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My adventures in remodeling

Tote from cat food bag

Hi there. I know the title is crazy right? A tote bag from a CAT FOOD BAG? OMG nothing says CRAZY CAT LADY like wearing a cat food bag on your shoulder! But hey some of these bags are really great quality. Who wants to pay a quarter for a bag at Aldi’s when you can have your own bright and colorful tote?

Isn't this cool? I didn't come up with the idea, but I figured out how to make one.
Isn’t this cool? I didn’t come up with the idea, but I figured out how to make one.

 

So here’s how I did it.

  • Wash the bag out. Make sure that all the cat food and the smell is gone. You don’t want to play Pied Piper to a line of cats, or maybe you do. But it’s easier to work with if it’s clean and your cats won’t be trying to eat the bag as you make it!
  • Once it’s dry, find the seam or the tape on the bottom and cut it open. Kit and Kaboodle have a piece of tape that holds the folded bag together. I sliced the tape and didn’t cut the bag.
  • Find the side seam and cut down it.  Now the bag should be one big open square.
  • I cut the bag almost in half. I measured 12 inches down from the top for the handles. That gave me roughly 13 inches for the bottom.
  • For the handles, I cut the 12 inch piece in half lengthwise giving me two very long 6 inch wide pieces.
  • Take each one of these and fold it in thirds right side out.  So now you should have a very long 2 inch wide piece. Run a straight seam down each side.  Your handles are now done.
  • For the bag. fold down 1 inch on the top and sew it down. It’s easier to do the top hem before you do the side.
  • Right sides together, sew your side seam .
  • Then sew your bottom seam.
  • Turn the bag right side out.
  • Determine where you want your handles and if you want them shorter. I like long handles for over my shoulder, so I left them the original length.
  • For this bag, I came in 2 1/2 inches from the side seam on each side and placed an end of one handle. One handle on each side. As you can see in the picture, I made a nice little square going around all four sides.
  • To make the “box” bottom on the tote, I could explain it, but this short video does a much better job. She uses a tool but you can do the same thing with a ruler. I don’t own this tool. It’s cool, it’s handy, but like I said, you can do the same thing with a ruler.

    How to make a box bottom for your tote

That’s all there is to it! Enjoy!

Hyrule Castle is gone!

The rest of the castle was dismantled today. So sad to see it gone. The walls have been patched and just waiting on them to dry so I can sand them down. Then I will finish painting them grey.

 

 

Patched and drying.
Patched and drying.

 

Of course, before I can do the floor, I have to get all the crap out of there. And ALL her crap is still in there.

 

All her crap.
All her crap. 

Some of the wood to make her beds is in there as well. I’m using the wood from the castle since it will be painted. I can’t even start building her beds until it stops raining here. And it’s been raining for a week! But I’m making a bed similar to an IKEA bed.

This is what her floor will look like, only more black.  Photo borrowed from The Beginning of Wisdom.  https://thebeginningofwisdom.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/my-paper-bag-floors/
This is what her floor will look like, only more black.
Photo borrowed from The Beginning of Wisdom.
https://thebeginningofwisdom.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/my-paper-bag-floors/
IKEA bed. I'll be building her two beds similar to this.
IKEA bed. I’ll be building her two beds similar to this.

 

And that’s where we stand today. Hopefully next week I’ll get more work done.

 

 

Destroying Hyrule Castle

Today  I started destroying Hyrule. Princess Zelda has grown up. Link has requested that the castle walls be reconstructed around his tree house in  Kokiri Forest. I will honor this request.

I know, you are asking yourself what on earth I’m talking about right? The kids have themed bedrooms that I designed for them. Anna’s was Hyrule and the castle (which was actually bunk beds) and Zach’s room was Kokiri Forest.

 

Link's rooms
Link’s rooms

 

Princess Zelda
Princess Zelda

 

 

Her kingdom, Hyrule
Her kingdom, Hyrule

 

She’s growing up now and needs a teenager’s room. So we are going with an Anime theme. Kinda

But the destruction has started.

Goodbye Hyrule
Goodbye Hyrule
Hello mature, grey, and who knows what else.
Hello mature, grey, and who knows what else.

 

It’s sad for me her personal designer to see one of my favorite designs go away, but I think we will both love the new improved grown up room.