All You Need Is Love… And Twine

What would you do without your favorite craft store?

Try to get more creative of course!
Several women that live here on the Caribbean island of Grenada including myself have had a good time using cardboard and twine lately. We don’t have Hobby Lobby or Michael’s here but we have fun just the same! Crafting this way is inexpensive too! The cardboard is free because it comes from cereal boxes, etc. The twine is quite inexpensive at around $2-$3US.
Many of my friends have made a big cardboard letter for their last name and wrapped it in twine, but I was inspired by this photo from Pinterest:
So, I’m going to wrap this entire phrase in twine and hang it above our bed. Gotta love The Beatles, right? So inspiring. This project is the first step in fixing up our bedroom a bit. I also want to add decorative pillows and essentially make it as nice as possible given the circumstances of living in a developing country!
Here are all the letters cut out:
And here is the word “LOVE” completed (Wrapping letters in twine is a bit time consuming, so not all are finished yet!):
I think they are going to look really sweet and natural/beachy hanging above our bed. 
You’ll be the first to know when the project is finished. :)
Have any of you made crafts using cardboard or other items you’ve found around your home lately? If so, I want to hear about it! Also, check out my most recent pictures of Grenada in this post!
I am linking up to the Fall Pinterest Challenge!
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Simple Sew: Button Down Shirt Purse

 Ah, husbands. They love their old beat up shirts. 
But you know what I love even more? 
Cutting up those bad boys and making a bag!
I did ask his permission to do said cutting, of course. I’ve only been married a year, folks. I don’t have the same power that my mom and mother in law do where they can just throw stuff out and get away with it! Gotta work up to 30 years of marriage for that!
Anyway, sweet, dear hubs has four of the exact same light blue oxford shirt. FOUR. This one in particular had a frayed collar. He couldn’t part with it, though. He was deeply attached to it… something about it being so soft. But, somehow I convinced him that he could gaze longingly at it forever if only he’d just let me turn it into a bag!
As soon as I got the ok from him, the scissors came out before he could change his mind!
I looked around for a tutorial and couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for. So, I used parts of the tutorial I used for this tote bag and adapted it for having a long strap.
My goal for this bag was to create a small rectangular purse with an over the chest strap so that when I go to the grocery store I can have my hands free.
The hardest part was figuring out what to cut and how to do it.
First I buttoned it all the way up and cut off the center like this:

Then I knew I wanted a nice long strap without any interruptions. So I cut off the back of the shirt like this including the sleeves. The straps go from the tip of one sleeve across the back to the tip of the other sleeve.

Sew the strap the way it says in this tutorial for a nice sturdy fit. It looks something like this at the end:

Now it’s time for the actual bag. I used the big front sections of the shirt to make a small bag like this as well as the liner, again using the same method that is shown here.

Now, this is important:
Unlike the last tutorial I used, you will not sew the straps until the very end. This is because you are only sewing one big strap and not two. It will get totally messed up if you sew the straps in between the liner and outside, not like I know from experience or anything… (Ok there was a lot of ripping involved in the making of this bag, haha.)
Ok so after your bag is sewn and you’ve turned it inside out, it’s time to finish it off. Attach the straps to the two sides of your bag on the outside of the bag. And, remember this guy?
Sew that over the top of the bag like this to achieve a nice finished look that hides the ends of the straps:

Any questions about my method? Just shoot me an e-mail at Cat [at] BudgetBlonde [dot] com, and I will try to explain it as best as any new sewer can! ;)
Now I want to know about you. Have any of you made something fun lately? Any recycling projects? Anyone just throw out their husband’s nasty shirts/shorts/everything without fear of repercussion? Oh, how I envy you. :)