Monday, May 30, 2011

For Joplin

My heart hurts for all of the people in Joplin.  It hurts for those who have lost everything they have.  For those who have lost almost everything they have. For those who lost their lives.  For those who are mourning the loss of those lives. And for so, so much more.  

I am not from Joplin but I know people who are, I know people who live close to Joplin.  And I know people who have family & friends in Joplin.  From the moment I heard about the tornado and all that ensued my soul searched for ways I could help. 

I have received word from many in Joplin about reputable places that are accepting donations to help in aiding the city and its' citizens. 

Here's how you and I can help. We can donate our money, our time, ourselves.  Whatever you can do to help.  And to give a little more encouragement, several AMAZING & WONDERFUL designers that I know  have donated some spectacular prizes!  

So here's the deal, To win one of these GREAT Prizes
 (Pictures below) just do one of the following:

1.   If you donate or have donated to help with the recovery and aid of Joplin, Missouri, than leave a comment saying so.

If needed, here are two great places accepting donations to aid Joplin:

 2.   Leave a comment if you have already or will be volunteering with the recovery.

3.  If you can't seem to donate money, Convoy of Hope, also accepts product donations.

Every little bit helps.  Send $5 or send $20!  However much you can, because together we really can make a difference! (totally crying right now)

Here are the Prizes! 

A $50 gift certificate from the amazing Angela know Tula Pink's Quilter!

The latest and absolutely fabulous 4 patterns from Bari of BariJ designs!

A super great and fun re-usable lunch tote Brookiellen Designs

AND a beautiful shoulder bag from Brookiellen Designs as well!

A surprise pack of 3 patterns and some super fun notions 
from Trish from Two Peas in a Pod              

This gorgeous pin cushion by Heather at Olive & Ollie Designs.

Measures approx. 5" this is the
front other picture is the back.
Fabrics by Pat Bravo, Tina Givens, 
Heather Bailey, and Lilly Pulitzer
A Sherbert Pips Jelly Roll from Melanie at Above All Fabrics

And I have one of Patty Young's great Stella handbag patterns

 and one made up Stella handbag in the Pure line by Sweetwater.

So there you have it 9 Amazing prizes just waiting to be won! And all you have to do is give a bit that together will help so many! 

Winners will be drawn at random on Saturday, June 25th.

I, nor any of those donating to this giveaway are being compensated in any way, shape or form.  This is merely to help encourage people to donate to this cause.  Also, I am very sorry but this giveaway is open only to US residents.  

DISCLAIMER: No purchase or donation is necessary. To enter without donating, please email your full name, phone number and address to me at aubrey (at) maubys (dot) net. Open to residents of the United States only.  You will not be entered in the giveaway if you live outside of the US. But go ahead and donate anyway! Contest is governed by the laws of the USA.  All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply; void where prohibited.

By entering this giveaway, you give me, Aubrey Schwartz,  permission to select your name, should you be the winner, and share it on this website.  No private information will be shared. 

No one involved with this giveaway will be recieving money or financial gain of any kind. 

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Re-Usable Grocery Meat Bags

You know, whenever I get poultry/meat at the grocery store they always want to wrap it in plastic before they put it in my re-usable bags.  So, I always end up with plastic bags despite my best efforts. 

And thus, came along the Meat Bags (Futurama references aside)!  

I used PUL (polyurethane laminate) for the lining of the bags so that I can easily wipe the bags clean and/or throw them in the washer and dryer as needed.

Now, these are not intended to store your meat in.  Just meant for you to keep your meat in from the store to home. Then you can freeze or store your meat as usual. 

These are pretty much over sized lined zipper pouches with a small twist.  I added tabs at the ends of the zippers to give a nice square-like edge to the corners of my bags. 

  • 2,  15" x 18" pieces of cotton fabric
  • 2, 15" x 17" pieces of PUL (Polyurethane Laminate)
  • 2,  2" x 1-1/2" pieces of cotton fabric
  • 1, 11" zipper

1.  Take the zipper and the two small pieces of cotton.  With right sides together, line up each 1-1/2" edge of the fabric with the ends of the zipper. 

2.  Sew fabric to zipper ends with a 1/4" seam allowance.

3.  Press fabric right side over the edge of the zipper. 

4.  Appliquè your 15" x 18" pieces of cotton fabric as you wish.  I appliquèd only one of my 
15" x 18" pieces of fabric with letters to spell the word MEAT.

The 15" edges will be the top and the bottoms.

5.  Place the zipper, face down, on the right side and top of one of the 15" x 18" pieces.  

Using a zipper foot, stitch in place.  Stitch tabs right along with zipper. 

6.  Fold fabric down way from zipper and press.

7.  With right sides together, place zipper piece on top of remaining 15" x 18" piece of fabric, with the zipper along the top of that piece.    

8.  Press both 15" x 18" fabric pieces away from zipper.

9.  Fold the cotton fabrics so that right sides are together and the zipper is at the top.  
Take one of the pieces of the PUL and with shiny side down, line up the 15" side with the zipper.

10.  Sew in place. 

11.  Turn PUL down away from zipper and turn all cotton pieces to that side as well.  Leave the PUL side on top. 

12. Take second piece of PUL.  Place it shiny side down on top of other piece of PUL aligning the top of the PUL with the zipper edge that is still un-sewn. 

13.  Sew in place. 
Turn all fabric and PUL away from the zipper so that you have cotton and PUL on each side of the zipper.  The zipper will be in the middle. 

14.  Stitch fabric and PUL in place along the sides of the zipper.
I like to do this with a fancy stitch or two different colors of thread.

15.  Open the zipper half way.  
Turn ONLY the fabric pieces away from the zipper and line up right sides together. Pin.
Line up the remaining PUL pieces, shiny sides together below the zipper. Pin.

16.  With a 1/4" - 1/2" seam allowance sew all the way down the sides of the cotton fabric down to the end of the PUL.

17.  Sew along the bottom of the PUL. 

18.  Sew back up the other side of the PUL and the cotton fabric.  
Leaving only the bottom of the cotton fabric pieces open. 

19.  Fold cotton fabric over the PUL. Bringing the zipper to the top. 

20.  Straighten and push out all the corners. 

21.  Fold the bottom of the cotton fabric in about 1/2" around the PUL seam.  

22.  Sew the seam closed with a 1/4" seam allowance.  You can use a straight stitch or something a little fancier.  Whatever your mood calls for! ;) 

and Tada!   I made up four meat bags and in combination with my produce bags I will not have to come home with any more plastic bags. 
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