Little Bit o’ Happiness

This is a happy fabric, isn’t it?

Bright & cheery!

I found it in the fabric remnants section and it was definitely calling my name. I don’t know how else to explain it… šŸ˜‰

I pondered what to do with the fabric…here I am pondering away:

It was a labor and sweat-intensive ponder. šŸ™‚

Enter Ashley from Make It and Love it. I love her site and if you haven’t ever checked it out, you should – especially her Tutorials page. Awesomesauce.

Anyway, I was looking at her page and found this lovely little grocery bag holder tutorial. Now that is something I could use in my life.

I set to work.

First I cut my fabric in strips:

then I sewed the strips together:

Flipped the material over and ironed the strips flat:

and then followed Ashley’s instructions for adding elastic and all the finishing hems. This is how I worked the majority of the time:

See – isn’t that sweet? I have the tutorial pulled up on my computer because I have no clue what I’m doing. šŸ˜‰

Now, I must confess – I didn’t follow Ashley’s measurements for the strips of fabric. Because of that, my bag looks slightly funny. haha – this is how most of my projects turn out and yet I still have not stopped sewing. You might say I was born with a needle in my hand. Sounds nice, but the end of the story is that I promptly stuck myself with said needle.

It’s a good thing I don’t write children’s stories.

Anyway, here’s my finished bag:

As you can see, I took this pic before I made curtains for my open cabinets. The bag actually resides inside that long cabinet to the right of the open cabinets. Here she is in her home:

Oh, and in an attempt to redeem myself, the top part only looks uneven because it’s not completely full of bags. (Although I wouldn’t necessarily put it past myself to sew something lumpy looking like that.) šŸ˜‰

And that, my friends, is my little bit o’ happiness residing in my kitchen. It sure beats having bags flying around the kitchen.

Stay tuned – I have a fabulous dessert recipe to share with you on Wednesday. I don’t recommend looking at the pics if you are trying to lose weight. But really, who does that anymore? šŸ˜‰
~Christa