I have decided that we are done with plastic bags. We have more than we need to line our garbage cans, and well, plastic bags are not so great for the environment. So I decided to make a few bags for us. (Why I didn't just buy a couple at the store for $1.00 each, I don't know. It would have been so much easier, cheaper, faster . . .) Anyway . . . here is how I turned this (a Salvation Army jean skirt $1.20):
into this (an awesome grocery bag):
here and adapted the handles from here.
I cut out my fabric like so . . .
And sewed it together as the tutorial suggests. Sorry I suck at tutorials. Maybe I will get better- I just get into it and forget to take pictures. Plus, I kinda went off the deep end with the handles and the top of the bag. I really had no idea what I was doing, and just sorta went at it. But I think it turned out pretty well. I tried to emulate the hem of the skirt by sewing two lines around the top. I sure hope this secured the handles to the bag. = )
I wanted the bag to be sturdy enough to hold heavy cans and melons and such, so I used the denim fabric. I think I accomplished that goal- the bag is wicked strong. However it is also huge. See?
That is a "big" box of kid friendly Kix and the huge oatmeal size. I could smuggle a kid in this bag. I have another skirt just like the pink one only bigger that I was planning to make into another bag- but I will definitely try to make the next bag a bit shorter. Oh well. Still fun.
3 days ago