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Last of the grocery bag Christmas gifts!

18 Dec

Well, I just finished sewing the last grocery bag for Christmas! I had so much fun sewing them in the fabric each person had picked out…except for

My husband’s Cleveland Browns tailgate bag!

I added a pocket on each end, and filled them with cooking and eating utensils,  cutting board, knife, wipes and foil sheets.

This is for my son,

These are for my granddaughters mom and my sister.

My sewing is FINALLY done!

Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year!

Quick and Easy Christmas Gifts Sewing Patterns

3 Dec

Wintertime means cold hands and these two sewing patterns will help keep those cold hands warm!

The Ice Scraper Mitt will keep your hand nice and warm with its fleece lining, PLUS it’s waterproof too.

The Handwarmer will keep those hands nice and toasty.  Just activate a handwarmer and place it inside for hours of warmth.  Kids love these!

Both of these items are perfect for embroidering for a personalized gift.

You can purchase both these sewing patterns from my Etsy Shop for $3.00!

HAPPY SEWING!

My Reusable Grocery Bag Set Sewing Pattern

27 Nov

I just finished sewing and posting these TWO reusable grocery bag patterns I made for my daughter for Christmas.  She and her family won’t be able to make it home for Christmas so I needed to get them done and shipped…along with a grocery gift card to help her fill them up with :)

 The larger grocery bag measures 20” X 14 1/2” X 10”, and can easily hold 5 -6 bags worth of groceries, which cuts down on the number of trips into the house.

The smaller grocery bag measures 18” X 13” X 8” and is constructed with a thermal lining to keep all your cold and frozen foods cold!

Both reusable grocery bags pictured were constructed from just 1 yard solid and 1 yard print waterproof canvas from FWDfabrics.com (the BEST waterproof canvas). 


The easy to follow step by step photo instructions makes these bags a quick sew. Perfect for gift giving!  You can purchase the pattern at my Etsy Shop.

Happy Sewing!

My New Favorite Waterproof Canvas Fabric!

17 Sep


Fabric Wholesale Direct (FWD) is my new source for waterproof canvas fabric. Previously, I had used and recommended Pro-Tuff waterproof canvas I found at Walmart. The problem with Pro-Tuff is that it only comes in black, blue, grey and green, and it’s getting hard to find.

I found FWD online and noticed that they carried several colors, which was great! The description said it has a waterproof PVC backing, mold and UV resistant qualities, is extremely flexible and resists creasing, and is 60” – 62” wide. I was really interested in the flexible, crease resistant qualities because I found the Pro-Tuff canvas backing to be a bit stiff and showed a lot of creases. In addition, their shipping is a flat $6.99 (free with $75+ order), which is great considering the weight of the fabric.

I decided to give it a try and ordered some black. Boy was I glad I did! The fabric WAS nice and flexible and didn’t crease and was very easy to cut and sew.

Since finding this waterproof canvas fabric, I’ve made the following:


My Laundry Hamper with Drawstring Laundry Bag that can also be used as a storage hamper. You can purchase this sewing pattern for $4.50 by emailing me.

This lined Ohio State Travel Bag and Dopp Toiletry Bag for my husband and…


These unlined overnight bags for the Grandkids.


FWD also has PRINTED waterproof canvas fabric for just $7.99 a yard! I think I’m going to make

another one of my Shopping Cart Grocery Bags from this print…I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

There are so many items you can make using this waterproof canvas! If you need some ideas, here’s some of my sewing patterns that would work, and they’d make great holiday gifts too!  First Aid Bag (with Free Iron On Labels)Expandable Travel Trash Bag $3.50 at my Etsy Shop:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/pegsgottado/The Little LITTER Bag $2.50

Dog Treat Bag with Poop Bag Dispenser $3.00 from my Etsy Shop:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/pegsgottado/
Happy Sewing!!!

My New Fall Paper Cone Wreath

19 Oct

2017 Fall paper wreath

I just finished this new Fall paper wreath.  I LOVE the way it turned out.  I made my first wreath for Christmas several years ago along with these paper cone wreaths I made.

Katie and Daves Last Name Initial Wreath

I made this last name initial wreath for my daughter and son-in-law’s family room…sorry about the background, I took it after taping it to a makeshift board for wrapping.

KTs wreath and LR pic

Here’s a picture of their family room that I used to select the color and patterns for the wreath. 

Sylvias wreath

This is my favorite wreath.  I made it for my great niece, Sylvie (Sylvia).  I just love the bright colors, patterns and the cute little flower above her name.

Sylvias wreath and bedroom pic

Here’s the picture of her bedroom that she shares with her sister, Mykah (pictured) that I used to pick the colors for the wreath.  Don’t you just love the tent bed? Their grandmother made it…lucky girls!

Ambers wreath

I didn’t make this one, my daughter Chrystal did for her step-sister and husband. It’s pictured hanging on their door. I like the natural elements she used for the center, which definitely represents her step-sister and husband’s lifestyle. 

These wreaths aren’t hard at all to make even though they look like it.

My First Aid Bag Sewing Pattern

19 Oct

bags and first aid ointment

This simple bag is one that I am so glad I created!  I’ve used it several times for myself, my husband and grand kids.  In fact, my grandson told me the other day when he needed a band-aid, “Grandma you’re always Prepared.”  Yep, it has really come in handy.

multiple black bags

My sister is a Beautician and had asked me to make her some for Christmas gifts for her clients.  I had lots of black fabric so I ordered multicolored zippers.  I liked how they turned out.

bag and supplies

The bag holds lots of stuff whether it’s just for you or for your whole family!  You can purchase the pattern with labels for $3.00 by emailing me…  Craftsy has decided to remove all but 4 of my patterns plus hundreds of other designers patterns!

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.

Update: Go to FWD.com for the best waterproof canvas fabric!  It comes in solid and print.

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

You can purchase this sewing pattern for $4.50 by emailing me or, click here. Craftsy has decided to remove all but 4 of my patterns (this is one they kept) plus hundreds of other designers patterns!

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.

DIY Microwave Heat Pack

28 Nov

HEAT PACK photo

If you’re looking for an easy sewing project for holiday or any gift giving occasion, this Microwave HEAT PACK instructions and labels is the perfect solution.

It’s made with cotton and flannel fabric and filled with rice which can withstand repeated heating in the microwave.  There’s sewn in ties to keep the Pack nicely folded for easy storage, and labels that can be printed on card stock and tied onto the Pack or printed on iron on transfer paper and ironed on (as pictured).

It’s a great way to use up your scrap fabric.  You could also make a larger one and use it as a heated lap cover for the cold winter months.  This would be perfect for older seniors.

I have a rice pack I made over 10 years ago!  I store mine in the freezer.  My husband uses it to cool down in the summer, and we microwave it when we need it heated.

 

DIY Holiday Scented Air Fresheners

16 Nov

DIY holiday-scented-air-fresheners

A couple of years back I gave away four sets of these 1 ounce bottles of air fresheners.   With the holidays fast approaching I thought I would share the recipes for these wonderful smelling room sprays so you can make some for yourself to enjoy or give as gifts.   The recipe makes 1 ounce, but you can easily adjust the Oils to make more.

I am also including the labels I used which can be printed on paper and taped on or printed on a 8 ½” X 11” label sheet.

Pomander Air Freshener

Pomander Air Freshener Recipe

The aroma is sweet and warming like orange and clove pomanders.   It’s perfect for fall and Thanksgiving.

20 drops Orange Essential Oil

4 drops Clove Essential Oil

2 drops Pine Essential Oil

1 drop peach/orange coloring

Place the Essential Oils and coloring into a spray bottle and fill with distilled water. Turn the bottle several times to mix. Turn the bottle several times before using.

Candy Cane Air Freshener

Candy Cane Air Freshener Recipe

This smells just like candy canes, nice and pepperminty!   It’s uplifting and rejuvenating…perfect for getting through all the holiday shopping, baking and decorating.

18 drops Peppermint Essential Oils

4 drops Wintergreen Essential Oils

3 drops Rosemary Essential Oils

1 drop red food coloring

Place the Essential Oils and coloring into a spray bottle and fill with distilled water.  Turn the bottle several times to mix. Turn the bottle several times before using.

Oh Christmas Tree Air Freshener

Oh, Christmas Tree Air Freshener Recipe

Smells like freshly cut pine trees!   Spray the room before decorating the Christmas Tree or any time during the Christmas season.

23 drops Pine Needle Essential Oil

2 drops Clove Essential Oil

1 drop green food coloring

Place the Essential Oils and coloring into a spray bottle and fill with distilled water. Turn the bottle several times to mix. Turn the bottle several times before using.

Here’s the HOLIDAY AIR FRESHENER paper labels (pdf), that also includes my Sweet Dreams label…here’s the recipe:

DIY Sweet Dreams Air Freshener Recipe

This is perfect when you need to relax after a hectic day of shopping or when you need to fall asleep.  Spray it on your pillows and bedding.  You can also spray into a tissue and inhale deeply.

18 drops Lavender Essential Oil

  2 drops Clove Essential Oil

  3 drops Patchouli Essential Oil

  1 drop purple or any color of food coloring

Place the Essential Oils and coloring into a spray bottle and fill with distilled water.  Turn the bottle several times to mix. Turn the bottle several times before using.

Happy Holidays!

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