Thursday, March 29, 2012

GIVEAWAY!! 10 Minute Apron Tutorial {Reusable Shopping Bag - Part 1}

I think blogger is up and working now. If you left me a comment before, I have saved it, and will include it in the drawing for the apron I am giving away from today's Studio 5 show. If you haven't entered the drawing for the FREE APRON yet, please do so, by following the directions at the end of this post.

Here is the clip from today's show. It was SO FUN! Like I always say... I LOVE the producers, the hosts, the camera guys {even when I tell them I need good (non-fat) angles, and they probably think I am nuts!}, as well as the other contributors I get to meet. I am so lucky to get to do this!!! I feel like I learn so much every time I go on. I love you all - thanks!

By the way... I will be posting six more tutorials for the other items I shared on Studio 5 today, so please come back to see them!

Do you have an apron hanging in your kitchen that you never put on, because you are afraid to get it dirty, and don't know how it will look after you put it through the wash?

I have a solution for you (that you will never have to iron), and it only costs $1!

This is easy and inexpensive gift to give a friend or teacher. This apron can do double duty in the kitchen and the yard. You could even make these with your daughter and her friends.

All you need is a reusable shopping bag, and about 10 minutes!

Step 1:

Cut the sides out of a reusable shopping bag, leaving the raw edges on the main body of the bag.

Step 2:

Find a mirror, and hang one side of the shopping bag around your neck.
This will be the top of your apron.

Step 3:

Fold the bag up until you reach the desired length for your apron. Your bag will naturally fold along the bag's bottom (the dark blue pictured above.)

I like to leave the folds unfinished, because this will act as extra storage pockets. If it bugs you, all you need to do is sew it closed, and cut the excess from the back of the apron.

Step 4:

Cut the strap off the bottom of your apron.

Step 5:

Pin the strap where you want it on each side.

Then, cut the strap in half. This will be your side ties. I know it looks small. Depending on who you are making this for, you have a couple options:

1) If it is for a child, or smaller woman, you can leave it, to be tied in a small knot in back.
2) You can add Velcro to each side strap.
3) You can replace the straps with your favorite ribbon.

I just used the small straps.

Step 6:

Fold the apron in half long way, and cut off the sides.

It will look like this when it is open.

Step 7: Pockets!

Take the side pieces you cut off in the beginning, and lay them with the top up on top of the apron. Decide where you want them, and how long you want them to be.

Cut off the bottom, and pin to the apron.

Step 8:

Sew each side together. Sew around the sides and bottom of each pocket.

Step 9:

Sew the straps in the same manner they were sew to the bag originally.

Try on your apron, and decide if you want Velcro on the side straps, or what you want to do.

Have fun looking sassy in your new apron that you are not afraid to get dirty!

Was that the easiest 10 minutes you ever spent on a project? When I showed this to my friend, she said she wanted one for when she makes dinner, because it would be so nice to be able to just wipe it off when you are finished!

I agree. This apron looks like it was purchased at a boutique! It can be our little secret.


Now for the fun part! I will be sending the apron we make on the show today to one lucky person. All you need to do to enter, is:

Become a follower of my blog.
Like me on faecbook.
Leave me a comment (with contact info).

The giveaway will close Friday night at 6pm - in two days. The winner will be posted Sat morning, and the apron mailed out Monday morning. If you do not provide contact info (IE, e-mail address) in your comment, and are chosen winner, I will not be able to contact you. So please leave a comment with your info! Good luck, and thanks in advance for your support!

You might also want to look at:

10 minute Apron - Reusable Bag
First Aid Kit - Reusable Bag
Reusable Lunch Set - Reusable Bag
Party Set - Reusable Bag
$.25 Wallet - Reusable Bag
DIY Jewelry Organizer - Reusable Bag
Pillow Sham - Reusable Bag

Have a Happy and Creative Day!

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Jenn said... - I am already a facebook fan and follower of this blog so here is my contest entry {crossing my fingers}

Melanie said...

I follow the blog, and I follow you on Facebook. I love everything you do! :)


Kaye said...

What great ideas for bags! I am so mad- I threw away a favorite that tore the other day. . . It could have been transformed instead of being trash!!!

I am a new follower here and on Facebook.


shelley said...

Thinking outside of the creative box, again!
Looking forward to your other tutorials.
Sign me up to win :)

grmagena said...

Saw you today on Studio 5! LOVED THE IDEA! I am now a follower. Keep up the great work!

Melissa said...

I'm a Facebook fan and I follow your blog. The apron is so cute!

Sarah Smiles said...

Wow! So easy! Great ideas!

Sarah Smiles said...

Wow! So easy! Great ideas!

djjdjdjdjd said...

I have this exact same bag! What a great giveaway! I have been a follower for quite some time:o)

Emilee Wilson said...

I love this idea and want to do this activity in our Relief Society! So darling! Thank you!


Kami @ Sweet Charli... said...

SERIOUSLY!!! This is one of those projects where I am currently thinking, "WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT???" Next time I see a cute bag I am buying it and making one of these projects! Good job Risa!

irbuanosraL said...

SOOO cute. Love it, and would love to enter to win! I am already a facebook fan, and blog follower. I saw your Bollywood posts, and recognized the zumba teacher! I go to that class in Kaysville, I will have to find you and say hi. ☺

Jenny said...

Adorable!! you are so creative! i love it.
I follow you. I liked you on FB

buttercupbegood said... I liked you on facebook. Your blog is so cute. Lots of cute fun ideas!

Jenny said...

sorry for got email
I follow, liked on FB!! Your apron is adorable

davin said...

What a unique idea. I hope I win. I don't have a TJ Maxx or Home Goods by me.

Merri Hackett said...

I follow your blog & fb now. merri.hackett at gmail dot com

Sandi said...

What a great idea!

Amy said...

New follower! New Facebook Fan! New friend who wants an awesome new apron!!! lol! :D Thanks for the tutorial! Even if I don't win, I'm making these for my girls for art class. :D Thanks again! amy

Jen Meecham said...

I love it! I don't even own an apron, but I really want one!

Jen Meecham said...

I love it! I don't even own an apron, but I would love to have this one!

David and Jana said...

That is brilliant. I loved all your ideas today on Studio 5. You are so creative. Thank you for sharing.

kirstencarrie said...

Thank you for all the fun ideas for a reusable bag. I am going to try the apron.

Elizabeth Larson said...

I love you Risa and I love this apron!!

Nat and Holly said...

I saw your Studio 5 segment... how funny :) I just posted a tutorial on making these shopping bag aprons last week! I did one for me and a mini one for my daughter out of one bag. I'd love for you to check it out:
The wallet idea is really fun!

Janet Eyring said...

Sadly, I missed the drawing, but AWESOME!! I have some high school memories with your husband Wayne - you'll have to ask him. Your family is lovely - I used to be the Living On Less Contributor for Studio 5 (I love all those involved with the show too!)

mvc57 said...

Marilyn Clint love the many cute things that you have done and will surely follow you on your blog and Facebook.

Granilyn said...

This was perfect timing for me , My Grandson is learning about RE & Free-cycling. Been with Brook and Darwin since they started the show. I already follow you but, I did recomend your Blog to some of my Fellow Teachers. They are all psyced about you.!?!?!?!

Anonymous said...

I ALWAYS say that the First Rule re recycling is RE-Purposing! TY 4 this innovative idea! :)

Linda said...

I love this idea and would love to win it.

jessica said...

Lovely designs Its nice to Place my Cosmetics in this printed bags as its design is awesome!

Cristy said...

B-rilliant! I love the idea! I am so going to make it.

Bev Tank said...

I started following your site and liked you on facebook. I love all of these ideas made with shopping bags! My email address is

Unknown said...

HA, BRILLIANT! I'm gonna run around today picking up "reusable" shopping totes to make cutesy stuff! Thanks for sharing!

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