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« on: August 05, 2007 10:31:12 PM »

Well, maybe not so mean. Not so "Joe" either...

Note: Image heavy and a semi-tut/diary of how I made it.

Ok, so, I thought and thought about what to make for this contest, when, in a flash of perspiration, I had an apostrophe!
The one thing I have the hardest time carrying with cloth bags is cans. Cans, cans, cans... they're really heavy, they tear the bags after a few times, and they never quite stack right.
What to do?

So, I made a pattern by stacking up 24 cans together - 2 deep, 4 wide, and 3 high. That is the most cans I have ever carried at once in one bag (because I am a dork like that, and insist on torturing myself by trying to stuff as much as I can into one place).

This led to this:

What you can't see because of the crappy pic are the bag's dimensions, which ended up being 12" across, 6" deep, and 16" high for the finished product. I incorporated a 1" seam allowance on all pieces.

I had an old pair of my husband's black corduroy dress pants that were impossibly torn and unusable, which I promptly confiscated for material, and used to make this bag.

The pieces cut out:

My 1 year old is such a good helper Cheesy

Now, I needed something to reinforce the bottom of the bag with. What to use? AHA!

Enter the plastic cross-stitch canvas!

Easy to cut to size, flexible, yet sturdy, and, best of all - sewable.

I sized it to the bottom piece, giving a 1 inch allowance all the way around.

Then, I pinned all the side pieces together, and stitched them:

The bottom was sewn on, the seams zigzagged together, and here we have the big boy in his modeling debut showing off the size of the bag:

The handles were made and applied in a modified variation of the ones used in the morsbags tutorial.

The plastic canvas was then sewn by hand into the bottom of the bag using a nice chunky dark green yarn.

The finishing touches were beading on the outside using copper/bronze/patina light and dark green beads, and block print painted lettering and iridescent outlining on both sides.

Showing the capacity for cannage:

Can easily accommodate 2 gallons of milk, or 1 gallon and cans:

And my big boy showing off the new bag:

VOILA'! One recycled black corduroy grocery bag that's super strong, and kinda pretty too.
Keeping it greener, keeping it cleaner.
Yay for recycling and all the cool crafty stuff we get to do because of it =D

Hope you guys like it!
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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2007 01:02:21 AM »

I love using plastic canvas in bags - it's washable without having to remove it!
Great bag - Selkie

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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2007 07:54:51 AM »

*gr8 idea with the plastic canvas* it is surprising the various uses that one can come up with for plastic canvas*


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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2007 08:08:54 AM »

Nice! I like the reenforced bottom! It must be nice to have a helper  Wink

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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2007 10:43:06 PM »

I really like this design! I've been sorting through the entries trying to find ones that fit more of what I buy and I think this could really work.

How do the straps work out for you though? Do they cut into your hands at all when they are heavy loaded? I'm also really scared to sew this because of the possibility of the straps just tearing apart from the weight (milk and cans = heavy  Shocked ) Any suggestions? I have to carry my groceries up five flights of stairs... ugh
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