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Drawstring Waterproof Swimming Bag Tutorial

Drawstring Waterproof Swimming Bag Tutorial
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Welcome to those joining us as part of Creative Crafting blog tour, hope you are enjoying the various stops.

This is where I blog about items I make, either for our home or for sale. I often write about recycled and upcycled projects.

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What do you make with your former shirts? I love upcycling former clothes into new creations, often favouring eco bags. Today I am going to share with you a tutorial for making a drawstring recycled bag, lined with shower curtain fabric. This makes it ideal for swimming gear.

Swimming Bag Tutorial

To make your own swimming bag you will need one shirt, plus lining. I suggest using shower curtain fabric to make it semi waterproof

  • Sew down the front of the shirt, alongside the top stitching. Tip: Remove the buttons, stitch the seam and sew back on.
  • Create a pattern template – cut a template for the swimming bag. This bag is 31 cm by 41cm, don’t forget to include seam allowance on your pattern.

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  • Cut out two pieces of the shirt fabric, ensure it is straight when pinning on your pattern. Tip I suggest folding your pattern in half length ways and ensuring it lays down the middle of the buttons.
  • Cut out two pieces of shower curtain fabric. Note this needs to be 2cm longer than the shirt to allow the fold over at the top.
  • Cut out a small piece of fabric to create the piece your piping will thread through near the base of the bag

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  • Stitch your piece of fabric for the tape. Turn through and fold over, pin near the bottom of one of your side panel, facing inwards.

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  • Stitch three sides of the shirt, right sides together. Strengthen the corners by double stitching, and cut the edges off to reduce bulk.
  • Turn to the right side out and press

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  • Hem the top of your two lining pieces
  • Stitch your lining together. On one side start your side seam 1.5cm down, as this is where you are going to fold over and thread in your piping.
  • Insert your lining bag. Pin the bottom to the bottom of the main bag.
  • Turn over the top to create your channel for the piping, and tack.
  • Stitch round the top

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  • Using a safety pin thread in your piping.
  • Tie the two ends of you piping at the bottom of the bag, with one piece of piping threading through your tab.
Swimming Bag Tutorial

You’ve done it… excellent  one recycled swimming bag:)

Like me you probably have lots of the shirt left, this is what I made:

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Wine bottle carrier

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Sewing kit jam jar

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Makeup Bag

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Kindle Case

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Hair Clips

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Thank You Notes

 I am particularly delighted with the bottle carrier, and the thank you notes – both of which I have been meaning to make for sometime. What will you make with the left overs of your shirt?

To celebrate taking part in my first ever blog hop I am offering a giveaway. Simply leave a comment stating which of the shirt items you would like and a random winner will be picked on Sunday the 11th August:) Plus as usual I am off to Handmade Harbour to see what other people have been making this week. thanks for taking the time and hope to see you again soon.

Vicky

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New design – Summer 2013

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This week I became carried away with a new design and shape of recycled handbag that I completely forgot to photograph the size 8 summer dress before I cut it up!!

I felt a compulsion to make a new summery style of bag, may have had something to do with carrying my felt wool handbag to work in the heat! I am not complaining about summer arriving at last:)  This was coupled with meeting a fellow upcycler bag maker Helen over at Doodlebags, I fell in love with this velvety bag, for the fabric and shape.

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This is my take on a round bag with deep waist band.

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I started with an A4 piece of paper and drew freehand oneside of the bag, adding a piece of paper I cut out two and sellotaped together to create the mirror image pattern. For the waist band I folded the complimentary fabric into various sizes and played until I was happy with the dimensions.

Recycled Eco Summer Handbag

I have to admit that I like the back of the bag as much as the front:) Now contemplating how to make the style with some width to it, starting with no width at the top but widening with side panel widening to a couple of inches at the bottom. Having never done this before I may contemplate a while:)

On a separate note I have signed up to a blog hop with Creative Crafting, how exciting:) The date I have been given is the 4th of August, I have two ideas for blog posts:

Recycled Shirt Bag

Tutorial to create a swimming bag/PE kit bag for children, made from a former shirt – hoping to find a garish bright Hawaiian shirt in a charity shop

Recycled Sweater Handbag

Tutorial to felt jumper and create applique felt bag

Can you hep me decide which?! There is still time to sign up to the blog swap, why not join me?

Have a good week, I’m off to have a look at what everyone else has been making this week over at Handmade Harbour

Vicky

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Market research and social media

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This week has been a mixed bag to be honest…

  • Trying to squeeze photographing bags in (bet you can spot the newly photographed bags on Etsy as opposed to the older images!)
  • Semi-finished bags to complete
  • Curtains to make for a colleague (had to remind myself how to it’s that long since I have made some!!)
  • The realisation that a builder  is starting in a weeks time, requiring two bedrooms to be completely emptied… imagine piles of items that were meant to be listed on Ebay, completed bags, two tents, clothing for the tot next size up (good old charity shops), and an inordinate amount of books.. and that’s just the spare room!

But the best bit of the week… being offered funding for a course “Social Media for Creative Businesses” being run by Hilary Pullen through Creative University. A fantastic opportunity:) Wow:)

The funding was confirmed 10 days after the course began, so I am playing catch up. It’s packed with information, with targeted assignments to ensure participants implement what one learns (noticed the updated About page??). Thought I would be cheeky and ask you kind followers for some product feedback, I am trying to work out my unique selling point/s. Why buy a bag from me, as opposed to any other crafter?

Here’s a quick reminder of the style of bags I make:

Market Research

Handbag

Drawstring bag

Drawstring bag

Jacket Bag

Jacket Bag

Knitting needle Cases

Knitting needle Cases

Children's bucket bag

Children’s bucket bag

Felt corsage bag

Felt corsage bag

The majority of these bags are made from clothes, curtains, fabric remnants sourced in charity shops.

Any thoughts on why a bag from myself as opposed to anyone else’s would be gratefully appreciated.

Simply aesthetic appeal?

The recycled element?

The unique design?

Great gift ideas?

Any other reason??

Thank you 🙂

Please do pop by Handmade Harbour and see what other people have been making this week.

Vicky

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I am inspired by our wonderful world, creation is constant and yet changing. I feel it is important to respect the environment and where possible to upcycle/recycle. Blessed with creativity I try to appreciate it and develop it:) Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, please do sign up to follow my journey:)

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