We get our chicken feed in bags made of woven plastic. If they were paper I'd put them down under the mulch in the flower beds, but was stumped what to do with these. Then I realized that the bags we use for groceries were made from the same type fabric (DIMPA from IKEA). So I whipped out the sewing machine and came up with this version. I'm not that good at sewing, rather sloppy actually, but I managed to make one that I wouldn't be embarrassed to carry!
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Step 1: Clean Out a Bag.
Lay your bag out flat on the table. Cut the string from the bottom strip and then even up the bottom of the bag.
Stitch along the bottom of the bag 1/4" from the bottom.
Turn bag inside-out and sew along the bottom 1/2" from the bottom. This gives you a French seam which encloses the cut edge and helps make it more durable.
Stand the bag open end down on the table and take the two corners and make "dog ears". I measured 2 1/2" from the corner and sewed across the corner.
Step 2: Sewing the Top.
Turn bag right-side out.
Cut two 3 1/2" strips from around the top of the bag. These will be the handles.
Zig-zag the cut edge of the top. Fold down 2" all around and sew.
Cut the handle strips 20" long and hand press 1/4" to the inside on both long sides. Fold in half and sew down the long side.
Attach the handles to the bag as shown.
And now you have successfully recycled a feed sack into something useful!
Step 3: Yay!
The finished bag.
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