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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Sew Crafty

There can only be one....winner, that is. Congratulations to Debbie of Suburb Sanity for winning three adorable Evelyn Fields bags! Hooray, Debbie!

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.

Materials:

1/2 yard oilcloth
4 large paper clips
1 hook and eye
2 buttons
1 thin hair elastic
Pinking shears
Ruler
Scissors
Sewing machine
Needle and thread

Directions:

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?!

-Thuy

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20 comments:

Alicia said...

Congrats to Debbie!! She has such a great blog!!!

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

Congrats, Debbie! How fun!

What a great project! I can't join in the challenge, though, because I can't sew myself out of a, well, out of a reusable sandwich bag! But it sure does look fun!

B said...

If I can get out in the next couple days to pick up a few things I think I'm going to throw some of these together. What a fun idea, and thanks for sharing.

Oh, and best of luck with those straight seams. Can't wait to see how yours turns out.

Amy said...

Yeah to your winner. I love your new idea. I am going to look at the chick chat today. I missed it yesterday.

Mya said...

Those are SEW cute ;)

Thank you Francesca for stopping by my blog the other day. Have a good day.

Randi Troxell said...

congrats to the winnder... so cute!

the ungourmet said...

I LOVE those sandwich bags!! I must have them! What a totally terrific idea. I always feel so bad when I use plastic now, I feel so wasteful. These are way better and so much cuter too!

Congratulations Debbie!

Felicia - I complete Me said...

Congrats to the winner. I too can't so a straight line or a circle (lol).

Kathy B! said...

Hooray for Debbie!

And where do you find the time to locate and then actually do all these cute crafts?! Love it.

resplendentlife said...

COngrats to Debbie! I love that blog.
Good luck with that..the challenge that is. I've already challenged myself to redecorate my 4 year old daughter's room. For me, that is craft challenge enough! ;)

Debbie said...

Are you kidding me? I never win. Not even "Miss Congeniality" or anything! I am so excited. Woo Hoo. Woo Hoo! Thanks. Plus, I'm excited:)

Sarah said...

Very cute bags! And congrats to the winner!

Connie said...

I finally got my sewing machine out... first time I've used it since I made baby clothes for my son (now 8). I sewed a Ben Franklin costume and it actually turned out! I was shocked. (pleasantly so) I don't know if I'll have time to make these before we pack up and move, but I am definitely keeping these instructions! Thanks!!

Grand Pooba said...

well ya win some ya loose some.

But those re usable sandwich wraps look so dang cute! Maybe I can get my baby sister to make them for me. She's the seamstress in the family.

Kelly Deneen said...

Me? Make one?

bwahaha!!!

I would totally buy one though. ;)

pam said...

Debbie is awesome!!

I am going to get my daughter on this project this summer. She has taken sewing lessons all school year, this should be something she can make in a jiff.

Cheryl said...

Where are the picture to go with these instructions???

Kristen said...

Oh yay Debbie!!

I can never find oil cloth, does anyone know the best place to find it?

mommaof4wife2r said...

thanks!!! i have been going to try to make these with no pattern and now i can look at these. i bought some snack bags on etsy, which are fab...and the oil cloth is uber great!

SE'LAH... said...

What a neat project...always looking for something to do on a rainy weekend.

Congrats to Debbie too.

One Love.