Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Windham's Fabrics Kantha Fabric Jacket, Skirt, and Cowgirl Boots Upcycle

Here is my finished upcycled outfit.
 I loved working with the Kantha fabric from Windham fabric. 
I bought this fabric at my local quilting shop in our town, so
that's a great place to start looking
for it to make an outfit for yourself.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Upcycled Tent into a Grocery Bag and Organizer System: Fruits, Vegetables, and General Supplies

 I just had to use the Zippered Window in the tent to create a bag for my Grocery Bag and Organizers system. 
It still zips from the inside so you can use 
it like a pouch!
 Here is the back of that bag which 
features another pocket.
The purpose of this bag is to 
store fruits and vegetables.

This is the label to let the person bagging the groceries know that this bag is just for general supplies.
This bag is probably the "prettiest" bag, as it features this lovely fabric from Windham fabrics. The tall rectangular portion is actually a pocket.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Upcycled Tent into a Grocery Bag and Organizer System: The Insulated Bag

The Insulated Bag

As you can see from the label inside of the bag, this bag was designed to hold food that will go into the refrigerator and freezer.
 It is quite deep and measures 20" by 19" by 9".

The bag is made from a sandwich of tent fabric, tent flooring fabric, and Insul-Bright Insulating Batting.
 Why add the Insul-Bright?
  • Keep your hot foods hot, and your cold foods cold
  • Consists of insulating hollow-core polyester fibers needlepunched through a nonwoven reflective mylar
  • Hot or cold temperatures are reflected back to its source
  • 100% polyester; insulating and breathable material
  • Can be Machine washed cool/machine dry low 
When sewing place the shiny side of Insul-Bright  toward the hot/cold source.
I serged my fabric sandwich together. I love how the tent flooring will add a 
waterproof inner layer to the bag.
 Then, I sewed the front/back panel to the sides.

Look at how much the Windham fabrics added to the visual appeal of the insulated bag, compared to just the
  blue tent fabric.
This fabric will be available in October of 2019.
 The edges of the bag are finished with a matching bias tape that I made. It's tempting to just cut straight strips of fabric, but I know the finished product would not look as attractive. Going around the bottom curves would not hug the curves the way bias cut fabric does also.

I also made a top for my bag that would be able to "flow over the top" of bulky food items. I did not choose to have a zippered top, because I wanted the versatility of being able to fit over larger food items.  I just wanted the top to help hold the cold inside, because I'm just going from the grocery store to home. 

The insulated top is secured with 
parachute buckles.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Upcycled Tent into a Grocery Bag and Organizer System: Adding the Straps

 When working with this nylon tent material, how do you securely sew on your 
Dritz 1.5" Belting/Strapping?
Here is my suggestion:
1.Create a sandwich of nylon tent fabric, sew-on interfacing, and strapping.

2. Sew a large rectangle as wide as possible through all 3 layers.
3. Press under the 4 edges of a small rectangle of cotton fabric to form a "patch." I used a fabric from Windham Fabrics in their new "Fantasy" line. Place the rectangle on top of the strapping so it overlaps the strapping about half way. Sew around the edge of the rectangle and then diagonally through the patch from one side to the other.

 4. Using a small scissors, trim away any interfacing that is showing.
5. Now, to make the handle easier to use, fold the strapping in half and sew near both edges, the open edge and the folded edge. Sew only the middle area of the strapping.

You can see in the picture below how the finished strap looks on your Upcycled Grocery Bag and Organizer System.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Upcycling a Tent

From old to new, from useless to useful, 
this idea makes me enjoy upcycling.

So my next upcycling project begins...........
and it all starts with this tent.
I bought this tent for only $10!!!
Two of the tent poles were broken and so I'm going to take it from useless to useful. 
I'm going to add a bit of Windham Fabrics to give my finished project some pizzaaz.

Halloween Bomber Jacket

Halloween Flash Preorder - Rapport Wanne Play Girl

This is the fabric from Whimsy Baby Customs that I started with. 

This is how the jacket turned out.  
Back of jacket

Front Image may contain: people standing and stripes

"The Rise of Skywalker" Bomber Jacket

Made a new bomber jacket for my 13 year old granddaughter for her birthday. It is about the new Star War's Movie that will be out in December, 
"The Rise of Skywalker."

I used the information contained in the official 
movie trailor to come up with the details.
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