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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Thanksgiving Dessert Runner & Fabric Bargains Galore!

I have been working on two Thanksgiving table runners to use on a dessert table.
I think these two guys will work just fine.
I am probably going to add a burlap tablecloth underneath the turkeys.

Today I went to my local VFW bazaar and I got a great deal on these metallic fat quarters:
 I opened one of the $9.99 packets to see all the different fabrics.
 There were five of these packets in a baggie for only $2.50...for the whole bag!
I am not sure what I will do with these fabrics. Right now I am thinking they will make a nice fall table runner.

After I left the bazaar, I went to Joanne's Fabric store and bought of of this fabric:
12 yards at a red bargain price of $2 per yard.  This is my first big fabric purchase since spring.  At that price, it would be sheer stupidity to resist increasing the stash. :)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Shopping Bag Transformation


Ace is the place to get one of these shopping bags.

You  may be asking yourself why anybody would want one of these.

Yes, it's just a cheap reusable shopping bag that nearly every store sells for a buck or two.






Here is more information than anyone (but me) wants to know about this bag:

  • 100% recyclable polypropylene
  • 12.5"W x 14"H x 8"D
  • Handle: 19"L x 1/8"W
  • 24 lb. capacity  
  • Each bag is designed to replace 2 paper bags or up to 4 plastic bags
  • Used weekly for 2 years replaces 416 plastic bags 
I find it has some admirable qualities, though it's pretty plain--certainly not fashionable. I also hate to carry a bag with a logo.  They are not paying me to advertise for them, so why would I tote around their logo?

Right after putting the Ace bag aside, I wandered out to my garden shed and saw this roll of burlap.

I wonder when and why I bought this? It must have been during a streak of ambitious shopping. Truth be told,  I am way too lazy to cover shrubs with burlap.  So the burlap sat for multiple years in the corner of the shed.

 Hmmmmmm.....maybe I could do something with the burlap to transform the useful, but bland shopping bag...my mind soared into overdrive as I happily toted the coarsely-woven fabric into my sewing room.



I immediately took a measurement and began the restructuring of the Ace bag.

When I get done with this bag, nobody will know that it began its life in this somewhat dull/boring form.

Well, that is nobody but all of you, because I am about to  blab all the details right now.
The burlap just happened to be the perfect width after finger pleating to fit across the bag front. I cut an approximately 4-inch strip, raveled the bottom, sewed a zigzag stitch at the top of the ravels to prevent more ravelling, then  pleated it to this size.
I just eyeballed the pleat size. It does not matter one iota if one pleat is wider than the next.

I wanted to use two fabrics, so I picked out a complementary fabric to alternate with the burlap. I chose a fabric with a black background  so it would blend in with the handles and side of the bag, which won't be covered in new fabric.
Layer #1 is on.  Notice I put a hem in this fabric instead of fraying it.  All I am going to do is alternate this with the burlap and sew five strips on top of each other across the front & back...simple, simple, simple!

It was quite easy to turn the Ace bag into this handy little carrier:


It can be used for lightweight food shopping, with an heavy stress on the "lightweight".  I think the
 24-lb. capacity stated above is on the optimistic side.
Oh, but does it not look prettier than one of those awful plastic grocery bags?

It almost makes me want to take over the grocery shopping just so I can use this bag. 

Whoa--Zo--Get a handle on it--just listen to yourself--are you ill?

Whew--I was a bit lightheaded for a moment! Now that I have come to my senses,  I think I will just use it for my library books.
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