Funky Recycled Pet Food Bag Purse/tote.

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This is a purse made from a pet food bag lined with white cotton from and old sheet and ribbon handles. The best ones to use are made from a plastic fiber. You can also use a paper type that you iron an iron-on plastic (available at most craft and fabric stores) to. This bag can be made with any type of bag to reflect your friends or your likes and hobbies.

Step 1: Materials Needed

One pet food bag(or bag that describes an individuals likes).
Mat Knife
Scissors
Recycled fabric for lining(I used an old sheet)
Needles or sewing machine
Thread
Ribbon

Step 2: Cut Apart Seams.

Using the mat knife cut the back from the bag leaving the entire side seam attached.

Step 3: Cut Bag Front in Half.

Cut the bag front piece in half. Then cut pieces of the sheet to match the same size of the cut bag pieces.

Step 4: Sew the Two Pieces of the Bag Together.

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Sew the two pieces of the bag together at the sides and bottom with the outsides facing each other.

Step 5: Do the Same Thing for the Lining.

Do the same thing for the lining with the sheet as in the previous step with the bag. (My cat wanted his food bag back :).

Step 6: Stitch the Bottom Corners.

Push the side seam down until it touches the bottom seam and then stitch across the bottom corner about two inches from the point that is formed.

Step 7: Repeat the Previous Step on the Other Corner.

Repeat the previous step on the other corner. This allows for the bag to sit flat. Repeat this with the lining.

Step 8: Turn the Bag Right Side Out.

Turn the bag right side out. Then fold in the top edge about 1/2 inch all the way around.

Step 9: Place the Lining in the Bag.

Place the lining in the bag. Fold down 1/2 inch on the top of the lining all the way around. Then place the seam side of the lining against the seam side inside the bag so that they do not show. Pin the top edges together after placing the ribbon in between the lining and bag on both sides. Sew the top edges together.

Step 10: The Finished Bag Front.

The finished bag front.

Step 11: The Back of the Bag.

The back of the bag. Now it's time to go show off your new creation. My teenagers love it and their friends all want one.

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    crystalbluern

    1 year ago

    WOW, where have these been all my life.

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    dianaj4108

    2 years ago

    old blue jeans or old pants make good lining and handles

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    JulieN18

    3 years ago on Step 2

    for a handle use old purses, lawn chair with the webbing, a back pack, or the handles of a different tote that u r throwing out, or when you are cutting up the tote you are making use the scraps that you are cutting off :)

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    handprints

    9 years ago on Step 11

    awesome! we feed our cats max cat (paper bag) so I will try it with the plastic fusing stuff. and maybe my bags of potting soil or other gardening supply bags...wow. I'm going to be eyeing people's trash much more now!!! Where do I cast my vote??

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    handprintshandprints

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    shoot! I'm sorry, I'm such a dummy. You were a finalist! that is why I clicked on your instructable in the first place!

    That's okay. I'm glad you like it. As an artist (synonym for pack rat) I see possiblities everywhere. Sounds like you do also.

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    qm3cmomsweetdollymom

    Reply 3 years ago

    As an artist...synonym for pack rat...love it! Now I know why I keep everything! ;)

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    Shingalana

    7 years ago on Step 3

    wondering if I can use some old tshirts as lining for these. also trying to figure out what I can "re-use" for handles rather than purchasing something new. I'm planning some projects like this, with completely re-purposed items, as fund raisers for Earth Day next year.

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    qm3cmomShingalana

    Reply 3 years ago

    You can make handles out of strips about 2 - 2 1/2 inches wide...see thm together lengthwise...

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    heartartShingalana

    Reply 6 years ago on Step 3

    Hello-
    How about men's ties for handles, old suspenders, or lightweight belts? Those would all be easy to find and fun to use in different ways. Or straps cut from old jeans or cords, with a sewn edge to keep them from fraying.

    Hope this sparks some ideas for ya!

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    petlady67

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I rescue animals & get these bags weekly. Different sizes, brands, etc. If someone will make me a bag, I'll be glad to supply you with bags for your other projects.

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    ltgoldilockspetlady67

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Hi Petlady,
    Where do you live? I live in Nanuet, NY 10954. If you mail me some bags I'll send you back 2.I make a larger tote with 2 Friskies 16lb bags. I'll make you whatever you want based on the bags send me. I have a friend that works with a shelter and they take care of a colony of ferral cats. She give me some bags and I sew them up and then she puts them for sale or raffle and raises that money for the shelter and to buy food for the ferral colony.
    Email me if you want. ltgoldilocks@hotmail.com
    Nicole

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    janeycat57

    6 years ago on Introduction

    WOW !!! My grandson will love this... He is Austic and loves his cat , I can't wait to get my hands on one of these bags. I guess I will have to talk his mom into buying a big bag instead of the little paper bags or boxes..LOL...
    Great Idea and It looks like it's factory made... Fantastic job and great instructions ...

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    I am so glad. Thank you for the compliments. I have a few friends who have children with autism. Have you seen the cholesterol therapy that they are trying for a treatment. From what I understand they are having phenomenal success with this. I hope he like the bag and take care.

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    Tih

    6 years ago on Introduction

    What is the size of the bag? Mine are 1,5 kg... Are they big enough or do i need 2?

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    MomLogg

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you for the great photos of this project! I am fairly new to sewing and can't follow written instructions very well yet--photos are the most helpful. I saw a cool purse someone had made of a feed bag and have saved a few chicken feed bags for the project, but hadn't found a good instruction unti I saw yours. I'm going to do my purse soon!

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    sandy-g

    7 years ago on Introduction

    This has now become an addiction for me. I make this every time I get a bag. I love these!!!

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    Great project! I've been saving a couple of sturdy bags that sunflower seeds came in (bird food) thinking they were too good to just trash. Now I know what to do with them. Thanks!

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    Zmathews

    7 years ago on Introduction

    great idea, i have always went to the store and bought some of those ugly fabric bags so i dont have to use plastic bags but this is pretty and eco friendly ( kind of )

    i love it

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    rnchm1

    7 years ago on Step 11

    I am in awe of your brillance!!!! I cannot wait until my dogs finish a bag of food!!! I will definately make one of these.