Monthly Archives: September 2010

Flannel Pads, Overnights


I don’t want to spend a fortune on post-partum pads so I’m making a bunch of these extra long and thick overnight pads. All my materials are salvaged/free so only the cost of thread and electricity. 😉


Nut Milk Bag Tutorial


It’s absolutely insane what companies are charging for nylon mesh nut milk bags. I wasn’t about to pay $11 plus shipping for a piece of serged nylon so I rummaged in my clothes to recycle bin and came up with the perfect item for recycling, a fine mesh 100% nylon vintage negligee robe.  These can be had very cheaply at thrift stores and yard sales. Mine was free. I washed it in hot vinegar water to remove any detergent and oil residues and then began my project.

First, draft a pattern. Draw a box 14.5 inches high by 13.5 inches wide.

Mark the center line along the height. Cut out the box and fold along the center and then along the width. Unfold. Mark a curve between the side center and bottom center folds. Cut. Your pattern is ready. 🙂

Cut two pieces from your nylon. I weighted the pattern down and used my rotary cutter because nylon likes to shift.

Serge alone the top of each piece to stabilize.

Then put the pieces together and serge along the outer edges, leaving the top serged area open.

If simple is ok for you then you can call your project done right now! I wanted to add a drawstring and to strengthen the bag by french seaming.

So, turn the bag inside out and use your sewing machine to encase the serged edge inside a 1/4 inch seam.

Now fold the top serged edge over 1/4 inch and then again 3/8-1/2 inch. Sew around the top, leaving a 3/8 inch gap to  insert drawstring. This “hole” will remain so be sure you’ve back stitched at the beginning and end of your top seam.

Use a safety pin to thread a length of nylon ribbon through the casing and out the hole again. Knot.

Your bag is ready!


For Almond Milk:

Soak 1 cup of raw almond in water in the fridge overnight.

Drain water and put almonds in blender. Add 3 cups of water.

Blend until nuts stop rattling around.

Place open nut milk bag over a bowl and pour milk into bag.

Pull drawstring and lift over bowl. Squeeze bag gently to remove milk from pulp.

Refrigerate milk and remove nut pulp from bag. Rinse bag in warm water and air dry.


My bag worked fantastic and the whole milk making process(even the bag rinsing)was fast and easy!

Reusable Gift Bag, Turtle


Kids’ clothes are a wonderful source of nifty appliques, notions and specialty fabric. They’re cheap and often free to acquire. Too often items that  get a bit stained or outgrown are  just tossed instead of recycled. Making gift bags is a fantastic, fast way to recycle tiny garments!

Here’s one I made out of a toddler skort and two scraps from my scrap box. Just two quick rectangles serged together and around the top with a quick serged scrap ribbon.

This could be re-gifted over and over or used to store small items like jewelry, stationary, software, a game system, kids’ toys, etc. Larger sizes can be reused as shoe bags, craft and art supply organizers, and for china storage. There are so many possibilities!

Sequined T-Shirt Gift Bag and Fix for a hole in a Tee


Another gift bag I made from a couple of t-shirt scraps. I made a quick ribbon from my scrap box. This is a single layer bag but I think from now on I’ll be doubling up when I use tees for gift bags. The extra layer will support large/heavier gifts and prevent a lot of the stretching that happens with knits. It will also help the bag last longer in its second life. 😀

I also did a quick(hence the messiness)reverse applique fix for a big hole in the front center of one of my son’s tees. It’s a bit sloppy but it works.