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« on: August 05, 2007 07:42:37 PM »

I only found out about this contest a week ago, but was determined to do it 'cos I've been meaning to stop using plastic shopping bags for a while now. I only just finished it tonight; I've got a 6 week old girl who wants as much attention as my sewing machine does! So sorry for the weird nighttime pictures. Nothing looks all that great in a flash, but hopefully you'll get the idea.

I often walk Abby around in her stroller, going to the store and the library on foot, so I designed this bag to fit on the back of her stroller:



The shape of the bag is based on a diaper bag I have but don't use. It measures about 16" across, 14" high and 6" deep. I stole the flat bottom-brace from the aforementioned diaper bag and fit it inside the shopping bag, so it's nice and stiff on the bottom. It's made from beige cordurouy on the outside and stretchy grey-green denim on the inside, with a layer of vinyl (recycled from a torn laundry bag) in between for both waterproofing and insulation.
The design on the front was freehanded onto freezer paper and cut out. I borrowed the shape of the bird from one on Stencilry. (http://www.freewebs.com/stencilry/) The leaves on the tree were stay-stitched, cut out, and tacked down by hand. I left the ends loose so they're more like real leaves. And just in case you can't read it, it says, "Planets don't grow on trees you know". Normally I'm a stickler for proper grammar, but the comma that should be in there just didn't seem right.  Undecided



To keep it on the stroller, I sewed 2 D-rings on the back interior. I thread these through a bungee cord that connects to the stroller handle. The handy thing about this is that I also sewed two velcro strips just opposite the D-rings, so the bag can close somewhat (and I can hang my keys from them). Here's a close-up:



And of course, it's also got a normal handle so I can carry it around when I'm baby-free. Smiley



I hope you all like it. I had a good time making it, and can't wait to try it out.  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2007 07:51:14 PM »

The slogan is really clever
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2007 07:58:01 PM »

this is fantastic...love the birdie!
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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2007 08:10:39 PM »

Love it!  And it's so true!  Great work!
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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2007 08:11:50 PM »

Your bag is wonderful.  I really like what it says.
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« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2007 08:48:18 PM »

I love that slogan! its really clever and Ive never heard it before!
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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2007 10:45:29 PM »

The slogan is really clever
Ditto that. Super cute!
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« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2007 11:46:00 PM »

The slogan is really clever
Ditto that. Super cute!

Perzactly what I was going to say!
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« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2007 12:56:37 AM »

Great adaptation for stroller use!
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« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2007 01:15:39 AM »

Great bag and slogan, and I love your jeans, by the way!  I have a pair of flair jeans that are just dieing for that treatment!!   Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2007 06:18:25 AM »

I love how you keep it on the stroller. Great idea!
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« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2007 08:35:04 AM »

this is probably my fav so far! i love it!
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« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2007 09:29:50 AM »

Thanks, everyone!

Jessiac_3: Thanks for the compliment! Those are my "work jeans"-- so old and paint-covered and patched that I don't wear 'em out in public anymore. It's become kind of a game to see how long I can make them last; I've had them for around 7 years now. The side panels were added when I became too fat for them, and I like them all the more for it.
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« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2007 06:22:04 PM »

that is a really great idea to attach it to your stroller, cute bag too! i like it!
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« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2007 10:18:47 PM »

Love the slogan!
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« Reply #15 on: August 10, 2007 06:15:05 PM »

oh thats awesome! i love that it attaches to your stroller.
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« Reply #16 on: August 11, 2007 08:07:41 PM »

very cool! what a great idea for it to attach to the stroller!! nice move!
good luck!
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« Reply #17 on: August 13, 2007 09:59:20 PM »

this is great!  the stencil is adorable, and the bag is versatile!
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« Reply #18 on: August 14, 2007 09:01:38 AM »

It's got birds on it so it wins for me|! And well done for wacking that up in a week. I really like the slogan
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« Reply #19 on: August 15, 2007 01:02:32 PM »

Thanks, all!

Flurominx: I love your hair. In your icon, I mean. I used to do crazy dreads, back when I had spare time (and just one kid!). Love the colors.
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« Reply #20 on: September 05, 2007 02:03:09 PM »

I like it! I have a diaper bag I don't use, and I didn't even think about using the stiff stuff in the bottom, but now I'm definitely going to! Smiley
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