Showing posts with label reclaim. Show all posts
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Duffel, and the 1,400 Mile Journey

I am happy to report that for the first time since early October, every single Monkey in the ReFabulous household is healthy and well!  First it was the flu, then a stomach bug, and then a knock-out ONE-TWO punch combo of more flu and more puking.  ALL of the kids.  Well, except for Monkey 2.  Yes, the one with the weakened immune system.  Yeah, I don't get it either.  But anyway....  With the kids well, and a little sleep logged. . .

I'm finally able to reveal the story of...
THE DUFFEL.


Our Eldest Monkey embarked on a long journey (an internship)


to live and be at one with nature (camping and living in tents)

for the benefit of her great nation. (CCYC, working in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service)


By the sweat of her brow (hard labor, actually)

she earned her keep (food and a little cash)

as she explored magical western lands. (Utah)


Several fortnights pass (8 weeks)

as fences are mended and trails blazed (fences were mended and trails blazed)


and the War Against the Russian Olive ceases. (invasive plants obliterated)

The young nomads wander, stumble (truck broke down)


as life deals painful, yet valuable lessons (paid for broke-down truck)

and once again life settles and calm ensues.  (basecamp. ahhh.)

All the while, Eldest Monkey's earthly possessions are safely cradled (crammed)

made from vintage linens and thrifted / rescued fabrics

a dozen pockets on this bag!

into the sturdy vessel, a duffel, crafted of love, of tears (really)


and travels over river and forest, mountains and plains (that's real, too)

 stuffed with two queen-sized pillows in the photo above

and through sun and wind and rain and snow. (yep, real)

O, yea, a little worse for wear, but a character infinitely blossomed .  (OK, a couple of tears at the handles of the bag... but my lovely daughter is perfectly fine and growing into a strong young woman.)

poor design on my part... next time, the handles will be attached lower

But ready for the next adventure.  (mama's not, though....)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Easy DIY t-shirt tote


This is such an easy project, it barely qualifies for a tutorial.  Probably THE easiest tote you can make.  These t-shirt totes are strong, roomy, durable. . . washable!  We've been using t-shirt totes for a few years now, for shopping (when I remember to bring them in the store,) for picnics, hiking, day trips.  If they can haul lunch for a gaggle of hungry Monkeys, you know these suckers are roomy and tough.

This is also an inexpensive project, as you can use t-shirts you have on hand, like those less-than-perfect t-shirts that might otherwise be destined for the rag pile or trash.  I like to pick them up at thrift stores, usually for less than $1.  (One thrift store in the Dallas area would sell 10 shirts for $3.00.  Crazy!)  You can use any size t-shirt you like, but I find that a men's XL works best for our needs.  Anything bigger than that gets a little... wonky.  Too stretchy.  But use whatever you like -- experiment!  Now, on to the tutorial. . . .

Pick a shirt.  This one is a men's Medium.  Nice!

Cut the shirt.
of course, I have to save the scraps for another project.  ;)

Sew along the bottom hem of the shirt.


You can stop now if you like.  I prefer to do one more step, as it makes a very strong seam along the bottom of the tote.  Plus, I can brag that I put in a fancy french seam.  ;)

Turn the tote inside out.


Now sew another seam along the bottom, encasing the edge of the t-shirt (and the first seam) inside this new seam.  It doesn't have to be exact.  Just go on feel.  You can feel the hem of the shirt along the bottom, so just sew the second seam along that.

There.  You just made a french seam! 

Turn the bag right-side out. . . 


Aaaand done.  Easy!

not even half-full. . .

holding 2 lbs of pasta, 2 cans of soup, and almost 3 lbs of oatmeal,
with plenty of room to spare!

Easy, cheap, fun, and versatile!   Whip up a few of these and see what you think.  I bet you'll enjoy using the totes as much as I do!  :)