Tuesday, May 31, 2016

First boxy bag of noodle head

This was my second attempt to make a noodle head boxy bag. The first attempt was a disaster but blessing in disguise because now I have a new favorite size boxy bag.

Lavender boxy bag

I made this for a lady who has cancer. I am putting together a package of things for her to take to the hospital. I actually haven't met her before, but she is friend's with someone I know.

I crocheted her a chemo cap with purple yarn. I found out yesterday her favorite color is purple. I didn't know when I started making her these things.

I plan to fill the boxy bag with other things I think she may like.

If you have any ideas what else I can put in it, please leave a comment below. I hope to make her several colored caps. Some ginger candy. (Helps with nausea) and some toiletries.

I got the dimensions for the lavender bag using noodle heads large pattern. I could not figure out how to construct the bags using either coats and Clark and noodle head's directions so I used the instructions from no guts boxy tutorial. She explains it the best way. So not complicated! 

Upcycled Blue floral boxy bag

The outer material was recycled from a dress I got at the thrift store.
The inside liner came from a friend.

This was the first boxy bag that I've used recycled material. I just thought it was pretty and would look nice. And the purchase helps the homeless shelter in my area. They just recently opened up an awesome thrift shop.

This pattern came from the coats and Clark website. A friend told me about it. I love the way the ends look. It is constructed similar to Noodle head's pattern. The size is nice. Not too big or too small. I've listed it for sale in my Etsy shop.


I sold more scrubbers last month than I usually do so yesterday I spent the day making more. I cut up all the rest of my netting. It was about 10 yards.

I made the multi colored ones over the weekend. I just grabbed a different color each time out of the leftover stash to make those. I usually have one or two leftover strips that aren't enough for a full scrubber. Some people like them the best. The solid colored ones I made on Monday. I have enough netting to make 10 more then I'll have to order more netting. To get free shipping, I'll order $50 worth. I usually pick out a yard of sheep fabric then to make 4 boxy bags with. I've been getting a lot of practice in making those boxy bags. They don't take me long to do. I tried a new pattern this week and made three. I can already see an improvement in them, but still like the regular boxy bags too. 

Project bag trade for yarn.

I've been having trouble with blogger app lately and feeling very frustrated about the whole thing. I know most people don't blog anymore, but I enjoy it!

I finally figured out how to upload pics again, so here are some recent pictures of things I've made. And apparently I can't upload more than a one at a time! Lol.

Here is a sheep boxy bag.

I traded this for some brown sheep nature spun yarn. I've been wanting to create some hand made pouches again.

I'll update more photos as I get the pouch done. I'm thinking of making a knitting needle or crochet hook pouch first. I plan to needle felt a design on it.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Noodlehead boxy bag

I bought some special material to try to make  noodle head's boxy pouch. I looked forward all weekend to sewing it.

I tried. I failed. I forgot that my machine does not like to sew starting on the edge. I usually have to start an inch from the edge or else the thread bunches.

So I tried to rip out my work and ended up putting a hole in the fabric! So, I cut off an inch to the width and sewed a no guts boxy pouch.

I wish blogger would let me add pics because the finished result turned out awesome! The bag was 5x4x3.5 I love the size!!!

I took some more material and made a noodle head pouch. Sort of. I did my own thing at first to accommodate my machine.

I plan to sew another one Tuesday and thought I'd blog what I did in case anyone wants to try it this way. Basically, I used the no guts tutorial for the changes.

Until next time!

Coconut lemon bars

I wanted to make something to take to hubby's workplace today. I opened up my favorite cooky book and found this recipe- coconut lemon bars.

The way it was made reminded me of my pecan squares recipe. I didn't have walnuts and raisins in the bars sounded gross, so I left them out.

They were a big hit at work. Everyone seemed to really like them. The 32 bars were gobbled up quickly in less than an hour.

I will make them again but for now I'm having fun trying new recipes.

The funny thing was everyone referred to them as pecan bars. They did kind of taste like there were nuts in it, but not one.

To make, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Make crust-

Spray 9 by 13 pan lightly and mix 2 cups flour with 1/2 cup melted butter and 1/4 cup packed brown sugar. Press into pan and take for 10 minutes.

While it's baking, beat three eggs. Add 2 cups packed brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, beat all together. Then stir in 1 cup shredded coconut. Pour filling into partially baked crust and bake an additional 25-30 minutes. Do not overbake. It may appear undone, but it will continue to cook while it's cooling. These chewy bars are rich, so cut into 3 by 1 inch bars after they are cooled. The top will be brown. I used lemon powder reconstituted so they weren't really tart, but they tasted delicious! (It may be more tart with actual lemon juice)

Blogger isn't letting me add any pics! :-(

Cell phone zippered pouches

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