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!

Mitchell Zoo Animals and Zoo Keeper Halloween

26 Oct

Zoo animal and zoo keeper Halloween Costumes

Well, here’s the finished Halloween Costumes that go with the animal trick or treat buckets I made. How awesome are they! My daughter, Katie (the Zoo Keeper), made the elephant, tiger and Zebra masks from patterns she bought from Wintercroft.com.  You need to check them out!

Their decorated campsite won 1st place at the Dayton KOA and Richmond campsites they stayed at!

elephant and tiger costumes

Her husband, Dave’s Elephant costume was a BIG hit and even won 1st Place during their Richmond Halloween event! At the Dayton KOA, little kids ran up to him and hugged him…oh, it was so sweet!

tiger costume and crocodile basket

Here’s my grandson, Kylan’s Tiger Costume. He loved it and never took off the mask!

tiger halloween costume

In fact, he would hide behind a tree at their campsite and peek around it when the hayride drove past. That may have helped them win 1st Place.

pink pumpkin pigs

And don’t you just LOVE these pink pumpkin pigs! I just think they’re sooo cute! Katie worked really hard making all the masks and campsite decorations. Good job Honey!

Cheetah Halloween Costume

Here’s my granddaughter, Kinzley’s Cheetah costume. Isn’t she just a cutie! You should have seen her dancing at the Monster Bash. She could have danced all night, LOL!

Zebra and Zoo Keeper Halloween Costumes

Here’s my grandson’s, Caden’s Zebra costume along with his mom, the Zoo Keeper and dog Rocket, the Lion. Katie used a boa for Caden’s mane, which gently flowed behind him when he walked. Rocket got lots of compliments too and he never tried taking his costume off the whole time we were out walking.

grandkids halloween costumes

Here’s the three grand kids…with Kinzley showing some “attitude”, hahaha!

My husband and I had so much fun walking around the campground with them, looking at all the great costumes and campsite decorations.

Another successful Halloween!

Happy Halloween Everyone!!

2016 Halloween Trick Or Treat Baskets

26 Oct

 

2016-halloween-stuffed-animals

This year my job was to make the grandkids Halloween baskets to go with their Zoo Animal theme.  Their mom, Katie, is making all the Halloween costumes…boy is she doing an awesome job!  I can’t wait to show them to you.

rhino-halloween-basket

This Rhino trick or treat basket is for Caden.  He’s the first one I made and I was very happy with the results.  I kinda just winged it.  The head is a template I found online and increased the size.

crocodile-halloween-basket

This Crocodile trick or treat basket is for Kylan.  He too is made from felt with rick rack teeth and scales down his tail.  He is made from a sewing pattern I downloaded and adjusted for the basket.  

flamingo-halloween-basket

Lastly, this Flamingo trick or treat basket is for Kinzley.  It’s perfect because she just LOVES pink and I found out that her Halloween costume has no pink at all!  Like the other baskets, this one is made from felt.  I made all pattern pieces. 

2016-halloween-stuffed-animals

I also made the Giraffe, Hippo and Moose heads (shown above) to decorate their camper/campsite.  I had the felt and just couldn’t help myself!

Hope you all have a very Happy Halloween!

 

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.

Check my Etsy Shop (Craftsy cut most of my patterns due to their restructuring). I’ll be adding more patterns to my etsy shop, so check back!

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.

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 Sewing 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 this 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.

You can purchase this pattern for $4.50 by emailing me…Craftsy has decided to remove all but 4 of my patterns plus hundreds of other designers patterns!

Thank you and Happy Sewing!

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