The Man Purse

What Do You Call a Man Purse? Re-purpose Those Raggedy Old Jeans into The Murse.

It seemed like my husband was constantly “misplacing” his glasses, keys, tech toys, etc. One day out of sheer desperation I decided he needed a bag of some sort. So, from an old pair of raggy jeans and some left over blue cotton, the Murse was born.

This project was a lot of fun! I took the basic idea from re-cycle, re-create, re-love…. You’ll notice that I pieced it a little differently.

Interior of the Murse
Interior of the Murse

I added more pockets to help my DH organize his things.
Fun pockets
Fun pockets.

And of course I had to add some of his personality to his Murse. He’s truly and happily a geek. LOL!
Embroidered patch
Embroidered patch – Talk Nerdy to Me

What I would change:
- use a nice stiff piece of interfacing in the front body of the bag. It’s just too wobbly.
– put a zipper or some type of closure on any pocket you add to the flap. LOL!

Got an shabby old pair of jeans that have been mended once to often? Don’t throw them away! Re-purpose them. Have fun! Add your personal touches and you have a rugged project that will last years.

Owl Lens Bag

Being Frugal: Padded Lens Cozy Stashbuster Project

I love this cozy! While playing with my camera one day I knocked over my larger lens. My heart stopped beating! Thankfully it was fine … no damage done. I really needed something to protect my glass but my budget wouldn’t allow it. Then it hit me like a ball of alpaca. I had half a yard of a beautiful owl print cotton just waiting for a project! I dug a little further and came up with some quilt batting left over from another project. Now my next issue was: How to create my cozy?

Simple Padded Lens Cozy
Simple Padded Lens Cozy

Create a Pattern
Normally, I would grab my tape measure BUT it was not to be found. Mom used to say necessity is the mother of all invention. True! Using a piece of printer paper I carefully rolled my lens, added seam allowances and started my cut. I marked the length, taking into account needed seam allowances and two inches (give or take) so the top of the lens was somewhat covered. Using the paper template cut 1 each from the outer material and lining material and 2 of quilt batting.

Luckily I was able to find my compass! Using a compass, measure from the center of the lens to the edge and then add seam allowance. Simply draw your circle to make another template and cut out one each of the outer material and lining material and 2 of quilt batting.

Construct the Cozy
1) We want to create our top seam. With right sides facing pin and sew the outer material and the lining along the long or top edge.

2) Lay the material out and press the seam flat. Pin the two pieces of quilt batting along the bottom edge of the outer material.

3) At this point DO NOT FOLD the fabric down but end to end with right sides facing. Pin and sew.

4) Now fold the lining material down over the quilt batting and outer material, wrong sides facing. The lining should be on the outside at this point.

5) Using the lining material, wrong side up, lay the two quilt batting pieces and the outer material, right side up, pin on the lining. Baste all four layers together.

6) This is the fiddly part. The outer material should be on the inside of the “tube”. Pin the bottom piece to the bottom of the tube so that the outer material is right side to the right side of the outer material of the tube. Carefully sew around.

7) Pull the cozy right side out and sew around the top a 1/2″ from the edge.

8) Using a seam ripper, carefully open the stitches between the top seam and the line of stitching on the side of the cozy. This has now opened the top channel so that we may run our ribbon through.

9) Using a paperclip, or whatever blunt tool you choose, thread a 12″ piece of ribbon through the channel and single knot the ribbon so that the cozy can be cinched closed. You can dress up the ribbon with beads or whatever you have on hand… or nothing at all.

There you have it! A nice padded cozy to help keep your glass safe.
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Basic Sock Yarn Mitten

Basic Sock Yarn Mitten
Basic Sock Yarn Mitten using two different variegated yarns. A good stash buster.

Well this naughty kitten lost her mittens! It was such a cold day. These mittens were a first for me in two ways. First I had not attempted gloves before and they were hunter’s mitts. Second it was my first time working with mohair. I loved how the hunter’s mitts turned out but did not love the scratchy mohair. I made my daughter a pair of mitts last Christmas out of angora…that was heavenly. For some reason I thought mohair was soft too…until I had to wear them for a couple of hours. Needless to say I was planning on making new ones! Off to my stash to see what I had and found two part balls of Kroy sock yarn… at least I think they were as the labels were long gone. I really wasn’t sure how the two would look. I’m still not sure but I must say it does remind me of a beautiful pink sunset while kayaking on the lake. I love the colorways on the thumb as well.

Pretty striping on thumb.

My decision to make a simple pair of mittens instead of the hunter’s mitts was easy. My hands would be warmer all nestled together…mittens it was! Of course is the best place to find a pattern for almost anything. If you aren’t a member you should become one. It’s free! The Ravelry community is welcoming and full of top notch resources. I give a 5 out of 5 Owls! fiveowls

I found this excellent pattern/tutorial on Ravelry. Thank you to the designer Terry Morris for sharing. It’s called “Mittens-A Tutorial & Pattern”.

It really was quite simple to knit up. My biggest problem was the kitchener stitch at the tip. I’m still not a pro but it’s getting better each time I do it. I found a really good tutorial for kitchener stitch over at Knitty On-line Magazine is another resource you can’t miss out on. MANY beautiful free patterns and most patterns are available in plus sizes too! definately deserves a 5 out of 5 Owls as well! fiveowls AND…. it’s Canadian!