Friday, January 23, 2009

What's New?

I love, love, love our latest design - The BackSack. In fact, the next one I make is going to be for myself. :-) Fairly small at only 13" wide by 15" tall, it packs a lot of punch style-wise. It's reminiscent of My Favorite Bag, with it's extra-large grommets and tie-front pocket. It sports one deep side pocket, but the other side has a handy strap from which you can hang your keys (snap included) and your sunshades. The inside has a nice, big pocket too. It's super easy to close. Just loosely knot the cords for a fun, funky look without a lot of fuss. One of the nicest features for me is the fact you can throw it in the washer and dryer.

This bag retails for $45 and is currently only available as a special order, so please email me or send me an Etsy convo if you're interested in having one for your very own. (The bag in the pictures sold already but I have more of this fabric available as well as many, MANY other great choices.)

We will be developing a PDF pattern for this bag within the next few weeks, which will incorporate a lot of tips for sewing with recycled and/or thrifted fabrics. If you're an eco-conscious seamstress, be on the lookout for that. Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Save $$ without Compromising on Style

Let's face it - the economy isn't as robust as it once was so we all have to make tough choices these days. I don't know about you, but my family isn't eating out as often; we're opting to stay at home and watch movies on pay-per-view instead of going to the theatre; and we're taking fewer vacations.

One thing we are NOT doing is letting our money escape out the windows and doors. We are using draft stoppers. And it's making a difference in our utility costs. I knew when I saw daylight peeking underneath the front door that I needed to do something to plug up the problem, so to speak. So, I tried a rolled-up towel in the beginning. Ugh! It was ugly and it was too lightweight to stay in place. 

Finally, an Etsy friend, GEEKDETAILS (fabulous geekery, you MUST check her out!) put in a special request for draft stoppers and they turned out so well I knew I had to make some for myself too. Soon, not only did my foyer look FABULOUS, but draft stoppers were my number one seller.

If you know how to sew, you can quickly and easily stitch up your own money-saving door and window guards. Or, if you don't have the time or inclination to make your own, you can pop over to The Recycled Jeans Company's Etsy store where we've got a nice selection to choose from. You can choose a pre-made stopper, or you can custom order your own fabric and size.

Whether your style is basic or bold and beautiful, The Recycled Jeans Company has got a draft stopper for you.