Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Shopping Bag Upcycle...
Besides this being my favorite store which I drive one hour each way in order to shop this wonderful store, they have nice sturdy brown paper bags which are free with your groceries.
Even the artwork on the bags is fun. However...in our eternal strive to be more earth friendly and environment sensitive we are buying reuseable shopping bags that are rather boring and plain.
Here is a fabric version made for me by my friend Catherine. Thank you dear! It has approximately the same dimensions as the paper bag but so much more personality. And it is hard to see that there is a long pocket on the side for that bottle of Perrier or wine.
Inside is also a pocket which can be handy for a shopping list and glasses or the quick wallet to pay for shopped items. These bags are very light weight and fold up pretty flat. Easy to store.
Here is the bag inside bottom that I have covered in vinyl cloth so it can be cleaned off...somehow milk always dribbles. I added the ribbon tab so it is easy to lift out and replace down in the bag bottom.
Here is my fabric version I made. I used two different fabrics from my wonderful stash. Thank you to my best ever Sister-In-Law Joanne I have many home decor fabrics to select from. Lots of them are sample pieces and not yardage but they work perfectly for these types of projects. I really love this cheerful floral.
Here is the side view with a pocket. I added the ribbon ties that keep the sides in check much better. When needed just untie or loosen the ribbon for more room. I did line this with plain muslin however I neglected to add the inside pocket/s. I made this bag with a soft yellow floral for Catherine to celebrate her birthday tomorrow. Happy Birthday my friend!
While I was cutting and sewing I also made this bag for myself. My floral fabric has a very pale blue background and we all know how I love blue. Now to go shopping...
It felt good to be sewing yet I found I made some frustrating mistakes. This means I need to sew a lot more to keep up my skills.
Still weeding outdoors. I seem to have a permanent job as the weeds keep growing and reproducing in the thousands. Soon Mr. C will need to get out the power equipment and really weed whack the major areas. I don't do that and don't want to do that. I am more of the detail weed removal system on my hands and knees to really get the job done. Tedious but then again it gives me time to really thank Nature for all her beauty. I have heard it said, "Weeds are merely plants that no one wants!" I actually enjoy many of them with their tiny little flowers and perfect little stems and leaves.
Summer is here and I hope you are enjoying all it brings with so much to do and all the family and friends who get together for picnics, reunions, graduations, weddings etcetera.
Blissful Creativity to each of you...