Nov 30, 2007

Some simple sewing projects that are completed

A little thrift shop find. I saw it and immediately pictured it as a fall bag.



This is to show you that it was a skirt. a little bit of an a line I'd say.




I just love this pattern!

A few little stitches, here and there, a brown corduroy belt with a grooving big buckle, chopped and repositioned. Remember the skirt was already lined, but I added a groovy little pocket inside....and wahlah!

Next...You know those flyers you get that hang on your mailbox every week. Well, I decided to put them to use, you know give them a little more life. The bag comes with a nice hole in the top, so it can swing in the breeze off your mailbox.

I found an old shirt (cotton) and chopped the back panel off in one large rectangular piece. I then made a little 'handle' and reinforced it into the inside of the bag, I will use this to hold the plastic bag in place and to clip it in my 'tank' Katrinka (suburban). We get these bags weekly, so now I will have an endless supply, hurray!



I am so happy, no longer do I have to have a dirty old plastic bag hanging up front to catch the garbage, now I have this little piece of recycled love. My husband has requested one in hunter green and my 16 year old said, "Mama, this is why I am so proud of you." (she was mocking me, but hey, I'll take it as a compliment!~

27 comments:

Tracie Loux said...

Oh, I wanna come to your house and play!
I adore your new handbag!

Jenni said...

Oh, you are too modest! You have loads of talent and creativity! Thank you for sharing these gorgeous little creations with us.

Penless Thoughts said...

Great job. I really love the brown one!!
Susan

EEEEMommy said...

Great work! So much better than the eyesore of a plastic bag I have hanging in my van! I love that you call them "simple"! Little do you know! ;)

Christin said...

W.O.W! I have got to get me a sewing maching. Well that, and some sewing know-how. But first things first, eh?

You are sooo creative. obviously an eye for seeing the POTENTIAL in things (and people?) :)

That song comes to mind (I think AmyGrant sung it?) "She's got her father's eyes. Her father eyes. Her father's eyes...."

Emily said...

you're a total genius. I loved the first one! And the second....well, does it come in JUMBO size? haha

Foxy5 said...

Ok, what can't you do?
I just put away my sewing machine. I was making a practice Christmas stocking... practice didn't go so well. Your bag is lovely, the recycled belt just totally makes the bag. Oh, to be so talented. :)

Sue @ Praise and Coffee said...

You are so talented!!! I'm impressed!

Hugs,
Sue

Jennifer said...

Nice Job. If you decide to go into business I would like to be your first customer:-)

randi---i have to say said...

Your new bags are great! Excellent work! You are becoming quite the sew-er, Kimmie.

rae said...

You told me you would make me one too!

Ashley Winters said...

Sewing is such a great skill to have! When it comes to sewing, I am hopeless; can't even sew on a button. Lucky you!

javamamma said...

I love your creativity! That bag for your car....so, so cool.

Tracy said...

Nice! I love what you did with the old to make it new! I am excited because I got fabric to make my mom a quilt for Christmas. Can't wait to get my machine out!

Sniz said...

This is too cool...thanks for sharing these awesome activities. You should be so proud of yourself!

Lovella said...

Kimmie you are doing fabulous with your new machine. I love the handbag .. . you are totally cool and groovy too.

Emily said...

this is totally unrelated to your creations...

My husband and I sat and read (I re-read) your adoption story of your 3 siblings. I then told him about your 13yo girl from Romania and how she soothed the child next to her when she cried.

My husband and I sat here choked up. We've been looking at ways for God to use us and fostering has been on our heart. Maybe in the future....soon?

I just wanted to say how awesome the internet CAN be. Using your story to touch others and have them truly seek what God wants for their lives.

Nunnie's Attic said...

I love that purse!! And your ability to recycle with love is one of the reasons why I love you too!!

Love,
Julie

Expat Mom said...

I really like both your bags. Great ideas. The coolest thing, though, is that you use old clothes! I do that, too, preferring to rummage through the local pacas (thrift market) to find clothing with fabric that I like.

In fact, Dorian´s Christmas gift, a cloth activity book, is going to made almost entirely from thrifted fabric! :D

julie said...

Well aren't you a smart girl. That is a great idea. I bet you could sell you fancy trash bags on ebay and make a fortune. lol.

Loved the skirt too!

Blessings,
Julie

Dutchnic said...

Lovely bag!
I found your blog through Lysa TerKeurst's website. I see that you have done a lot of things that I would like to do in the future (I'm a 26-year old newlywed from the Netherlands who just started to sew and would like to adopt some day). I'll be dropping by again!

Our Red House said...

I love your new autumny handbag; beautiful. You are so creative!

Kate

Lara (thornberry) said...

Lovely bags - one gorgeous, the other cute and clever!

Kelli said...

Your new handbag is wonderful and I love what you did instead of a plastic bag! Very neat!

Kelli

Emiline said...

Wow! You are so crafty! I love both of those bags. I am terrible at sewing. I don't think I have the patience, so I admire those who do.

Michelle said...

I love the skirt bag. You are so smart! I just left my local quilt shop with $30.00 worth of fabric to make myself a new bag. I should have checked your blog first. Lesson learned!
Blessings to you Kimmie!
Michelle

blue thistle books said...

You are sooo talented my friend! I can't believe all that I have been missing over here! I just love the purse and the garbage bag holder and the pomanders and the new/used sewing machine! Did I miss anything? Boy, you have been busy I guess! I hope your talent rubs off on me and quickly please. I have presents to make!

Mycrazylife

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