Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Featured Guest: Midwestern {Sewing} Girl

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Oh my gosh! I can't tell you how excited I am to be here guest-posting today! She Wears Flowers was one of the first blogs I came across and I've been hooked since that day...I am in awe of Tammy's creativity, and she is one of the sweetest people I've ever "met"...one seriously darlin' girl, that Tammy...

Anyway, enough gushing...(although I could go on...)

Hi everybody! My name is Maggie & I write a little blog called Midwestern {Sewing} Girl...

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I love DIY-ing (or would that be DIM-ing...doing it MYself...), reupholstering, sewing, cooking...basically any- & everything crafty or craft-related (although I'm not particularly fond of the word "craft" - can we come up with something else???)

Here's just a little something I brought to share today...
My super-easy, super-fast, ultra-customizable beach bag!

And here's all I used to make it:
TWO feedsack towels...available anywhere (like Wal-Mart, Target) for really cheap...
regular old craft paint & stamps...

PLUS, some cotton strap material I got from JO-ANN for $1.50...and my sewing machine...

Here's what I did:
*First I laid out one of my feedsack towels, and stamped it where I thought it needed to be stamped...
I applied the paint to the stamp with a brush so that it didn't get all clumpy...
these are some Martha Stewart stamps I had...
I stamped our last name (yes, my name is Maggie Massey...don't laugh...it's not that funny...) onto the towel...and then I added some flowers & butterflies...





Here's how the front looked when it was all done...

Next, I placed this towel on top of the other one and roughly stitched around the sides & bottom of the towels...I used a zig-zag stitch in a bright pink just to spice things up a bit...

Then I took the cotton strap, pinned it to the sides of the bag & stitched it in place...I used the walking foot on my machine and a heavy duty needle...I also stitched in numerous places just to make sure the handle doesn't tear off when the bag is full...
And, done! See, I told you it was super-easy & super-quick!

Now my family has a great, personalized, super-giant beach bag to carry all of our sand toys, flip-flops, towels, whatever!


...and it holds TONS!...
Thank you so so much for letting me share this project today, Tammy!!! You rock, girl.

I'd love to see you all again! Please feel free to stop by Midwestern {Sewing} Girl anytime! And for more updates, giveaways & fun projects, "like" M{S}G on FaceBook!

6 comments:

Alicia,  said... June 15, 2011 at 7:39 AM  

i love maggie :) i wish i would have seen this idea a few weeks ago, before our family beach vacation! love it!

Ruth,  said... June 15, 2011 at 8:11 AM  

Great idea. That can hold all your beach goodies.

Thanks for the tutorial.

Ruth

Rachel,  said... June 15, 2011 at 8:22 AM  

I love Maggie, too! This is such a cute idea--and I LOVE the red thread (I think that's my favorite part) . . . such a great touch. Great idea, Maggie!

Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy,  said... June 15, 2011 at 1:35 PM  

Very very cute and clever! I too am a huge Maggie fan---she is just great right?!?

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