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Easy Plastic Bag Holder Sewing Project

Hi everyone! I’m back after taking a long break to move and get settled. One of the things I wanted to get a handle on right away at the new place was those reproducing (I swear the reproduce) plastic bags! I actually prefer using reusable bags but seeing as they were packed away in an unknown box up until recently, I managed to accrue quite a few of those plastic bags. Not to mention, there are always those times you’re out and you forget the reusable bags at home (hint – best place to leave them is in the car). I still manage to forget them sometimes! I decided to make myself a plastic bag holder.

 

Anyway, here’s a super quick and easy beginner sewing project for a plastic bag holder that will help you keep all of those plastic bags organized.

You will need:
– The usual (scissors, ruler, pins, thread, sewing machine)
– A fat quarter (will be using 22×18 inches) of a heavyweight cotton such as a canvas print from the decorator fabric section.
– An 8-inch piece of 1″ twill tape, or rope, or any sort of strong trim you can use to hang the finished holder.
– An 8-inch piece of elastic at least 1/2″ wide and probably no wider than 1″
– That’s all you need!

Fabric.com is my favorite place to order fabric from! They have almost anything you could ever be looking for!! Check them out by clicking the image below.

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The first step will be to cut your fabric. It will be 18 inches across and 22 inches long. I really need to get a cutting mat, but for this I used a long ruler, a marking pencil, and scissors. If it’s not exactly perfect, it won’t make much of a difference for this project.

Once it’s cut, we will iron down from the top (one of the 18″ sides) about 1/2 inch, and then fold over itself another 1/2 inch to make a nice edge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also fold over the bottom, but this time make sure the amount is enough that your elastic will fit through, as well as room for the seam allowance. So My elastic was 3/4″, so I folded over about 1″ and then again, folded that over itself an inch. Then ironed it nice and crisp.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we’ll stitch along the folds to hold them in place. I usually use a small seam allowance about 3/8th, 1/2″ also works. Be mindful when stitching the bottom that your elastic will still fit through the “pocket” after stitching.

 

 

 

 

 

After that, we will pin a safety pin to one end of the elastic so we can pull it through the pocket we made at the bottom of the fabric. Pull the elastic through until the end reaches the end of the pocket. Carefully stitch this down with a few straight stitches back and forth, as well as a zigzag stitch for extra security.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continue to pull the elastic through to the other end as it starts to bunch up. When you reach the other end, stitch this end down the same way as before.

You’re almost done! Now we will fold the fabric in half with right sides facing in, and pin the edges so it can be stitched up. Then you will stitch up the side, making sure to do about an inch reverse stitch at the beginning and end. For this project, I used a straight stitch, but if you have a serger you can also use that. If you are doing a straight stitch, use pinking shears to trim the seam to help avoid fraying. If you don’t have those, you can do a zig zag stitch near the edge to help.

Now you will take your twill tape, ribbon, rope, or any other strong trimming piece, and fold over it in half, pin it to the top, and stitch it down. I used a straight stitch in two places for extra strength.

You’re finished! See, I told you that was quick. Turn your bag holder right side in, and hang on the wall. You’re ready to fill it with plastic bags 🙂

 

If you were looking to buy one, I’m hoping to have these available soon, but in the meantime, please check out my store with adorable baby and toddler items here -> SHOP

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If you like this, you will love my tutorial for my car trash bag! It helps me keep my car clean!! See it here!

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Personalized Bibs

I’m super excited to announce that most of my new bibs can now be personalized! I’m offering 10 font/monogram options to start for the new personalized bibs. A name or text can be embroidered on your favorite print making a really special gift for a new little one. The bibs are still fully machine washable, so no need to worry about getting it dirty! Click here to check them out! Customizable bibs have info in the listing text and checkout options. I also have some fun prints with cute sayings available as well.

     

 

 

Cotton Spring Baby Bibs!

I am so ready for it to warm up here! We got teased in February with a few warm days, and now there’s snow on the ground again. At least I had a few days stuck inside to get some spring baby bibs done for my Etsy shop, Milk & Bones.
So if you’re wondering, Milk & Bones is my baby, children, and dog accessory brand. You can read more about how that got started in the about me section.

                

I love my bibs! I know… you’re thinking who does this girl think she is? But I stand by my product 100%. I have experimented with many kinds of backing and sizing to make the best bibs. What I have come up with is a durable bib featuring adorable, fun and unique prints that will work from a little one’s first bites through toddler years. I love the hunt to find the fabrics, probably my favorite part, aside from sending out finished products. The backing to my bibs is a surprisingly soft and thick waffled-terry cloth. I was so excited to find this on fabric.com, because the only other place I knew to order from was Germany, and wow, shipping would be expensive.

As a new mom, I wasn’t really sure when I started making these bibs how long we’d still be using them. Well, Riley is now 18 months and we are still using these. There are meals that are not as messy and we may skip, but spaghetti night, we are for sure using one. Even at 18 months old, it still covers most of her shirt, and with the snaps, I’m able to adjust the neck to fit her and she can’t pull them off. I checked with my mama friends, and we’re not the only ones still using bibs through the toddler years. I have some store bibs left in the cabinet that just do not fit her at all anymore, and cover only a few inches of her clothes. Not helpful at all! The bibs I made for Riley before she was even born are still holding up well and strong.

    

I didn’t have any new styles to add for boys this time round, sorry boy mamas,  but I have a few more summer prints for boys I’ll be releasing next round! So stay tuned.

 

You can check out the bibs I have for sale at my etsy shop here. They’ll be available in my shop tab soon.

DIY Girls Skirt Tutorial

As Riley is starting to grow out of the things I normally make (baby bibs, hats, crib shoes), I’ve been looking for something new to make for her. I stumbled upon a few skirt tutorials, and it turned out to be just what I was looking for. These skirts are super easy! You can whip up a few in one afternoon to pair with leggings and t-shirts. To make these, I used a pattern on Etsy so I could have multiple sizes available, but if you’re making these for your own little one, it’s easy to figure out the sizing with just a few measurements (I’ll explain later). The pattern is by Brindille & Twig and is very easy to follow. If you’re interested, you can purchase the pattern here.

If your little one is soon to be a toddler, make sure to check out my post about my toddler must haves! Better to stock up sooner than later 🙂

 

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These skirts and more are currently available to purchase in my shop! Learn how to make the matching head band/headwrap here!

What you’ll need:

You can use cotton or a knit fabric. I love the variety of fabrics available at fabric.com. The skirts in the pictures used fabrics by the designers “Dear Stella” and “Timeless Treasures, Inc.” They both have some great choices that area always changing!

Dear Stella currently has this fun line of Dinosaur prints available at fabric.com! But hurry because it looks like it will sell out fast! How fun for a skirt 🙂

Dear Stella Stellasaurus Dinomania Moonlight Fabric
Dear Stella Stellasaurus Hear Me Roar Phantom Fabric

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Fabric (about 1/2 yd to 1 yd depending on the size you are making.
Thread
Scissors
Elastic – 1.25″ wide
Sewing machine or Serger
Trim (optional)

To make this with your little one’s measurements, first measure around their waist. This will be the width of each of your two skirt pieces. For example, if your child’s waist is 21 inches, cut 2 pieces, 21 x length.

For the length, measure from the waist till where you want the skirt to end, and add 2″ for the hem and waistband.

If you purchased the pattern, use the sizes provided.

To start, iron your fabric, I usually fold over my fabric and cut both pieces at once. To make it even easier, cut with the right sides in and they’ll already be in place to sew.  Cut your skirt pieces (width X length).
Pin the two pieces together right sides together, and sew up both sides. You can do this with a serger if you have one, or a straight stitch at about a 1/4 inch allowance, and then an overlock or zigzag to prevent fraying. Iron your seams.

Next you will be serging all the way around the top and bottom edges. If you do not have a serger I’d recommend using an overlock or zigzag stitch after the straight stitch. This is to prevent fraying. Just a side note about sergers. They are really great, especially if you plan to sew clothing or work with knits more. As you can see here, mine is ancient. My amazing mom found this at an estate sale and got it even though I told her “not sure what I need it for”. I was so wrong! I use it tons. However, Amazon has a highly recommended Singer serger available for under $200 that will definitely work great for our purposes! Check it out here:

Now you will iron down the waistband and hem. Fold over 1 1/2″ from the top and iron down all the way around the skirt. You will do this for the bottom hem as well at 1/2″ inch.

Sew all the way around the hem. If you’re adding trim, now is the best time to pin it and sew it on.

Now to do the waistband. Cut the elastic one inch longer than their waist measurement.

First you will sew all the way around the skirt at the edge of the fold you made earlier, and leave a 2 inch gap. Make sure to back stitch at both ends of the opening. Then you will put a safety pin on your elastic, and pull through, mindful that you do not pull the other end through. It will start to bunch up as you go.

 

Once all the way through, line up the ends of the elastic flat overlapping one inch, pin and stitch. For this, I stitched all the way around and then an X across. This will ensure it is secure.

 

Almost done!! Finish stitching around the waist where the opening for the elastic was. Turn right side out, and you are finished! You should have an adorable skirt!

 

Almost done!! Finish stitching around the waist where the opening for the elastic was. Turn right side out, and you are finished! You should have an adorable skirt!

 

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If you missed the link earlier, click here to learn how to make the matching headband!

If you’re thinking about starting an Etsy with all the adorable items you’ve learned to make, head over to read my blog post for great info about what to consider before opening a shop of your own!

I’m going to take a wild guess that you like handmade items since you’re here! Did you know Amazon has a Handmade section, including a baby category. Take a look for some special, unique treasures!

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Zipper Bag Tutorial, DIY, Sewing Tutorial

Zipper Bags Tutorials

Hi!

So most of you know that I have an Etsy shop where I specialize in handmade baby, children and dog accessories. I was getting an itch to try some new items outside of those categories and decided to try my hand at sewing zipper bags. I’ll probably make a ton of these, but for now 5 will do! These zipper bags are definitely not for beginner sewers, but an intermediate sewer can have some fun with these.

I have a tendency to steer clear of anything with a zipper, and I felt like it’s time to get over this silly fear and tackle it. It is so much easier than I thought. The last time someone (my Aunt) tried teaching me how to sew a zipper I was a child, and the task was much more intimidating.

I tried a few zipper bag tutorials and the first bag I tried was the “Boxie Pouch” by So Chick Handbags & Embroidery. I love the boxy shape which allows you to fit tons of stuff in it. Perfect to gather electronics and wires, or toiletries to throw into a suitcase. These are also a great size for keeping some of these little teether toys and rattles contained. You can easily use waterproof material for the lining. I ended up using stiffer interfacing for the last two I made of these to help them keep their shape. I used Pellon 809 interfacing, which you can buy here on amazon.Pellon DĂ©cor Bond Heavy Fusible Interfacing 809P By the Yard

 

 

Link to blog post and tutorial here: Boxie Pouch 

 

 

 

 

 

The other zipper bag I tried is the “My Favorite Zipper Pouch” by Jedi Craft Girl. This one was a little quicker, and it is a great size for travel size toiletries to throw in a purse or diaper bag.

Link to blog post and tutorial here: My Favorite Zipper Pouch

After doing a few of these, I feel pretty confident with zippers and don’t feel like I need to avoid them any long. The possibilities are now endless!

Hello!

Do you ever have those days where at the end of the night you have to think back to decide if you were actually productive? I’m having one of those days. Here I am at 11 PM trying to think back on the day to decide whether it was productive or not. It didn’t feel productive, but surely I did something useful today. I did, indeed- actually, just not as much as I would have liked. But that’s okay. This morning I worked on a special project, and then managed to eventually (hours later) get out of the house so Riley could visit her Great-Grandmother. I might not have spent hours at the sewing machine, but I wouldn’t trade those visits for anything. Riley is really lucky to have two Great-Grandmothers, and we got to see both of them today.

This past year has been incredibly trying on our family. I won’t get into details now, they’ll reveal themselves eventually, but it has made me appreciate time with family even more than before. The Great-Grandmother we visited earlier today sort of is to blame for all this sewing business. Sort of, not really, but lets say she is! Ha. It was on her sewing machine in her house that I learned, but my Aunt was the one who taught me. She’s a pretty amazing seamstress, and has a much better understanding of clothing construction than I do, which is why I ended up making the things I do (mostly non-clothing items). One of the reasons for this new adventure is to strengthen my sewing skills making new things – including more clothes. So not only did my Aunt teach me on my Grandma’s sewing machine, but it goes even further than that. My Great-Grandmother (who I did not have the privilege of knowing) was the original seamstress of the family. Two years ago we uncovered a sizable collection of sewing notions and things she made that have been saved over the years. What an incredibly special find!

So here I am, creating and sewing on an almost daily basis, experimenting with selling vintage sewing notions, and starting this blog. So why start this blog? Well, I know you all find my life so interesting….no…just kidding. But hopefully you find it at least a little interesting, because I’m excited to share my experiences with you. I plan to try fun sewing tutorials and share the results with you, create my own tutorials for unique items for you to try, work on creating a felt busy book for Riley, and of course share fun life anecdotes with you.
Well, I feel a little bit more productive today, so mission accomplished. It was just one of those days, and if you’ve had one, you know the feeling.

Good night

Caity.