Friday, November 7, 2008

Frugal Friday

After watching my mother- in- law whip up a pair of leg warmers for the babe in seconds I figured that I could probably start learning how to sew as well. So I made a "play date" with my cousin for our babes to play and asked if she could teach me how to sew. She was more then will to help me out. So I sent her along directions for the two projects I wanted to do. The first one was for leg warmers since I still had a couple of pairs of socks to do and the second set of directions was for these lovely hand bags!!

Thats right readers these hand bags were made from old T-shirts. Most often it turns out whenever I attend events I am usually left with an over sized T-shirt that I can only wear when 9 months pregnant. Some of these T-shirts are really nice and I just find that they sit in the closet or get used as rags. It wasn't until one day my good friend Laura told me that she had been making re usable grocery bags out of old T-shirts with a quick search on google I found the directions and it became my number 2 sewing project. Here is how they turned out.

They can be used at the grocery store to put your groceries in. One thing they suggest in the directions is not loading them up with really heavy stuff like jugs of milk.

With the remaining scraps from the sleeves I put in a inside pocket on the inside back of the bag. This will be useful to put my grocery list, pen, calculator or anything else I may need to take to the store.

These bags may also be used for a diaper bag for when I am just running some quick errands. All my belongs plus some diapers (its big enough for the cloth diapers) and wipes can be placed in here. I also made this beautiful purple bag out of my favorite ZOOM T-shirt. I will be using this one as a purse as I made the handles a little larger to put over my shoulder.

After my first sewing day (2 T shirt bags and 2 pairs of leg warmers) I feel very accomplished! Because T shirts can be picked up quite inexpensively I think that these will be come my new gifts. Little baby or child size shirts also work great for lunch bags and gift bags.

OH now I need to get my self a sewing machine! heheh... For more frugal ideas check out Biblical Womanhood

A special thank you to my wonderful guest model Rebecca


Stephen & Maria Weyman said...

This is just too funny. Never would have thought of something like that! Didn't think you could make an old T-shirt look so styling.


Stam House said...

Great idea!!!!

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