Monday, December 10, 2012

Ruby Star Wrapping Button~Down Shirt Bag : :

Today is my stop on the Ruby Star Wrap-Along!

I chose to make the Button-Down Shirt Bag -- a smart, simple, and seriously quick sewing project!!

Ruby Star Button-Down Shirt Bag

Ruby Star Wrapping : : Creating Packaging to Reuse, Regive, and Relove, is the brand new book by the lovely and adorable Melody Miller and Allison Tannery. My friend Sukie is hosting a Wrap-Along, invited me to join in, and I'm so glad she did!

This book is full of fun and thoughtful ideas! Each teaching you through step-by-step instructions how to create amazing, thrifty, easy-to-make unique and beautiful projects for gift giving that are really special and lovely! And what's really, really awesome -- it shows you how to do just that by re-purposing and recycling many items that we all already have or have access to!

Ruby Star Wrap-Along

I decided right away to use a button-down shirt I bought a few years ago, that never fit me right, but I loved the details and decided to hold onto it in case I ever became a tall, thin, modelesque woman -- yeah right!

Ruby Star Wrapping -- Button ~ Down Shirt Bag

I actually plan to make two bags out of the shirt I'm re-purposing! This first one is for my daughter and she loves it! I used a heavier ticking fabric for the lining, to add some sturdiness since the shirt I chose is a very thin cotton. For the bag straps, I decided to keep with the up-cycling theme of this project, using one of the belts that came with a pair of the boys cargo pants from the Gap or Old Navy. It worked great!!

Ruby Star Button-Down Shirt Bag

I think it turned out super cute and it's definitely the quickest bag I have ever made!!

Haila & Lily

Haila & Lily

Haila's new Bag!

You can find all the details, prize info, and the list of blogger's participating in the Wrap-Along in Sukies post right here! You can pick up the Ruby Star Wrapping book at Roostbooks, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Random House.

Be sure to add your own Ruby Star Wrapping projects to the Flickr Group! And, don't forget to link up your Wrap-Along projects at Amy's blog for a chance to win great prizes -- You can link up right HERE!

Thanks again, Amy, for having me on the Ruby Star Wrap-Along! For more great ideas, be sure to check out the rest of the blog stops : :

11.7.12 - Anna of noodlehead
11.9.12 - Amanda of A Crafty Fox
11.12.12 - Elizabeth of Oh, Fransson!
11.14.12 - Brooke of Pitter Putter Stitch
11.16.12 - Erin of Two More Seconds
11.19.12 - Jennifer of BettyCrockerAss
11.21.12 - Rochelle of Lucky Lucille
11.26.12 - Elizabeth of Don't Call Me Betsy
11.28.12 - Gina and crew of Bolt Neighborhood
11.30.12 - Ellen of the Long Thread
12.3.12 - Katie of Swim, Bike Quilt
12.5.12 - Faith of Fresh Lemon Quilts
12.7.12 - Lee of Freshly Pieced
12.10.12 - Maureen of Maureen Cracknell Handmade
12.12.12 - Sara of Sew Sweetness
12.14.12 - Colleen of The Busy Bean
12.17.12 - Amy of Diary of a Quilter
12.19.12 - Monica of The Happy Zombie

Sew Mama Sew! is also participating in our Wrap-Along by hosting a Ruby Star Contest! They are sharing all the details right HERE today!

So... get those Button-Down Shirt Bags made and join in the fun to win some fantastic prizes!!!

And finally, I have some BIG NEWS to share : Tomorrow I'll be back with an AMAZING GIVEAWAY Event that I am a part of! I'm so, so excited about this one -- you all know how much I love a good Giveaway!! If you can't wait until tomorrow -- visit my friends RachaelLindsay today! Maureen


  1. Love this bag! The belt straps are perfect.

    1. I agree! Those belt straps are a really great idea!

    2. Thanks!! I seriously have 20 of these belts and my boys would never wear them! :) I'm so glad to have finally thought of a use for them!

  2. What a fabulous bag!! Great work!

  3. Love this - what a perfect shirt to use for this project!

  4. I would seriously buy that bag! I really LOVE it!! I'm off to raid my closet now! LOL =D

  5. This is awesome! Love it...fabulous work.

  6. You picked the perfect shirt to up cycle, the bag is adorable - not quite as cute as your daughter, but she's pretty hard to top!

  7. I love your tote, really fun and creative.
    My daughter would love something like that, so I need to get better at sewing this year.


  8. it is adorable and big! i bet she could fit lily into the bag!

  9. This is so terrific! I wish I had this bag for when I was writing the book... Love it way better than the one I made (and at the time, I thought that one was pretty good!) The belt was an excellent touch.

    1. Thanks Melody! It is such a wonderful idea and the perfect use for this shirt that's been hanging around for so long!! I'm glad it's finally being worn. ;)

      You also inspired me to turn a few other shirts I have into aprons, as well! Thanks for the great book and for having me be a part of the tour! :)

  10. This is a great idea! Thank you!!


  11. That's so cute and your daughter looks very happy to have it!

  12. I love all these recycling ideas for wrapping. I try doing at least one "recyclable" for each Christmas.

  13. Why is it as a kid, we hate the thought of having clothes to 'grow into' and yet as an adult we always hope we can grow into clothes ;o) Cute bag though!

  14. What a nice idea, and yours turned so darling with that ornate shirt front!


  15. really cute bag ~ especially with your daughter, the kitty and then with her dolls and all that fun jewelry!

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