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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
You’ve done it… excellent one recycled swimming bag:)
Like me you probably have lots of the shirt left, this is what I made:
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.
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.
This is my take on a round bag with deep waist band.
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.
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:
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
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
What do you make with old denim trousers? I don’t know about you but I always seem to have some poor fitting jeans around ready for recycling.
There are lots of great tutorial around, I’ve started making some denim baskets for my sewing room for storing odds and sods in!
If you fancy making your own they are ever so easy, there’s a great tutorial on Threading My Way.
Plus I’ve started a Pinterest board, if you fancy checking it out:)
The storage baskets use up the legs of denim trousers, and my sewing machine, gorgeous though it is won’t cope with reusing and stitching through a waistband. However I can still squeeze another project out of the jeans, plus make a further effort to sort my sewing room out (one day I will share my space but I keep waiting for a tidy moment, you may be waiting a while!). Here is a denim pocket storage idea, a Pinaddict challenge.
To make your own unpick a few denim pockets
Find an old picture frame to stretch your fabric around
Arrange your pockets, and stitch on.
Sew onto your backing fabric
Stretch around the frame. I was delighted that I remembered a few pointers from screen printing days. Start with stretching across the middle, stapling at the middle central points along each edge. Step by step stretching and stapling along, always at each side in turn. At the corners I created a hospital bed corner, folding under. Finish by masking taping the fabric edges down to the frame for a tidier finish.
Thanks for all those who took the time to read and comment last week to help me identify my Unique Selling Point for my social media course. It was really helpful and I am very grateful. The course continues to be really interesting, just wishing I had more time to give to it:)
Please do stop by Handmade Harbour and see what other people have been up to this week:)