WELCOME to “Save My Sanity Saturday” at One Good Thing By Jillee….where I attempt to avoid having a nervous breakdown by actually giving myself a day off from blogging once a week!
So pull up a chair and sit back and enjoy an “oldie but goodie” from the One Good Thing By Jillee archives.
Today’s choice serves two purposes….one practical….one personal. From a practical standpoint – it’s a great idea for saving money and resources (two of my favorite things to do!) From a personal one….today my alma mater, Brigham Young University, plays it’s arch rival, The University of Utah, in football. A MAJOR big deal around here!
When I saw the picture of the tote bag I decided it simply MUST be the “Save My Sanity Saturday” choice. I gotta do my part in this “big deal” that took on new meaning in our house when my daughter Britta graduated from the U of U a few months ago. Should be fun day! ;-) GO COUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
–Originally posted October 11, 2011–
As I continue to turn greener and greener (not literally of course!), I have started to think it might be time to RE-think all those plastic grocery sacks I bring home (and throw away) every week! To be honest…it almost pains me to even consider giving them up. They are a part of my weekly existence….completely ingrained into my grocery shopping routine. And with 4 boys/men at home….I buy a lot of groceries! Replacing all the plastic grocery sacks I bring home is NOT a small undertaking!
But then I came across this idea for making your own tote bags out of recycled t-shirts at Instructables.com and I was immediately intrigued! I mean who doesn’t have like a million t-shirts they never wear tucked away in probably every closet in the house? Especially all those “event” t-shirts you get from one organization or another that you wear MAYBE once and then they never see the light of day again. Sports teams, golf tournaments, 5 and 10K runs, family reunions, school spirit shirts….we all have them!
Now there is a PERFECT use for them! With a couple of simple cuts with a pair of scissors and 2 quick seams on the sewing machine…..you have a STRONG, WASHABLE, and RE-USABLE tote bag!
Perfect for groceries, library books, tennis balls, gym clothes or pool supplies – anything you need to carry!
The below photos show the entire process. But CLICK HERE for the step-by-step instructions.
I already have MORE THAN ENOUGH t-shirts in this house to make dozens of these bags…..and I may just need that many! But with a project as easy and clever as this….I actually can’t wait to get started! :-)
UPDATE: (10/11/11) I was not kidding when I said I couldn’t wait to get started…..I literally couldn’t wait! :-) Here is my first bag! Made in roughly 5 minutes this morning in between fixing breakfast, making lunches, chauffeuring kids to school and getting ready for work! :-) It was sooooooooooo EASY and FUN!
(I think I’ll go make another one before I have to leave for work!)