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« on: February 03, 2008 06:55:07 PM »

My new years resolution this year is to be more green/sustainable.
So to help me with this resolution I crafted myself some reusable shopping bags.
With these I wont use plastic or paper shopping bags which are bad for the environment.

The graphic was inspired by a product (Red) bag my friend has.
Her's says (red)uce.
I took this a bit further and made myself recycle, reduce, reuse bags.

The fabric is made from rapidly renewable fibers (to keep it green), 70% cotton and 30% linen.
I got it on sale for $5 a yard at Joann's.

The pattern for the bags I just made up, it's a simple box-bottom tote.

The graphics are stenciled on with acrylic paint and fabric medium.
They took forever to cut out with my handy dandy x-acto knife.
The pictures themselves are adapted from photos I had in my library.

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Recycle (sf skyline):


Reduce (forest):


Reuse (skyline + forest)

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let me know what you think!
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crazystargrl
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2008 07:02:27 PM »

Great idea and resolution. I love your bags! I also like how you created 3 and what you did with the scenery. Nice job. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2008 07:11:55 PM »

Thanks!
I really love how they turned out.
And I use them.
Which is of course the most important part.
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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2008 07:15:24 PM »

The 3 R's!  Awesome!  They turned out really well, I love your graphics.
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« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2008 07:39:19 PM »

 Wink These are great bags!!
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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2008 07:51:22 PM »

I love this concept! I want!
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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2008 08:15:59 PM »

Awesomeness!
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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2008 08:24:49 PM »

really nice bags, the graphics are eye-catching!
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2008 08:29:52 PM »

oh i love those- wish i`d know how to sew... and make  decent stencil Sad

i`d use those bags 24/7 Wink
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« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2008 03:22:46 AM »

These are very nicely made!  I've noticed many stores in my area popping up with cheap cloth bags to sell... I bought one for Ray's Food Place.  Problem is, I always forget to use them.

I'm stupid and didn't know one could use acrylic paint on bags.  I'll have to try that.

Thanks for the inspiration.  Keep up the great work Smiley
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