Saturday, 25 September 2010

Crochet converted bag

Talk about brainless sewing. Because I don't have enough to do...

Sometimes I am struck with ideas and simply have to carry them out on the spot. This is such a project.

This tote bag came with the weekend newspaper a few months ago and I was impressed with the impenetrable fibre it is made from - a suprisingly good quality plastic woven fabric. Just what I was after.

Why?? I hear you ask.

Yes, it's true I have a few hundred beautiful fabric bags but I needed a quick bag I could use for my crochet tube. Something that wouldn't be affected by rain or smells (the plastic is perfect for this) and a bag I could throw about (not that I abuse my bags generally) or be too precious about. A practical bag that I could sling over my shoulder and carry in the car and just generally out and about so I can manage to fit in a few lines of knitting without carrying a whole cache around.


I am often struck with the thought of carrying out a few lines of knitting when stuck in bank queues, supermarket queues, etc. But I needed a slimline tote.

Obviously I don't want to advertise David Jones as I go about my business so a fabric print was necessary.

The only thing this tote was missing was a good sturdy zip which I added. I selected a charming bird print. Unpicked the lot. Attached the print. Stitched it back togeher...and voila....!

Now, I know there are better things I could have done with that hour...but I have got a bag to show for it, so it wasn't completely bad.

And I managed to stash bust and give these sweet birds a use.


Ok... back to real work...

10 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I have tons of those bags and I am going to make me a couple of these for different projects for on the go relaxation. Thanks for showing us this great and quick project.

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  2. What a great idea. How did you add the zipper?

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  3. That's really quite clever, I like it, just what I need, another bag :o)
    Lizzie
    xxx

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  4. I added the zip when stitching the bag back together. Luckily the fabric was not too thick and sewing it in was easy.

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  5. Cute idea and quite productive for one hour!

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  6. how cool is that....very imaginative.

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  7. Upcycling or re-purposing, whatever you want to call it, what a great idea! Wonder what I could use...?

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  8. This is very droll - what a good idea, although I don't see myself doing it! I just love our shopping bags though - they hold a lot and are sturdy.

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  9. If you have a usable and attractive bag at the end, I would say it was a totally productive hour! :)

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