Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Because, you just can't be too organized...

One very obvious flaw I that I have, (and trust me, there are many, where this came from) is that I just can't buy something that I could actually make for myself for a lot less money. I try, really I do, but then my DIY personality takes over, and it's a fight I can't win. So I give up and head to the craft store.

Today's project is a very obvious knock off. If you've ever drooled over the boat and tote bags in an L.L. Bean catalogue, and thought to yourself, "Oh gosh... I could get one bag for picnics, one bag for field trips, one bag for books, one bag for groceries, one bag for travel, one bag for chocolate..." It goes on and on. I could have a bag for everything under the sun, so long as it was clearly labeled. Labelling is my love language. But back to my point. I just can't afford four or five of these bags, though I dearly love them... so I made some. Y'all still with me here?
I purchased the tote bags for a couple of dollars each at the craft store, along with a tube of fabric paint, and a stencil brush...
I traced a printed image of my word onto some freezer paper, (waxy side down) and then carefully cut the letters out with an X-acto-knife. Then I simply ironed the paper onto my bag...
Stenciled the paint over the printed cut-outs...
Carefully peeled off the paper...
And my knock-off bag is done for under $5.00 a bag!

And now let's all take a moment for an ooh n' ahh. You know, when you stand back and say in unison, "Ooooh. Ahhhh."

Organizational bliss.

And no, I didn't make a bag for chocolate. It wouldn't stay in the bag long, so what would be the point, you know?



41 comments:

  1. Ohhh, Ahhhh... LOVE them, you organized mama, you! ;)

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  2. Ooohhh, aaahhh...you can never have too much organization. Great job on the bags. I need to dig into my DIY spirit.

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  3. Oh I love this! I do drool over those bags and think that they would make me oh so organized. I may have to try this route instead! Thanks for the awesome tutorial.

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  4. I love it...organization + style + a bargain price!!! Good for you for making your own!

    :) T

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  5. You are a brilliant girl. Seriously, I think we may need another Martha Stewart...this one who is all about thrift and organization:)

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  6. Cool. You are so very creative, and the fact that it has to do with organization I love it even more!

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  7. Now THAT is cute, girl!!!!!! You can iron wax paper onto stuff and it'll stay? Crazy, I didn't know that! I'm so glad your DIY personality took over ~ we like her! Have a great day ~ ♥

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  8. You are so crafty, and it a totally good way! Great idea! My Mom is wanting a tote that says Grammie, so I may just have to make her one...
    And can I say that I got a kick out of labeling being your love language? Crack. me. up.

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  9. I love what I learn from you and your creative, organizing ideas. This is a perfect idea, since I have a real thing for organizing. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. OOOHHH! Great job, LMM. Endless possibilities with this idea.

    Have a great day!

    Need to get in on my giveaway.


    Diana

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  11. Girl, seriously, you amaze me!! Those are awesome!! I love the L.L. Bean bags and my mom bought me one that we take everywhere!! You did a great job with the stenciling. And labeling is your love language-hysterical! You'll be selling these on etsy when?

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  12. again, in awe. you're my hero!!! :)

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  13. Hmmm.... I think you did make a bag for chocolate but you're just embarrassed to show us how big it is! ha! Embrace the chocolate! Love this idea! Clever, clever and soooo much cuter then that big national distributor that knocked you off! Hmmm.... I'm hoping you understand this convoluted brain wandering. It's early. OK. Slinking off now in embarrassment.

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  14. PS Yes I know I don't have to actually type everything that comes into my brain. Sigh.

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  15. I love your blog!!! In my opionion it's the best one out here in the big ole bloggy world:) Keep up the good work and interesting posts:)

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  16. My STARS, you are with it! Those look great!

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  17. Those are perfect!! See I would never think of that, I never like anything I do crafty, someone else always does it better! GREAT job Sasha!

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  18. You should start an etsy shop and sell these bags... and all your other fantastic knock offs.

    You lost me at exacto knife.... I lack any kind of patience :)

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  19. You are AWESOME! I LOVE these bags but can't afford them either - or at least not many of them - so this is a GREAT idea and makes me SO HAPPY! Thanks for sharing and great job! Hugs, Trac~ :o)

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  20. You are a genius and those bags are super cute. Great job and love that you are frugal too.

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  21. Wow!! So cool -- thanks for the lesson!

    Janet

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  22. What a cute idea...a bag for everything! It looks like a fun little project with so many uses..thanks for sharing. Come say hi :D

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  23. Ohhh, Ahhh....Hope that was in unison with everyone else. What a clever idea. I have done a lot of crafts, even stenciling and never heard of using wax paper. Once I get my craft room organized that will be my first project.

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  24. Oh I love it!! I love knock-off projects like this that costs very little cost. Sorry I've been a bit of a blogging recluse lately, way too much going on in casa de moi. Glad to see your having a craftin' good time! **HUGS8**

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  25. Cute! I'm the type who makes things to keep myself organized and then never uses them...need to work on that!

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  26. labeling is your love language... lol! Me too... love it! :)

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  27. Great idea! You can just grab and run out the door. And they look fashionable too.

    Lol on the chocolate comment!

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  28. You are so dang cleaver! Great idea and they turned out wonderfully.

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  29. Dang those are too cute and I have so drooled over them in LL Bean.

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  30. I love it! Fabulous, genius!!! I really need to get some freezer paper and try it out. I have a project I've been wanting to do and this makes it look so easy!

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  31. I.Want.Those.

    You did an awesome job!!! I love those!

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  32. I've seen you all over the place--Dandy's blog, Jana's blog. I don't know why I've never stopped by to say hi before today. And now that I'm here, I'm so in love! Your writing is so clever and I find myself smiling the whole time! When you said that labeling was your love language, I knew we were kindred spirits. I have a label maker and it's the highlight of my life to label every cabinet shelf and craft drawer!
    Your bags are utterly fantastic.
    Elle

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  33. Oh you tricky girl!!! i am the same way!! I just tiled the backsplash in the kitchen and I cannot believe how insanely affordable it was!!!! my family calls it "pulling a jana" when they do a diy project, I have to admit though your projects are always WAY more fun! still cant wait to make boo candles and frost glass jars...

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  34. I love this, I have fabric paints I haven't used in 10 years and bags galore in the basement...I have to do this. Even my kids could do it for me...the story of my life now.

    btw how'd the chicken turn out?

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  35. Wow! I love the bags - you are obviously a superior exacto knifer user person. I am duly impressed indeed!

    Karin

    P.S. with 7 degrees of separation here, I clicked on your blog via Get Real Girl (Amy), just FYI!

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  36. what craft store did you find the tote bags at? i NEED to do this project.
    i also NEED to make the days of the week magnets.
    such great ideas!

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  37. Well done and very recessionista chic I might add. I get hives at craft stores but I'll remember this next time I need another tote bag ... I can't label though. But the monogram place can do it for $5!

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