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« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2007 09:19:02 PM »

usually, i'm not crazy about recycled grocery bag purses... this one I LIKE!!

great job making it look "fashionable"

i completely agree, i always think thats a neat idea but im never thrilled about the outcomes of them, this one is soooo cute, and i love the lining too!

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« Reply #21 on: April 16, 2007 07:14:14 AM »

how do you (and everyone else!) put the lining in? How to you measure how much fabric you need and then do you just hem it and then sew it in by hand somehow keeping it all neat and pretty looking?

For me, it was trial and error, LOL.  For this bag, what I did was use T-shirts, but I have also used fabric remnants from JoAnn's.  I fold it in half (right sides together) and lay it flat.  Then I take the crocheted bag (before adding the handle flaps/decreases) and I cut the fabric in the shape of the bag, leaving extra space toward the top to tuck under.  Next, I sew the bottom part of the fabric (the rounded part), then I put that part into the bag and sew that in across the top.  I usually fold the rough edges under and pin the fabric down, and just sew using a sewing machine.  I've done it by hand, but the sewing machine has even worked for the plastic bag.

The main thing I learned is to pin everything!  I tend to get lazy, and sometimes my work shows for it...so don't get lazy!

I hope this isn't too confusing...I'll be making another FBB for a friend soon, so maybe then I can post a tutorial on lining. Smiley

Thanks again for everyone's comments.  They make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Wink

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« Reply #22 on: April 16, 2007 12:52:05 PM »

Wow!  Supercute.  Do you have any advice if we want to try one?  I started cutting up bags (I did a spiral to get the longest possible piece from one bag), but didn't get very far before my hands were killing me!  Plus, the strips kept ripping - maybe I used poor quality bags?  Any tips would be much appreciated!

I cut mine in circular strips. Here is the link to my tutorial http://www.myrecycledbags.com/2007/02/17/instructions-for-cutting-plastic-bags-creating-recycled-plastic-yarn/on how to cut the bags. Also I just found a cool techinque where I use the paper cutter at work to cut the strips. It's wonderful!! Try it out, it cuts your project prep time way down. As for the bags that tear, just pull them gently to tie, also it's okay to tie a knot if they do tear. You might read this too http://www.myrecycledbags.com/2007/02/03/tips-for-crocheting-and-crafting-with-recycled-plastic-bags/ It has some good tips. PM me if you need anything else.
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« Reply #23 on: April 26, 2007 05:54:20 PM »

love it!  it looks even better than the candy wrapper bag i bought from ecoist!

« Reply #24 on: April 26, 2007 05:57:20 PM »

That's so stylish!  I love it!

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« Reply #25 on: May 15, 2007 11:02:41 PM »

LOVE IT!! I have to make a recycled bag!
« Reply #26 on: June 08, 2008 06:06:50 PM »

love it. i was looking at your rav-4 record, which led me to this. you are a pretty incredible crafty lady. i too have a rav-4 and crochet.
« Reply #27 on: June 08, 2008 06:24:06 PM »

Great job!!

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« Reply #28 on: June 15, 2008 08:29:21 PM »

amazing! i am so jealous! Cheesy
« Reply #29 on: June 18, 2008 08:56:28 PM »

i am impressed. very creative...and resourceful! 

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