Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Christmas add on' idea's

With Christmas around the corner,I have been researching for my own personaly gift giving , what I call little add on's for Family and Friend gifts, Thought I'd share with you all.
These came from
Reusable Grocery Bags – Free Tutorials & Patterns:
These would be so cool to personalize for your favorite friend!
Sewing Grocery Bags & Totes
T-Shirt Grocery Bag: (newly added) Turning an old T-shirt into a reusable shopping or grocery bag is a simple, clever craft to help everyone be “green.” It’s a Good Thing that will help protect the environment. Offers a downloadable pattern in pdf or word doc format (also an animated web tutorial). Simple tote style, easy to make.
Cheap & Easy Fabric Produce Bags: A great alternative to the clear plastic bags available in the fruits & veggies aisles, these are made from repurposed sheer curtains (watch for them at garage sales), drawstring closure. Wash & reuse, lovely!
Cheap & Easy Fabric Grocery Bags: By repurposing some old sheets, you can make a batch of these up for less than $2 each, and look how cute your groceries are in bags that are all the same pattern . Simple design with sturdy webbing for the handles (or just whip up some fabric straps if you prefer).
Pillowcase Tote – Sewing Tutorial: Here’s a simple grocery tote made from an old pillowcase, including the handles.
Sew a Durable, Reusable Grocery Bag: This tutorial suggests using canvas or denim but you can use whatever fabric you prefer. Boxed bottom with webbing or fabric strips for straps.
Make a Reusable Grocery Bag: Simple reversible tote with boxed bottom, the handles are actually cut out (and reinforced) from the top of the bag.
“Green” Re-usable Grocery Bags: Another simple fabric bag, this one has the handles cut out with the pattern rather than sewing on straps separately. Another good one for beginners to make.
Make A Bird Seed Bag Grocery Tote: Here’s an original idea, make a grocery tote out of big feed bags. If you have any woven plastic bags on hand that you’re wondering what to do with–here ya go!
How To Make A Canvas Bag: Cotton canvas shopping bag tutorial. Very simple design and sturdy!
Wallet-Sized Fold-Up Re-Usable Shopping Bag: This bag folds into a wallet size that fits perfectly in your purse so you’ll always have one at your fingertips when needed. The bag is more detailed than most, but how nice it is!
Reusable Groceries Bag With Comfy Bag Handles: Here’s a pretty bag with its own bag cozy featuring a strap and metal clip. A bag within a bag–very cute!
Tutorial: Grocery Tote Bags: A simple fabric tote with attached straps, tutorial found on the Craftster forum.
SewUseful San Fransisco Shopper: Roomy fabric tote with shoulder straps, folds down nicely to fit into a pocket or purse.
TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag): A Crafster forum tutorial, this fabric bag uses a regular plastic grocery bag as the template.
A TOTE-ally Easy Way To Help The Earth: This fabric tote has straps that run from the bottom of the bag up (to reinforce), fully lined. Very sturdy construction, perfect for hauling canned goods.
Scrappy Reusable Produce Bag Tutorial
T-Shirt Reusable Produce Bag: They have holes snipped in them so that they stretch really well (and the produce can breathe nicely too).
Insulated Shoppong Tote: Nice sturdy tote lined with insulating batting.
Recycled Grocery Totes: Fuse plastic grocery bags together and then make the bags out of the fused plastic (neat bags!).
Fold-Away Shopping Bag: This folds away neatly into a small pouch when not in use.
I also have a big list of tote bag patterns, many are suitable for shopping bags: Tote Bags & Free Patterns.
Eye Masks & Pillows: Free Patterns & Tutorials

Eye Masks & Pillows Collection
Lavender Eye Pillow Pattern: (pdf download) Includes pattern for a slipcover and carrying case. Filler is dried navy beans, dried rice or lentils and dried lavender.
Sherpa Lined Eye Mask: (pdf) Make a cozy sherpa mask with this free pattern (template for the mask is at the bottom of the pdf), trimmed with organic gingham bias trim (and casing for the elastic). From Making It Fun.
Do Not Disturb Lavender Pillow: This charmer is made with linen and filled with 2 parts dried lavender and 1 part flax seed or rice. Includes “Do Not Disturb” image download (notice the lovely lavender sprigs she stitched along the sides).
Woven Silk Lavender Eye Mask: Ha! I finally found this Martha Stewart pattern online (it used to be on her website and then it was gone)…I made these several years ago as gifts and they are nice! No straps for the masks, they lay across your face. Filled with 3/4 cup flaxseed and 2 tablespoons dried lavender. This is now hosted on Martha’s Whole Living website (includes the mask template to download).
Luxury Fabric Eye Pillow: This is a basic eye pillow that’s similar to what’s already been posted above, but I included it to show how little pieces of luxurious fabrics (such as crushed velvet or silk brocade) can make an eye pillow totally gift worthy.
Sleepy Time Eye Mask: Includes mask template that you can download (jpg file). Recommends using a flannel piece (on the side that touches your face) and a layer of corduroy in the middle (to make sure the mask blocks light). Held in place with fabric covered elastic.
Patchwork Eye Pillow & Slipcover: Slipcover front is worked in fabric patches, back is solid and fastens with a button and string loop. Pillow is filled with flaxseed.
Minkee Eye Mask Pattern: Very similar to above pattern, uses decorative elastic so it saves you a step in covering it. Includes a free pdf template download for the eye mask

1 comment:

NadineC said...

Thanks Sherrie for the great links! Always nice to have ideas around this time of year :-) Hope you and your family are doing great!