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Bag Rehab

February 28th, 2008

My friend Lisa is a bag enabler, and I love the awesome rockem’ sockem’ little bag she made me!. Lisa has mad sewing skills and the inside is just as amazing as the outside (I have to wait for better weather to take an interior pic). I love pink and green too… how did she know!?! Psychic abilities must be another one of her many amazing talents. Lisa also put inside the some delicious Aloha fabric for me. Mmmm! Have you met Lisa? She’s awesome. We met over a strawberry, and now I’m addicted to her blog as well. Lisa’s blog is so much fun, and her field trips are the bomb. Edited in: Here is a link to Lisa’s post about the box bag.

Dorky Love

Speaking of bags - I’m makin’ a bag and as I get to the “threading” the drawstring part, I thought I would share my tip. I wrestle with sharing tips because I always feel like everyone knows it already and I’m the last to discover it and then I feel like a doof for posting it. Necessity was the mother of my invention, so if you already know this tip - humor me and pretend you didn’t learn it already via your grandmother’s great aunt who’s been doing this since before the bread slicer was invented.

E-z cheezy… here’s whatcha do. Get an el-cheapo letter opener with a puka on the end. I got mine at my local Safeway for 99¢ (which means it’s probably about 49¢ elsewhere). Thread and knot a ribbon to the end of the letter opener. I suppose if you’re not lazy like me, you could actually tack or sew it down instead of knotting it. Attach a safety pin to the other end of the ribbon.

Thread this

Attach your drawstring or strapping to the safety pinned end. Your letter opener is now one gianormous Land of the Giants sewing needle… and you can thread your drawstring through the tube/channel with speedy ease.

Thread this

Before you know it… you’re done and doner with that pesky drawstring.

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27 Responses

  1. The fabulous Anina allegedly said:

    Thanks for the link to the lovely Lisa’s blog. One more added to my blog roll…
    GENIUS on the threading tool. Absolute GENIUS!!!

  2. The fabulous Melody allegedly said:

    I have never heard of that idea - although I have spent a fair amount of time trying to maneuver a safety pin attached to a drawstring - wwould have been terrific if I had a letter opener…

    Great idea - and cute bags. I’ve just learned to sew and I’m looking for simple projects to practice on. Thanks!

  3. The fabulous Lynne in Hawaii allegedly said:

    The letter opener tip IS genius. I haven’t seen that before. Like Melody, I always did the safety pin attached to draw string. It works but it ain’t always easy. Thanks for the tip!
    I have been thinking about doing some bags too but have other projects that must get done first.

  4. The fabulous Jana allegedly said:

    Genius idea! I am going to use that tip. I promise not to claim it as my own…

  5. The fabulous Arlette allegedly said:

    Add me to the list of “doofs” who didn’t know about this tip. Thanks and thanks to your grandma for sharing.

  6. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    Coool tip Monica.. love your little fabric combo there too. I had to rush out and get myself some of the strawberry as well. I can’t quite decide what to make but I OWN IT.

  7. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    p.s Land of the Giants.. ha!

  8. The fabulous Sally allegedly said:

    Add me to the list of folks who think your idea for the threader is genius! I’ve been a fan of Lisa’s for quite some time now…she’s wonderful. She actually turned me on to your blog! Love, love, love your blog! Thanks for sharing.

  9. The fabulous natalie allegedly said:

    wow! that’s such a good idea!! i never would’ve thought of it! beats using a safety pin!
    i just found your blog! i knew i got into crafting for a reason!! :)

  10. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    Lisa’s bag is really cute. I’ve been on a bag binge myself lately — and I’ve never been a bag person. I guess I’m going through the change of life and instead of hot flashes I get bag flashes. Now who feels all doofy???

  11. The fabulous Vicki allegedly said:

    I don’t even have to pretend to not know about using a letter opener. Great Idea, now I just need to find and buy one. I have a Safeway in my town (it is our ONLY grocery - LOL) I’ve just started to make bags, so I love looking at your examples!

  12. The fabulous sharon allegedly said:

    What a clever gal you are. Great idea with the letter opener. Im gonna give her a try, oh yes I am.
    I LOVE that little bag Lisa made. And let’s see yours. I’m lovin those colors I spy! Come on give it up, I wanna see.

  13. The fabulous Nanette allegedly said:

    Such a cute post. I love to make bags, too. So little time . . . so many bags and things I wanna make!

  14. The fabulous Wendy allegedly said:

    Have I told you I’m addicted to making bags. I have more than I could possible use and if another cute one is passing under my nose I can’t resist.
    The letter opener thingy is so fantastic…I can’t believe it never occurred to me before…thanks for the big tip.

  15. The fabulous blop allegedly said:

    Good grief, girl…that is a fab idea! Love the bag too!

    Okay, I did know about it before…but only because you had told us about it previously!

    Looking for sunshine for a nice photo op, are you…hummmm…I think we have it ALL!!! Lovin’ it too!


  16. The fabulous Nanna Jamma allegedly said:

    Love that bag the talented Lisa created for you! ALOoooooooooooHAAAaaaaaaaa!! The bags that Sharon has been making are the cutest, and I should have known when I first saw them they had the mark of the Zombie on them. Your tip is awesome, and I didn’t know about it, so you’re not a doof…..I am!! LOL!! I’m looking forward to seeing your bag now - love the colors that are peeking out!

  17. The fabulous Rhonna allegedly said:

    wow…you never cease to amaze me…pure eye candy!!!!!

  18. The fabulous julie allegedly said:

    I love pink and green, too, so your new bag is a big hit with me! I like the idea with the letter opener…I have spent long hours trying to feed elastic through a waistband with a safety pin!

  19. The fabulous sunshine allegedly said:

    yay makeshift bodkin! i just gave in and bought a real bodkin (not too $$ but more than .99) and its only advantage is that instead of a point at the end it has a ball that won’t snag in the tube. otherwise it is identical. these def make life so much easier! and about the only way to turn narrow tubes rightside out.

  20. The fabulous dorkyquilts allegedly said:

    Awww…I heart you too, Monica. A big flu-infested virtual hug to you.

  21. The fabulous Jackie allegedly said:

    Love the bag and love her blog!! By the way, lovely quilt in Quilts and More! Picked up a copy last week at my quilt shop and I just can’t put it down. Love all the projects!!

  22. The fabulous Florence allegedly said:

    What a gorgeous bag - and thanks for the tutorial. x

  23. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    AH-HA!! I’m so excited about the letter opener tip ~ I was on a drawstring bag making kick a couple of years ago and had the darndest (and longest) time threading it through. Do you have a similar very cool trick for turning the sewn drawstring right side out? Does the letter opener work for that as well?
    Is the new Quilts & More magazine out? I see it in your side bar and thinking I need to run to Safeway for it~
    Oh, and that bag AA club? Yep, I just counted. There are 6 bags hanging on my bedpost right now. Three are not handmade, but I made one, my sister made one, and YOU made one. I think I better come to that meeting…

  24. The fabulous raesha allegedly said:

    What a great tip!!! I have that exact same letter opener at work - guess what will be coming home with me next time I need to thread a drawstring:)

  25. The fabulous Mary Anne allegedly said:

    Such a cute bag from Lisa !! I LOVE her blog !! She cracks me up!!

    …..and thanks for the letter opener tip …. I’m usually a day late and a dollar short so of course that was a new tip to me ….. but I do have a question …. you said get a letter opener with a “puka” on the end …… what the heck is a “puka”? (now who’s the doof?)

    ……and it’s nice to meet your Elna …. mine is taking a nap right now otherwise I’d haul her over to the computer to wave.

    …..AND I also just picked up the newest version of Quilts and More and was paging through and saw …..YOUR QUILT !!!! WOW !!!! VERY PRETTY !!!

  26. The fabulous Kelli allegedly said:

    From one bag lover to another, that is a cute sack!

  27. The fabulous brigette allegedly said:

    oh my!! i’m a new blog enthusiast (stalker). that bag is the cutest thing ever!! the one that lisa made for you. i went to her site, checked out her patterns, it’s not there. do you know where one could find a zippered pouch pattern? i’m thinking my teenage daughter needs one for her makeup, and i need one for my….and my… and my…. i can see i’m in trouble. i’m doomed!!
    your blog is great reading. you always make me smile.

    Here’s the
    link to Lisa’s post about the box bag. - m

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