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Monday, January 7, 2013

Christmas Tree Bag

This project? It was the death of me. I wanted a break from sewing, but hubby came up with an “easy” idea, so I thought I’d do it. By the end, I wanted to punch him in the face. By the time he got home I cooled off, so no violence occurred. But it was contemplated. So the idea started one way, but that’s not how it ended up. He had a different idea in mind, but I couldn’t do that with the supplies I had on hand, so I guess I can’t blame him. Anyway, it started like this:

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Some cardboard and a 6’x9’ canvas drop cloth. With some marking of where the corners should be…

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And a line drawn, perpendicular to the finished edge

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And some pinning down said line

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And then sewing down pinned line

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I made a triangle at each corner. I flipped over to the outside, and sewed along the sewn edge again for stability

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This made a box shaped. The end. Okay not really. Then I got some scrap fabric and a zipper I happened to have and sewed a top. Really this isn’t a tutorial. Just my piece of crap bag that I ended up hating. But kinda liking. I guess. Do you watch Friends? You remember when Phoebe gets married and changes her name to Princess Consuela Bananahammock? And her friends call her Valerie?

Do you remember what Mike changed his name too? First name. Crap. Last name. Bag. Crap Bag. That’s how I felt. Anyway, I threw on a zipper.

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The zipper comes apart too.

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Then, I decided I should make it easier to carry. So I got some webbing out of my stash (AKA 3 belts that didn’t have the hardware when I received them)

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And sewed them on.

At this point, I’ve spent at least 3 extra hours then I thought I would on this Crap Bag. So I used duct tape on the inside. Cardboard for stability.

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I should’ve put some cardboard at the end where the tree stand was. I didn’t, it ripped through the bag, and I really do have a Crap Bag.

Then you add the huge tree that you inherited this year. It’s gorgeous, but kind of a pain in the hind end to store.

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Zip it up and admire your coffin you just sewed.

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Crap Bag.

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  1. Oh my gosh! I am laughing so hard I am crying! Congratulations for not punching J in the face. My condolences on your tree coffin. I hate it when projects don't go the way I want them to. Your Crap Bag (love the Friends reference...) still turned out awesome!

  2. Christmas Tree Bag. This project? It was the death of me. I wanted a break from sewing, but hubby came up with an “easy” idea, so I thought I'd ...


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