A while ago, my sister and I had decided to establish a weekly crafting routine on Monday nights (my last class ends by 5, and I have the evening free from dorm-parenting duties). This weekly crafting idea comes from my friend Nicole from ME, who has been holding "Too Cute Tuesdays" off and on over the past several years. She started after she moved off the island, so I never got to be a part of them. She and her crew have made a lot of cool things over the years that I keep meaning to try my hand at (the Fabric To Go boxes I made last spring came from a craft she had posted about). Winter being winter (and colds, and lack of planning) has kept us from actually starting up. Last night (yes, Tuesday), however, we decided to get the show on the road.
|old t-shirts, mostly from G|
Last week I'd stumbled across a t-shirt repurposing project: turn old t-shirts into produce (or other) bags with a seam or two and some snips through the fabric to give it some extra stretch. One take on the project is here, another take is here. We mostly followed the former example.
marking pen (we used a marker that disappears after time)
The first step was to figure out the basic shape of the bag. Since I was eyeing the shape, but still wanted it somewhat symmetrical, I folded the t-shirt in half lengthwise and drew the pattern on one side (like making a paper-heart, in grade school). I cut through all layers of the fabric; for two of the bags I kept the shoulders as pre-made handles.
|approximating the bag shape|
|kind of like a grocery bag, |
but NOT plastic!!
|watch your fingers.|
|new bags!! mine are on the right|
|staged action shot. |
clearly zoe doesn't want to take part.
Sky blanket update: January square
Since it's February now, I thought you all might want to see the first square from the Sky blanket:
And random cuteness
A little something else I recently cooked up (the vest, not the baby):
A hooded, giraffe-patterned vest, complete with ears and horns, for my island friend's baby. What stylish baby doesn't need a fashionable sweater vest? Especially a giraffe sweater vest.