Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Knapsack WINNER!

Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway! The winner is....

#9 Amber!

AMBER said...

What a cute idea. One day I will try my hand @ sewing. Love the ruffles though! I am a follower now :)

Congrats Amber! Please email me with your contact information and I'll get your prize in the mail.

Saturday, May 28, 2011


Ah! I'm so excited about all the great feedback I got from my Ruffled Knapsack Tutorial.  Thanks to everyone who commented, those who became new followers of Not Very Domestic, and especially to those who have featured me on their blogs. Go check them out:

If you haven't already, don't forget to go enter the Knapsack Giveaway which ends Monday evening.

Things around the blog may be pretty quiet for a bit. We're going to spend the next couple months hopping between our parent's houses before we move to PA at the end of the summer. We've spent the week moving out of our apartment, and there is still lots of cleaning to do.  I spent an hour and a half cleaning blinds today and my fingernails are brown, gross.

While packing things up yesterday, Mr. Domestic had the opportunity to see first hand how much "crafty crap" (I think that's a direct quote...) we actually own.  So in order to avoid packing all that crap across the country (and thus creating unwanted friction the in marital relationship), I'm going to try to use the next few weeks to diminish my crafty pile, and make some cool stuff in the process.  You may even see the etsy shop stocked once again :)

Have a great rest of the holiday weekend, and don't forget to enter the giveaway.
Thanks again to all of you!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Ruffled Knapsack Tutorial

** Thanks for coming to check out this tutorial!  I hope you have lots of fun with it :)  However, if you're feeling less-than-crafty, I've done all the hard work for you! You can go check out my Etsy shop and buy one ready made!**

Again I spent the day doing something other than packing like I should be. I think it was worth it…


A drawstring knapsack with the cutest little ruffles.

Want to make your own? Here’s how:

You will need:
(1) 10 in. by 24 in. piece of canvas or other sturdy material
(3)  2 in. by 15-20 in. strips of contrasting fabric
(2) grommets (and a grommet tool)
(2) pieces of 44 in. long cotton or nylon cord (you will need to fit 2 strands of cord through the grommet, make sure they’ll fit)

* These measurements are for a toddler sized knapsack.  haha… don’t try and fit into this one yourself : )

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Fold canvas in half (hamburger style) wrong sides together and crease the fold with your iron like so.

Cut three 2 in. by 15-20 in. strips of contrasting fabric.  Cut one of the long ends with pinking shears to prevent fraying.

Using the longest stich on your sewing machine, and light tension, sew about 1/4 in. from the straight edge on all three strips.

Pin both short ends of first strip 1.5 in. from the center fold, making sure the straight edge is closest to the fold and the fabric is right-side-down. (I learned on my THIRD ruffle that it was easiest to draw a line in pencil and pin the ruffle to line up with it.)

Pull the top thread on each side to gather the fabric. Once the tread is taught, tie the two strings at each end so the treads don’t slip when you move the fabric.

Spread out the ruffle so it is evenly disbursed across the canvas and pin in place.

Sew the ruffle down using a seam allowance a little less than 1/4 in (don’t forget to change the stich length and tension on your sewing machine back to your normal settings).

Remove pins, fold ruffle down toward the fold and pin down.

Topstitch the ruffle down to hold it in the right direction and better secure it. Remove pins and pick out the stitch used to gather the ruffle.

Repeat with the next two ruffles, only attach them 1.25 in. from the first ruffle instead of 1.5 in.

After all three ruffles are attached, your bag will look like this.

Pin the fabric together (folded at crease) with wrong sides together. Make sure to pin ruffles down so they don’t get caught when you sew the sides.  Start seam 2 in. from the top, and using a 1/4 in seam allowance, sew all the way to the bottom fold. Repeat on the other side.

Turn bag inside out, push our corners and sides and pin together. Sew both sides with a 3/8 in. seam allowance.

When turned right-side-out, your bag should resemble this picture.

While bag is inside-out, snip to the seam, 2 in. from the top where you started the side seam.

It should look like this.

Fold the flap in, so the raw edge meets the side seam, and then over once more so  the folded edge is even with the side seam. iron down and repeat with all four corners.

Top stich the edge in place.

Fold the top edges over 1/4 in. and iron down.

Then fold down about 1 in. so the folded top edge covers the snipped edge of the side seam and iron in place.

Pin down corners, and along the top, so the fabric will stay in place. See how the top is folded over the snipped side seam?

Sew all the way around the top, using a 7/8 in. seam allowance, to create a sleeve for your drawstrings.
Almost done!

Pull the bottom ruffle away from the corners and pin the corners in place.

Sew diagonally across the corners to form a triangle on each side.  Sewing complete!

Add a grommet in each corner. Follow the instructions on your grommet tool.

Thread one cord through the front sleeve, and then back through the other sleeve in the other direction. You should have a loop on one side, and two ends on the other side. Repeat with the other cord, starting on the opposite side, so the you have a loop and two ends on each side.

Thread both ends through the grommet on the corresponding side and tie a know in the end. The knot should be bigger than the hole in your grommet.

And that’s it! Easy right?

When you pull the cord on both sides of the bag, the top will cinch and the cords will form the straps.

I have to say, the ruffles were the hardest and most time consuming part, but SO worth it!

And how bright and cute is that? Not that she needs any more color added to her wardrobe today….


Good news is: she loves it!

The better news? I made two.  One for my little lady and one for a lucky winner.  To enter my very first giveaway, go to this post, and follow the directions! Good luck!

 I'm sharing this project at:
The Train to Crazy
The Shabby Chic Cottage
Chic on a Shoestring
Naptime Crafters
Tatertots and Jello
The Shabby Nest
Be Different Act Normal
Thrifty Nifty Things
Running with Glitter
So I Married a Craft Blogger

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ruffled Knapsack GIVEAWAY

I made two of these lovely little bags and you have the chance to win one!

Here’s how:

Follow my blog, and leave a comment in this post telling me you’re a follower.

You have until Monday May 30 at 8:00pm (MST).  I’ll pick a random comment and announce the winner on Tuesday.

Please, only one comment per person.

Good Luck!

Monday, May 16, 2011

44 cent Stickers


I’ve been working diligently today (ok kind of), packing and organizing.  I folded clothes and watched TV while the little girl napped. 

When she got up, we settled on the couch to snuggle for a few minutes.  Which of course made me really sleepy, so I tried to doze off for a few minutes. 

I woke up to a certain little someone sticking “stickers” to my face.

“Mom, sssickers.”

Too bad they were postage stamps.

I have got to learn not to nap while she’s awake.

Friday, May 13, 2011

What a Week

Big things have been happening around here. 

Last weekend, the husband graduated from college. 

On Monday, he received an acceptance letter from a really great grad school, and we spent the whole week debating which end of the country we are going to pick up and ship off to (ugh, total tangent, but I really hate ending sentences with prepositions. I could not, for the life of me, figure out how to make that one work….). 

On Tuesday, we made a decision, and then changed our minds. 

Wednesday we took a trip to the doctor and found out we’re having ANOTHER GIRL! I’m excited to make her all sorts of pretty things, though I really thought this one was a boy. I’ve been calling the poor thing ”he” all this time.  And it will take an entirely separate post to explain how TERRIFIED I am to raise two girls. In a row. 

Yesterday we made the final decision to relocate to Pennsylvania, sometime this summer. Again, it will take another post to detail all the reasons I could be nervous about this move. 

Today was spent trying to find housing 1800 miles away. Thank heavens for the internet, though we aren’t yet making much progress.

And so the next few weeks will mostly be spent packing, cleaning, and hanging outside with the neighbors while we still have a little time.  Don’t be surprised if things around the blog are pretty quiet.