Thursday, January 22, 2009

Reusable Lunch Bag and Recycled Jammie Pants

ATTENTION: Melonie at MommaNMore is having a great giveaway to win Sandra Lee's slow cooking cookbook. You should check out her very interesting blog (her family just moved to Japan with the military and she also knows a ton about preparedness and regularly posts yummy recipes... just to say a bit about her blog.) and enter the contest. But only if you really really want the book, because I certainly do, so don't dilute my chances for nothing! ;)

Now, on to the sewing pictures:
I had a pretty productive day yesterday. I finished two projects, and did some organizing.

I made this reusable lunch bag for Ben. He usually re-uses random bags from leftover from shopping, but they fall apart pretty easily with the abuse of being balled up into his computer bag a few times a day. I modeled this one after a regular brown paper lunch bag, but made it much deeper, so containers will be able to fit in the bottom flat. I'm thinking about adding a pocket to the outside for siverware and napkins, but I doubt he'd bother to use it, so I'll ask first before I bother.

And I made Ben a new pair of pajama pants from a flannel sheet that I picked up at Goodwill last month. I think they turned out pretty cute, and the inside of them is super soft, so they'll be comfy and pretty warm. The sheet cost $2, I think, so definately not bad for enough fabric to make jammie pants.
I spent the rest of the afternoon sorting and organizing my projects. I stacked fabric in three categories:
"This is all cut out and half done, just finish it, Silly"
"I have a definate plan for this, I just have to get out a pattern and make it up"
"I have no idea whatsoever what to do with this fabric, but it's big enough to make something out of, and I can't just get rid of it!"
I'm hoping that by the time I work my way through the first two piles, inspiration will have struck for the third.
Ben's been in San Diego all this week, but he's coming back today, so I'm pretty excited about that! I've got to take care of some things I've been neglecting while he was away, like the dishes and laundry. After I finish that stuff, I'm going to try making homemade hamburger buns to go with sloppy joes for dinner. Maybe I'll also get started on that first pile of projects and see what other projects I can get finished.

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Blue Castle said...

I like that lunch bag. Very nice. Did you line it with anything?

Bonnie Story said...

Oh, great - I need to learn how to make hamburger buns! We have a lovely naturally-raised side of beef in the freezer with lots of delicious hamburger - but storebought buns are just not impressing me! I'll stay tuned. Very cute lunch bag -- have a great day! Bonnie

Mrs. Mordecai said...

Those are amazing! I think using sheets is a great idea; they're so cheap and plentiful. I have a couple slated for aprons, but I never get around to sewing lately.

Melonie said...

Wait - did you purposely make the bag and pants match? lol

Thanks for the kind words about my blog and for posting the contest. Your "don't dilute my entries" part is hilarious. heehee

I like your fabric organizing concept - it makes SENSE!

Bethany said...

Sarah, it's not lined, because the edges are all finished with the white bias tape. I Constructed it sort of differently than usual, with the wrong sides together, and finishing the edges on the outside. I thought about lining it, just for looks, with a fun print, but I didn't really have anything, and it's pretty heavy canvas to begin with.

Bonnie, thanks. The buns will be today's post.

Mrs Mordecai, thank you! I just love to use sheets for sewing. I have a few cute printed ones ready to go in some of my upcoming projects. I was thinking of doing an apron with one too.

Melonie, I did say they could enter if they really wanted to, lol. It must just be my bad lighting skills, because in real life they don't match at all... the bag is bright blue with white trim, and the pants are really dark navy and hunter green. As for organizing, I just needed to classify things as something because the project corner was really becoming a "I'll just throw this here because I can't think what else to do with it" pile. Not a great system.

Anonymous said...

Just happened on your blog...what a fun site! I love it..will be checking back. Thanks for keeping me amused, and having neat things to do and say!

Bethany said...

Country Kat, thanks for stopping by. Glad you've enjoyed my posts, I hope you'll stick around and join in the fun!

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