Thursday, 16 May 2013

Peg bag from an upcycled T-shirt

So it was Mother's Day last Sunday. Being a bit strapped for cash at the moment I decided to make my mom a pegbag. I've been saving an old tshirt for this for a while but just hadn't got around to doing it. I suddenly had an idea on how to do the slit where the pegs are put in.

First you will need:
  • An old tshirt
  • some scrap fabric (non stretch)
  • some scrap interfacing

Sew up the arm holes and cut off the sleeves

Iron the interfacing onto the back of the scrap of fabric and onto the WRONG side of where you want the slit to be .

On the scrap fabric on the interfacing side draw the following:
  (Please disregard the drawing on the actual peg bag, I made a mistake. Happily I realised it before I cut the fabric!)

Turn the tshirt so that the right side is on the outside. Pin the scrap of fabric to the tshirt RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER. Try to align the interfacings as closely as possible.

Stitch along the solid lines of the rectangle (please refer to diagram above, NOT the photo of the actual tshirt).

Cut very carefully along the dotted lines, taking care not to cut into the stitching.

Turn the scrap fabric thru the slit which you've just cut. It should look something like this:

 Press the slit and topstitch around the slit. You can also stitch around the edge of the fabric scrap to make things more firm. Just use a colour that matches the tshirt because it will show on the right side.

 Sew the bottom of the tshirt closed and turn right side out, hang it on a hanger and voila - you have a peg bag!

This would probably work better with a child's tshirt or you could cut the tshirt shorter but my mom has a thing about pegs so I think she'll like the big bag.

This is my first proper sewing/upcycling tutorial so if something isn't clear please let me know and I'll fix it.

Happy upcycling!

Monday, 13 May 2013

So, I haven't posted anything for a year but now I have a new computer with a compatible version of Explorer! :)
Have any of you read Sophie's Bakery for the Broken Hearted? Its a lovely book by Lolly Winston. In the book they mention a good-riddance list, which is a list of things that annoyed you about your ex. When you miss them you are supposed to reread the list to remind yourself of why you broke up with them in the first place.
And while I'm by no means broken hearted I still feel very annoyed about the breakup between myself and Arsehole Lawrence. So to get it all off my chest I've decided to make a good-riddance list:
  1. He wore long black socks practically up to his knees, with shorts and they had holes in them, the socks I mean. The shorts probably had holes as well.
  2. And he wore long sleeved shirts with shorts (?) and the cuffs of the shirts were frayed.6
  3. He folded up the brim of the beanie I made him (and its not supposed to be folded up) so he just looks like a twit wearing it.
  4. He's a hypochondriac who convinced himself that he had a stroke just because he had a headache and felt dizzy. He also convinced himself that his blood pressure dropped so low that part of his brain became anaerobic and stopped functioning properly(!). I mean come on! He also convinced himself that he has a CVA, TIA, TBI, increased intracranial pressure, ME, fibromyalgia and some sleep disorder. Oh, and he refuses to consult a doctor because he has 'lost faith in modern medicine' and he knows more than they do. Personally I think he doesn't want to go to a doctor because he knows they will just laugh at him.
  5. He wants to euthanize his granny so he can get his inheritance (instead of getting a job)
  6. He reuses his dental floss
  7. He reuses his teabags
  8. He is lazy and lets his domestic helper do everything for him
  9. He can't spell
  10. He doesn't like to touch touch-screens and used to cover his finger with a cloth and hold it in place with a key ring.
  11. He's juvenile
  12. He's spiteful
  13. He's all talk and no do.
  14. He insulted me and my professional integrity
  15. He called me names like treacherous dog and spineless worm (and spelt them wrong!)
I'm worth so much more. I am too good for him and I deserve better!