Growing Up

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At first I thought it was just me, but whoever I speak with, everybody seems to agree that time is indeed flying by.  It’s crazy.  And scary.

This year I will be forty years old (age entirely unwelcome).  My son will start the “teen” years and my daughter will be 11.

Where did the time go?

 

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It seems not long ago we were attending “end of the year school programs” and putting backpacks away.

Now I am buying supplies because in one week school starts again and I’m sure that after that, which will probably feel like a split second, we will be getting ready for x-mas break.

This summer literally flew by!

 

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What really makes me sad is how fast my kids are growing up.

My son’s hands are way bigger than mine and his voice is getting as thick as my husband’s. My daughter is blooming and becoming a big girl, and amazing me everyday with observations that leaves me surprised and puzzled.

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I remember their “toddler stage” and how exhausting it felt, but I would trade anything in the world for them to be little again.

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I know, it sounds cliche but I so want to be able to stop time.

They’re growing just in front of my eyes and I realize how fast they’re on their way to adulthood.

Everyday I try to remind my self how much I need to hold on to these days and enjoy and treasure every moment, because truly time it is flying by.

 

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Market Bags

 

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At the beginning of the year when I organized my studio and got rid of unused stuff, I also went through all my fabrics.

I had quite a large quantity of rolls (especially for upholstery) that took a good amount of space and most of it, I knew, I’ll never use.

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The few rolls I kept have been put to good use.

For a while I had been wanting to sew grocery shopping bags in order to replace the reusable ones you get at the supermarket (not very durable or washable).

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Based on those reusable ones I made several shopping bags out of cotton-canvas like, and in case you want to give it a try, here are the very simple steps.

 

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Clip the bottom corners of front and back panels.  Take the front panel and pin it to the long side panel wrong sides together all the way around, curving it as you make the turns.

 

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Pin the other panel (back) to the  side panel and repeat as before.

Stitch bias tape around the entire bag using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Keep the tape close to the seams. Do the same on the other side.

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Fold over a small hem (1/2″) and iron down. Then fold a second larger hem (1 1/2″) and iron down. Stitch all the way around the top of bag.

Fold a small hem on each handle and iron down. Fold in half and sew along the long sides of each handle using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Press each handle.

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Place handles on the top part of the bag on the outside.  Align the top edge of each side of the handle with the top edge of the bag. 2″ from the side seams and 5″ in between the inner edges of each handle. 

Repeat with the other handle on the other side of the bag.

 

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They are so easy and quick to make.

Plus knowing that over 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide each year and being aware of the damage and waste the use of plastic creates in our environment, is another good reason to make your own.

 

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