Monday, February 24, 2014
My New Lunch Bag
I bought some of this very cute reusable bag material that we carry at JoAnn Fabric and Crafts. I have been eyeballing it for some time now and then they got some more colors in, so I had to get it. I love it, don't you!?
I knew I wanted to make some shopping bags or something with it. The lunch bag that I was taking to work was getting pretty ragged, so I decided to make a new one. Understand that this was the first one and I really was not sure how it was going to turn out. I had an idea in my head and hoped it would come out in the finished product. I mixed the polka-dot with the chevron to give it more character and break up the pattern a bit. I also used some ribbon for the handles, mainly because I had to get to work and was out of time. Next time I will use the bag material, it will probably last longer.
I used some cardboard pieces from paper that I had bought when I was selling Stampin' Up! The cardboard is perfect for cutting out patterns or stabilizing things. I also used it for the cardboard in the bottom, so that it holds it's shape better. I love recycling, up-cycling and using things for purposes other than their intended ones. Sometimes I feel like a hoarder, but not as bad as the ones on television. But you know, as soon as you throw it out, you are going to need it.
It's a little bigger than I imagined, but I think it works well. I covered the cardboard bottom with some fabric that is in our utility section, next to the bag material. It is used for covering the bottom of a chair or couch, under the cushions. It's the black thin fabric that cats like to shred and always gets ripped when you move.
I am totally going to make more bags and show you how, step by step. I just need to practice a little more. Until next time, keep crafting and doing what makes you happy. I know I will.