Easy sew yoga mat bag

I've enrolled for a yoga class since last week. Now that I have a sewing machine I decided to sew my own yoga mat bag. All I needed was some strong fabric. I looked through all my old clothes and bingo, I found my old corduroy pants! So simple and so quick and so pretty if I may say so myself! :-D!

The length of the legs were perfect for my yoga mat.

Snipped off the top of the pants.

Turn the tube inside out and straighten the seams by sewing them in a straight line (optional). I've placed a pin to indicate the stitch line.

The bottom of the pants already had a one inch fold. Folded and sewed the other end of the tube. I snipped a hole in each send and inserted twill tapes through them. So both sides have draw string closures.

I used the waist of the pants to make the strap. My pants had a beautiful print on the inner waist.  I ripped the seam of the waist using a seam ripper to separate the butts of the pants from the waist.

 Then I folded and sewed the waist to neaten it and make a nice strap. And sewed the strap on like so. (You can still see the buttons that hold the pants up on the inside of the strap. You could optionally take them off).

And TADA! Your own pants leg yoga mat bag in 20 mns! 

You could embellish the bag with embroidery, appliques and what not to pretty it up. You could reinforce the bag with a lining or use the other leg of the pant as lining - zero waste!

Hope you enjoyed this!

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The holidays are here!

I took a screen printing class at Techshop last week. I wasn't really prepared with an image to print onto my T-Shirt. So I hand drew the Amber Threads Logo at the class and then screen printed that! What do you think? Decently symmetric huh?

And hey the holidays are here! Well almost! And here's a coupon from my store for 10% off your entire purchase until Dec 26th!

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Yarn jewelry on Etsy!

I've been away from my blog for so long almost 2 months now. I've been busy! Busy busy busy ordering lots of new inventory for the store, revamping, reorganizing, planning my future (huh?) and planning the future of the store too! I still have a lot to do! But I really shouldn't abandon my blog for so long now should I? Bad bad!

Anyhoo, I'm back and here's some interesting yarn jewelry I found on Etsy! What do you think?

Colorful Knitted Necklace by rRradionica

Knit Bracelet by TinkAroundKnits

Hand knitted bangles by Zolayka

Some great recycled sari patterns and finds!

A friend made this lovely bag with Recycled Sari Silk yarn and I just had to share it here. I think this is one of the few pictures where the luster of recycled sari silk yarn is visible! I think this bag will look even more stunning in person! Details of the project on her Ravelry page here. The yarn wrapped handles are a nice touch don't you think?

And here're some lovely items made from Silk Ribbon

Skinny Scarf By Lynspiredknitting

Rossette Statement By Plumfish

Toddler Sweater with Rocket motif

All done with the sweater that I blogged about earlier here and here and it's a perfect fit. I'm glad I did all the ripping and re-knitting because it's perfect. I'll share the pattern as soon as I can write it down in pattern lingo. My 3yr old looks pretty comfy with it. However for all his eagerness and impatience while I was knitting it, he was hardly interested when it was done. I think he just likes the fact that he got to pick the motif for his sweater, not to mention the sense of power he got when he could check on me if his sweater was done. He also loves to play with the loose ends of yarn that are lying around when I'm knitting something and my plastic stitch markers and the ball winder.

This reminds me of when I went to his school to talk about yarn and knitting and weaving. I carried a couple of kids' weaving kits that I'd bought at Michaels. And though the children did enjoy the weaving, I think they would have liked it more to just play with the little bands of colorful yarn that came with the weaving kit. I'd also carried a ton of different kinds of yarn from my stash and store. Silk, wool, cotton, acrylic, un-dyed, dyed. The biggest oohs and aahs were for the colorful variegated ones. They made me a little thank you book with pictures they drew of the session. I was so touched! I wish I could share all the pictures but here's one to give you an idea.

And here's one of the little hands weaving!

Giveaway winners and a raglan toddler sweater

I'm on a big stash busting and WIP busting mission. I have a ton of things planned with my stash. But the first is this sweater for my son that I had blogged about earlier. I realized variegated acrylic yarn does not do it for me anymore. I like the simpler and cleaner look of solid shades for kids clothes. So no more projects from the acrylic yarn after this. I like how the rocket turned out though. I've blogged about it here if you want to make your own motif.

I'm using Elizabeth Zimmerman's percentage method from her Knitting Without Tears. It's knit bottom up, sleeves are knit separately then joined at the shoulders to start the raglan shaping. It's pretty straight forward until there. I'm still figuring out how to achieve the right neck depth without making it look weird. I've ripped it back twice after almost finishing the neck ribbing. I think the acrylic yarn has come to my advantage here because it maintains it's shape and elasticity even after ripping it so many times. It's a good prototype yarn.

Next project in the making is Jared Flood's Umaro! I just fell in love with this throw when I saw it. Making one for my DH with Cascade Eco +. I have 4 skeins, I hope that's enough to make one big enough for him.

Now to announce the winners of the giveaway.  I had a hard time picking names from all the wonderful and creative names suggested. So I finally picked two winners, yes there are two because I really liked the names from two different entries! Lilac Sun and Periwinkle! The winners are Mesuee and Lcubed!  I'll get in touch with you to get your mailing addresses.