How to Reuse Coffee Sacks and make a coffee sack bag

coffee sack bagIt’s been quite a while since I last posted a tutorial and with the summer holidays in full swing that (hopefully) means extra time on your hands for getting crafty. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to reuse coffee sacks and make a coffee sack bag!

I love old coffee sacks with their rustic charm but finding a use for them can be harder than you think. They’re made for strength which means the material can be quite rough with a largish weave. They’d make great looking cushions but you might not enjoy leaning against them but their hardwearing nature makes them perfect for a shopping bag tote!

What You’ll Need

1 Coffee Sack

Colourful/patterned fabric to use as lining

Fabric to make bag handles (needs to be reasonably strong, not a lightweight cotton)

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Give the sacks a good wash, it’s easiest to do this in a rubber tub outside if you can, then peg up on a washing line to drip dry.

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Once dry cut out two large rectangles from the sack, both the same size as each other. The actual size you cut will depend on the design printed on your sack and how large a bag you want to make. As long as both rectangles are the same size it doesn’t really matter.

Step 3

Using your lining fabric cut another two rectangles the same size as those made from the coffee sack.

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Now take the fabric you have chosen for the bag handles and cut two identical long rectangles of fabric (length is dependent on how long you want you handles). Fold each long rectangle in half and iron to make a centre crease. Unfold the rectangle, fold each of the cut edges into the centre meeting the ironed crease, iron into place and then refold in half. This should enclose the cut edges. Sew along the open side.

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The handles can now be sewn onto the right side of each coffee sack rectangle along the top short edge.

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Next sew the top edges of the lining fabric rectangles to the top edges of the coffee sack rectangles (right sides together). The handles will hang between these two layers.

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You can now sew the whole bag together. Unfold the lining and coffee sack piece that you sewed together in the last step. Lay with the right side up onto a table, then lay the other coffee sack/lining piece on top so that the right sides of the fabric are together. It will make one large rectangle which you sew all the way around leaving a gap at the bottom of the lining.

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Before turning the right way we’re going to give the base of the bag some structure. To do this you need to squash each of the four corners to make a triangle and then sew straight across (see pic), do this to each of the corners. If you’re unfamiliar with this technique then check out this tutorial on the sewing directory.  Trim off the excess fabric.

coffeesack8Now turn the entire piece the right way out through the gap left in the lining. Sew closed the gap in the lining and push inside the bag.

Optional Step: Once the bag is complete you can top stitch around the top edge of the bag to give a good finish and extra rigidity.

Easy Paper Decorations for Christmas

paperdecorationsWith Christmas so nearby you’d be forgiven for thinking that time had run out for crafting but today I’ll show you how to make some quick and Easy Paper Decorations for Christmas. They’re also the perfect craft to keep the kids busy now that the Winter holiday looms! All the supplies were given to me by Bostik as part of their craft ambassador program.

supplies

What You’ll Need:

Paper (cut into long thin strips roughly the same size)

Blu Tack Fine & Wide Glu Pen

Plastic Gems

Thread

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Paper Flower

This is the simplest of my two decorations and super quick!

paperflowerStart by laying strips of paper over each other to form a cross, keep laying until you have a star shape made of 6 strips of paper (3 of each colour).

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Using the fine and wide glu pen stick together two opposite strips of paper (see pic). Continue until all the red strips have been stuck together to make three petals. Repeat with the green strips of paper.

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Glue a gem into the centre of the flower, tie on some thread and you’re done!

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Paper Star Decoration

A variation on the same theme but a little more involved.

paperdecorationStart by laying 3 strips of paper side by side. Pop a little glue in the centre of the strips and then lay 3 more strips at right angles to make a cross shape. Continue laying 3 strips until you have a star shape.

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Stick together the 3 strips of red paper, they should curl slightly towards the centre. Repeat on each branch of red paper.

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Take the centre piece from the green strips of paper and stick to the opposite strip as shown in this picture.

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Stick together the remaining 2 strips of green paper.paperdecoration4

Attach some thread and enjoy your new decorations!

 

Make your own Ice Skating Snowman Theatre

icetheatreThere’s snow doubt about it Winter is coming! *Excuse me while I laugh heartily at my multiple clichés and puns :D* The nights are drawing in and the weather is super nippy so why not cosy up and get crafty with the kids. Today’s tutorial to make your own ice skating Snowman theatre is a fun way to embrace the season while keeping warm! It was made using materials provided by Bostik as part of their Craft Ambassador program.

Full instructions to make the theatre are included in this video but I’ll also pop text instructions below.

What You’ll Need

Bostik Blu Tack Foam Pads

Bostik Micro Dots

Bostik White Glu

A cardboard box

Foam or paper to decorate the sides

Blue card

Tracing Paper

Foam

Snow themed stickers

Fluffy Balls (or pom poms)

Polystyrene Star

Glitter

Lolly sticks

Thread

Tape

 

Step 1

Start with a cardboard box, stick back 3 flaps with tape, leave one flap open.

Step 2

Decorate the sides & back using foam (or paper) stick into place using the Bostik Foam Pads.

Step 3

To make the frozen lake (ice-rink) use a blue sheet of cardboard with a piece of tracing paper laid on top. Cut shapes out of foam to make the edge of the lake, add white foam on top to represent the snow. Stick into place using Bostik Micro Dots or White Glu.

Using Foam pads stick the ice-rink to the open flap of the box

Step 4

Cut a slit into the back of the box, then decorate the interior using stickers. To add further decoration I stuck fluffy balls (snow balls) to the scene using foam pads.

Step 5

Cover a polystyrene star with Bostik White Glu, then sprinkle over glitter. Once dry stick to the back of your scene using foam pads.

Step 6

Now to make the snowmen. Stick fluffy balls (or pom poms) on top of each other and then stick to a lolly stick.

Step 7

Tie thread around some sparkly pom poms and stick to the top of the theatre using foam pads.

Finally paint the outside of the box, slide your snowmen through the gap at the back and you’re ready to play!