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« on: January 19, 2009 10:51:31 AM »

One of my co-workers asked me if I had any use for the plastic coffee containers that we've accumulated over the past few months.  It seemed a shame to throw them away so I decided to bring a couple of them home and this is what I came up with:
  This is a Folger's 52 oz. coffee container.

  These are some foundation pieced crazy quilt blocks that I made using necktie scraps from other projects.

  I measured the bottom of the coffee container and the circumference to determine the size of the tote bag.

The brown/turquoise linen drawstring top is made from leftover scraps from a skirt that I made about 3 years ago.

  Finally, I added a strap out of the brown/turquoise linen.

I really like the way the tote turned out.  Please let me know what you think.
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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2009 11:00:36 AM »

Awesome! I have lots of those laying around, too....just seems like a shame to toss them and just stashing random junk in them seems to cause more hoarding of junk.  Tongue This is a cool way to use them that I would have never thought of.
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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2009 11:06:10 AM »

What a good idea! Wink
Makes me wanna start drinking coffee just to have a bucket Tongue hehe
Good job!
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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2009 11:16:58 AM »

Sweet!  That's an awesome idea.
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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2009 11:23:34 AM »

That is a fantastic idea!! I LOVE the fabric you used - I also have a ton of these around and thought I could just used them to store small bits for crafting, but their a little to big for that. I'll have to try this sometime! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2009 11:54:20 AM »

What a great idea... love it !
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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2009 11:57:38 AM »

love it! The colors are so nice and I really like this use of those containers. I've got a bunch of them saved and this is a great idea for a bag. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2009 12:11:40 PM »

This is a beautiful project, not to mention an awesome recycling opportunity.  I've been slowly accumulating scraps to try my hand at crazy quilting.  (I was taught to quilt at the age of 6, by a mother who insisted that right angles/square blocks were the *ONLY* way to go, so as much as I'm in love with antique crazy quilting, I'm afraid I'll fail miserably at it.)  Working as a costume designer, I've ended up with not only pieces left over of actual costumes, but also bags and bags of swatches gathered from fabric stores while planning my designs; silks, brocades, velvets, embroidered linens, etc, that are just begging to be turned into a crazy quilt....  Maybe if I try a smaller project instead of a full sized quilt, I'll be less daunted. 
THANKS FOR THE INSPIRATION DEAR!
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« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2009 12:25:16 PM »

Brilliant! You saved something from the landfill and made something beautiful and functional. It looks very professional. Well done!
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« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2009 12:55:32 PM »

Like everything about this project! Smiley

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« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2009 02:21:21 PM »

Love this!! I can think of so many ways to use it too Wink Thank you for sharing and inspiring!
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« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2009 04:53:19 PM »

i love it and here's why: i'd never guess it was one of those coffee containers inside.  my mom does a reduce/reuse/recycle program for children, and something like this that includes the plastic container and the repurposed clothing fabric is perfecto!
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« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2009 05:06:09 PM »

That's the coolest tote idea I've seen!  Shocked I love it!  Did you line it with anything?
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« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2009 05:26:03 PM »

That's the coolest tote idea I've seen!  Shocked I love it!  Did you line it with anything?

Thanks for all the positive feedback everyone.  I had been carrying around the idea in my head for days and didn't want to go back to work tomorrow without something to show my co-worker.

I deliberately didn't line it because I want to be able to remove the bag so it can be washed.  However, lining it would make it look more finished so I'll have to brainstorm and come up with a solution which will still allow the bag to be removed and washed.
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« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2009 06:14:42 PM »

Brilliant idea.  And beautiful quilt blocks.
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« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2009 11:17:25 AM »

That's the coolest tote idea I've seen!  Shocked I love it!  Did you line it with anything?

Thanks for all the positive feedback everyone.  I had been carrying around the idea in my head for days and didn't want to go back to work tomorrow without something to show my co-worker.

I deliberately didn't line it because I want to be able to remove the bag so it can be washed.  However, lining it would make it look more finished so I'll have to brainstorm and come up with a solution which will still allow the bag to be removed and washed.
snaps or Velcro would work. Make your lining, hem the to and if you use the sew on kinds you can make sure they won't come off in the wash. Smiley
I was actually thinking about that when I first saw it!
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« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2009 12:20:21 PM »

That's a great idea!  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #17 on: January 20, 2009 12:58:52 PM »

I think i will have to start drinking coffee to try this project!  Tongue This came out so nice.
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« Reply #18 on: January 20, 2009 01:16:47 PM »

Very interesting & creative design!!! Also, BIG up for Folgers Classic Roast! Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2009 02:23:55 PM »

Very well executed. Bravo!
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« Reply #20 on: January 20, 2009 11:38:50 PM »

This would make agreat substitute for a gift bag/gift basket
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« Reply #21 on: January 25, 2009 01:42:31 AM »

That's the coolest tote idea I've seen!  Shocked I love it!  Did you line it with anything?

Thanks for all the positive feedback everyone.  I had been carrying around the idea in my head for days and didn't want to go back to work tomorrow without something to show my co-worker.

I deliberately didn't line it because I want to be able to remove the bag so it can be washed.  However, lining it would make it look more finished so I'll have to brainstorm and come up with a solution which will still allow the bag to be removed and washed.
snaps or Velcro would work. Make your lining, hem the to and if you use the sew on kinds you can make sure they won't come off in the wash. Smiley
I was actually thinking about that when I first saw it!

I've beening thinking about this for a few days....  How about zip-out lining?  You could sew-up the lining with half the zipper as the top edge, then attached the other half to the inside of the "outer" bag.  That way you won't have anything slipping between the lining and container, or sticking to velcro (I had a purse with a velcro patch inside and it was always catching on things - my sweaters & gloves included, when I was reaching inside).  This way you could unzip and disassemble, wash both pieces and reassemble with ease!  (If you do decide to use a zipper, apply a small amount of WD40 to it - it'll keep it from sticking.)  I've got everyone at work on a hunt for empty coffee containers now!  Can't wait to make one of my own!
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« Reply #22 on: January 25, 2009 12:38:45 PM »

Eliea and Abssinth, I like both your ideas for the lining.  Unfortunately, I don't have the necessary supplies and it's too cold to go out today.  I try to hibernate as much as possible on the days I don't have to go to work.

So, I tried to come up with something that wouldn't require snaps or velcro or zippers since I don't have any.  Here's what I came up with:
Cut a piece of fabric the width of the container and twice the length.  Sew into tube (the fit should be as snug as possible), stitch across the bottom, then miter the corners.  Finish the top edge.

  Turn tube wrong side out then place in container.

  Pull top of tube down the outside of the container.  May require some effort since the tube needs to fit snugly.

Inside of lined container.  Bottom is left uncovered.

  Place lined container inside bag.  If the lining is snug enough, it should stay in place while the bag is being pulled up.

  Finished lined bucket tote.
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« Reply #23 on: January 25, 2009 02:28:20 PM »

Super adorable!  I love the way you lined it too.  I don't drink enough coffee to buy the large containers, but the smaller ones could be just as cute... or used to give gifts Cheesy  I'm going to have to add this to my ever growing list of "To Makes"  Grin
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« Reply #24 on: February 12, 2009 08:47:27 AM »

This is a great tote!!  I am really inspired by it.  I will have to find someone who drinks coffee to give me one of these...hehehe

On another note...  I am faily new to crafster, and have also started using Swap-Bot lately.  In all of the posts I have read, and all of the wonderful people I have met, I have realized, finally, that unlike what my soon to be ex-husband and 18 year old son say, I am NOT the only one who saves odd containers, thinking they are too useful looking to throw away, or wants to find something to do with pop bottles, along with hoarding tons of craft supplies...  There is an entire WORLD of us out there!!! 

Thank you craftsters for helping shake off yet another layer of my ex's controlling nature!!!  I am having SO MUCH FUN with this!!  It has inspired me to craft more!  I have a bunch of neckties, just waiting to become somthing useful, and I am sure I can adapt some other type of can to thie project.  Thanks!!
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« Reply #25 on: February 14, 2009 02:32:29 PM »

This is a great tote!!  I am really inspired by it.  I will have to find someone who drinks coffee to give me one of these...hehehe
Franstuff, I'm glad you find the tote inspiring.  If you decide to make one, I'd love to see a picture of it.

I must admit I'm obsessed with making them.  This is one I made for my husband as part of his Valentine's Day gift.  He won't wear red but he likes green, which is perfect since green is supposedly "the new color of love."  I already had the green quilted fabric in my stash and I also gave him a green sweatshirt. 

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« Reply #26 on: March 04, 2009 05:25:09 PM »

wow, i was really skeptical at first, but you pulled it off! great job!
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« Reply #27 on: March 14, 2009 10:39:21 AM »

This is a great tote!!  I am really inspired by it.  I will have to find someone who drinks coffee to give me one of these...hehehe

On another note...  I am faily new to crafster, and have also started using Swap-Bot lately.  In all of the posts I have read, and all of the wonderful people I have met, I have realized, finally, that unlike what my soon to be ex-husband and 18 year old son say, I am NOT the only one who saves odd containers, thinking they are too useful looking to throw away, or wants to find something to do with pop bottles, along with hoarding tons of craft supplies...  There is an entire WORLD of us out there!!! 

Thank you craftsters for helping shake off yet another layer of my ex's controlling nature!!!  I am having SO MUCH FUN with this!!  It has inspired me to craft more!  I have a bunch of neckties, just waiting to become somthing useful, and I am sure I can adapt some other type of can to thie project.  Thanks!!


Hey, I do that too!  Cheesy
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« Reply #28 on: March 23, 2009 06:35:59 PM »

Love this idea!  I hope you bring them all back into work and give them as gifts without telling them where they came from!  You should get a green award at work.
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« Reply #29 on: April 14, 2009 04:15:32 AM »

These would make great lunch totes, and since the lining you came up with is not affixed to the container or outside fabric in any way, it could easily be washed or replaced if it got icky!!!  I am also thinking these would be awesome containers to give cookies or other food gifts in.  If you make use of the original lid, you could get an airtight seal that would keep it fresh, and the container itself is already foodsafe!   hmmmmmm *scurries away to make one*
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« Reply #30 on: April 16, 2009 11:35:30 AM »

 Wink....this gives me wicked ideas.  Hubby is an ammo reloader, and keeps his brass in the coffee cans.  I wonder what he'd do if someday he came in from work and I had covered them all up....in manly prints of course.  If I made the handle out of something substantial, I could hang them on the wall above his reloading bench.
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« Reply #32 on: January 20, 2010 02:19:43 AM »

That is awesome and such a clever idea.
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« Reply #33 on: January 20, 2010 08:07:07 AM »

That is awesome! I have two of those I want to make totes with. I was going to make a little tote bag with one of those little coffee containers so I have a place for my wallet at concerts but then I thought that probably wasn't the best idea. Tongue
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