I finally broke out my brand new sewing machine that my husband bought me for Christmas…I know about time! We have been rearranging again and I have a craft/sewing area now that I am really excited about.
To start you need an Animal Feed Bag.
I have been collecting them from the barn and have a stack of colors and animals to make. My animals feed come in the paper bags and though would work they wouldn’t hold up well. These are plastic feeling white on the inside and more like woven plastic fabric…not sure what it is called? They don’t rip easily and have a slick water repellent finish. I love the horse feed bags but, as you can see I tried out my first one on a dog food bag which turned out great as well.
Wash your bags first! I gave this job to the kids who enjoyed playing in the hose while they cleaned them.
Next you will want to cut a little more than 8 inches off the top of the bag and save that for the handles. Then cut the white paper seam off the bottom. The dog food bag didn’t have that seam and I didn’t alter the bottom at all.
Next you will want to turn your bag inside out and make a seam along the bottom. I then created a 4 inch triangle and sewed along the bottom of the triangle to make the corners of the bag.
Then I hemmed the top of the bag by folding over a couple of times and stitching along the top and bottom of the fold.
Next take the top of the bag and cut 4 inch stripes across. Then cut down the side to make one long strip to make your handles. I folded each edge towards the center and then folded over and pinned. My handles were approximately 26 inches. I sewed 2 seams again on on each edge of the strap.
Then it was time to pin and sew the handles onto the bag. I found it easiest to measure with a ruler and pin. I sewed mine 4 inches in on either side and about an inch below the seam. I pinned all 4 first to make sure everything lined up and that each strap was the same length. I then sewed them on in a box and the dog food one I enforced by making an X in the box and I still need to finish reinforcing the horse feed bag.
That was it! I am not much of sewer and I don’t really know how to follow a pattern. I made 1 bag in less than an hour…I think it took me more time to set up the sewing machine and figure out how to load the bobbin! I do love my new sewing machine and now that it has a place to stay set up I just might learn how to sew better!
So over all very easy project for a beginner sewer…believe me they aren’t perfect and don’t have perfect straight seams but, it doesn’t matter! I love the fact that I recycled trash into something useful and you can’t beat the price of free! I think these will make great grocery sacks or even pool/beach totes for towels because they are water proof.
Update: Here’s a few more bags I’ve made since the first two. I adapted the size to accommodate the graphics.
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