Pretty up your reusuable grocery bags

Saturday, July 17, 2010

A few weeks ago I shared an op shop find with HerLibraryAdventures Flea Market Finds. A Japanese themed handkerchief I purchased for 50c. For those that did not read it, here is the link.

I've been searching for appropriate recycled / second hand material to make into a bag to fit with my handkerchief, but I had another easier idea. Many of you may notice when thrift shopping, there are so many donated reusuable grocery / promotional bags for sale. They come in all colours, and to a degree, differ in shape and size. Well I found the ideal promotional bag to refashion into my new accessory. This white bag is just the right size for my handkerchief, and cost me 40c at the United Church Opportunity Shop in Carrum.

So, as my first bag refashion with my new sewing machine, here is what I did:

1. Covered the logo with a white rectangle of material so it cannot be seen through the handkerchief.
2. Unstitched all the way around the bag.
3. Zigzag stitched the handkerchief onto the outside of the bag with my sewing machine.
4. Stitched the bag back up again around the edges

And voila, a nice looking 'grocery' bag:

Easy Peasy Japanesey!

It could do with a little something along the top where the handkerchief is stitched to the bag, as I had to fold it down a little to fit, but overall I'm pretty pleased, and it only took me 1/2 hour to complete.


The Redgewells said...

Love it, clever effective idea's and all from recycled fabrics

Anonymous said...

Beautiful - and all for under a dollar. Great refashion.

Unknown said...

great idea ... I love it. I have been hanging on to some old doilies, hankies etc waiting for the right piece to embellish ... thanks for the inspiration

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This turned out really well! I love your blog, it makes me think more about re-using! I am a new follower!

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