Saturday, June 27, 2009

Dog food bags second life as a tote

I spent this morning making some dog food bags into tote bags. The two doggies that eat the purina fit and trim which comes in woven plastic bags. The bags are so nice I cannot throw them away. Prototype 1 did not come out too bad but was not really measured at all. Prototype 2 came out nicely and will be a gift for a friend that I walk with. This is prototype 2. I added some fabric and used old rope from a hammock that was no longer usable as handles.
I wanted to make prototype 3 a bit bigger. First I cut out the 2 sides and the main piece. The main piece is the front - bottom and back. You can see part of it on the left. The two sides are on the right.
Then I cut a strip of 2" wide by however long the scrap was of fabric and sewed it on the top edges of the sides and on each top edge of the main bag . I ironed this strip in half so it was easier to sew on. I am able to pin into the fabric, although tape works ok but makes my needle sticky.

Next came the pocket. I used the same fabric with a piece of interfacing to add a bit of strength to it. Turned over the top edge and sewed it down.I then sewed the pocket on to the front of the bag. I also sewed on the handles using a large zig zag stitch to attach the hammock rope. Make sure they are the same length.

Take the main piece, and sew on one of the sides. I used a zig zag stitch on the outside of the bag. The bottom edge first then the sides. Then the second side. This is what it looks like when its done. I also added a bit of fabric to the handle to make it easier to hold. I did all of the sewing on the outside with a thread to match the fabric in a large zig zag stitch.

Its not perfect, but now that I know how I like to put them together I can create a pattern and make some in the same size. My two dogs eat 2 of the 40lb bags a month so I will have plenty to play around with. It was fun and I like the material since its waterproof. A good bag for the beach or the grocery store or for whatever.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Fun in the Rain

So I spent the weekend doing a variety of things. Went Geocaching in the rain Friday and Saturday. And when it was not raining on Sunday. This is my third earthcache at Ringing Rocks PA where you bang a hammer on the rocks and yes they RING! So I am now a bronze earthcacher. Woo Hoo! Ok so little things make me happy.
Got to see "The Cousins" who have all grown up and looking great, even if they do have "accents".

Took lots of pictures but, alas they are not on the card but on the camera which I, of course, cannot find the right cord to download. I will find it when I am not looking for it.

Then leaving the hotel this morning in Hawley PA my husband spotted this deer standing on a concrete wall eating stuff from a tree. Not a place I would choose to eat breakfast since it was a pretty far drop.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Fashioning Felt exhibit

I took a trip to New York City yesterday to see the Fashioning Felt exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt.
We drove to New Jersey and took the train up from the Hamilton station to Penn Station. It was a little over an hour to get there. Hopped on a bus and went up town. The exhibit was awesome. It was great to see it in person. I was traveling with my daughter, her boyfriend and a friend of mine. I did get the book. The web site shows the photos but there is nothing like seeing it in person. I was glad to see they had videos running that showed the process. Also an area where you could touch. You could only take photos in the palace yurt and it was beautiful.

We had lunch then walked thru Central Park over to Strawberry Fields and the "Imagine" mosiac in tribute to John Lennon. Then it started to rain. Headed back to Penn Station to catch the train home. Great day.