Friday, March 13, 2009

Sewing With What We Have On Hand

The last couple of days, I have been sewing between doing other projects. I hemmed a few pairs of jeans from my daughter who is a little taller than me but wears tall heels. I also made some bulk food bags from t-shirts I haven't worn for years & wouldn't be missed. (I still have tons more to wear for working around the farm). Here is a pic of the t-shirts I used. Every one with a memory of something fun we did. This is a project that saves that memory from going in a rag bag.
Here is what I did. This shirt is the stretchy jersey-type material. Just cut off the top of the shirt, turn inside out & sew a bottom hem.

To make the draw string top, simply fold over a 1/2 to one inch hem (depending on the size of the tie material) and sew leaving a small opening for fishing the tie through. Here is how to use a safety pin to guide the shoe string through. I had some old shoe strings on hand but you can use ribbon, string or sew your own tie. You can also make your hem for the tie minus the opening & using very sharp scissors or thread cutter, cut a slit in the hem area at the front of the bag & fish the tie through. That way the tie will be centered & on the outside of the bag like this...Here are a few of the bags I finished. Old buttons were sewn on the ends of the ties to keep the tie from getting lost in the hem. You could also tie big knots too if you don't have any buttons to use. Oh, and the scrap fabric left over, can be used as rags with your non-toxic cleaners. No waste.

There is a great food co-op in Wisconsin by the farm that has a lot of bulk food. I just couldn't stand the thought of using plastic bags to buy the bulk items any more. These will be easy to throw in the wash & re-use again & again. The smaller one I made for the raw nuts we bring for lunch everyday at work. They are a staple in our vegetarian diet. I am also planning on making some bags lined with nylon-type material from a couple of old windbreakers we have laying around. Who knew that saving old clothes would pay off in such a good way.

12 comments:

twofroghome.com said...

Those bags are great!

Rabbit Hill Farm said...

GREAT idea!

Hot Belly Mama said...

I love this idea! I would totally make little onesies for the little one on the way out of those jersey shirts. That would be so comfortable!

FYI - I am giving away something special on today's blog. You don't have to do anything to enter except leave a comment. Love, Hot Belly Mama

Happy Days said...

How nifty is THAT!! WOW!! You are just a bundle of neat ideas!! So glad I found you!...debbie

Lisa said...

great idea! I use old jeans to make shopping bags for groceries, lunch bags, or totes. Could you use a light weight shower liner for your linings??

Edain: said...

Great post! Such a good idea. :)

angie said...

Hi Barb,

Love the bags! Are you near the Viroqua coop? I think you are further north than we are. We're between Platteville and Lancaster.

Barb and Steve said...

Thanks everybody! Lisa, good idea about the shower curtain liner. Angie, it is the Viroqua Food Coop. I just love that store. That store is one of the reasons we looked in that area. We try to eat a mostly organic fruit & veggie diet so we needed a place like the coop close by. You must be what, about an hour & a half away then?
Barb

Jo said...

LOVE this!

fullfreezer said...

What a great idea. I've repurposed one of my daughter's outgrown camisoles into a bag for bringing home greens from the garden. It is nice and stretchy so it doesn't crush them but you can get lots inside. I never thought about the drawstring, though. Thanks for the idea.
Judy

Barb and Steve said...

Hi Jo & welcome to my blog! Judy, I never thought about camisoles...perfect!

lisa said...

That's a great idea. I hate using lots of plastic bags when I go to coops too; it really defeats the purpose of buying in bulk. Sometimes I bring jars and other containers along, weigh them, and place my bulk items in them. This way I don't use excess packaging, and they're already in their containers when I get home.