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Quick Drawstring Bag Tutorial or How to Reuse Your SubEarthan Cottage Soap Wrapping

I wrap my soaps in fabric because it looks nice, it allows the soap to breathe (read here for why), and because it feels better than plastic. I often wonder what happens to the wrapping. I’m sure there are some that toss it. I know of one person who collects the fabric for quilts. For those of you who, like me, don’t want to throw away something that could be useful but don’t know what to do with it, I have a tutorial for a drawstring pouch, just for you.

This is done with the wrapping from one of my soaps, but you could make it in any size you like.

Cloth wrapper from soap (roughly 8×11 inches)
Jute string from soap (about 29 inches)

Needle or Sewing machine
Safety pin or Bodkin

First, iron your fabric flat. Then, fold down a long edge about 3/4 of an inch to one inch and press. This is for the casing. It doesn’t have to be super precise.

Sew a straight seam along the bottom of the flap to form the casing. All the sewing can be done by hand or machine. I have no time or patience, so I choose machine. Fold your material in half with right sides together like a book.

The fold is at the bottom of this photo.

Next, starting just below the casing seam, sew down the side and across the bottom. I use anywhere from a 1/4 to 1/2 inch seam allowance for this. Again, it doesn’t have to be precise.

 With scissors, clip the bottom corners, being careful not to cut your stitching. You could probably skip this step, but it helps the corners look square and crisp. Turn your bag right side out.

Now it’s time to thread the string. Tie one end of the string to a safety pin, large paper clip, or attach a small bodkin. This makes it easier to work it through the casing. Thread it through the casing, safety pin first. 

Once you get the string to the other side, remove your safety pin or other tool and adjust the string so that the ends are even.

 Knot the ends together once or twice to keep it from coming out.

Ta-da! It’s done! Perfect for organizing your purse, storing jewelry or other small items, or as a small gift bag.

Or holding your favorite bar of soap.

Tutorials are always a little complicated to write because it’s easy to overlook small steps in things you do frequently. If something is unclear, please ask. 🙂

If you have any other creative uses for a SubEarthan Cottage soap wrapper, I would love to hear it!

New this week at SubEarthan Cottage

In case you missed them, here are my latest shop creations:

Holly Berries Handmade Treat or Gift Drawstring Bags

Teacups and Pots Print Green Lacy Handmade Half Apron

Wish lists

Chris keeps asking me if I’ve dropped any hints for Christmas. I have. Apparently I’m a little too subtle. Now he wants a list. I hate making lists, and I hate telling people what I want. One, it just feels weird, and two, I don’t really care. Not that I wouldn’t be a little hurt by not getting anything unless we had said no gifts, but I really would be happy with anything as long as it seems like there was even a tiny bit of thought involved.

What I really hate is trying to think of appropriately priced things. I don’t want to seem greedy by asking for something too pricey, but Chris is great at bargain hunting, so I don’t want to not mention something that I need/want/would love to have just because I think it’s probably too expensive.

So, this year I decided to make a list that takes absolutely nothing into consideration. If it popped into my head as something I need or would enjoy, I put it on the list.

Bunch of random stuff I would like to maybe have whenever: 

Thread rack.
Bias tape maker
Embroidery machine
Can opener that doesn’t suck
Robot vacuum that does suck
My very own tool kit with drill that nobody else touches
Uninterrupted shower
Jogging stroller
Moka  pot (cause they’re sexy)
Clothes that fit
Something pretty
More shelves/storage for craft room
Uninterrupted bathroom time.
Intercom for the shop. Or you carrying and answering a cell phone when you’re outside. Or giant dinner bell that I can annoy everyone with to get your attention. Whatever.
Extra hours in the day.
Extra hours in the day during which the kiddos play with daddy.
Step stool for the kitchen
Clothes drying rack.

SubEarthan Cottage Coupon!

Just a quick note to let you know I’m offering a 20% discount off your entire purchase in my Etsy shop with the coupon code “WINTER12”.

Below is a small sample of what you’ll find at SubEarthan Cottage. Etsy.Mini(5210670,’gallery’,3,4,0,’’);

Beckett’s Twoddler gift guide

With the crazy, gift giving holidays right around the corner, here’s my list of sure to be a hit items for your twoddler. (Twoddler – the 5 second window between mobile baby and fully walking toddler.) All items have been tested and approved for fun by Beckett. Bonus! You probably already have most of these items at home. Even better, twoddlers don’t care that something isn’t new. They actually seem to prefer the oldest, grossest thing they can find.

  • Printer
  • Dangling wires
  • Big cardboard box
  • Kleenex
  • Little cardboard box
  • Cat
  • Toilet paper roll (full or empty)
  • Trash can (full preferred)
  • Paper (tissue, wrapping, printer, newspaper, important documents, etc.)
  • Hair
  • Floor Cheerios
  • Medium cardboard box
  • Sunglasses
  • Phone
  • Clothes hanger
  • Lotion bottle
  • Spoon
  • Fork
  • Knife
  • Video cassettes (Title/VCR not important. They aren’t going to watch them anyway.)
  • Coffee cup (full or empty)
  • Anything that dangles
  • Rocks
  • Plastic boxes

Disclaimer: Beckett only tested items for twoddler funness, and possibly the amount of crazy things they make me say as I try to remove them from his twoddler death-grip. He wasn’t really concerned with safety testing. If safety is a concern for you, you should probably consult a different gift guide.

Giveaway- Blue and Silver Feather Hook Earrings

I make things. Lots of things. I try to focus my crafts for SubEarthan Cottage, but sometimes I just have to try something a little out there. Or sometimes I make something for the shop and my inner perfectionist isn’t happy with the results, so it doesn’t get listed. Or sometimes I make something cute and list it, but the right person doesn’t find it.

Sometimes I keep these things for myself. There’s only so much a girl needs, though. Sometimes I give them as gifts. If I can’t find a home for them, though, they take up space while I decide what to do with them. Much needed space, I might add.

So, I’ve decided to do a series of giveaways to send my misfits off to new, more suited homes. All items will be described as thoroughly as possible, with pictures. If you have any questions, please ask in the comments or, if you prefer, by email.

This giveaway is open to US residents only. Sadly, international shipping is cost prohibitive.

Our first item is a pair of Blue and Silver tone Feather Hook Earrings.

Cheesy cup and book props not included.

From the Etsy description: Blue and tan seed beads trail down from silver toned (NOT real silver) ear hooks ending in silver toned (also NOT real silver) feather charms. These earrings would look great with a flowing maxi dress. They hang about 3 inches (7.5cm) long, including the ear hook.
Totally not a cheesy description at all.

You can kind of see the lever-back on the ear hooks in this picture. The color appears to be the truest in this picture on my monitor.

To enter, click on the Rafflecopter link below and follow the instructions.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

In the interest of full disclosure, I made these earrings (duh) and might be a little biased. I do my best to describe as accurately as possible. Once again, this giveaway is open to US residents only. Sadly, international shipping is cost prohibitive. 😦 //

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