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My new tote!

tote.jpgFix hasn't been as DIY as I thought it might be at the beginning...but now that I've eschewed buying for so long, and I detest throwing things out, I'm starting to see the things around me in a new way.  A plastic net bag for potatoes became a scrubby for my dishes.  This t-shirt became a roomy new tote, thanks to the vision and skills of one of the helpers at the Swap-O-Rama-Rama.  It's one-of-a-kind, and gives the tee I promised I'd wear but never actually did a real purpose.  I'm looking forward to making more bags with old shirts when I finally get the old sewing machine I have fixed up...

(For the crafty folks, I doubled the thickness with other old tee scraps and made two squares.  We joined these to a strip at the bottom and sewed up the sides, tacking the little triangle back to the bottom.  I sewed around the edges of two doubled-up tubes for straps.  These are already stretching; I will probably have to knot them up soon.  Next time I will probably try more thickness or use something else altogether for the straps - I always have way too much stuff in my bag!)

I'll be away for a couple of weeks on an early summer vacation.  Enjoy the long weekend!

Posted on Friday, May 23, 2008 at 12:25AM by Registered CommenterMegan Metcalf in | Comments2 Comments

Reader Comments (2)

Gasp! I do the same thing (with plastic mesh bags)! Actually, I wrap mine around a bar of Kiss My Face olive soap and it becomes a scrubber/cleaner all in one! Old fashioned soap works much better for dish washing than liquid/powder detergents; it gets the dishes much cleaner, works faster and doesn't leave a nasty residue that takes forever to wash off.

I'll have to try that tee-shirt/bag idea!

May 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMandy Pandy

ooooh, perfect: I'm about to run out of dish soap!! I must confess that I feel a little like a weird old lady hanging on to this junk...

Are you crafty with a machine?! If not, they'll be doing another Swap-O-Rama-Rama in NYC in the fall...beeline for the sewing room and ask for help with your totes. The clothes pile up all day, so you won't really miss anything on the swapping!

May 23, 2008 | Registered CommenterMegan Metcalf

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