Those of you who have been following our journey this year know that we've been slowly transforming from (a) wasteful to (b) green dwellers. It's astonishing just how many changes can easily be made. It's been fun, actually.
Last weekend we went to the local rummage sale and I found this huge pile of very nice fabric for only .75. I mean to say this stuff is thick, bright, and very shiny. Anyone know what it is? Anyway, the guy must have seen me salivating over it because he said he'd take .50 for the whole pile. WOW, a .25 discount! Now all we had to do is decide what to do with it.
A couple weeks back, I published a post on "The Story of Stuff." Someone commented at the bottom about a website by the Green Bag Lady, whose real-life name is Teresa (I believe). She's has been accepting fabric donations and has been making bags for women all over the world who return their promise that they will use it in the place of plastic at the grocery story (or wherever they are usually using plastic or paper bags). When she sends someone a new bag, they send her a picture and she posts their picture and location on her website. She has a wonderful pattern HERE and a great demonstration video HERE.
I'm not much of a seamstress, but this morning I watched the video and looked at the pattern and thought, We can do THIS! I'll put the series of pictures below. The picture of the bag at the top is the final product. I still have a ton of fabric left so I think we'll easily have enough for all of our groceries once I finish. It's such cheerful, bright fabric and looks like it will hold up well for just transporting groceries from the store each week. I'm so excited!
Sewing the outsides.
Sewing up the corners.
Creating the handles.
Attaching the handles.
Modeling the final product.