Friday, July 29, 2011

Up-Cycled T-Shirt Tote Bag

This is a fun craft with instant gratification.

Up-Cycled T-Shirt Tote Bag

Supply List:

Sewing Machine
Decorative Trim (Optional)

Prepare T-shirt:

Step 1:
Turn t-shirt wrong side out and hem bottom with straight stitch about 10-12 stitches per inch near existing t-shirt hem.  Sew an additional row of stitches about 1/8-1/4 from the beginning row to reinforce.

Note: If tank top style t-shirt is use simply turn the shirt right side out and sew optional trim on about 1/2 inch from the bottom edge with a straight stitch.

Step 2:
If sleeved type t-shirt is used, use a dinner plate as a template to draw a semi-circle at the neckline and arm holes.  Cut along the line.  Reinforce the remaining shoulder seams with a double row of stitching.  Back-stitch at the beginning and ending of all seams. Proceed with Step 1.  (The cut out sleeves can be used for a head bands.)


This is a great little bag that can be easily rolled up and carried in a purse for use at the store checkout or market.  I carry mine all the time and have even used it as a wash cloth and even a towel in a pinch.  Can be tossed into the washer with the regular laundry on wash day.  Make a bunch as gifts for friends and save the Planet.


Friday, July 15, 2011

It's High Time for Pie Time

This Blackberry Pie recipe comes from my bestest friend and blackberry picker.

This recipe was her mother's.

Blackberry Pie

3-4 Cups Blackberries
2/3-3/4 Cups Sugar
3 T Plain Flour
Pinch salt
2 Pie Crusts (I use the frozen deep dish variety, using 1 crust for the topper.

Combine sugar, flour and salt in a medium bowl.  Add blackberries and toss to coat.
Put mixture into uncooked pie crust and top with additional crust.  Place into 425 degree pre-heated oven on center rack and bake for 15 minutes.  Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool on rack.  Pie filling will become firm after 7 or 8 hours or till chilled.