I live in a little tiny town, we have ONE grocery store. For the past few years there’s been rumors that this little grocery store is going to start charging money for plastic bags. I guess they figure if IKEA can charge for bags then why can’t they? This grocery store has had their store brand reusable grocery bags out for sale for a year or so but I decided I’d rather not use there bags so I made my own, actually I made a bunch of grocery bags. I made so many, I used them for Christmas wrap, instead of wrapping some gifts with wrapping paper, I stuck the gifts in a reusable grocery shopping bag. The gifts looked colorful in their custom gift bags and for the recipient, they got two gifts in one. PERFECT!
My SIL, who goes crazy over anything Western Themed, we put her gift in a reusable grocery bag made withWestern Fabric.
I also made up a few of these reusable grocery bags in Halloween fabrics and my kids used them for trick or treating on Halloween. They loved the bags, they didn’t cut into their hands like most bags do. After Halloween, I had to take them back and my kids put up a fight, they wanted to keep and use them for themselves.
As much as I love the grocery bags I made, I haven’t yet started using them at the grocery store. One of these days, very soon I hope to start using them, if could only remember to take the grocery bags with me to the grocery store.
Free Reusable Grocery Bag Patterns:
This is the reusable grocery bag sewing pattern I used for all my bags. The picture above is the first bag I made using this free pattern. I adore this pattern, you’ll deconstruct an actually plastic grocery bag and use it as your template. You can use any size plastic bag, so if you are wanting an extra large reusable grocery bag, then use an extra large plastic grocery bag as your pattern. It takes me approximately one hour to construct one bag and requires 1/2 yard of fabric for the outside of the bag and 1/2 yard of fabric for the inside. This is an extra strong bag.
Here’s a .pdf for a grocery bag. This bag is stiffer and looks like it can stand up on it’s own.
I’m sorry to report I haven’t gotten much done with the denim rag quilt challenge I set for myself. When I set up my challenge I was full of hope and thought I’d be able to complete the challenge with days to spare. Then reality set in. I’m lazy, easily distracted, and I seem to always procrastinate.
Jean Quilt | Denim Rag Quilt Progress:
I have cut the seams and zippers out of the jeans and they are now ready to be cut into squares and that’s about as far as I’ve gotten in construction my jean quilt. I think I cut up about 20 or so pairs of jeans, I’m not really sure but I think it’s enough to complete at least one quilt. [click to continue reading…]
Two weeks ago my 11 year old red headed daughter and I thoroughly cleaned out her bedroom. We decluttered her bedroom and went through all her drawers and closet. I recently recommitted to FlyLady’s easy to follow, decluttering and cleaning program and have been on a decluttering mission.
I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t gone through my daughters closet and drawers in years! Being the youngest of my 3 daughters, she had a ton of clothes that didn’t fit, hand-me-downs from the other girls, her large closet was basically the place clothes went that didn’t fit anyone. We ended up donating four large garbage sacks of name brand clothing to our local Hospice thrift shop, sacking up another two sacks of clothes for my brother’s girls and adding about 20+ pairs of jeans to my jean pile in my sewing room.
My Quilting Challenge
So here’s my challenge to myself, since I seem to work better under pleasure knowing that others will know if I didn’t make my goal. In the next 10 days, I plan on creating at least one, [click to continue reading…]
Welcome to Crazy Creek Quilts. My name is Shelly and I'm a self taught quilter from Northern California. I've been quilting since 1995! My goal with this blog is to inspire myself to finish some unfinished projects, start new projects and hopefully inspire others to pick up the quilting hobby.
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