Thursday, November 26, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Add a touch of whimsy with my Stuffed Fabric Trees!
A quick and easy gift: Get a hand embroidered, 4girlsdesigns.etsy.com original design, Candle Jar Wrap --then just pick up a candle and you have a unique gift. These will be made in a very small quantity, so please order as soon as possible. These fit Yankee Candles perfectly, but also fit most major candle jars. These can also be wrapped around mason jars, and homemade bread loaves
GO GREEN this year and choose items that you can give as gifts that will help someone else think eco friendly too. My chemical free, Reusable Produce Bags, my pack cloth and fabric reusable Sandwich/Snack Bags and cloth Napkins (great for students, teachers, anyone who takes their lunch to work or snacks to sporting events), Storage Organizing Bins/Baskets/Buckets are reversible, adjustable in height, store all those things that otherwise would be uncollected clutter. (Great for toys, blocks, books, magazines, cd's, dvd's, knitting essentials, thread, tools, teacher's tools, SO many uses and they look so much better than those plastic tubs with the broken corners and lost lids! You can also throw them in the washer when needed! You can tuck a gift inside them for gift-giving, or just stick a tag on it and it becomes THE gift--who doesn't want to be more organized these days?) Other Green Eco0-Friendly products to look for this Holiday season: my Reversible Cup Cozy to hold your hot cup of joe/cocoa/cider, Pocket Tissue Cases made from 100% Natural Linen.
Just for FUN: Wallets made from Charlie Brown and Snoopy Winter Fun Themed fabrics, reversible Coasters to protect your table, H1N1 bags/pocket tissue case, Cozy, Warm, Scarves for fall and winter, and NEW Embroidered Candle Jar Wraps that can also be used to wrap around Bread for gift-giving as well as most of the major jar candle producers on the market, and I have added pdf Sewing Patterns for both round and square fabric Storage Organizers if you would like to make them yourself. Sewing Patterns for other great gift items and my own Disney Refillable Mug Carrier Pattern is available as well. Make sure you check back for Black Friday and Cyber Monday Specials! If you need custom work done, send me a message as soon as possible, in order to get the items before the Holidays. Thanks for reading this, and have a blessed day!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tell H1N1 to Go Away!
Are you aware that 1/2 of the people contracting the 2009 H1N1 are under the age of 13? That got me thinking that I want my children to be vigilant in doing what they can to avoid getting the flu, and also spreading it if they do get it. I knew they would need a somewhat constant reminder to wash their hands, and use tissues when possible if they needed to cough/sneeze. I designed this "NO H1N1" slogan, complete with a fun looking pig, to gently remind them, without scaring them, to be careful, use the tissues and hand sanitizer in their tote bags. The bag is also large enough to carry face masks that fold flat. The can fit easily in little hands as they are only 6" by 6", not including the handles. Hang them from their back packs, or keep them at their desks when they need them. They are also handy for hanging from a waist belt. I also have full size tote/book bags for adults. Please visit my shop at: http://www.4girlsdesigns.etsy.com/ to see them. Thank you for visiting my blog today.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Used for drinking sacks http://wildernet.altrec.com/shop/detail/18994/?sch=clk
Or flexible water storage containers: http://www.aquaflex.net/aquatank/
Water purifier container: http://www.rei.com/product/758048
Camping bucket bag: http://www.rei.com/product/782974
Nylon case for food ; http://www.rei.com/product/633066
Traditional canoe food pack: http://www.rei.com/product/722911
Water bowl: http://www.rei.com/product/759617
Internationally sold Snack Taxi’s made from this material, and placed in the same way, with coating facing away from food: http://www.naturalkidz.com/busnsasa.html
Dry bag pack for food: http://www.surftosummit.com/gts-dry-bag-pack-pack-only-p-1740.html?cPath=199_202
Thursday, July 2, 2009
I have been busy working on a new sewing venture: making craft vendor aprons!
This Stow It All apron is made with the best materials for long-time wear. The apron is made with canvas or twill and layers of premium cotton fabric, interfacing, highest quality thread, durable metal swivel key hook and topped off with a decorative yo-yo with ruffled layer. The apron can also be worn reversed as a plain front version. The waistband is a comfortable 2 1/8" deep. You don't have a tiny, uncomfortable, waistband cutting into your waist as you are working. Want to get one? Go to my etsy store. You can get there from the top right of this blog.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Reusable Sandwich Bags and Wraps Are Taking Over the World Like Wildfire and Some of Them Are Unsafe...
UPDATE: March 20, 2012-Many of you have asked for direct links to products made from polyurethane coated nylon that are used for food purposes. I have a list of sites on another posting on this blog, but to make it easier for you to find it look here: http://4girlsdesignsblog.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2009-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&updated-max=2010-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&max-results=13 See Monday, September 14
I would also like to add that I am not trying to scare anyone, or make you feel like you have to buy my bags. That has never been my intention. The reason I started this blog was to share the information that I had been able to find on this subject. I have since added information for you to purchase the same materials yourself and make them yourself. I hope that what I have done has helped others. I am sure that PUL is a wonderful product but the fact is it has not been approved as a food safe product. I have nothing against the product being used for other purposes. I have used it to make wheelchair cushion covers and have been very happy with it's properties.
UPDATE: March 29, 2010- I am still seeing many sellers using unsafe materials. If you choose to purchase the coated rip-stop nylon lining PLEASE be sure the seller has the shiny, coated side away from your food. It saddens me to see someone selling bags made out of just rip stop nylon with the shiny side on the inside of the bag where your family's food will be stored. That is unsafe. Don't use those. Also, just on a structural note: make sure they are sewing at least twice around the edges of the VELCRO closure or it will not last. Look carefully at these safety and functional details prior to purchasing food bags.
Many, many, sandwich bags have been made with PUL fabric which is NOT considered to be food safe by the FDA. Despite the fact that this is noted on the vendor’s websites, and the manufacturer’s web site, people are still out there, on thousands of blogs and forums, telling each other to go ahead and use it and sell it to others. Although PUL is a fascinating fabric, it is not designed for, nor does it meet, the standard of materials that are in contact with food. PUL stands for a cotton or polyester knit fabric that has a laminate layer on one side. It was made for a variety of purposes, like hazard-mat suits, hospital bedding, shoes, and somewhere along the line was embraced by those making their own diapers. Now the latest trend with PUL is to make the reusable sandwich bags/wraps out of it.
This is what the manufacturer says about the product PUL:
Fabuthane® PUL is used in the following applications:
5. Protective coatings
This is what two of the leading vendors of PUL say:
Celtic Cloth: “No, PUL has not been approved as food safe.”
Another maker of PUL food sacks argues that she has done her homework, still insisting that it is safe and she lists THIS outdoor dog gear shop to “prove” PUL is safe. However, I searched the entire site and found only references to polyurethane coated nylon material being used. The PUL user goes on further, telling the purchaser to “use lemon juice and lots of sunlight to get the mildew out” of the PUL liner. I include this only to say to sellers, be sure of what you are selling. And to buyers, be sure of what you are buying. The product was not made for this purpose and this is one of the way’s it is showing that.
We have to label PUL fabric as UNSAFE for reusable sandwich bags and wraps.
There are some other UNSAFE practices going on out there: using old vinyl shower curtains, using vinyl tablecloths, modern version of “oil cloth”
SAFE: Home made oil cloth, or beeswax cloth, are useful for this purpose. Modern “oil cloth” is really just a nasty vinyl product. You can find instructions online for the oil cloth as well as the beeswax. I am partial toward the beeswax cloth for all the healthy things associated with it, and I love the smell of beeswax!
SAFE: Plain cotton material is available. Here, know where your fabric is coming from and what hazards to look for. There have been many issues of late with foreign made fabric being printed with high levels of metal. Buy only the best fabrics, from reputable shops. Some prefer only the organic cotton, inside and out. That is considered safe, however, you lose the waterproof capabilities of other materials. That means your sandwich may leak onto what is around the bag, or your bread may get dried out. It is a safe choice however.
SAFE: Polyurethane coated nylon is water, stain-, mildew-, abrasion- and rot- resistant.
We know that to be internationally marketed these products had to be carefully tested and we see they are both using the polyurethane coated nylon material. This material meets the demands of the consumer: water-, stain-, mildew-, abrasion-. rot-resistant, free of heavy metals and phthalates, PBBs, and PBDEs. It is also widely available to crafters .
- Snack Taxis (formerly Happy Sacks) recently featured on Oprah: SnackTAXIs are lined with a waterproof material that consists of nylon with a polyurethane coating. After talking to many manufacturers of this product, we understand that this type of coated nylon is free of heavy metals and phthalates. The tests revealed that the nylon is free of heavy metals (including lead), phthalates, PBBs, and PBDEs.
- WallabyBags They're laminated on the inside with polyurethane, which is food safe and widely used in the food industry from food manufacturing and packaging to food storage. They are water proof, so they're perfect for keeping your sandwich fresh, as well as packing messier take-alongs like fruit….they are machine washable and dry-able.
- GO GREEN POUCHES : The sandwich size pouch will neatly fit your large sandwich, bagel or wrap. Dimensions 7.5"W x 6.0"H Material 100% cotton, lining 100% nylon.
Please visit my etsy store (www.4girlsdesigns.etsy.com) and see the variety available.
Let’s educate our children on the most eco-friendly ways and invite them to be a part of it. They can pick the style, fabric, shape, etc. with my store items. I also get them to you much faster! You can get a multi-item discount, as well as low combined shipping. I seek to supply you with the best materials for a safe lunch, and also the best fabric for a fun lunch, and faster service for your immediate lunch needs. I offer 100% cotton, inside and out, if you prefer that. I am a Mom and have the exciting privilege of raising my kids, and the blessing of time they give me to sew!
Please check out this site: Environmental Working Group for some great kid-friendly menu suggestions and eco friendly lunch-packing tips.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Using these is a great way to be eco friendly. Go green with these bags made of super strong fine mesh polyester with stabilizing cross weave called No-See-Um Netting. Approximately 3,700+ holes per square inch.It is stronger than those plastic bags at the grocery store and you can reuse them to help save the environment. Ties with a secured drawstring cord. All seams are triple stitched for strength. The bags are very lightweight so as to not add additional weight. They weigh less than half an ounce.This fine mesh is easy to see through so produce can be scanned at the grocery store without removing it from the bag.(zoom in photo of label and you can see how easy it is to see through it!) It will also not harm even the tenderest produce. You can take your filled bags home, wash the produce right in the bag, wash them in the bag, and put them into the refrigerator, still in the bag! The bags are machine washable cold, hang dry. This material is much stronger than a layer or two of tulle or regular netting that simply will not hold up to the test of time and weight. Buy these with confidence that you are getting the best (see through, lightweight, durable) you can and you are helping the environment. My Reusable Produce Bags are made from the highest quality mosquito netting which provides a chemical-free way of carrying and protecting your fruit, vegetables and other bulk food items. I ALWAYS use no-see-um mosquito netting for these bags, never weaker fabrics such as crinoline, stiff nylon tulle or other netting. If you want a bag that will last, and not harm your food, this is it!
LIVE GREEN USE REUSABLE ITEMS STOP PUTTING MORE PLASTIC INTO OUR LANDFILLS FIND ECO FRIENDLY WAYS TO SHOP REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS REUSABLE PRODUCE BAGS REUSABLE SANDWICH WRAP ‘n TRAYS REUSABLE SANDWICH AND SNACK BAGS
Why use my No-See-Um fabric for Reusable Produce Bags?
· Lightweight (to not tip the scale like heavier materials)
· Virtually see-through (no bruised produce because they had to be removed from the bag to get scanned)
· You can fill, purchase, wash and store your produce in the same bag! No need to remove food for check out!
· This material keeps out the tiniest pests (no-see-ums) and bigger ones.
· Chemical-free way to protect your food from pests
· Never have to use those plastic grocery store bags again
· Very Fine Mesh that won’t harm your tender produce
· Fold up very small so they are easy to carry with you
· Nice drawstring to close the top
· Handmade in USA
The other netting bags on the market look like they would break, or make mesh-marks on the produce. The organic cotton bags look very “green”, and who doesn’t want that, but you have to remove the food from them at so many stages of the process from selecting to storing --and the cotton will tip the scales more than the no-see-um netting will. Please visit my etsy store for these any many other Green Living products.
To learn more about Etsy Day, check out the latest forum post by Shugirl here.
Here are some ideas from the Etsy Admin:
If you get people to sign up for Etsy on Friday make sure they mention your Etsy username in the Referrer Username box at sign up! If we see a user who really rocks this, we'll automatically include you in our Etsy Day follow up post. So if you print out flyers, get on the news, or get Ashton Kutcher to tweet about Etsy, make sure you get your username in there, too!
Tweet your endeavors via Twitter and make sure to add the hash tag #EtsyDay. (And send it to @aplusk. Let's get Ashton Kutcher's attention on Etsy Day. Ha! Mr. Most Twitter Followers.)
Support a new seller on Etsy Day! Buy an item from someone with no sales (you can find them on Pounce Undiscovered), and wish them a "Happy Etsy Day" in the Message to Seller field when you check out.
Print out schugirl's Etsy sign to stick in your car window or download and print out the design Anda made for Etsy Day!
Get an Etsy tattoo!
Dress your family in all orange. When you get weird looks, whisper "Etsy".
One final clarification..."Etsy" is pronounced like "Betsy" with no B.
Ok, we're getting silly now. Let's hear your own Etsy Day guerilla marketing ideas! Post them in the comments below. And don't forget to post photos of your wildest Etsy Day promotions to Flickr and tag them "Etsy Day 2009"!