Friday, July 2, 2010

Tablecloth Tribute

While the summer livin' gets easier, and it sure is easy...this week's craft is all about while you're out relaxin'!

Martha has inspired me with her 60 Days of Summer. She has some fantastic ways to live up the easy life. (of course if you're Martha what part of your life isn't easy?) (sigh)

Here are a few ways I chose to take it easy by paying a tribute to the tablecloth (well reusing them anyway Martha style).

This week is my first attempt at sewing (breath deep and take note: there won't be any detail shots of needlework I am a rookie) The brown bag is oh so versatile and yet so drab..why not use the table cloth to sport your lunch, snacks, use as gift giving or carry books in? Hence the pattern tote replica of none other than the brown bag.

To make this tote, click here for the dimensions.

Next, I continued to use the tablecloth for the "summer easy" theme to create book covers. I actually found a great tutorial from a gal using none other than the brown bag. (ha) So, refer to her steps on YouTube as she gives an excellent example!

I like this technique because my books are simply sliding into the sleeve and I can rest assure no harm is done. I can take them to the pool and keep them out of waters harm...shew.

Last, but not least. This is for the man I adore; my Italian Greyhound; Moose. While we are livin' the easy life (until schools starts back), we travel our neighborhood with the dreaded plastic baggies in hand.

Ta Da! Finally a cute travel size holder for the pooper scooper plastic baggies. And if I don't want to carry them, he can. (I think he's thrilled to be trotting around with such a frilly little bag )

I cut the table cloth 5 X 7, but as you can see, it's rather large for Moose, I think this one will be for my belt buckle and I will make his a little smaller.

What is great about this is that I can simply wipe it off with a damp cloth if it gets muddy or if something else happens to get on it (yikes).

I hope you've enjoyed the possibilities of the "oh so versatile" tablecloth!

I'll be linking up to these great parties this week. Happy 4th everyone!


Unknown July 2, 2010 at 5:42 AM  

cute idea!

Kim @
party inspiration

Tiffany July 2, 2010 at 7:59 AM  

Awesome. You are so clever, Jessica! Cute lunch tote. Cute book covers. Cute doggie bag holder! Love the addition of the flower on that!

Oh, cute dog too! : )

TBonesMom July 2, 2010 at 8:36 AM  

Very clever. The book covers are my fav.

Patrice July 2, 2010 at 9:34 AM  

I think they are all great ideas. The book covers would have been great for my trip to the beach, too bad you didn't tell me before hand! :)

the thrifty ba July 2, 2010 at 2:09 PM  

even though martha made the lunch bag first, when i make it i will link to you! that is adorable!

Becky July 2, 2010 at 3:34 PM  

These are great ideas! I may need to do some table cloth revamping!!!

Amy July 5, 2010 at 1:21 PM  

Great job with using vinyl tablecloths!!! Never thought of that before!! I love the colors, too!

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