Upcycled T-Shirt Episode 2: Toy Bags

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Let me start by saying I had so much fun making these little bags out of Gabe's old clothes.  I've been given and giving baby clothes away like crazy but there are a few here and there that I can't bear to let go of. I don't want boxes of clothes sitting around the garage for years so I've been trying to find ways to reuse them. So, for fun I made these little toy bags out of onsies and a sleeper and I just LOVE how they turned out! I'm considering making & selling them as we've got years of kids clothes ahead of us. That and I've been wanting to add new sewing products to the shop because it gives me a break from making bottle caps. :)

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Here is what you need to make a t-shirt toy bag: 
baby/kids t-shirt (don't have kids? substitute an adult t-shirt!)
thin cotton rope (can be found at most fabric stores by the foot)
scissors and/or rotary blade and cutting board 
 sewing machine & matching thread 

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1) Simply cut off both arms of the shirt or onesie at an angle.

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2) Cut off the neck of the shirt

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3) Turn the shirt inside out and simply stitch up the sides you just cut. I arched my corners as I sewed to make a smooth, round bottom. 

4) Flip the shirt over and sew a button hole along the hemmed edge about 1/2" from the edge. Fold over the hemmed edge of the t-shirt and sew a decorative stitch to create a channel big enough for the cotton rope to slip through. 

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5) Cut a piece of thin cotton rope long enough to slip though the bag and tie a knot. Clip a safety pin at one end of the string and feed it through the channel from the button hole. Tie the ends together with a knot and your done!
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Make different bags out of your kids favorite clothes to store all their favorite toys! They also make great travel bags for undergarments, bathroom essentials, electronic cords & chargers, etc. Once you've conquered the simple t-shirt bag try mixing it up with some fun designs. Here are some other bags I made...

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I used a baby onesie and I followed the same steps 1-3 above to make this simple handled bag.

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The onesie itself wasn't anything fancy but it had this adorable Tigger tag on the sleeve so I ripped it off and restitched it onto the main bag.

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This polar bear onesie had this adorable design I wanted to keep upright so I cut off the the sleeves and neck and used the top to create the channel opening for the slip rope. Further I thought it would be cute to keep the bottom of the bag looking like a diaper bottom. So I sewed up the leg openings from the outside, keeping them exposed; folded over the butt flap and hand stitched it to the side of the bag.

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Just experiment and have fun with it!

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Studio Tour: lost little things

Studio Tour - lost little things


Studio Tour - lost little things
Name: Tara George
Shop: lost little things
Location: Austin, Texas

Where do you primarily work (craft)?  
I work from home and since our son was born I primarily work from our dinning table. My office was converted to the baby room last spring but I still keep all my supplies there in a set of vintage white dressers.  My every day needs are stored on a vintage tray in a collection of tins that decorate our table. I simply pull my sewing machine or bigger supplies out as needed. Its hard but the lighting is pleasant and it forces me to keep a clean space. I also work in the garage or outside when I need to make a mess or use power tools.

What do you make in your space? 
Everything! I make all my shop products; bottle caps, license plates, plushies, spoons, etc. I also enjoy scrap booking, jewelry making, knitting, sewing, and I recently learned how to crochet.

Please describe your style? 
In one word I'd have to say "eclectic". However, Wade tells me that is just me being indecisive. Considering I have a degree in interior design I should be able to clearly define my style but its hard.  I like lots of different styles so mine kind of blurs together and changes frequently. I guess if I had to sum it up with simple words it would be...contemporary, vintage, comfort, colorful, upcycled or thrifty.

Studio Tour - lost little thingsTools of the trade:
A little bit of everything...
hand tools
power tools
jewelry making supplies
sewing machine
scrapbook punches
E6000 glue
screen prints
and I couldn't do a lot of it with out my computer and Photoshop!

What was the biggest inspiration and/or challenge in designing your space? Cramming a lot of stuff in a tiny space...or spaces. It wasn't as hard when I had an entire room to myself but since we converted my office I've had to come up with cleaver ways to make my stuff look nice in plain sight. I use a lot of pretty jars, tins, cigar boxes and such to display all my supplies and tools throughout the house.

What is your most prized possession in your workspace?
Well this is going to sound totally cheesy but I'd have to say my baby boy. :)  If it wasn't for him and his daddy I wouldn't get to be a stay at home mom and run my own handmade business. Also, if it wasn't for him I might actually get work done in my workspace, lol. Okay, baby boy aside I'd have to say my Dremel drill press has made my life and work so much easier. That and my sewing machine.

Studio Tour - lost little thingsDo you have any DIY projects or thrifty finds you'd like to share?
Oh, I have loads of thrifty finds in my space! I've already mentioned my vintage tins, trays and cigar boxes I use for storage; my mason jar collection; and my two beautiful white vintage dressers I made my friend help me drag all the way from Houston ontop of her car. I also can't leave out my vintage luggage collection where I store all my fabrics and my $0.25 bathroom towel rack that I use as ribbon and wire storage.

Tips or advise you have for others? 
Shop thrifty when looking for storage containers and other bits for your work space. If you think outside the box you can usually find things a lot cheaper and a lot more attractive at a flea market or second hand store then you can at the big chains. Get creative, have fun and let your space reflect your style because you want to feel comfortable and inspired when working in there. 

My Websites:
lostlittlethings.com (of course silly)