Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Make-do Monday - T-shirt Tote Bags
For a change, a project I didn't knit or crochet.
I love my chest freezer. It's awesomesauce. I can go to Sam's and the commissary once a month (with varying side trips to the grocery in between for the stuff that is just bound and determined to run out at off times), stick everything in my freezer and pantry, then crawl back under my rock for another month. I actually like living under a rock. Too much interaction with too many people makes me very cranky. I get cranky enough all on my own without having the additional help.
Maybe some of you out there are more disciplined than I am, but when I get home from a shopping trip and am divvying up goodies for the freezer, fridge, and pantry, the goal is to get it done and get on with something else. I usually try to at least keep plant matter on one side of the freezer and protein on the other, but it doesn't always work out that way. Then, when I am rummaging through looking for something in particular for a meal, or hunting for that leftover baggie of spaghetti sauce that I just *know* is in there, stuff gets all shuffled around, jumbled up, and becomes a right mess of frozen edibles all piled haphazardly with no semblance of order. No, there are no pictures. I didn't want a record of my slovenly freezer floating around.
I was over reading Dee's blog post about organizing her freezer, and it looked like a no-brainer. Duh... I'm supposed to be pretty intelligent, so why didn't I think to do this before? But, all of my baskets are wicker. I have too many baskets according to some, but I just keep finding things to use them for. I have a few smaller cardboard boxes floating around from packages and moving, but I could see that becoming a problem eventually, because none of them are that waxed cardboard.
Reading through the comments, I saw that one person uses those cloth shopping totes. I have fabric. I can do that!
But, I'm also not feeling motivated to make half a dozen tote bags.
No... I really don't throw out nearly as much as I should. And this is a perfect example of WHY!
All I did for the tanks was sew the bottom hem together, and the straps became instant handles. Fabulous! Took all of a minute, and that included threading the sewing machine.
The t-shirts took a little more time. I cut the sleeves off, and then enlarged the neck to make a wider mouth for the bag.
Yes, I used black thread on the white t-shirts. It's ok, my frozen foods won't care.
Now.... how long will this last?