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Wedding update!

February 17, 2011

So my sister’s big day is rapidly approaching – less than 2 days! I am so sorry that I haven’t posted anything more yet on here. I didn’t want to post anything that other people had not yet seen. There will be tons of pics after this weekend of all the flowers that will be at the wedding (made by yours truly!), but here’s a little something I made for them that I gave my sister at her sprinkle (it was a small shower – cute, right?).

Clay Ring Plate

Clay Ring Plate

I made them a personalized ring plate that they can use during the ceremony! Since they won’t be having a ring bearer, the rings can be tied to this plate with the ribbon and left up at the ceremony table until they need them. Then, after the wedding, they could display it by either hanging it with the same ribbon or using a plate hanger. Yay! In the back, I carved “Made with love by N.Hall.” I’m really happy with how it came out. I love working with clay! I want to start making little knick knack type things soon with it. If you have any suggestions or would be interested in ordering something, leave me a comment with your email address and I will get back to you ASAP.

In case you haven’t seen other clay creations of mine, here are two presents I’ve given Jesse. On the left is Sebastian the Ibis, mascot of the University of Miami Hurricanes. And on the right is the clay version of Jesse and I that I gave him at our rehearsal dinner.

Two of my clay creations

Two of my clay creations

I can’t wait to share more wedding stuff with you. Here’s wishing the happy couple a wonderful day on Saturday!

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Creating Your Own T-shirt Bag

June 25, 2010

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This entry was originally posted on my graduate school blog, but I thought you might like to read it as well. Enjoy!

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I love creating things with my hands. There is something so fulfilling about conceiving an idea, putting your fingers to work and coming out with a creation uniquely yours. Recently, I got an idea for a project that reclaims a T-shirt to make an awesome bag.

While at a fantastic outdoor flea market last weekend, my husband found a super cool Beatles shirt for $5. It was too small for me to wear, but I was inspired to take its already fun and funky design and use it to create an equally fantastic bag.

 

Step 1 - Find a shirt to make into a bag.

Step 1 - Find a shirt to make into a bag.

 

Cut the sleeves and collar off the shirt, leaving what would become the main body of the bag.

 

Step 2 - Cut sleeves and collar off shirt.

Step 2 - Cut sleeves and collar off shirt.

 

If you’re using a long sleeve shirt like this one, separate the short sleeve cuffs from the longer, fake undershirt sleeves. These pieces will be important later on.

 

Step 3 - Separate Short cuffs from long sleeves.

Step 3 - Separate Short cuffs from long sleeves.

 

I purchased fabric that complimented the shirt to use for the bag’s lining. Try to get cotton that can be washed & dried – this will make your whole bag machine washable!

 

Step 4 - Find a fun lining fabric that goes with the shirt design.

Step 4 - Find a fun lining fabric that goes with the shirt design.

 

Using the body of the shirt created earlier, cut the same shapes in this new fabric. Align the lining with the shirt body, which should now be flipped inside out.

 

Step 5 - Cut lining to approximately the same size as the bag body.

Step 5 - Cut lining to approximately the same size as the bag body.

 

Pin the bottoms of all four pieces together to make sure they line up correctly.

 

Step 6 - Pin lining to bag to make sewing easier and more even.

Step 6 - Pin lining to bag to make sewing easier and more even.

 

Sew them all together to form the bottom of the bag.

 

Step 7 - Sew bottom of bag just below where you pinned.

Step 7 - Sew bottom of bag just below where you pinned.

 

Take the small cuffs you separated earlier. These will become pockets inside the bag. Trim the cuffs into pocket sizes. Sew one near the center of each side of the bag lining. I think it’s easier to do this when the lining is still loose rather than after the sides of the bag have been sewn.

 

Step 8 - Use the short sleeves to create inside pockets.

Step 8 - Use the short sleeves to create inside pockets.

 

Sew the sides of the bag. Trim excess fabric from sides if needed.

 

Step 9 - Sew the sides of the bag, trimming off excess fabric once done.

Step 9 - Sew the sides of the bag, trimming off excess fabric once done.

 

Grab the longer sleeves you set aside earlier. These will become the bag’s strap. **NOTE: If using a short sleeve shirt, you can create a strap out of the lining fabric.**

Sew the cuffs of the sleeves together securely.

 

Step 10 - Sew the two long sleeves together at the cuff to form a strap.

Step 10 - Sew the two long sleeves together at the cuff to form a strap.

 

Fold the cut edge of one side of the strap and pin inside the bag body. Repeat for other side.

 

Step 11 - Pin strap to lining fabric about a half inch from the top.

Step 11 - Pin strap to lining fabric about a half inch from the top.

 

Sew the straps into the bag, using a box design for added security.

 

Step 12 - Secure strap by sewing a box shape.

Step 12 - Secure strap by sewing a box shape.

 

Finish sewing the top of the bag. Flip back right side out and admire your handiwork. How does it look?

 

Step 13 - After sewing the remainder of the top, admire your completed bag!

Step 13 - After sewing the remainder of the top, admire your completed bag!

 

Was this tutorial helpful? If you create your own T-shirt bag, please let me know! I’d be happy to post photos of your designs.