This is my first challenge! I used the Rice Bag idea: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=269188.0
. Not original, but I have been lurking for about 4 years so I do feel accomplished to have finally taken part in a challenge! The bag:
My own process featured a lot of experimentation to figure out what to do. I decided to avoid the whole fused plastic thing because I have 2 young-uns at home with me - didn't want them to get any ideas about experimenting with plastic bags and irons or anything.
Fused plastic projects look so cool though and I will do that someday! I started off crocheting plarn made from Uno's takeout bags but it started coming out too bulky for stacking with the other ten totes we bring to the store. My oldest modeling my crochet in progress (this idea was "bagged" sorry...):
So the rice bag was the solution for me. I tried using the plarn to stitch the bag together but the holes made by the big needle just ripped the bag. The original rice bags were made out some kind of laminated plasticky paper. Perhaps with a more fabric-like rice bag I could stitch it with the plarn in the future.
The outside of the bag was nifty enough for me (dig the Chinglish and photo of rice plants) and shows off how much rice we eat
It folds up and stores with the rest of our reusable bags, easily wipes clean, and doesn't have doodads that would fall off. Our bags get a lot of rough use!
To make it, I cut up two 20-lb. bags following the shape of an existing reusable tote. I zigzagged all the pieces right-sides together. I turned the bag and boxed & x-ed the handles on with straight stitches. Handles are just long scraps folded over and straight-stitched. This one took probably an hour to make. Hard to keep track because I worked on it off and on starting in the afternoon and ending after dinner. The next one will be quicker (and neater) now that I've figured out how it would go together.
Everyone here is so crafty - I'm not worthy!! Looking forward to seeing all the ideas!