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I’m ridiculously excited about something I made on the weekend. Which is kinda funny since it’s made from garbage. I’ve had this idea for months and finally got around to making myself one.
Back at the beginning of my blog I took apart my hubby’s beloved travelling backback. He was throwing it out and I figured those buckles and straps would come in handy some day. Turns out I was right. I used the clasp, a D ring and the other little thingie that makes the strap adjustable. I was on a role Sunday making this and realised I didn’t have any new straping so I decided to use what I had from that backpack. Note: Don’t use 10 year old backpack straps on new creations.
It holds a ton, and can handle weight, that I knew already from my beach bag. There’s my ipad, purse organizer, coin purse (all made by me), wallet and a few other things.
I hung the bag on the hook overnight full of all my things for work, including my camera to take pics. Then as I walked out the door wearing it the strap broke. So I quickly resewed it. It broke again. It was so brittle it was just snapping. I tried to tie it in a knot just to make due and get to work and it just snapped each time. So last night I replaced the strap with new materials after a stop at the sewing store on the way home.
Someone at work mentioned she had attempted to sew juice pouches and kept breaking needles. I happily offered to make her the bag she couldn’t make herself. So I sat down to construct a bag and liked it so much I made myself one too!
It’s absolutely ginormous and can hold everything you need to head to the beach/park/swimming. I’ve carried mine back and forth to work, swimming with the kids and yes, to the beach! It’s great for things that are wet, like your water bottle that gets all condensation-y, or your wet swim stuff. I used black nylon for the straps and I made them really big, I bought about a metre/yard and just cut it in half to make 2 straps.
Wesley went to a March Break camp today for half the day, which is kinda funny since he doesn’t go to school so it’s not really March Break for him. But it is for me!! So I took Nate to the mall, where we somehow managed to waste the entire 3 hours. Had enough time to pick up some lunch and retrieve Wesley at noon.
I went to the mall for new running shoes. Which I found . . . . along with a new sewing book and another pair of shoes, and some sale items at Old Navy. It was a productive and eventful morning.
This is the pile of juice pouches my cousin saved for me, thanks to her 6 year old’s sleepover this weekend!
When I got home from enjoying some time at the park with the kids the mail had arrived. There were 2 fun things! Greetings from one of my Happy Mail pals and some fun gifts from Peptogirl, once again.
When we got home at noon I brought up a bunch of stuff to do in the kitchen while Nate napped, but I did other stuff and then we went to the park. So now to get cutting all this fabric for taggie blankies and crayon cozies!
These are the running shoes I picked up, which I’m beginning to think I liked because subconsciously they reminded me of my slippers. Note the well worness of the slippers compared to the shiny newness of the runners.
Here’s my stash of juice pouches from the trip! Not sure why they’re in German since we were in Spain . . .
I can’t wait to make myself a little bag that, hopefully, no one around here will have!
I finally had time to run to the sewing machine and finish off my juice pouch tote attempt #1. I’m really happy with it. It took 17 pouches to make, 4 on each side, 5 to go around the sides and 1 for each handle. I sewed it all together with a zigzag stitch and attached the handles with just a straight stitch.
I’m going to get to work planning a messenger bag or something for my laptop.
We went to a birthday party today. Guess what the kids were drinking?!!
Sure I had to intercept everyone before they threw out their garbage, or garbage pick, but I’ve got enough to finish my project now and possibly start another! Thanks Jen.
1. No matter how clean you think the juice pouches are, there’s still juice in them.
2. Those things are darn slippery! Even just sewing a straight line. Backstitching is even trickier.
3. The air will be filled with the yummy aroma of juice while you stitch.
4. No matter how well you think you dried the pouches they will still be wet inside.
5. Removing stitches from juice pouches leaves little holes :/