A Super Simple (reusable) Sandwich Sack Tutorial

Or you could just call it a Lunch bag, or a snack sack, a baggie… Gotta come up with something catchy for a title you know!

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At our house we try to use as little throw away stuff as possible. Our recycling bin fills up much faster than the trash can. A while back the city was talking about stopping trash every week and only coming every other week like they currently do with our recycling. Which would be fine with me, if the recycling would be picked up every week!  So if anyone out there can make that happen at my house, I owe ya! Anyway…

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For my son’s lunch I don’t think I’ve ever used disposable packaging in his lunch. My husband has been using those plastic baggies that I hate. He does recycle them a few times before they get thrown away. And he’s starting to move over to my boxes… I use a bunch of plastic boxes. Which sometimes make getting the kiddos lunch into his lunch box a big puzzle. So bags are my answer!

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First you need to gather your materials. I’ve been wanting to make these for ages, but have been hesitant because I couldn’t find the right material to use. You can search for articles about food safe materials all over the place, but I finally decided to go with the Eco-PUL from Diaper Sewing Supplies. The reason is that is solvent-free, environmentally friendly, releases no volatile organics, machine washable and is food safe! Cool.

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So here’s how I made my sacks, or bags, or pouches! First, obviously, you need to cut them down to size. For the sandwich size, I cut a piece 8 inches by 16 inches. I ordered the Diaper Cut Pack to get more colors. So I cut two sandwich sized bags, then divided the rest into smaller snack sized bags. I got about 6 bags per piece of Eco-PUL.

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Secondly, I used a plate to round off the top. Trim.

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With the pieces right sides together, sew around the edge. I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance. And don’t forget to leave a hole! Trim the corners.

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Turn the bag right side out. And then I ironed the seams, but use a low heat and iron on the fabric side, not the PUL side!

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Sew on the Velcro. Yep, had to make a Star Wars bag!

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Topstitch. First topstitch across the top. Next, fold over the bag, start at one corner and top stitch all the way around to the other corner!

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And before you know it, you’ll have a bunch of bags!

My husband and son are already asking for more!

Have you made sandwich bags before??

Spiderman, Spiderman, Spidey wears a Hat on his Head!

I realized that there are a couple of Christmas presents I never showed ya! And since we’re on the subject of Super Hero’s again (did you see the Batman tee), how about a Spiderman Hat?

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Ok, this is not one of my best projects… Since it doesn’t fit very well… But the fun is still there! And that’s what matters, right?

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So I was wandering around Target, waiting on my husband to look at tee shirts, and I saw this plain old red hat on sale. Yeah, it was an adult size, btu it was on sale! And it was plain! How often can you find plain hats for kids? They always seem to have something on them! Anyway… I threw the hat in the cart and away we went!

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So for about 3 bucks and ten minutes, we have a Spiderman Hat!

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I used his doll as inspiration and cut out two Spidey eyes from a bit of white fleece.

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THen using a super tight zigzag stitch, I appliqued the eyes on. I’m not an applique expert by any means (so don’t look too closely!).

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And viola! A Spidey hat that you can wear sideways…

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and backwards…

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Have you made a project that you aren’t in love with, but the person you made it for does???

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The ‘Eared’ Earflap Hat Tutorial at Go To Sew!

For the last year, typically every second Friday you can find me over at Go To Sew with a fun and typically pretty quick and easy tutorial! This month I was way behind with the whole holiday thing and Project Run and Play starting up! So here I am with my Go To Sew tutorial, just a tad bit late this month!

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If you are following along this season of Project Run and Play, this hat might look familiar… It’s my ‘Eared’ Earflap hat for the kiddos! It made a more ‘fluffy’ apearance in my Project Run and Play Arctic Wolf Outfit!

It’s a quick one that you can do with some larger fleece scraps you might have around the house! Be sure to head over to Go To Sew for the tutorial!

 

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I’ve Got My Eye on You!

I feel like it’s kinda early to start posting about Valentine’s Day, but since this month is flying by, I realized Valentine’s Day isn’t really that far off!

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Not long ago I had an etsy customer ask for a set of my pirate eye patches and a set of heart shaped eye patches. Of course, I said I could do hearts! While I was making them, I knew that there had to be a way to incorporate these into a Valentine’s Day card!

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And I did!

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The silly card is printed on cardstock and is a flat card with eye patch wrapped around it. And once you remove the eye patch, the other eye is revealed!

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I think they are pretty funny myself! And it seems like someone else did too!

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You can print them here and make your own eye patches. I sew two pieces of felt together with the elastic sandwiched between the two.

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But if Valentine’s Day is sneaking up on you fast and you want someone else to make them for you… I got you covered! You can buy them as

1. an Individual Card with the eye patch and an envelope on my etsy shop here OR as

2. a Set of 10 for classmates with the eye patch and no envelope on my etsy shop here!

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The Arctic Fox Stencil

It’s the last day to vote and I still need support! So please don’t forget to Vote (for me (hint hint)) now (please), click here! I’m still in last place and still kinda depressed about it… Trying to stay optimistic! If you haven’t voted for me, please do! In case you missed it, you can read about the whole outfit here.

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Today I’m sharing my stencil! It’s not an easy one! Well, it’s not that it’s not easy, it’s just a lot of detailed cutting. You need a sharp exacto blade! Start with a new one, for sure!

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So you’ll need to print the stencil, which you can download here (and vote while it’s downloading!). Then cut it onto the freezer paper. Cut out the white triangles. You can follow the Freezer Paper Stencil Tutorial here for how to use the freezer paper.

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I’m thinking I want to blow it up huge and make a quilt. A quilt with just this face! What do you think??? I think it would be cool! hmmm….

The Arctic Fox Mask! A Project for You!

Dont’ forget to Vote (for me (hint hint)) now (please), click here! I’m in last place and kinda depressed about it… Trying to stay optimistic! If you haven’t voted for me, please do!

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I don’t know if you remember, but what looks like ages ago (the kiddo looks so little in the pictures), I made a fox mask.

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So of course, I used this as a base for my arctic fox mask!

I’m not going to redo the tutorial that you can find here, but I did update the mask pattern. You can download the pattern here (And vote while it’s downloading here). Print the pattern and then follow the tutorial for your very own arctic fox mask!

I used grey stitching around the eyes for a little accent! Enjoy!

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Happy New Year!

I hope yall all had a wonderful New Years Eve! We have a tradition of always going to Tacoma’s zoo and seeing the zoolights, so that’s what we did! Do you have a favorite NYE tradition???

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I thought I’d welcome in 2014 with a look back at my favorite projects from 2013! I’ve been reading a lot of other blogs and it seems like I’m not the only one that gets into a mood thinking that I didn’t create too much… But once you sit and look at your whole blog from the past year, I’m reminded that I made A LOT! Yeah!

And my favorites are….

The crazy colorful outfit the kiddo and I made in January for the Project Run and Play Sew Along.

The I Love You Jacket I made for the kiddo in February.

The Super Hero Cape t-shirt tutorial (you’ll see a superhero theme throughout this year!) I made for the kiddo and Go To Sew in March!

One of my all time favorite projects was the Fox Skirt in April (for my friend April’s daughter!).

The wonky star quilt I made, with the help of my Nurture Circle, in May.

The low volume, ‘Lone Star’ pillowcase I made for a swap partner in June.

The little overalls I designed for a friend’s son adoption in July.

I really loved how this needle book turned out that I made for another swap in August.

The Flash costume in September! I didn’t blog about it until October, but technically I made it in September….

And the Hulk Costume in October!

The kiddo and I really loved our melted bead necklaces we made in November.

And last but not least, I loved our Jack and Jill pj’s I made in December!

What was your favorite project that you made last year??? Or do you have a favorite that I made? I’d love to hear about it!!

Christmas Pot Holder Tutorial

So today let’s take yesterday’s quilt block and turn it into a mug rug or pot holder!! Who doesn’t need a pot holder? Especially with all the holiday baking?? mmmm!

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I recently started making pot holders for gifts and realized they are so simple!! And fun! And prettier than the ones in the stores!

I’ll show you how simple they are to make!

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For the materials, you’ll need your front and backing fabric, a piece of batting and a piece of insulated batting. All these thing are available at the shop, so come on in and we’ll get you are ready!  For the front of mine, I used the tree block I described here.

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Stack your pieces. Start with the backing right side down, then your insulated batting (follow your insulated batting directions, but mine specifies to have the insulated side facing the heat source so I have mine stacked with the insulated side down), then the batting and lastly your top with the right side facing up.

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Quilt the pieces together

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Trim. I made mine a 8×8 inch pot holder, but you can make it any size you’d like.

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Cut your 2″ binding and add an additional 3 inches to your binding piece. This additional 3 inches is for your hanging hook.

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Make your hanging hook. Fold the 3 inch piece in half, right sides together and sew a quarter inch seam. Then flip right side out. Done!

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Add your binding. And don’t forget to insert the hanging hook at the top side while you are adding on the binding.

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And it’s done! It also works for a mug rug…

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And the real question… Are you going to keep it? Or give it away?

Envelope Pillow Tutorial

Like I mentioned in my post last week for the Stay Put Scarf, I’m bring home some of my Go to Sew posts from the last year. And I’m starting with some that I think would make great last minutes gifts. So today, I’m sharing the envelope pillow tutorial!

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I made quite a few of these in the last week for holiday gifts! (more will be coming on the random pot holder in the picture)

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The A is an antique mall find that I remade into a ‘Bama gift pillow! I made a grey and red striped background and then sew-ed the A on top!

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I was doing a little shopping at CB2 and I saw these pillows with white and silver and red. I loved them! And I knew I just happened to have some fluffy white fleece and some silver vinyl. So I went to town making the pillows. I made three for myself and then I made four others for a handmade FB swap I said I would do in January! Their $30 ones look fabulous! But I am also pretty proud of how my ‘from my stash’ ones turned out as well!

So here’s the easy peasy tutorial!

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You can do anything with it! You can make your kid one out of one of their favorite shirts that they’ve outgrown… Or did you find some fancy fabric, but if was so fancy you really know you should only buy a half yard… Perfect for a pillow! Or you can do a quick little quilting job and have a baseball inspired pillow!

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So what you’ll need is easy… A Pillow! Fabric, thread, cutting implements, and some batting if you want to do a little quilting.

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First you cut! Cut out the front roughly a half inch larger than you pillow. For the back you’ll cut two pieces. I cut them to overlap by about three inches. For instance, if you pillow is 14 inches wide, I’ll cut two pieces 10 inches wide. If you’re going to be quilting, cut a piece of batting and a cover for the batting, both the same size as the front piece.

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Hem the edges on the back two pieces.

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If you’re going to do quilting on the front, go for it! Then cover the back of the quilting with you extra piece.

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Stack them all together! Back of the quilted piece, right side down. Front of the pillow, right side up. Then stack the two back pieces, right sides down.

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Hem the edges on all four sides. I like to back stitch over the overlapped back pieces. You’re going to be pulling at it here when you stuff the pillow in, so a little extra stitching helps!

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Then trim the corners.

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I like to trim the edges with a pinking shear. Or you could use a serger.

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Turn it right side out. (yes, my back is not even, like I mentioned above, but it is overlapped like I mentioned.)

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Then stuff that pillow in and enjoy!

See? Super simple! Quick and a sweet gift! I made mine for a friend that wanted a St Louis Cardinal pillow…

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I’m not much for using fabrics with team logos and such, so I took their colors and logo and made mine.

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What do you think? Does it say St Louis Cardinals without literally saying St Louis Cardinals? I hope so! I didn’t do a bird. But I did baseballs (don’t look at the basballs too closely, it’s my first time doing little bitty circles!), the yellow bat and the blue outline…. Crossing my fingers that she likes it!

A Tinsel Tree Mini Tutorial

I can’t believe the holidays are almost here! But my son and I have been loving unpacking all the decorations and getting everything festive!

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If you’ve been reading for a while or follow me on Instagram, you know I have a collection of pointy and shiny trees! Last year I made some cute little glittery pointy tree ornaments, and I showed off my jars with little mini trees surrounded by my pointy trees.

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Here it is all in one place (pre-decorating)! And I’m always on the lookout for more. I’ve made some glitter ones, so then I thought…. ‘What about tinsel trees??’ Perfect!

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All you need is some mini tinsel, a cardboard cone and a glue gun!

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First I glued the tinsel over the top of the tree.

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Then just keep gluing and wrapping the tinsel,

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gluing and wrapping,

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And more gluing and wrapping until you get to the end!

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Then you have another tree to add to your collection!

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Do you have a Christmas or Holiday collection? I just ordered two more trees from CB2 for my collection! I just couldn’t help myself!

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