Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thrifty Thursday-It's in the Bag!


This is a craft I've been wanting to do for a while.
It's something I'd seen on another homesteading blog
and once I found this fabulous video,
I knew I had to try it.
Be sure to check it out, as her story is very inspiring.



 I called a couple of local feed stores
to see if they had any empty feed sacks they could give me.
On Saturday, we were given 14 by the nice lady at Summerlin Feed.



 The top and bottom of each sack was cut off.
The top will be used for a handle.


They can be made any size, depending on how much you lop off.
I'm not including detailed steps,
because the aforementioned video did such a great job.

Lynn and Faye allowed me to use their amazing 1947 Singer sewing machine.
As the bags require only a straight stitch, 
this was the perfect tool.
They patiently coached me on how to work it,
as I've never before used a sewing machine.
I'm now searching Craig's List for one of my own.



The bags will come in handy for groceries or
taking books back to the library.
Keeping a few in our vehicles ensures that
we'll always have one when we need it.
They are sturdy and quite durable
and can be easily cleaned using a damp rag.
 I'd like to find an apron pattern and give that a try.
 Lampshades...tablecloths...awnings...
Um, I think this could be addicting.

It feels so good to take something that was going to be thrown out,
and make something useful out of it.
Here are some other ideas for using feed sacks.

What have you repurposed lately?
Here's an update on this story.

26 comments:

  1. My daughter's made some of these for the fair. They also made wallets - blue ribbon winners.

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  2. Wow-neat idea. I know those old feed sacks used to be made out of cotton and were repurposed for clothing, but the new ones are that "odd" material and I never gave a thought of reusing them. Thanks for "enlightening" me, Daisy. I always get such fine (fun) ideas from you.
    Have a wonderful day

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    1. So glad you found something useful here. ;0)

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  3. Daisy, great ideas for repurposing. I have to say mine are not so creative and they usually involve pallets, rocks, fence panels, or barrels. This year I added buckets. Always gardening is involved some how. There always seems to be digging in the dirt involved but I love the physical activity. I would say that what I do would be more of reusing than repurposing. Rocks never wear out and fences will out last my life time. Time to do some reusing today.

    Have a great repurposing day.

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  4. So cute! I've seen these bags on Etsy but not thought about doing it myself. I really should!

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  5. I first saw these at the State Fair of Texas last year... and I came home and made some up! I love them and was able to sell some online. I carry one as a purse. I get lots of compliments.
    Your's turned out great!

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  6. Love, love, LOVE!!! I too have seen this but I completely forgot about it. I will definitely be following your lead my friend. That's for yet another great inspiration. :)

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    1. I really can't wait to make more. I'm looking for a vintage sewing machine like the one I used to make these!

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  7. I have a pile of nice sacks and hope to someday actually get around to making some of these bags! Thank you for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop.
    Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead

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  8. These would make great grocery bags to carry to the store! Thank you so much for giving me a great idea!

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    1. That's what I use them for and they work great!

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  9. I have made these & they are fantastic. We use them all the time.

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  10. OH WOW...these are great. I currently do not have chickens, so that means I will have to check with some of my farmer friends to see if I can have some of their old bags. I just love them! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. I'm sure they'll be happy to save them for you! Enjoy!

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  11. They are really neat looking, and handy, too. I love your ideas for using them in other ways. Hope you follow through.

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  12. Those are really neat! Love them!

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  13. I am going to try these (found you via Our Simple Life)! Love this project and wanted to invite you to our weekly link up on the Art of Home-Making Mondays. Have a lovely week!

    http://strangersandpilgrimsonearth.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-art-of-home-making-mondays-please_15.html

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    1. Thank you for the invite. I hope you enjoy this project as much as I did.

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