CraftSanity on TV: Recycled Plastic Pounches, Aprons Sewn From Men’s Dress Shirts & A Chance to Win Betz White’s New Book

by jennifer

Today I did a speedy, fused plastic pouch demo on WZZM’s “Take Five & Company” using the clear plastic bags that my newspaper is delivered in on rainy days.

To get the confetti look, I put random snippets of a colorful Charmin toilet paper wrapper inside the clear plastic bag, then fused the layers together between two pieces of wax paper using a warm iron. Next, I slid the fused pieced inside a second bag and pressed it between the wax paper one more time, creating a thicker piece of plastic.

I tri-folded the plastic to form a pouch, then placed sticky-backed Velcro on the inside top flap and corresponding area on the front of the pounch. Then I zig-zag stitched around each piece of Velcro to secure before moving on to stitch up each side of the pouch. The last step is to trim the edges and fill with business cards.

This project can be made with regular plastic shopping bags, too. However I like working with the clear bags best.

.The mound of fabric that was piled up in front of me at the end of this morning’s segment was a clear indication that my live demo of the “Striped Cafe Apron” from Betz White’s new book “Sewing Green” book was successful in not giving away too much. Hopefully my apron love and the chance we’re offering you to win a copy of this awesome book (Read my Q&A with Betz to find out how to enter by May 4.) will make up for all my fabric wadding.

It’s challenging to do this project justice in two minutes, but the directions on p. 14 of “Sewing Green” are clear and easy to follow. Just give yourself more than 2 minutes to make the project and you’ll be fine. This project is really fun and seriously addictive for apron-crazed women like me.

The great thing about this pattern is that it can be interpreted in countless ways. I added a layer underneath embellished with eyelet trim to the version that I made. The possibilities are endless.

After I made apron ties out of the sleeves, I was left with two shirt cuffs. Betz shows readers how to make wallets out of these in her book (p. 62), but the cuffs on this shirt were a little too small for that. So I decided to make a little flower bracelet instead. I just grabbed some scrap denim and cut out a couple flower shapes, one slightly larger than the other. Then I zigzagged the edges of both and secured the flower shapes to the center of the cuff with an old button. Thanks for the inspiration, Betz!

Check out CraftSanity podcast interviews with Betz on episodes 24 and 68.

You may also like


cartellini gioielli personalizzati September 18, 2017 - 11:52 pm

Awesome blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
A design like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog jump
out. Please let me know where you got your theme. Many thanks

Oliver September 19, 2017 - 12:08 am

I pay a visit daily a few web pages and sites to read content, except this blog provides feature based posts. September 19, 2017 - 12:34 am

Hi there! I just want to offer you a huge thumbs up for your excellent
information you have right here on this post.

I will be returning to your site for more

gioielli argento personalizzati September 19, 2017 - 1:13 am

Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is a very well written article.
I will make sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful information. Thanks for the post.
I’ll certainly comeback. September 19, 2017 - 1:16 am

Link exchange is nothing else but it is only placing the other person’s web site link
on your page at appropriate place and other person will also do same in support of you. September 19, 2017 - 1:30 am

Great blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?

A design like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make my blog jump out.
Please let me know where you got your theme. Appreciate

judi poker online September 19, 2017 - 1:31 am

Excellent way of telling, and nice post to obtain information about
my presentation subject, which i am going to convey in school. September 19, 2017 - 1:54 am

It’s going to be ending of mine day, except
before end I am reading this great paragraph to increase my experience. September 19, 2017 - 2:12 am

Ridiculous quest there. What happened after? Take care!

domino bet September 19, 2017 - 2:18 am

Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your site and in accession capital to say that
I acquire actually loved account your weblog posts. Anyway I’ll be subscribing to your augment and
even I achievement you get right of entry to constantly rapidly.

bracciali con frasi incise September 19, 2017 - 2:53 am

My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find nearly all of your post’s
to be what precisely I’m looking for. can you offer guest writers to write content to suit your needs?

I wouldn’t mind producing a post or elaborating on a few
of the subjects you write about here. Again, awesome blog!

Janell September 19, 2017 - 3:19 am

It’s genuinely very difficult in this full of activity life to listen news on TV, thus I
just use world wide web for that purpose, and take the most up-to-date
news. September 19, 2017 - 5:04 am

If you desire to improve your knowledge only keep visiting this website and be
updated with the most up-to-date news posted here. September 19, 2017 - 5:29 am

Everything is very open with a clear clarification of the issues.

It was truly informative. Your website is useful. Thanks for sharing!

bandarkiu September 19, 2017 - 6:35 am

That is a good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere.

Brief but very precise information… Thanks for sharing this one.
A must read article!

gioielli personalizzati roma September 19, 2017 - 6:55 am

Hello would you mind stating which blog platform
you’re working with? I’m looking to start my own blog
soon but I’m having a hard time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely
unique. P.S Apologies for being off-topic but I had to

escort service in Mumbai September 19, 2017 - 7:11 am

Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so
much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
I think that you could do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is
wonderful blog. A fantastic read. I’ll certainly be back.

Robbin September 19, 2017 - 7:29 am

Do you mind if I quote a few of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to
your weblog? My blog is in the exact same niche as yours and my visitors
would truly benefit from a lot of the information you present here.
Please let me know if this okay with you. Thanks!

Susanne September 19, 2017 - 7:55 am

It’s nearly impossible to find knowledgeable people about this topic, but you seem like you know
what you’re talking about! Thanks

1 9 10 11 12 13

Leave a Comment