Monday, September 17, 2007

Bags of Fun



Preparing on Sunday for this new week, I realized that nightly transfers of the paraphernalia needed for my exercise classes into my gym bag creates a situation where something will inevitably be forgotten. So I made four simple draw-string bags to hold my stuff.

Each bag is 16” wide by 18” in height. I used a wonderful red/cream-striped cotton fabric that reminds me of French ticking. One-inch-wide woven cotton webbing serves for the drawstrings and a patch made from printable fabric represents each class.



In order from left to right in the picture: yoga, ballet, belly dancing, and Tai Chi.

Now I can prepare my exercise essentials for the week and grab the appropriate bag on my way out the door. This morning I’m going to make the yoga mat tote from Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing: Patterns and How-To for 24 Fresh and Easy Projects out of the leftover fabric.

Upcoming is a project that has been living in my heart and needs to be fully realized—I’ll tell you about that tomorrow as I hope you'll help.

23 comments:

Robyn said...

OMgosh those are darling! Clever thing! And the patches toboot! Yep! I am sure glad I added you to my favorites! Love your blog!

Debi said...

How cute are those? My questions is....do you do all of those different workouts? If so, you must never get bored with working out....you are so inspiring!

Rosie said...

Great idea, Junie Moon! They would good for grocery shopping, too, I get looks sometimes but I hate plastic bags!

Rosie
www.rosieswhimsy.wordpress.com

Miss Sassy said...

I love these bags - especially that they look like ticking. I don't know what the webbing is, though.

Great job and has definitely given me an idea for myself and family who all just joined the gym!

a pink-bee said...

Thank-you! Thank-you! Junie, I have to get this book. :) Can't wait to see tomorrow's project :) Those bags are soooo neat! How do you make your labels ??
crystalx

Storybook Woods said...

You are such a smart girl, love it !!!! Clarice

Kristie said...

I love these bags, and the special patches. I do so love having the exact perfect thing for the task. Nobody does it better than you, my friend. :)

SOINSPIRED said...

Very, very cute and clever. Can't wait to see all our little house items.

Carol said...

Fantastic! Leave it to you. I have missed your blog for too many days, I had to pop in during my lunch to catch up..... all good stuff :)

TinkerBlue said...

Great idea. With all thoae classes how do you find the time to sew?

Mrs. Staggs said...

LOL! I REALLY feel disorganized now!
Your bags are such a wonderful idea June, and oh my at how great they've turned out! I love the idea of fabric bags for all sorts of things. I wish I'd had this idea when my son was young. It would have helped to keep his many activities better organized.

iSew said...

Wait a minute! I've got that same striped fabric. Cool bags. I love the patches you made. What a great idea.

Lisa said...

Really fun, practical and cute too!

meg said...

You're really speaking to me with this method of organization, June! The patches you chose are so cute and absolutely perfect.

Hmmm - I'm intrigued to hear tomorrow's news/thoughts/what have you. Intrigued indeed....

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Great idea June, now we just need to see those photos remember.....
Nice to see you get so many comments, I think you were overdue to start this blog....

Sunny Kristi said...

Great idea! I wish I had time for all those classes! I just keep everything for the dance class I teach and the ballet class I take all in one bag. I made a cute drawstring bag for my daughter for her dance shoes. I was hoping we'd get some comments so I could promote my Etsy shop, but none yet. Glad to find your blog through Mrs. Kwitty!

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Another fantastic idea JunieMoon! They are simple and lovely--and such a cute idea to put the patch on the corner to differentiate between them! You are my Yoda! :-)
Smiles! Karen

Gumbo Lily said...

You are so clever Junie! How do you ever do it all? Sew and belly dance too???

Jody

Piecake said...

The bags are great, but I'm more impressed that you do 4 exercise/dance classes a week.
I do believe the fountain of youth is exercise!

Gina said...

Wow June, the workouts! I bet you feel energized all the time. The idea of each bag ready to go is great and the are cute too!

jojo* said...

This is such a great idea for keeping things organized. I badly need to make some for my boys' safety gear. I have elbow and knee pads strewn all over the house. blah!

African Kelli said...

Wowie that is such a great idea! And a pretty reason to get up and go!

Lilli said...

Very cool...love these bags :)