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December 8th, 2011

Sewing machine & gear: naked
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Large blue cooler: Trader Joe’s in Portland.
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Helper:  comes with slobber
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Helper:  seeking approval
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Bam: $6.99 sewing machine travel bag
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The goods + fold up hand truck: Bam, insta-butler
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Me: felling pretty dang happy over my $6.99 mobile sewing-2-go travel bag!  Thank you, Trader Joe’s!

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41 Responses

  1. The fabulous amy dunn allegedly said:

    I wish I were as cool as you Monica!!! So nice! Loving your bag too! :)

  2. The fabulous nicke allegedly said:

    instant awesome!

  3. The fabulous Brooke allegedly said:

    HOORAY for adorable helpers. Goldens are….well, golden. No doubt.

    LOVE the red and white house quilt hanging in the background of the second photo.

    Wish packing up and getting out of the house was always that easy. Pretty slick! :-)

  4. The fabulous V and Co. allegedly said:

    lurf. i want one.

  5. The fabulous Nancy allegedly said:

    Goldens!!!! But, really, slobber? Mine would NEVER do that :-)

  6. The fabulous Jen Carlton Bailly allegedly said:

    I’m stealing your chairs when I come to your house. Just letting you know ahead of time.

  7. The fabulous Jackie allegedly said:

    You should be, you frugal genius!

  8. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    How perfect is that? Where you headed?

  9. The fabulous Natalie V2 allegedly said:

    Keeps everything neat, and *cool!*

  10. The fabulous karen allegedly said:

    Awesome! That may be the perfect setup ever plus what a lovely helper you have too!

  11. The fabulous MC allegedly said:

    Ooh nice travel bag. I got a flat portfolio bag at the art store ($15) for my cutting mat and rulers but never thought of a sewing machine bag.

  12. The fabulous Mary Ann allegedly said:

    And TJ’s besides…what could be better! Ok, maybe In and Out…

  13. The fabulous Suzanne allegedly said:

    Smart thinking! I absolutely love my TJ’s bag like that too. Have yet to use it for my sewing machine but give me time.

  14. The fabulous Bridgette allegedly said:


  15. The fabulous jan allegedly said:

    Really, really clever! And watch me copy that next time I get to TJ’s.

  16. The fabulous Lori allegedly said:

    AND it’s insulated! And everyone hates sewing on a potentially warm sewing machine.

    p.s. I love the bricks on your wall. LOVE.

  17. The fabulous ina allegedly said:

    Hey Happy Girl, where did you find that cool fold-up hand cart??! I NEED one of those. ;0

  18. The fabulous Krista - Poppyprint allegedly said:

    How did I ever live without you? This post comes at the most convenient time. I am traveling to America in the morning. Post office and Trader Joe’s run. I hear there are things called Peppermint Joe Joe’s that I have to have??? And now I can add cooler to my list. Thank you.

  19. The fabulous Leslie Schmidt allegedly said:

    That fold up hand truck means business! Much nicer than the Weebles one I have. Plus, you get to look cool and hip, too. I swear, your mind is devilishly clever. Wish it would rub off on me.

  20. The fabulous DianeP allegedly said:

    What a great idea, Monica! You always have the most clever ideas and actually work them out to show us how to “Make It Work!”

    If I didn’t have a carrier already, I would absolutely do this too.

  21. The fabulous Connie allegedly said:

    Very cool, Zombie!!! You’re so clever!!!

  22. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    Silly Girl. Helper isn’t seeking approval. He’s just making sure that you’ll be taking him with you to — well, wherever you’re carting that machine. Retreat? Evening Get-Together? All of the Above. Don’t forget the Helper — he’s screaming it in his eyes!

  23. The fabulous d allegedly said:

    genius……..Im on my way to Trader Joes!!!! I needed some peppermint jojos anyways!!!!!

  24. The fabulous Mary Ellen allegedly said:

    Great plan, my friend. Love your collapsing dolly! Thanks for reminding us that frugal in luggage means more money for fabric!!

  25. The fabulous Archie the wonder dog allegedly said:

    Great thinking! Your helper looks sad at the thought of being left behind…or maybe he’s thinking ‘did I leave slaver on her sewing machine?’

  26. The fabulous Carol D. allegedly said:

    You are traveling in style! I love your helper. He looks sad you are leaving though. Oh, I would love one of those folding carts.

  27. The fabulous pat sloan allegedly said:

    What a clever girl you are! Dual Sewing Machine Tote and Beer cooler… or Icecream cooler … depending on the audience.. wink!

    love the helper.. what a sweet face!

  28. The fabulous QBee - Mary Ann allegedly said:

    The ready-to-go arrangement is great, but Helper is best of all! What a lovie.

  29. The fabulous Keri F allegedly said:

    That hand truck rocks. It looks like a spy-gadet from Mission Impossible. Does it come with a hunky spy (no Tom Cruise plz, maybe Daniel Craig?) Helper’s look says to me “But mom, where’s my bag?” PS: Chocolate covered cranberries @ TJ’s are heavenly.

  30. The fabulous Tabitha O. allegedly said:

    ok so now where are ya going?

  31. The fabulous Jean allegedly said:

    Well, I had absolutely no idea Trader Joe’s sold quilting supplies! Cool! (get it, cool!) I spy a beautiful red and white school house quilt!!!!

  32. The fabulous flowerpress allegedly said:

    I’m sorry, your dog doesn’t look convinced lol.

  33. The fabulous Holly allegedly said:

    So…what pattern did you use for the lovely bag on top of your sewing machine cooler/tote?


    Thank you, Holly! It’s the Amy Bulter Weekender bag pattern. I have a blog post about it here and here.

  34. The fabulous SuzK allegedly said:

    that is brilliant! Trader Joe’s is going to wonder why they are suddenly having a run on coolers!

  35. The fabulous Suzanne allegedly said:

    What a great idea!! I was about to ask Santa for a sewing machine tote. Wondering if costco sells the cart in their stores or online only. Your helper is very sweet.
    Off to TJ’s…thanks Monica!

  36. The fabulous AnyoneCanQuilt allegedly said:

    This is perfect! It’s such a pain in the patuckus getting everything ready to go. I so love the bag you made. I may have to attempt one…some day. And wook at youw wittwe angew wif the wittwe dwoopy eyes…Yes, I’m gross, but your puppers are so darn adorable! And have much better manners than their weenie cousin to the south. xoxomf!

  37. The fabulous Karen allegedly said:

    For Heaven’s sake, what a clever use of the TJ bag!! and thanks very much for the link to the handcart. I need one. YAY!! I am totally copying :)

  38. The fabulous Wrennette allegedly said:

    I have been laughing ever since I saw your ‘blue bag’. I have the same one and it is in my diningroom: with fabric in it. ha ha…..I’m too embarassed to tell you why. Okeh, I’ll tell you. But whatever you do don’t tell anyone else. I was being criticized for spending $$$ on fabric, when I already ‘had fabric’. So, one day, when I had gathered up some fabric for a quilt for my Mom….I knew it would be….’remarked upon..for at least an entire evening’..so I decided that the Trader Joe’s pretty blue insulated bag would be great to ’store’ my fabric in til it was needed. So, my silliness made me laugh. A N D there was something else I wanted to tell you. I wanted to thankyou, seriously, for the referral of QUILTING FROM LITTLE THINGS. I have read it from front to back and I love it.

  39. The fabulous laura lien allegedly said:

    Lol! Too funny! I have that bag and love it!! Had 2 of them but left oranges in it over the summer( my son did and I didn’t know) well needless to say when I got around to using it…well it was one huge fuzzy black gooey science expirement! So it went in the trash. :( I no longer live near a trader joes and am soooo missing it and all of their cool bags. I will defentely be using your idea when I take my sewing machine anywhere. Hmmm wonder if my cricut would fit? lol

  40. The fabulous sewkatiedid allegedly said:

    awesome. hoping to make it your way soon.

  41. The fabulous angel allegedly said:

    Ha, I use a costco x-tra large freezer bag for my serger. I gotta say, I felt like a tool when I brought in for service, no more of a tool than when I brought my sewing machine in a old laundry basket.

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