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Topic: The Answer is Blowin' in the WIND! *Now With Downloadable Iron-On Image!*  (Read 10894 times)
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« on: August 04, 2007 03:14:41 PM »

Hi there! This is my entry for the craft challenge:

I made the whole thing from recycled and thrifted materials (because of course, thrift stores keep treasures out of landfills). The printed and plain white fabric I found just as weird shaped ends hanging with all the sheets in one thrift store, and on another occasion, found a bag of webbing, and a bag of crazy 70's pom-pom trim. The only thing that isn't reused is the iron-on on the front, and the thread.

I had quite a few sources of inspiration, and I figure I'll explain the whole thing Cheesy

Well, I knew I had to enter this challenge, as we already shop at a grocery store where you have to bring your own bags, or pay 5 cents each for the plastic ones. So we bring our own bags of course, and we definitely need some more!

Immediately I knew I wanted to have something related to wind power on the front. My BF works in the wind power industry, so it is an issue that is personal to me. His work has sent him on several trips to visit wind farms and he always takes great pictures, so I decided to use one of his pictures for my tote bag. And after going through his bumper stickers and badges with windpower slogans, I thought they were all pretty cheesy. So I decided to use the lyric I did, kind of change its intended meaning a bit. I'm sure Bob Dylan would approve Wink.

So I took the photo, my slogan, and went off to work in photoshop. I'm no expert at it or anything, but I had a lot of fun tweaking the colours, making it look like the turbine and trees were glowing and stuff. I'm pretty happy with how the image turned out.

For the shape of the bag, I sort of based it on the PC 'Canada's Greenest Shopping Bag' which you can get for 99 cents at any grocery store that sells President's Choice brand stuff. Here's a link to a picture of one:


And I also wanted to include pockets like the ones on a tote bag that my friend brought back from Japan for me. They are awesome pockets, so I copied them!

This is me holding the pockets up out of the bag so you can see:

Theres lots of tucks and stuff, and I am *super* proud of how they turned out. In the process of pocket-making, you can see the pleats:

And the finished pockets:

The pockets in use:

Here's a few more shots from different angles - the back:

The inside, empty:

And the inside, full. Well, not totally full, it can still hold way more:

All the seams are reinforced three times so it doesn't break, and so it holds its structure better, like the PC bag. And the pom-pom trim is sewn in between the layers at the top, then tacked down on the outside so it doesn't get in the way of putting groceries and stuff inside.

I hope you all like my bag! I'd be happy to answer any questions about it too Smiley.

Edit to add:
OK, I got the image up, so that if anyone wants to use it as an iron-on, you can. Just make sure to flip it when you print it so that the words show up properly. Should be an option in printer settings for that I think...

So click that picture and it should take you to the post about this project on my blog, where you will be able to click on the same picture again (scroll down to the bottom), and it will get very very big, so you can use it too!
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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2007 04:27:33 PM »

I love this! I might steal your picture/saying to put on my Dad's magazine bag, if you don't mind. He's ALL about wind energy, goodness don't get him started. Wink

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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2007 04:33:53 PM »

This is a great bag. I love that you photoshopped a wind turbine and bob D's song.... The pockets are fantabulous (my new word) and I think you hit the nail on the head with this bag!
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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2007 04:54:08 PM »

*i really like the colors and concept of ur bag* *i was lookin @ TV the other day and the VP of Safeway spoke on how the company uses the wind conductors to power several offices across the states.  i am in CALI by the way* *just funny how i saw him talking about the conductors and u make an iron-on image of one*


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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2007 01:38:52 PM »

The pockets and pom poms rock!!!

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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2007 09:15:45 AM »

Thanks for the comments everyone Cheesy

The fabric wouldn't have been my first choice, but I was determined to use recycled/reused materials to increase the green factor of the bag, and I like how it turned out.

I'm glad you like the pom-poms too! BF was all "I'm not using a bag covered in pom-poms" but I like them, and I think they draw attention to the fact that it isn't a plastic bag.

Oh, and I can see if I can see if I can upload the image I used for the iron on so you can use it, its just on the other computer... *edit - done, added to first post*

And the bag made its debut this weekend, it came camping with me. It held my biggest warmest sweaters, and I am impressed at the amount I was able to cram into it.
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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2007 02:55:36 PM »

Thanks for the image!

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« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2007 03:21:51 PM »

No problem! I'd love to see a picture of the finished product if you use it Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2007 01:38:59 PM »

thats really interesting that your grocery store charges for bags, i think thats a neat idea. whereabouts do you live/they do that?

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« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2007 05:09:17 PM »

This is great! I love the picture and of course, you re-used items. GO YOU!
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