Friday, March 13, 2015

Re Purposed Bird Food Bag

I saved all my bird food bags thinking I might make some of these totes.  These were easy to make.  Here is how I made them.  

Start with the bag.  

Take out the stitching and turn inside out.  Wipe down the inside of the bag.  

Sew the end back together.  I stitched 2 rows one 1/8" above the other to make extra secure.

Then pinch the corners together.  I made a mark at 5" from the tip.  Cut off the excess bag leaving enough seam allowance. 

Stitch the seams together.  Again a double row.

Fold down the top and stitch to the bag. 

 I found this sturdy trim in the upholstery department of the fabric store.  I bought 1 yard per bag I want to make.  Figure out how and where you want the strap to go and stitch it to the bag.  I reinforced the stitches where the strap meets the bag.  I did an additional top stitch toward the top of the bag.  That way the strap is stitched several times to secure it.

That's it.  Really easy, anyone can do this.  The bird food bags are so tough that this tote should be able to hold many treasures at the next flea market.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

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