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Topic: Messenger Bags from Used 5lb Coffee Bags  (Read 877 times)
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« on: April 14, 2007 01:32:28 PM »

Alright, I've started collecting materials for a project that is so far only manifested in my mind, but I KNOW(!!!) that I can make this work, if only I can figure it out.

I work at a coffee shop/roaster, and we re-use all our old 5lb coffee bags for retail about 4 weeks and then toss them and start afresh with a new bag. These tossed bags are still in pretty good shape, just creased and wrinkled, but they're this great super-Warhol-shiny silver. I can salvage about 18x25in. blocks of surface area, and I just found out today they can be cleaned up to sparkling new with a little dish soap (they're for whole beans only so there are no stains or foul smells to speak of).

Now, I'd like to quilt/sew them together to make strong, weather-proof fabric to make bike messenger bags (to begin with, anyway) because there's NOWHERE in St. Louis that you can get a good messenger bag, definitely not a recycled one.

A friend of mine has been making coin purses from juice pouches for years, and I know she could help me get these together into some kind of strong fabric (with thread tension and whatnot).

BUT! here's where you guys come in:
any advice would be MUCH appreciated, I'm tracking down a working sewing machine (in fact I had a dream about a new industrial sewing machine last night) as is mine is currently broken.
I'd like to make this kind of my summer project/good samaritan recycle earth-friendly invention of the month. My creativity makes up where my sewing skills lack (unfortunately)-

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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2007 08:32:17 AM »

that sounds like a very cool idea Smiley
what kind of purse were you going to make it? maybe tote?

« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2007 09:08:47 PM »

sounds like a great idea!!   and......  maybe go to the purses thread and post this is the discussion one.
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2007 04:34:08 PM »

Maybe you could trade the use of someone's sewing machine in exchange for a finished bag-Or maybe some coffee;-) I really think this idea has merit. Please post a picture of the finished product!
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