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« on: December 23, 2011 08:08:12 AM »

I finally got around to making these big bags from the feed store that I received from a friend into shopping bags.



Just 3 cuts, 3 sewn seams, 4 grommets and 4' of rope and they're about the size of a paper grocery sack which I think it a great size.  I followed the design of one I was given, but made mine wider at the bottom so I could get a lot in there, but not crush the things at the bottom.



They're durable, stand up on their own, moisture resistant and I don't worry about setting them on the dirty ground, because they just wipe off.
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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2011 09:17:43 AM »

That's awesome!  Where do you get such bags to begin with??
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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2011 10:55:17 AM »

Great recycle project!
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« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2011 11:03:40 AM »

That's awesome!  Where do you get such bags to begin with??

Thanks!  I'm almost certain they got them from a feed store... full of bird and cat food.

Great recycle project!

I wish I could take credit for the original idea or knew who came up with it, but I don't.  Sad 
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2012 05:46:17 AM »

I've made several of these over the years.. from horse feed bags, bird seed, dog food.. but used the bag material as handles.  I like your grommet and rope handles better!

great job!!

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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2012 09:08:19 AM »

I've made several of these over the years.. from horse feed bags, bird seed, dog food.. but used the bag material as handles.  I like your grommet and rope handles better!

great job!!

Hope

Thanks!  I completely copied this idea so can't take any credit for that, but I must say I'm liking the idea of using the bag material with grommets!  I just made a few more of these that I haven't yet done the handles on, so I may try that when I get more bags.  As it is, I don't have material left over, but I could use one bag just for handles.  Hmmmmmm. 
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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2012 02:07:22 AM »

Oh wow, I should do this with our huge dog food bags. Great idea!
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« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2012 07:06:12 AM »

Oh wow, I should do this with our huge dog food bags. Great idea!

Do it!  Give 'em a scrubbing on the inside, then you're ready to go!
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2012 11:00:53 AM »

haha Cheesy brilliant!

I bet you get a few stares when you carry them
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« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2012 05:30:21 PM »

haha Cheesy brilliant!

I bet you get a few stares when you carry them

You know, about 60% of the time the cashier will comment about how they like them or think they're clever which sometimes get other people in line to notice and comment, but otherwise I don't think people even notice what with all the variety of reusable bags out there. 
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« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2012 02:31:48 PM »

These look great!  I have made something similar out of horse feed sacks and chicken feed sacks.  I have made the handles out of the bag material, but it's not easy to attach them and have the stitching come out looking neat.  I like the idea of grommets and rope.  If your handle starts to look ratty you can take it off and wash it or even replace it with no trouble.

Your bags have the look of paper bags, with the folds/creases on the sides.  Did you just fold and press it to make the creases?  Also, did you start with 2 rectangles and stitch sides and bottom then match up the side and bottom seams and stitch across to box the bottom, OR, did you cut squares out of the bottom corners and stitch the cut edges together?  Sorry to ask so many questions, but your bags look so nice and sturdy that I'd like to replicate them.  Would you mind giving the dimensions of the pieces?
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« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2012 07:34:28 AM »

These look great!  I have made something similar out of horse feed sacks and chicken feed sacks.  I have made the handles out of the bag material, but it's not easy to attach them and have the stitching come out looking neat.  I like the idea of grommets and rope.  If your handle starts to look ratty you can take it off and wash it or even replace it with no trouble.

Your bags have the look of paper bags, with the folds/creases on the sides.  Did you just fold and press it to make the creases?  Also, did you start with 2 rectangles and stitch sides and bottom then match up the side and bottom seams and stitch across to box the bottom, OR, did you cut squares out of the bottom corners and stitch the cut edges together?  Sorry to ask so many questions, but your bags look so nice and sturdy that I'd like to replicate them.  Would you mind giving the dimensions of the pieces?

Thanks!  First I have to say that on the bag I copied from that the handles have far outlasted the bag itself as far as looking ratty, but it has nylon rope that is the color of natural rope which I couldn't find at the 2 hardware stores I looked at.

Second, they are the size of paper bags give or take and all I did was cut the bottom seam, then re-sew it & sew 2 more to make the gussets.  I hope I can explain that well enough.  Turn the cut bag inside out and re-sew the bottom.  Then you have a tube with one end sewn flat, open the un-sewn end.  Take one of the sides of the seam you just made and press it flat with your hands, forming a triangle with the seam centered form the top point to hypotenuse.  (I can't believe I spelled hypotenuse correctly the first time).  Measure in a few inches on that seam and sew another seam perpendicular to it.  Cut the excess triangle off and repeat on the other end of the first seam.  Once that's done turn it back so the right side is out and fold down the top to the height of bag you like.  The bag I copied had at least 4 inches folded in, so I leave quite a bit, but have cut off excess.  Then I just finger press to get the creases, but it's some pretty intense finger pressing.  Mark where you want the grommets, add them and the handles and done. 

If the description of the gussets is too confusing I can try to get a photo, just let me know.
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« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2012 07:42:18 PM »

what a fun idea! I might have to make one with my cat's food bag.

How did you clean the inside of the bag without damaging the paper?
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« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2012 08:34:20 PM »

what a fun idea! I might have to make one with my cat's food bag.

How did you clean the inside of the bag without damaging the paper?

Thanks!  The bags I used don't have any paper, they are some kind of woven plastic-like  material.  I had to get them for others, because our pets' food comes in paper, too!  Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2012 12:42:21 PM »

Thank you for the explanation of how you boxed the bottom.  It made perfect sense.  And kudos to you for  knowing what a hypotenuse is, as well as how to spell it!
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« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2012 05:20:01 PM »

Whew!  I hope your work out just how you want them to.  LOVE to see then when you're done.
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« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2012 03:12:26 PM »

I wasn't sure if you'd seen the newest PBW Challenge yet - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=410916.0 

Cheesy  It seems like it might be something you'd be interested in!
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« Reply #17 on: July 07, 2012 03:06:00 PM »

I wasn't sure if you'd seen the newest PBW Challenge yet - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=410916.0 

Cheesy  It seems like it might be something you'd be interested in!

You're correct!  However, we're preparing the house to put on the market so we can move to a different state so I'm behind on birthday presents and summer skirts.  Also, packing up.  Wink
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