Visor Caddy For Lou

10 Jul

DIY Visor Caddy

As a little something extra for Father’s Day, I made my husband this Visor Caddy for his work van.  It holds a 4″ X 6″ notepad, pen/pencil, a travel size pack of tissues, two business card holders (one for his card to give out and one for the cards he receives), and a zipper pocket for receipts or…whatever.

Attached to visor

The visor measures 16″ X 7″ and attaches to the visor with elastic sewn on the backside.  Here’s the DIY Visor Caddy Pattern you can download.  Since this was for a cargo van, I suggest you compare it with your visor so you can make whatever changes might be needed.

Happy Sewing!

Travel Bag and Toiletry Bag Sewing Pattern

24 Jun

Travel and Toiletry Bag Pattern

I finally finished writing the sewing pattern for these Travel and Toiletry Bags that have been sitting in my sewing area for weeks!  I promised my daughter she could have them (she gave me the idea) and the other day she saw them and said, “I can’t wait to get my bags”…OK, Katie, I got the hint.  They’re all yours:)

CRAFTY Open travel photo

The Large Travel Bag measures 20″ X 11″ X 7″ deep, has a lined front divided pocket, three (3) inner pocket and a shoulder strap.  

CRAFTY Open toiletry bag

The Toiletry Bag measures 10″ X 6″ X 4 1/2″ deep and has three (3) inner pockets and short handles.  It’s roomy enough to hold your toiletries, brush/combs and your make up.

You can purchase the pattern HERE!

 

DIY Pet Snake

12 Jun

DIY Pet Snakes

Here’s an easy and fun craft project for the kids. My grandkids and I made these a year ago and they’re still playing with them. I did have to do some mending and re-gluing of an eye or two!

DIY PET SNAKES

cut tee strips

I took an old white t-shirt and cut 2” wide strips, leaving the side seams intact. Then drew the tail and head shape on each end.

stitch_leave opening

Stitch along the edge 1/4”, leaving a 3” opening for turning and stuffing.

turn right side out with dowel

Turn the snake right side out. I used a dowel rod.

stuffing tube

Stuff the snake with batting. I used a plastic tube (cut from an outdoor candy cane decoration) that I inserted into the snake, then stuck in some batting and pushed it through the tube with a dowel rod.

stitch opening closed

Hand stitch the opening closed.

Form head with string

Tie one end to form the head with heavy thread.

glue on eyes and tong

Cut a tongue from red felt. Push in the end of the head with a pencil tip, add some glue and insert the tongue.  Glue on wiggly eyes.  You can also sew on buttons for eyes.

decorate snakes

Cover the work area with an old plastic table cloth or paper, and let the kids decorate their snake with permanent markers.

To make the decorations “bleed”, spray with rubbing alcohol. You can also use a dropper and drip the alcohol onto the marker designs. Let dry.

kids with snakes

Done.  Now it’s play time!

Shopping Cart Grocery Bag Sewing Pattern

6 Jun

In Shopping Cart

I have to tell you, I LOVE THIS Grocery Bag! 

I designed it to use at the new ALDI store that recently opened in our area. This grocery store requires you to bag your own groceries, so this Shopping Cart Grocery Bag does the job wonderfully, and the large size helps get the groceries into the house a whole lot quicker too!

The bag quickly and easily attaches to a standard shopping cart and has a large and small front pocket to hold a notepad, pen, coupons, your purse/wallet and so much more.

Made from durable Outdoor Pro-Tuff Fabric (sold at Walmart), this bag is nice and strong.  The backside (bag interior) of this fabric is 100% PVC, so it’s easy to clean and eliminates the need for a lining.

When not in use, simply fold and store it in your car or truck so it’s available when you need it.

cart_truck_home

For more photos and information about this Craftsy sewing pattern, click here.

UPDATE:  

The other day I got caught in the pouring rain leaving the grocery store. Boy was I happy I used my Shopping Cart Grocery Bag!!!

Shopping cart bag Caught in the Rain1

Shopping Cart Bag Caught in the Rain2

Here it is after I brought it in. It was filled with 5 plastic grocery bags plus four (4) 2 litters.  It was heavy, but I just heaved it out of the cart and into the backseat. Thankfully it only took a few seconds. My hair and shirt didn’t far as good…I looked like a drowned rat when I got home. LOL!

The rain never soaked through the Grocery bag (because of the PVC backing), and the rain that did get inside was easily wiped dry with a towel.

Ohio State Shopping Cart Grocery Bag

Here’s an Ohio State one I made for my daughter from the grey Pro-Tuff fabric. I printed the side logo on dark iron on transfer paper.

USA  Shopping Cart Grocery Bag

And, here’s one I made from the Blue Pro-Tuff fabric. With the Fourth Of July just around the corner, the blue went perfect with the red, white and blue ribbon trim on the handles and front pockets.

My Dog Leash and Treat Bag with Poop Bag Dispenser

30 Apr

Craftsy AD 3 in 1 photo

For all you dog lovers, here’s my latest Craftsy Pattern.

I had been working on designing a dog treat bag pattern that hooked onto a leash.  I thought it was a good idea, but then I got a BETTER idea, which was to incorporate the Poop Bags into the design.

I also decided to include how to make a dog leash and came up with the Dog Leash and Treat Bag with Poop Bag Dispenser Pattern

The Dog Leash is super easy to make and fun to coordinate with the Treat Bag fabric.

The Treat Bag is, well, kinda neat and very practical!  It’s easy to make and easy to use.   Just place a Poop Bag roll into the bag lining and push the end through the bottom opening.  Close the lining and fill the top with dog treats…or people treats…or personal items such as keys, ID and some money.  Then simply attach it onto the dog leash with the swivel hook.

Quick and Easy Cheese Quesadilias

6 Feb

 

My husband and I enjoy having soup and grilled sandwiches for dinner, especially in the winter. As a change of pace, sometimes we’ll have cheese quesadilias with our soup. They’re really quick and easy to make, and your kids will like them too. 

Easy Cheese Quesadilias

Flour tortillas (any size)

butter or margarine

cheese of your choice 

Heat a skillet (the size of your tortillas) over medium heat.

Butter one side of the tortilla and place in butter side down in the hot skillet. 

Put some cheese over half of the tortilla and then fold over the other half on top.   I used sliced pepper jack and shredded cheddar cheese on one, and shredded cheddar, mozzarella and some dill weed on the other.

Cook until bottoms are golden brown.   Turn and brown the other side. 

Remove to a plate and cut each in half. 

Serve plain or with your favorite toppings like  sour cream, salsa, taco sauce, guacamole, etc.

You can also turn these quesadilias into a quick meal by adding cooked chicken or beef.

 

Happy Holidays!

23 Dec

  

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