That's a great story and a wonderful choice of things to keep from your grandfather. Maybe it's so obvious that you've already discarded the idea, but why not make bags out of them? You know, like a tote or a coin purse (with a "close-up" of the graphic) or a make-up bag?Would they work as-is as shoe bags for traveling?
Ive been looking for a new makeup bag! I don't know how this didn't set off an alert in my head. I even have a 7" zipper in a cream that would go really well. They could be shoe bags, but when I travel, I tend to pack all my shoes in their own bag or suitcase, so I don't think I would use them. The makeup bag idea is perfect, though. Thank you so much.
My sewing machine finally gave up the ghost, and I've ordered a new one. When it gets her, I'll get started right away.
I'm glad that sparked the idea! I, too, have something similar, but it's green and I think was for businesses to make deposits in the night drop at a specific bank the name of which is on the bag. It never occurred to me to make somethign out of it, so it's in my costume box just in case it would be handy for that.