(Sorry for the foggy background, but we always need more rain)
Don't you just love brilliant things? I do too.
I also love BAGS, and I have a bit of a thing for our chickens
Time to be honest, I have a bit of an obsession with bags really (not with chickens). In fact, the first fundraiser that I worked on when we moved to a new area involved selling reusable bags. I get compliments on those cute grocery totes all the time, but I'm a bit bored with them (don't tell the kids I used the "bored" word - it's a word that gets chores awarded around this household ... I digress).
While researching container gardening options yesterday I saw this upcycled feed bag. I thought it was cute, but what about turning it into a tote for the Farmer's Market? I'm not the only one to have this idea and with a bit of searching I found two great tutorials. This one has great step-by-step instructions and this one makes the boxed bottom so simple that even I could do it. (Sometimes I can't believe the complicated stuff I used to sew - flashback to 28 yards of black taffeta and 2 yards of black sequins with a prom dress pattern with an expert rating-Wow, thank you Home Ec!)
Like everything else in the world that I do; I had to add my own spin. I dropped by a local Christian Thrift Store and found a discarded belt that would work wonderfully for the handles for $4. It was a bit more than I would normally pay, but it was local (and perfect).
Total project cost
Feedback: Free, gotta feed the girls no matter what
Thread: Already in my stash
Time: Priceless and in high demand
Belt for handles: $4
I'm really quite happy with the way that it turned out. The braided jute belt made the perfect handles. I was even able to leave the buckle for a bit of embellishment. I'm thinking of sewing up a few more with nylon handles (I don't think just everyone would love the jute shedding on them) and adding them to my Etsy store.