Pinterest Project Monday- Trashy Tote Bag
I have this problem where I have dozens and dozens of boards on Pinterest filled with fantastic ideas….trouble is that I never get around to doing those fantastic projects. That’s about to change. Enter “Pinterest Project Mondays!” Each Monday I’ll be selecting one of my Pins and posting the process in the hopes that you’ll try something that inspires you. Most of my Pins have a focus on reusing & recycling items that most of us have around the house.
This week’s project is for those people who like to sew, but aren’t really into following strict instructions or patterns. It’s a tote bag made from a plastic dog food bag (you can also use cat food, bird seed, or cat litter too). The bag you’re using is made from woven plastic and not paper so it’s heavier duty than regular packaging.
What you need:
Plastic packaging that pet food, cat litter, or bird seed came in
- Flip the bag inside out first and wash with soap and water
- Flip bag right-side out
- Determine how tall you want your bag to be and then add 2 inches to that measurement (I know I said there’d be no measuring but this is it, I promise)
- Now fold down the bag using those 2 inches to set the height to where you’d like it
- Now sew around the bag so you’ve got a hem
- That’s done.
- Now use the pieces of the bag you cut off to make yourself some handles. (this picture shows long handles, but after trying to use it with long handles as a shoulder bag I highly recommend making them much shorter. The plastic material is so stiff that it gets unruly on your shoulder).
- No need to hem these. Just measure the length you want, pick a width, double that width so you can fold the strap over unto itself, and then sew a strip.
- Now sew your handles where you want them, reinforcing them a few times so you can handle heavy things.