Picture this . . . you are at the beach, relaxing in the sun. You glance up at the horizon and spot him. You know, that dream boy from your favorite T. V. show? You think quick, and reach for your camera in your beach bagâ€”your friends will never believe this! You scramble for your camera amid the chaos of your bag, and when you finally look up . . . he is gone. If only you had the transparent Shower Curtain Bag! With this see-through, pocketed wonder youâ€™ll never lose time (and the photo op of a life time) again.
QUICK TIP: Use a leather needle with your sewing machine for sewing the plastic. These heavyweight needles boast a razor tip perfect for piercing tough PVC.
Not So Fun Fact: Most shower curtains are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a material thatâ€™s notoriously hard to recycle. To make this tote work even harder, only buy a shower curtain that will eventually break down when youâ€™re done with it.
14" x 14" (35.5cm x 35.5cm)
From the book Refashioned Bags by Faith & Justina Blakeney. Read our review here.
Reduce, Reuse, Refashion! Handbags are the ultimate accessory. Fortunately, you don't need a cookie-cutter designer bag to make a fashion statement. In today's greener, more fiscally responsible world, it makes a lot more sense–and is a lot more fun—to make your own. Whether your closet is already an amalgam of hand-made clothing and remastered mash-ups or you're diving into DIY for the very first time, bags are one of the easiest accessories to make over and require little more than a needle, thread, and everyday items you can find in the closet, garage, attic, or flea market. That's why the authors of 99 Ways to Cut, Sew, Trim & Tie Your T-Shirt into Something Special show you how to make boutique-ready bags on the cheap. The Blakeney sisters...© 2013 Faith Blakeney / Potter Craft · Reproduced with permission.
Cut a 25" x 32" (63.5cm x 81cm) rectangle from the shower curtain. Fold the bottom of the rectangle upward 6" (15cm).
Fold the top of the rectangle down 5" (12.5cm).
Place parchment paper over and under the folds and sew the folds down on both ends of the curtain. Every 6" (15cm) along the bottom of the curtain, sew a vertical seam to hold the fold into place and create 5 pockets. Whenever you sew over the curtain, place parchment paper over and under the plastic to help the sewing machine glide over the plastic, then, when the seam is in place, carefully rip the parchment paper off.
Cut 3 strips from the scrap fabric. The first should be 3" x 30" (7.5cm x 76cm); the second and third strips should 3" x 21" (7.5cm x 53.5cm). Roll hem all 3 strips on the long sides.
Place the longest strip 3" from the top folded edge of the bag. Use a couple pieces of tape to hold it in place, then cover the area with parchment paper on the bottom, and stitch the bottom edge of the strip onto the curtain.
Fold the curtain in half widthwise and sew the sides together (using parchment paper) with a clean finish.
Turn the bag so that the seam created in step 6, is in the center back of the bag. Sew the bottom of the bag (using parchment paper) with a clean finish.
Place the ends of 1 of the shorter strips vertically under the top edge of the longer fabric strip to create the handle. Each end should be 3" (7.5cm) from the center of the bag. Repeat on the back with the remaining shorter strip. Sew all the way around the top edge of the longer strip, sewing the handles into place along the way.