I'm thinking about vacation, but not in that dreamy, gauzy, "It's almost here!" kind of way. Oh no.
More like that jittery, hurried, "It's almost here!" kind of way.
The beach with young kids is not relaxing. It's fun, it's definitely exciting, but not relaxing. I'm due - I remember my parents lugging huge canvas floats down hot wooden steps gritty with sand, either yelling at us to come back or encouraging us to "pick it up."
But now, there's Pinterest!
I was trying to work out how the boys could assist with carrying their toys and treasures to and from the shore. Backpacks aren't designed to get wet and sandy. They might get hot against bare shoulders, and they can get heavy. I then remembered that I'd pinned some ideas on making totes with t-shirts.
I picked out an old one that my oldest sleeps in, and one of mine in nautical stripes that I just discovered a stain on. Using the directions from Mommypotamus:
my shears came out and I started slicing. I began with the boy's shirt in size small, since the fabric was thicker. I eyed the lengths of the fringe, and the widths varied slightly. The technique is forgiving.
I cut it while hanging it down off the side of the couch; that make it easier to cut the bottom layer. Then I turned the yellow shirt inside out to do the knotting. I followed Mommypotamus' directions on knotting the sections of fringe together for the corners and the middle, to add strength. But I kept some of the fringe separate, to aid in shaking sand from plastic toys.
I cut the sleeves and the neckline, then I double-knotted a section of the neckline's seam around each bag handle, to keep the top more open. I was pretty impressed with the result!
I left the fringe on the outside of my blue and white t-shirt bag, and I knotted each strand of fringe to the next to firm up the thinner fabric.
The fringe-knotting finishing technique can also make a soft, sweet baby blanket. All you need is two yards of fleece, a pair of scissors, and time. I can assure you, these blankets become favorites for travel as cozy nap spots, and they last through washing without coming apart.