Workday Wednesday

This week I serged some handles…
Made a makeup bag for one of Big Girl's friends. I used my Happy Travels Wallet pattern that I made for Sew Mama Sew but increased the dimensions by 2 inches and left off the strap.
I added a little ribbon to the zipper tab…
 Turned out pretty cute, love that glasses fabric. Maybe I need one!
I also made a sheet and pillow case for Harmony's mother-in-law who is in the hospital recovering from a car accident. Hoping these will brighten her day. Made with this fabric.
What are you up to? Getting ready for Thanksgiving?? Teresa

Jingle Bells, Jingle All the Way WINNERS!

Congratulations to the following lucky folks:

17 WINNERS of 2 each Green Bag Lady Christmas shopping bags are:

Cecilia W, MI
Delorise E, NC
Helen G, IN
Svetlana R, RUSSIA

Sergei F, RUSSIA
Kristen H, NY
Victoria Z, UKRAINE
Mariya E, RUSSIA

Please look for an email from Bagette Dad. He will be asking for your mailing address so we can send you your prize. PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER. We have issues with emails going to spam. Thanks and enjoy!

The emails will look like this:
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Jingle Bells, Jingle All the Way…FREEBIE!

Recently I talked about Christmas bags in lieu of wrapping paper. I feel so strongly about is that I'm going to give 17 of you TWO BAGS each. Yes. There are 17 winners in this freebie and each of them will get 2 festive bags to help with shopping and gift wrapping.
 Here is the big stack of 34 bags, lots of red and green plaid in there!
How about it? Ready to commit to wrapping in some fabric bags instead of paper? The great part is that they become part of the gift too! We hope to get these bags off to the winners in plenty of time.

•LEAVE A COMMENT, IN THE COMMENT LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN THIS FORMAT: name(at)something(dot)com it is important to spell out DOT and AT so you don't get spam, if you DO NOT leave an email address, you will not be entered in the freebie.

•DEADLINE FOR THE FREEBIE IS 9pm (MST) Tuesday, November 25. (winners will be notified no later than November 26 via email and here on the blog so CHECK BACK!)

Don't forget to leave us your email! We will only contact you if you win. 

One entry per person. If you enter more than once, all your entries will be disqualified.

17 lucky folks will get 2 Christmas bags each. Jingle, jingle!

We will ship shopping bags internationally. You MUST use English for your comments. Do the best you can. Non-English comments will be removed.

Good luck! Teresa

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Let's talk Christmas…

Yes, I know, we are not even through Thanksgiving yet but this is important. We all need to start making fabric Christmas bags to use to wrap gifts in before it's too late! Seriously. Are you still using wrapping paper? Then this is the year to go fabric. C'mon people! Fabric bags make gift wrapping SUPER easy and they can be reused from year to year to year to year

I made some bags for my church for wrapping gifts for needy kids. I didn't have any fabric on hand (I already used what I had for a future freebie) so I went and bought some. I had a Joann's coupon for 25% off my total purchase including sale items. Aaaaand, the Christmas fabric was 50% off. YAY! I bought 11+ yards of fabric including the blue penguin remnant piece that was only $1.

I was able to make 23 bags using the shopping bag pattern

 And, one really big bag to wrap one of the presents for church…
 Here is the stack that will be donated along with the gifts…
It only cost me $1.74/bag. This is a bargain compared to tape, ribbon, and wrapping paper. Oh, and, did I mention that they can be used over and over again? I challenge you, make some Christmas bags, send me photos of what you make and I'll post them here! Teresa

Workday Wednesday

This week I added some color to one of my drawings I showed you last week
Made a costume for a kid (modeled by Little Man, but not his costume)…
 Hemmed some jeans…
 Organized fabric, sheesh…
Organized a future freebie…
What are you up to? Do tell--Teresa

Special Bags

Last week I made 4 bags. I know they don't look very special…

However, they are made with the very last scraps of my mother's stash. When she passed away (nearly 9 years ago) she had a mountain of fabric in her sewing room. At that time, Green Bag Lady didn't exist so most of the material was donated to other charitable causes. My sister, brother and I took the remaining bits and pieces. A few years ago, my brother gave me his portion to use for Green Bag Lady. I made many bags from it, but there were some pieces not big enough and I stuck them in the bottom of a bin. I unearthed them the other day while doing some organizing. Since there are 4 of us siblings, we will each get one. My wedding bouquet was daisy theme so I'll keep that one. The others will be Christmas presents. The photos might look like more than 4 bags but it's the fronts and backs showing the piecing needed to make them. Are you already thinking about Christmas? What are you making? Teresa

Doggie Disaster…

Little Man had a sleepover at a friends house on Friday night. During the night, Bently the puppy decided that Little Man's brand new coat would make an excellent chew toy. ARG! 

It was beyond repair…
 Bently even chewed up the zipper, the pull was no where to be found…
I was going to cut it up and use it as pet bed stuffing when hubby suggested I make a camping pillow out of it. Yes! I used the largest parts of the coat as the outside and the rest was used for stuffing…
 I cut the extra parts into strips before I stuffed them in the coat…
 I used a blanket stitch to close the hole. I use this same stitch when finishing pet beds…
 And there you have it, one side is cozy fleece to sleep on…
The other side is waterproof from the outside of the coat and I even kept the pockets. This side will be face down when sleeping and the waterproof might come in handy…
Little Man loves it and is looking forward to using it on his next outdoor adventure. Fortunately, Little Man's coat was replaced with the exact same one. Thank goodness the Sports Authority Outlet (near our house) still had one in stock! Teresa

Photo Finish Friday

We were hit with a lot of snow this week and below 0 temps. Yikes! Makes me
want to hole up indoors and draw so that's exactly what I did!
Dutch boy. (thanks Harmony)

Paper or plastic? (thanks again Harmony)

I love rocks.




What are you doing this weekend? We are going to two school auctions and trying to stay warm! Teresa

Workday Wednesday

This week I made some long over due pet beds. They are already gone and donated to some needy furry friends…
 I'm working on a tennis bag for a friend out of these fabrics. It's going to be so cute!
 Wrapping bagging presents for the church gingerbread tree (and made some additional Christmas theme bags to donate as well). And, yes, one of the tags we got was a 16 year old girl asking for a sewing machine. Be still my heart. She asked for a "kid" machine but I upgraded her to a decent one. In my experience, those cheap kid ones are terrible and discourage sewing rather than encouraging it. Arg. Don't buy them, invest a little more in something decent.
 Last, I made a burp cloth and gift bag for a friend that had a baby…
Of course, I also sewed handles and bags but am sparing you those boring pics. What are you up to?

The Ultimate Hand-Me-Down…

The ultimate hand-me-down has got to be when your children wear your old clothes, no? This happens all the time with christening gowns and wedding gowns, but t-shirts? Yep. After my mother passed away, I found a box in the basement with my name on it. It was filled with some of my old clothes, not just baby clothes, but t-shirts from grade school, middle school and even high school. Thanks mom. My kids went nuts over them and have since worn them as pajamas. 

Here I am circa 1980 in my New Brighton youth softball t-shirt…
 I wore it a lot…
 I must have liked those bell bottom jeans…
 Here is Little Man today sporting the shirt. He loves it. Nice and worn in…
And, Big Girl AND Little Girl wore this shirt before passing it down to Little Man. Wow. Teresa