• Crafts,  Organization & Storage,  Sew

    Reusable Snack Bag

    I previously mentioned in my {Packing A Carry On} post that I had a reusable snack bag that I took with me on my flight to Atlanta. Even though I may not be down with the lingo, I’m going to try and share a sewing tutorial on how to create these fun little clutches. They are cheap to make, pretty easy to whip up, and washable too. Plus, you won’t be THAT person. You know, the one who everyone is staring at as they crinkle and crunch a plastic snack bag. I hate being that person.

    Snack Bag 1
    Snack Bag 2

    Here is what you will need to make your own 4″ X 5 1/2″ bag.

    1 Piece of fabric (outside)
    1 Piece of fabric (lining)
    5″ of velcro
    Cutting mat & rotary cutter (or scissors)
    Sewing machine

    Snack Bag 3

    To start, cut both pieces of fabric into 9 1/2″ X 6″ sections. This will obviously be easier if you us a rotary cutter and cutting mat, but fabric scissors will also work. You could also try to use your teeth or a steak knife, but neither of these are recommended. *wink*

    Snack Bag 4

    Next, pin one piece of the velcro to each of the fabric pieces on the ends of the right sides and sew them on. (Photo below.) Naturally, I realized at the last minute that I didn’t have a heavy needle for circumstances like these, so I improvised with adhesive velcro instead. Doh! I don’t imagine it will withstand the washing machine, but it has held up so far with multiple uses. But you can disregard all of this, because YOU are going to SEW your velcro on and have no problems. Good job!

    Snack Bag 5

    Once the velcro is attached, place the right sides of the two pieces of fabric together with the velco on the inside at opposite ends and pin them together, like in the image below.

    Snack Bag 6

    Then, sew along both ends and about 1 1/4″ down both sides of the end where the lining piece’s velcro is attached.

    Snack Bag 7

    (The white fabric with black polka dots was used as my lining, so I sewed down the sides of the end where my velcro was attached to the white piece.)

    Snack Bag 8

    After that, turn the fabric right side out and fold it so that the lining is on the outside and the flap is left free. Pin the sides.

    Snack Bag 9

    Finally, sew along each side and turn it right side out when you are finished. The bag is then ready for use. If you made it this far with these instructions and you still remember your own name, you deserve a medal. If you now understand how to make this bag, I deserve a medal. Hopefully someone is getting a medal.

    Snack Bag 10

    I originally, made this with the intention of using it as a snack bag, but have since thought of other great uses as well. Make up bag, jewelry holder, floppy iPhone case, etc. Let us know if you give this a try!

  • Furniture Makeovers,  Organization & Storage,  Outdoors,  Painting Projects

    The Garage Files

    File Cabinet Garage Storage 1
    The garage files? No, what I meant was the filing cabinet in the garage. You see, I had this old filing cabinet, just sitting around, not being used for anything. (I bought it around the same time I purchased {the dry erase board turned chalkboard.}) For years, I had no idea what to do with it, so there is sat, collecting dust.

    At one point, I even tried my hand at stenciling in an attempt to spiffy it up and you can see how well that worked out. Oops.

    File Cabinet Garage Storage 2
    But then I came across {this} on {Pinterest} and I knew that there was still a future in store for my little metal organizer.

    I started out by giving it a good wipe down to remove the dust. And cobwebs, which don’t really go well with anything except Halloween decor. Next, I removed the drawers and sent them packin’.

    File Cabinet Garage Storage 3

    Stripes are pretty cool and I knew I definitely wanted to put a stripe on my cabinet, but I also wanted to include some type of text. I figured “clean up” was pretty motivational for garage organization, so that’s what was printed on a large waterproof label. The problem was that I didn’t realize that the label I had just printed out on my inkjet printer was actually for a laser printer. Oops #2. The ink attached itself to everything my hands touched, as I struggled to cut it out. Smudgy Smudgerson.

    File Cabinet Garage Storage 4

    However, I didn’t let a little ink stop me. On went the painter’s tape and the sullied words.

    File Cabinet Garage Storage 5

    Using semi–gloss white paint, I carefully brushed over the words, being mindful of the tape edges. After a bit, everything was dry. When I removed the tape and letters though, I found that the paint had leaked through (under?) and messed up my cute wording. Oops #3.

    File Cabinet Garage Storage 6

    So I used a handy dandy craft knife to carefully peel the excess off. It actually worked pretty well.

    Then, my hubby helped attach four casters to the bottom, which would make it much easier to move our new garage storage around.

    File Cabinet Garage Storage 7 File Cabinet Garage Storage 8

    As simple as this project should have been, it ended up being a big pain in the rear because of all the little Oopsies. Luckily, they were able to be recovered, for the most part. (Sorry drawers. Enjoy your new life on the curb.)

    The best thing about this project is that it was F-R-double-E. Free. In the future, we may add some sort of dividers along the top to help keep things more upright, but we are happy with how it turned out for now.

    File Cabinet Garage Storage 9

    Linked up with East Coast Creative #cwts2014

  • Organization & Storage,  Printables

    Printable Menu Planner & Grocery List

    I’m a huge fan of planning. EVERYTHING. My life kind of goes into a tizzy when things aren’t planned out. Especially, when I’m in a crowded grocery store with a rambunctious toddler and I have no grocery list. Yeah, that totally stresses me out. And then I can’t think straight and I just end up launching things into the cart, all willy nilly, in the hopes that I get at least something we need.

    Grocery List In Action

    So to help me keep my sanity, I designed this simple printable menu planner & grocery list. Aren’t they cute? I just fill in everything I we are going to eat for the week on the planner, then write the corresponding ingredients for each meal on my list.

    Want to be organized too? You can get the free pdf link by clicking the images below. Please download the file to ensure proper print sizing. When printing, make sure that Page Scaling is set to “Fit Printable Area” and Borderless Printing is selected.

    Food Organization Blue Food Organization Green

    Grocery List Blue Grocery List Green