Sunday, February 23, 2014

Fast Fabricating Saturday & Slow Sunday Stitching

I spent Saturday morning grocery shopping and Survival Bag shopping. My daughter and I have had a joke since she was probably three years old about having our Survival Bags with us. A Survival Bag is a bag with items that will help you make it through a day if you get stuck somewhere (airport, car repair shop, hospital, etc.)! My Survival Bag must have a hand work sewing project with a small sewing kit, a book, EOS lip balm, and my iPod. I usually keep a Survival Bag in my car at the ready and you would not believe how often it gets used! I made these tote bags as Survival Bags for my sister and her family.


My sister's husband has a brain tumor that was only diagnosed a couple of weeks ago. They rushed from their little town in Nevada over to Denver. They only had a day to close up their house and pack for a 2-3 month stay in Denver while he has surgery and rehabilitation. Needless to say, this is a difficult situation! Instead of sending flowers, I decided to make each of them a Survival Bag. I used the letter patterns from Moda's Spell It With Fabric for each of their initials. I had to improvise with the R block because that pattern will not be out until next week. I combined the top of the B block with the bottom of the K block and I think it came out just fine. The T block improvisation was a piece of cake.


I made these tote bags using kitchen towels as the base fabric. They are durable and inexpensive, plus I have a whole tub of them on hand, so the hardest part was selecting the colors and fabrics from my stash! I made up a pattern for these tote bags years ago, but I think I will make a tutorial for my blog...Would you be interested?


I have stuffed the bags full of goodies for each of them. Card games, drawing books, jump ropes, craft items, and snacks for the kids. EOS lip balm, breath mints, crossword puzzle books, and snacks for the adults plus some more personalized items. Surgery is scheduled for Wednesday and my mom and dad are going over to help with the kids (they are 8 and 9 years old) for at least 10 days. I will send the Survival Bags with them and hope they offer a little comfort!

This is my Triple-Zip Pouch all stuffed with goodies for my partner. The rules stated that all the goodies must fit inside the pouch, but they said nothing about it closing! It was such fun to think of goodies for my partner. It should arrive tomorrow.
This is the pouch unstuffed! I hope no one minds that it was not zipped up. It is tucked in a Ziplock bag, bubble wrapped, and in a box. These swaps are quite fun. Here is a link to another one that I am signing up for http://www.flickr.com/groups/simplesweetscrappyswap/discuss/72157641285441754/

Today for Slow Sunday Stitching, I will work on this perpetual calendar from http://www.crabapplehillstudio.com/ and get binding on a quilt. My mom surprised me by having one of my sampler quilts beautifully quilted by one of her amazing long arm quilter friends! I had just dropped it off at mom's house with the intention of practicing my long arm skills on it myself. I will share some pictures once I get it bound!
 

14 comments:

  1. Tanya, the survival kit bags are a wonderful idea! Using tea towels is ingenious. I would love to see a tutorial.

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  2. What a clever idea the survival bags are! I'm sure your sister and her family will enjoy the goodies you have stuffed in them, not to mention your thoughtfulness. Prayers for all good things...
    Oh, and I would love a tutorial as well!

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  3. What great bags! Would love a tutorial. I too have a bag with knitting, hand work, crochet and snacks that I take with me in the car everywhere. I find I get a lot done in bits of time. Sending some prayers out for your family.

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  4. I love this idea. I just sent my sister who lives in a home a couple of puzzle books, I would love a tutorial so that next time I could send her some in a bag. I am sure she could use a place to store her little treasures. So sorry to hear about your bil, hope his surgery and rehab goes well. I am sure they will enjoy your bags more than you know.

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  5. What a great idea and such a thoughtful gift. I love that you made them with tea towels - they will stand up to washing and ironing so well.

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  6. The survival bag is a great idea and I am interested on a tutorial. Hope everything goes well with the surgery and with his recover. Sending my best wishes. Hugs from Brazil.

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  7. Oh dear, I will pray for your BIL as I've been through the brain tumor stuff with my husband who passed away 1 1/2 yrs. ago. I hope your BIL does great especially knowing he has two young children. The bags are really cute!

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  8. A fantastic necessity and a wonderful gift! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  9. What fun survival bags…would love to see a tutorial! Wishing a speedy recovery for your bil…hope all goes well.

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  10. Your survival bags are such a great idea, and so thoughtful for your sister and her family. It's on my list to make more bags this year. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  11. What a great idea, your bags are lovely. Wishing your broth-in-law well and hope his surgery goes well.

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  12. Your survival totes are a perfect thing to have on hand! Prayers for your BIL! Thanks for sharing.
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  13. What a fantastic idea! I am sure they will be greatly appreciated! My thoughts and prayers for you family at this difficult time!

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  14. super cute! They'll love them!

    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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