I think that bubble-gum chain bag will def. help in sussing out the outside. The inside looks to be a simple zippered insert (which I can do! whee!) Thanks ya'll. This SO helps! I heart the idea of recycling...
As a native Northwesterner with duck feet, I can tell you that I couldn't imagine living in a better place. I relocated from Seattle four years ago, and Portland is what Seattle was more than 10 years ago. The people are friendly, the music is varied, it's very outdoorsy and there's always something to do. Only one caveat: BE PREPARED FOR THE RAIN. It will rain forever during Fall and Winter, but it will make you appreciate Spring and Summer that much more. We have all four seasons here. It's amazing. Welcome!
I used this wool on a felted bag I made for a gift and had super results. The bag was absolutely gorgeous. Post-felting, it smelled like regular wool when it dried. I did find, however, that the addition of lanolin didn't end up drying my hands out like Brown Sheep Co. wool does. I bet this stuff dyes up great, too. G'luck!
Brown craft paper works really well with laser and inkjet printers. (It comes on a roll and runs about $3 for 50 feet... they have it at Target and most mass mailing stores like Mailboxes, Etc.) Just chop down the paper to fit your printer. I'm not too sure about actual grocery bags, tho. I work with a lot of specialty papers and do test-runs through the printer first to see if the ink smears or the paper's too thick to run through. Don't think you should have trouble as long as you run it through the manual feed. Does this help?