I had an old, faded and abused looking tote. It had served me many years as a good and faithful bag, but it had succumbed to time itself, loosing its youthful bloom. But it had such good bones, great material and I could really use it. But I could not think what to do to make it better looking.
One day, after making up tons of fabric grocery bags, I had two forlorn pieces of material getting ready to go back into the scrap box. Until, these two pieces of fabric cuddled up together and I saw the beauty they made side by side. They looked good, but along came a ribbon and gave it a fairy tale look.
There was not enough of either material to cover a side, so I cut it up and sewed it into strips.
Very soon, I had a bag to be proud of.
Now this happy bag resides in my Jeep and whenever I need to pick up just a few things for the day, I can always toss it in this bag and not have to worry about carrying home five plastic bags inside.