I have a love/hate relationship with those reusable totebags all the grocery stores, etc. are selling these days.
Sure, they are functional, eco-friendly, yada, yada, yada, but I just don’t want to be a walking billboard for every store and company in town. Plus, I ALWAYS forget to bring them into the store.
So what’s a girl to do?
While my husband and boys were outside shooting hoops last night (yea, the four-foot box doesn’t live in our bedroom anymore!), I decided to see if I could make these ugly bags a little bit cuter.
What do you think? Did I accomplish my mission?
I raided my very small fabric stash and found a lovely floral with brown, cream, green and aqua.
Incidentally, how wonderful would this color scheme be in a living room or bedroom? Hmmm…
I measured the space between the handles on the front panel and came up with 15 1/2″ tall and 7 3/4″ wide. I made a small cut in the fabric and then tore it to fray the edges.
Then I used a zigzag stitch to sew the fabric to the front. I didn’t even bother to sew across the top.
Much improved, but I can do better.
I had this flower pin that I made ages ago and simply pinned it to the bag. It’s nothing more than a fake flower from a craft store with the stem cut off and one of those pin notions sewed to the back of it.
For the black bag, I made four fabric flowers using this tutorial and leftover scraps of fabric. The white is from some too-long curtains from IKEA, the gray is from my t-shirt refashion, the patterned fabric is from my apron and the other one is burlap from my stenciled pillow.
Remember the before?
Now here is the after:
Now maybe I won’t forget to take these cuties in with me to the grocery store anymore!
I linked this up to Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest!