It’s in the Bag: Stitching Towards the Holidays While Taming the Jabba

Yes…I have officially made September the month to nag everyone into clearing up those “gonna do” sewing projects. Today let’s focus on two easy and extremely practical project…bags.

I have the world’s easiest little T-shirt recycler project. Take an old T-shirt & sew the bottom and the sleeves shut. Cut a little hole behind the neckband large enough to thread a hanger through and waaaaaaalaaaaaaaaa. You have just created the perfect storage bag for plastic bags, rags, clothespins, pantyhose, or whatever unmentionables you need to organize in your closet. (We’re not here to judge people…just to sew. Okay…you can judge a little.) Anyone can do this one…and it is really practical and helps to get those closets organized. And it doesn’t even have to be pretty. Definitely on the Cat-With-Narcolepsy Skill Level.

Now if you are looking for something to venture outside the house with…let’s talk shopping bags. Since I design and sew mainly by trial and error, error, and then more error…and not so much with those pesky easy to follow patterns, I have opted to take my usual cheap way out and find other people’s really cool easy to follow instructions and steal…I mean highlight them.

Some of the clearest instructions I have found were over at Wild Onion. She shows you how to convert a T-shirt into a bag with some great, very clear, step by step photos. shirtA little more challenging than the closet hanger bag…but still very doable.

Gosh golly…I bet you could find some really cool vintage T-shirts at a yard sale or consignment shop and sew together a set or two for your friends for the holidays. A set with their favorite bands? Come on…who wouldn’t want the complete Def Leopard shopping set? How about making a pile of bags and using them as your gift bags for your other homemade goods? Pour some sugar on your friends and get sewing. Where on earth did I put my good hair-teasing comb?

2 Responses to “It’s in the Bag: Stitching Towards the Holidays While Taming the Jabba”

  1. Added by Susan Italo on September 23rd, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Thanks for the link! I hope you find some great tee shirts for your gifts!

  2. Added by greeen sheeep on October 1st, 2008 at 9:26 am

    I have been using my mountain of cast off clothing for the same purpose. I am very new to sewing and simple tote bags are about all I can handle so far.

    I converted a skirt into a small backpack my daughter uses for her gym bag and turned a camisole into a drawstring tote that I take to market.

    I’m thinking of using some items as creative wrapping “paper” for the upcoming holidays.

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