Monday, September 9, 2019

Cool Idea


I feel more than a little guilty every time an Amazon package comes to our house.  I save them but my carbon footprint build up was beginning to look like Bigfoot.  So I decided to try making a market bag using two or three sewn together.  They were pretty easy to sew. The main problem was fitting them into the throat of my machine once I'd sewn two together.

I used a simple market bag tutorial photo to sew the bottom gussets.  Here's the link to my pin of my Pinterest board Bags, Purses and Totes.  https://pin.it/jms7a4j3hoefve

I painted the background orange with poster paint and the designs with craft acrylics.  The handle is canvas webbing.  You can see the Amazon logo a bit through the orange paint but I like that since it informs the person looking at it how it's made.

The darned thing is holding up!  I've used it for the farmer's market, the grocery store and a recent sewing retreat.  The paint is not cracking, the seams are holding and I'm pretty pleased.

I think it's the first of many. I'm going to try patching some fabric on the next version.

 You outta give it a try!!

10 comments:

  1. What a fantastic idea! Bravo, I might have to borrow this one.

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    1. Borrow away! That's why I posted it. Would love to see hundreds of these little guys walking around on people's arm!

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  2. Bubble wrap? Most of my Amazon comes in cardboard boxes.

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    1. Lots of my things come in bubble wrap envelopes with Tyvek on the outside (at least I think it's Tyvek.

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  3. What a great idea. I'll have to start saving my envelopes...one more thing of things to do! Thanks!

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  4. Great timing on this post. I have two of the Amazon bubble envelopes in the recycling bin right now. Why a small box of 100 Schmetz sewing machine needle was packed in a large bubble envlope is puzzling. But now I have a great idea on how to reuse the packaging. Thanks!

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  5. Wonderful idea. Could you tell me a little more about the paint? Any trouble with the poster paint coming off? Does acrylic paint chip? Thank you

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    1. I've been using the bag for about a month now with no breakdown or cracking colors. I don't know yet how long it holds up but its such a fast process, with little expense, that it was worth a try! Thanks for tuning in!

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