How To Make A Plastic Bag Holder | Free Tutorial

As we all know, plastic bags are pretty handy to have around the house and there are a million good purposes that plastic bags serve. However, there comes a time when it seems like they start to take over and you have so many plastic bags that it’s hard to manage them. You don’t want to throw them out so you can use them later, so you end up putting plastic bags, in plastic bags in another bulky bag and so on. So, I decided, enough was enough and I decided make myself a plastic bag holder from tea towel that are already floating around the house.

Step 1: I had an idea oh how I would go about to create this, but I decided it would be safer to just follow this step by step PDF created by Seth Custer, Paul Gralewski and Erica Voss. Or if you like, you can have a look at another step by step at Make it – Love it

Step 2: Gather all your pieces that you need together:
1 kitchen towel
1 yard of ¼-inch ribbon 
2 feet of elastic 
Sewing needles 
Thread that matches the background of your towel 
Sewing machine
Ironing board

Step 3:  Lie the tea towel flat and cut some elastic a bit over half width of the towel (make sure that when stretched, the elastic can reach comfortably across the towel.)

Step 4: Using a pencil, Draw some edges on the wrong side of the towel along the width, this will create a pretty frill where you will be sewing the elastic to. If you don’t want to leave the frill, alternatively, you can stitch the elastic on the edge and fold over the hem, creating a scrunched effect.

Step 5: Using a pencil, draw a point in the middle of the elastic. Pin the elastic to the line you have just drawn placing the centre of the elastic, in the centre of the towel. Pin the loose edges of the elastic on the edge of the tea towel, leaving 2-3 cm off the towel and pin these down. Repeat on both widths of the towel.

Step 6: Do a  baste stitch where you have placed the pins – this will keep it in place when you machine sew it.

Step 7: Using your sewing machine or hand stitch, sew the elastic to where you you have pinned it. Be sure to keep the elastic tight as you sew it, so it scrunches up. 

Step 8: Put the towel inside out (wrong side facing out) and sew the length of the tea towel together. This is very easy with the sewing machine.

Step 9: On the inside of the top end, sew a piece of ribbon in the shape of a loop, to hang the bag

Step 10: Add any decorations you like – I’ve tied a bow and sewed it on  

If you do decide to make one, I’d love to see some pictures and I’ll put them up for you

*(I don’t bite, I swear…. Leave me a comment, I dare you! )*

Petite People Presents Handcraft Market | Coming up 3rd April

An all new, and very exciting handmade baby, toddler and children’s market is about to hit Western Sydney. The Petite People handcraft market will first come alive in April 2011. The markets founder, Crystal Lloyd, have been working for very long and very hard to bring this amazing market to the great folk of Sydney.

The market will be home to the most gorgeous baby, toddler and children’s handmade boutique items. Including handpicked examples of a vast range of gorgeous, unique clothing, accessories, arts, crafts, homewares and toys for your little princes and princesses. It will be a shopper’s paradise for those who are looking for unique but stylishly goodies.

It’s a great chance to get some unique items from some of Australia’s most talented artists, crafters and designers and also have the opportunity to meet the makers at the market.

And for the kiddies there is always plenty of fun to be had by getting their faces painted, grabbing a showbag and meeting some really cool characters. Dora The Explorer will be doing a meet and greet from 11am until 12 noon, so don’t forget to bring your cameras. As QV Skin Care will be sponsoring the event, the first 100 families will get a “Mumma’s and Bubba’s Bag’s” on April 3.

So come along, grab some yummy lunch, homemade sweets, a coffee or cold drink and be inspired by some of our amazing local talent. Show your support to some of our fantastic local artists, crafters and designers.


Please note: There are no ATM’s in the venue however some of our stallholder do have EFTPOS facilities. We encourage you to attend to your banking needs before attending the market just to save you the worry. The closest ATM’s are located in Glenmore Park Town Centre, 200m West of the school.


In the Hall at Glenmore Park High School

Glenmore Parkway, Glenmore Park. Situated at the east side of the oval opposite Glenmore Park Town Centre. See Map.

CAR PARK A- This is the best car park for prams and wheelchairs.
Overflow Carpark – located at the sporting fields and shopping center.
CAR PARK B- There is a small lift for prams and wheelchair.

Market Dates:
Sunday April 3rd 2011
Sunday May 1st 2011
Sunday June 5th 2011

Market Trading Times:
Opens 10am
Closes 2pm

It’s not just a market………It’s an EVENT!!!!!

xox Love,

Festival Girl

Sydney Craft Expo 2011 Rosehill Racecourse | Review

Festival Girl Rates: 8.5/10

The Sydney Craft Expo is over for another year, but what a fun, craft filled event it was. Organised by Expertise Events, they are the same organisers as the Quilt and Craft Fair and conveniently organised a free shuttle bus from Parramatta station every half hour. There was even heaps of parking.  Having signed up to the event’s craft VIP club entitled me to receive $5 off the normal $15 daily adult price and also entitled me to arrive 15 minutes earlier than the ‘public’ (Although, I didn’t take advantage of this as I accidently slept in and arrived at 11am.)
The Expo featured a number of scheduled seminars, make and take workshops and the opportunity to experience the very fun, Clothes Swap (where I was nearly trampled by 20 clothes-crazed women). There were live demonstrations of the Sydney Woodturners Association as well as a demonstration on how to make Art from napkins.

I managed to catch Liz Colledge from Punch with Judy at the discovery desk covering quick tips for making bags using accessories and hardware. Also, I took an hour off my tired legs and watched the Katkins Cloth Doll Seminar and was fascinating to see how Karlene Atkins creates her dolls of Art. 

I was curious to try the Posh Bangles from Posh Pendants make and take session for $30, but I ran out of time. The Textstyle display of the best Year 12 textile major works were on show (unfortuntely, it was strictly no pictures policy, sorry guys) Some of the works are so serene in imagination and skill; I can barely sew a skirt.

And on top of all that, there was even a relaxing performance from a Peruvian pan pipes performer. For those after a sugar fix, yummy waffles and pancakes were available and also lots of rest stations for bored husbands and yawning boyfriends who have been dragged along to a another craft expo. 
Festival Girl Highlights:
The clothes Swap rules – Ladies, no fighting!
Clothes Swap was so much fun! I was trying to photograph as well as rummage. 

The Lovely Lynette showed off her felted gems. Want some felt, contact her here 98749479.
What a sweetheart! Scrapmatts. Check out the cute facebook page here.

Beautiful Babushka’s from Bubushka Heaven
How cute is this owl from Kraft Kingdom. I am in love… 
…and did I mention cute bags too..
Patchwork with Gail B fabrics makes the cutest animal and babushka patterns
I heart fat squares and Patchwork with Gail B
I adored the wooden lighthouse with working revolving light
Kiddy fabric aprons from Studio Mio – Let’s get baking
Wall Kitty pattern from Studio Mio
Yazzi stall was a new stall for the event. I’ve always wanted to see a stall that appeals to the colourful, texture eye candy of Indian inspired textiles. You can contact them here: 03 98999990.
Thank you Pitt Trading – I took so many wonderful images from your stall as you can plainly see, delicious shabby chic stall.
Oh, the bohemian Indian scene with hibiscus flowers contrasts so beautifully with the Victorian charm of lace and doilies.
It feels like I’ve stepped into the past. 
Baby blue board, white coiled distressed easel and dainty crystal brooches
I adore this birdy print – visual wonderland
Ostrich feathers and cups of tea, ostentatiousness decor
Vintage Buttons! 
Roses and vintage plates on walls, ribbons and lace

Festival Girl Lowlights:
There really weren’t too many lows the Craft Expo that I could mention, it feels like in the previous event in the same location, there was an upstairs area that had more stalls and activities to look at. So it looks like it maybe a little bit smaller than previous. 

CraftExpo is happening across Australia on selected dates, check out the site for more details

xox love, 

Festival Girl

Did you visit the craft Expo too? I’d love to hear what you thought about it?