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...


  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.

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

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

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

  5. Cute idea and quite productive for one hour!

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

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

  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.

  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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