Monday, May 11, 2015

Two More 99c Store Hacks-

For the warmer weather.
Picnic season is upon us and we need to keep cool. In our persons and with our props.
Here are a couple of really quick hacks from my fav 99c store.
Hack the first-insulated carpet bag.
I tried this last Summer on the round basket and it worked a treat.

The basket doesn't have a lid so I use a folded cloth to keep in the cold, works great.
 I used one of those fold-up auto sunshades, cut it to shape and machine sewed it with a heavy needle. The feed dogs can't grip it so you need to guide a little, just a little persuasion will do.
Use your blunt craft scissors to cut it out.
I used the smooth side in and just sewed up the 2 sides and the bottom, Presto!
This will hold 3 bottles of Champagne and a few sandwiches, if you like that sort of thing. (Ha, toes!)

This works about as well as any of those insulated bags from the store. It won't keep ice cream frozen but with a few cold packs, drinks and food stay nice and cold/cool depending how long you use it. Plus you can customize it for a buck!
I won't tell if you don't
Hack the Second- Dress shields.
I sew dress shields into all my dresses, I've used heavy flannel drapery lining,  remove and wash them after each use. I was wandering the automotive isle and ran across these polishing cloths.
It could work!
Machine washable you say, go on....
I thought I could simply cut them out and not have to serge the edges, I haven't tried them yet but "all signs point to yes" as the Magic Eight Ball used to say.
The happy crescent
I tack them into the armscye seam, just like every extant dress I've ever seen.
Pause in your perplexity for the practically perfect picnic.

Ever Your Thimble Servant,
Miss Brilliantine


  1. Fabulous ideas!!! Thank you so much for sharing! I think I will make some dress shields as other ladies in my dress group wear my dresses and I think that is a wonderful way to save the dresses!! You rock!

  2. Thanks Gina, I'm going to put all these ideas together at Costume College. I have a lecture on Friday called The 99c Store Costumer.

    1. I'll be there and drag a couple friends with me if I can.
      Sorry, I still do disposable dress shields. Too lazy to sew and remove washable ones but *someday*....

    2. Darn it! Sorry, my limited class is at the same time. :(

  3. Oh what a fabulous idea!! Wish I were going this year so I could go to your class!