For those of you who didn't win, don't be sad. I've got a craft challenge that will cheer you right up. It's supposed to be a simple sewing project, but I'm a real dummy when it comes to sewing. I can't even sew a straight line and would fail any sewing sobriety test miserably. No, seriously, I'm not kidding or exaggerating my lack of skillz.
The ironic thing is that I took a sewing class with one of my best friends a few years ago and after our 6 week class, I came home with the most expensive pair of flannel pajamas ever! (They were adorable though!!) However, within two washings, the pair ripped at the seams and had to be thrown out. What a waste!
Well, this time I'm really going to try and redeem myself with this challenge. By the end of this month, I hope to complete a few of these cute, reusable sandwich wraps. Okay, I'd be happy to complete one without it being torn to shreds after a few days. Gotta walk before I run, right?!
Join me, sew sisters, on this journey.
The instructions are from Kiwi Magazine by Vickie Howell.
Tip: For an even more sustainable sandwich wrapper, use vintage oilcloth (available at flea markets) and recycled buttons.
1/2 yard oilcloth
4 large paper clips
1 hook and eye
1 thin hair elastic
Needle and thread
1. Cut two 101/2" x 101/2" squares out of oilcloth.
2. Place one square on top of the other, with wrong sides facing each other (so pattern is facing outside). Slide a paper clip on each side of the square to hold pieces together as you sew.
3. Using a 1/4" seam, top stitch the two pieces together. Adjust the paper clips as you go to keep the oilcloth from sliding.
4. Trim around the edges of the sewn square with pinking shears.
5. Lay the square so that one of the corners is pointing at you, like a diamond. Fold the left and right corners toward the center so the tip of the points overlap by about 1". Repeat with the top and bottom corners to create an envelope. Run a fingernail over the edges to form a crease.
6. Open the top flaps, so that only the left and right corners are folded in. Hand-sew a hook about 1/8" inside the tip of the right corner flap. Hand-sew the eye on the left flap, leaving enough space inside for a sandwich (you can gauge this by using two pieces of bread).
7. Sew buttons on the top and bottom corner flaps, about 1 1/2" from each tip (again allowing room for a sandwich).
8. Place the hair band over the top button and pinch around the button with your fingers to create two loops. With needle and thread, tack the elastic so the top loop stays firmly around the top button and the bottom loop slips easily onto the other button.
Since you've now read all the instructions, you're in for the challenge, right? You ready to tear it up?! Ahem... I mean, sew it up?!