Saturday, July 31, 2010

Starbuck's Coffee Drinkers Unite - This is not your Mama'a Cup of Joe!

I made a total of 32 wallets and mini totes for Earth Day from juice pouches. We gave them away to student's in school as prizes! When the art teacher saw them, she asked if I would be able to make her a bag from coffee pouches. I told her to give me some, and after Earth Day was over I would give it my best shot.

This is the bag that I came up with for her. I used 2 overlapping bags for the bottom, and 8 to make the sides, for a total of 10. The bags were open at the top, so I bound the top with the same material that I used for the straps - coffee colored none-the-less. I couldn't use the actual coffee bags for straps because they have a plastic vacuum seal on the front, in the middle and about halfway down the bag. You would never want to hit that with your needle. Plus, I think that the fabric makes for a sturdier strap.

The bag turned out cute, but I think I would make it bigger next time. Maybe 2 rows high and 4 across the front... Another friend gave me a beautiful Starbuck's bag in a gorgeous shade of amethyst. It is an anniversary edition. I would like to get my hands on as many of those as possible! Folger's and some other brands also have some decent looking bags in nice colors.
Let me know what you think!

Rethinking Blog Topics...

I started my first blog in April of this year and only did 3 posts. I was new to sewing at the time (and still am) and thought I wanted a blog about sewing. Specifically about being green and reusing/repurposing items that were readily available.
It ends up that I am not sewing enough recycled items to have that be the focus of an entire blog. Much of what I am sewing is made from new and not repurposed materials. I also used my Juliesewgreen platform to follow about 100 other blogs which I read daily. I have found a multitude of interesting people/sites to follow and realize that my interests are much broader than what I had originally intended. I love sites about couponing, sewing, crafts, recycling, cooking and many other topics. These interests have made me decide to abandon the Juliesewgreen blog and to rework my many interests into this new blog that I am creating, I would like to make the disclaimer right in the beginning that I DO NOT CLAIM to be a domestic guru in any way shape or form. I struggle like many other modern parents to balance work, family, and finances with running a household that we try to keep clean while making as many balanced meals as we can each week. I simply want this to be a platform for ideas, tips and tricks that will hopefully help simplify our modern lifestyles. I predict that I will have people tell me that I am NOT doing eveything correctly and I can appreciate that type of input. I really just want to share ideas.
I will carry over one post from my old blog about making a tote bag from upcycled coffee bags. It was a cute idea and I will then move forward from there. Wish me luck!