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DIY Produce Bags

DIY Produce Bags

It absolutely kills me using so many produce bags when grocery shopping. I always try to cram as many fruits and veggies in one bag, much to the dismay of the person who has to ring me up and the people behind me in line. So I figure, why not just make my own and bring them with my reusable grocery bags when I head to the market.

I love them so far. Because I don’t put the produce bags in the fridge, I end up prepping my veggies the day I bring them home, and they are less likely to go bad, as they are more visible. You can make the pulls with nylon, or even shoelaces, I just happened to have this adorable fabric ribbon, a gift from my even more adorable friend, Jane, so it worked out nicely.

These bags are super easy to make and they are great for the environment, keeping plastic out of landfills that could take anywhere from 20 to 1,000 years to degrade. You can read more about our plastic bag problem here, If you aren’t very crafty, but still want to keep plastic out of landfills, you can find a similar bag here.

What you’ll need:

1 yard of mesh fabric ($2.99 at Joann’s such a great deal!)

4 yards of nylon cording or ribbon

DIY Produce Bags

Steps:

1. Cut yard of fabric into four equal pieces

2. Fold top inch down and hem

3. Fold Mesh in half with hem at top, rough edge out. Sew along side and bottom, careful to not sew over the hem opening at the top. I’d hem twice to reinforce the bag

4. Turn bag inside out and thread cord or ribbon through top hem

DIY Produce Bags

You can wash on delicate when these get too dirty, One yard should make four bags.

Handmade Cloth Napkins

Handmade Cloth Napkins

I decided to make the switch to cloth napkins a few weeks ago to lighten up out footprint and use up some of the fabric I’ve hoarded over the years. I love Liberty of London fabric, so it was a great way to use them in a way so that they wouldn’t be hidden. I chose dark colors on one side to hide stains and a super absorbent cotton on the other side.

I didn’t do anything sassy or new when I made these. I actually followed a tutorial from Nicole’s Classes. I just doubled up the fabric and used 18×18 inch squares (for logistical reasons).

Handmade Cloth NapkinsHandmade Cloth Napkins

DIY: Velvet Sleep Mask

DIY: Velvet Sleep Mask/ Let's Go Sunning

If you read my last post, you might remember, I mentioned I am a full blown nightmare if I don’t get enough sleep. And enough sleep is 8 hours. None of this 7.5 hour bullshit. It’s pure crankiness, I inherited it from my Nana.

Tom really likes to watch movies or play games on the iPad before bed so I made this mask a few months ago to keep out the light. Best idea ever! I made mine in a pinch, thinking, it would do for a few weeks and then I could go buy one, but it’s worked so great, I have had no desire to go spend the money. This works really well if you scraps laying around your house!

DIY: Velvet Sleep Mask/ Let's Go Sunning

You’ll need:

16in x 10in velvet

16in x 10in fabric

16in x 10in batting

Elastic

Needle and thread

DIY: Velvet Sleep Mask/ Let's Go Sunning

1. Find a template, I used one from here, but you can find them all over the place! You can even create your own! Cut out your template.

2. Stack your velvet, fabric and batting. With your template pinned to the top, cut along the edge.

DIY: Velvet Sleep Mask/ Let's Go Sunning

3. Organize your layers with the batting on the bottom, the velvet facing right side up and then the fabric facing right side down. Similar to above but the fabric would be reversed. Sew along the edges leaving room on either side for the elastic and enough room on one end to turn inside out.

4. When you have finished sewing, turn the mask inside out. You should now see the batting is in the middle and fabric and velvet are both facing the right direction.

5. Using a whipstitch, close your gaps, still leaving room for your elastic.

6. Measure the elastic against your head to fin a comfortable length. Then sew either end into the mask. Make sure it’s very secure.

DIY Sawhorse Entry Table

sawhorse table

As you know, I’ve been trying to spruce up my sad little entryway. I had decided to try to recreate this West Elm entry table, but in all honesty, it looked exhausting to try to make. I don’t have a yard, or a saw, or a place to hammer wood without someone wanting to kill me, so it was a no-go! After an unsuccessful trip to Salvation Army, I decided to wander around Home Depot and keep an open mind. When I found this yellow sawhorse, there was no way it wasn’t going to end up in my house. It was oddly enough, the only one of it’s kind and the label was all janky (woohoo 10% off). It also was the exact measurements of my little entry nook.

sawhorse table

DIY Sawhorse Table

Step 1: Treat your surface. I treated my pine board with Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner (if you don’t have it around the house it is a MUST!). I considered staining the wood, but I decided to keep it simple.

Step 2: Placing the sawhorse on the wrong side of the wood I measured to make sure everything was evenly placed. Then using a pencil I marked where the screws should be placed (this was more for reference)

Step 3: Using short screws (a little shorter than the thickness of my board I secured the top surface to the sawhorse.

sawhorse table

Once I flipped it over I had an great little entry table. Of course, this was a complete departure from what I had originally planned, but with some rearranging of kitch and wall art I made myself an awesome entryway. It’s so bright down there now! It’s still a work in progress, but other than a few framed photos I want to add. It’s almost done and only slightly over my budgeted $30. My total came out to $33.89. Not to shabby.

Playing With Fabric Wax

fabric wax

I recently bought fabric wax to play around with, not for any reason in particular, but it just looked like fun. I bought Otter Wax! It’s non toxic, made in the US and smells like Aveda Men’s Grooming Cream (which is one of my fave man smells).

I suggest using a heavy weight fabric, apply by rubbing the bar of wax across the fabric, keeping it taught. I used a blow dryer and my fingers to rub the wax into the fabric and it says to let it cure for 24 hours, though I found it was the best after 48.

fabric wax

It was super fun and really changed the look and feel of the fabric! I used it on natural hand dyed cotton (enjoy my janky photo below), and you could really tell the difference between the treated and untreated fabric. It also had a yellowish tint to it, so it didn’t work out so well on my undyed fabric, but I like how it turned out with the mint color. I’m thinking it’s going to look amazing with darker colors. Up next, I’ve got some navy blue fabric ready to be waxed and constructed into something amazing!

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