t rocket science. Sew them all together. I serged mine with colorful thread. If you don’t have a serger, use a thick zig zag stitch.
Next I made a strap out of fabric and attached it securely to the sides.
For the flap I cut out their names and did a stitch around the edges.
Then sew them on then attach it to the back piece of the bag so it folds over the front.
Add some velcro to the flap and the bag to keep it closed and you’re good to pack a lunch!
Here is the back of them.
And most importantly, don’t forget to include lots of love notes.
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These two hats are Disney’s idea and they are for my goddaughters.
Then lastly are some of the embelished slippers from Disney, too!
These two are for friends…
Isn’t that the great thing about this blogging world? You get to share your ideas, learn from others creativity and share those things with your family and friends. It’s one of the things I’m really grateful for.
Have a great day!
Tags: childrens, christmas, dress, hats, slippers
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I did it bubble style and lined the inside with a pink flannel.
I like the subtle volume of it.
I found this amazing multi-colored tweed at Harts.
I made a box pleated skirt from it.
I absolutely love the look of this fabric and the pleats.
It has a pleated front at the center of the neck.
And a pleat at the back with a button back closure.
Here’s the full back view.
Here she is, staring off at the TV.(my bribe to let me take her picture)
Tags: childrens, girls, skirt
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Cut off the sleeves.
Sew the two end pieces together so it makes one circular piece.
Fold it over, with the right side out and iron in half. This is your chest band.
Now we need to cut out the straps. Measure your child from where the chest band will be, from front, over the shoulder, to the back. Cut out 4 strips, about 2 inches wide.
Now for the dress piece. Figure out how long you want the dress. Measure from the bottom of the shirt up and cut it where you need it.
Now for pockets. These are optional. Another thing you could do is if the shirts have preexisting pockets, you could cut those out and use those.
I cut out two pockets and two strips for hemtape.
Sew them around the sides, leaving the top open. Turn them right side out. Then press them with an iron. I slightly gather the top in the center.
Get your hemtape.
Fold it over once in half.
Here’s how it came out!!
Tags: childrens, dress, girls, jumper, men's shirt
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Then I finished making her lunch box. I used oilcloth for the inside and outside. I put an ‘i’ on it for ‘Isabel”.
If you haven’t seen some of the oilcoths and vinyls they do now, do yourself a favor and check it out HERE. I used the dots and floral because it’s what I had, but they come in some unbelievable prints now. Here’s the inside.
All ready for school next week!Wednesday I will be doing the random number generator for the pattern winners/testers. I’m sorry it’s taken me so long! My husband and best friend threw me a birthday party this weekend(pics to come tomorrow) and getting Isabel ready for school has been so distracting. So it’s almost done. Wednesday I will announce the winners!
Tags: car seat cover, childrens, girls, lunchbox
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