The Scrappy Bag

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Introduction: The Scrappy Bag

What to do with all that scrap yarn??? Why make a bag!

Step 1: Supplies

- Scrap Yarn
- Light weight water soluble stabilizer
- Fabric for straps and lining of bag
How much you need of these items depends on the size of the bag you are making.

You will also need to use a sewing machine.

Step 2: Cut!

- Decide the size of the bag.
- Cut out two pieces of light weight water-soluble stabilizer double the length of the purse. This is so you can fold it in half and have the material on both sides of the yarn.
- Cut the lining to the same size as one of the pieces of the light weight water-soluble stabilizer pieces.
- The straps we cut to be about 2 inches in width. at whatever length you desire.

Step 3: Laying the Strings

- Lay strings of yarn all over on half of the light weight water-soluble stabilizer. You could lay it down in a pattern but we just laid them all over in coordinating colors. Have completely covered on that half.

- Once you have the desired amount of yarn. Fold the water-soluble stabilizer over to cover both sides of yarn. Pin in place.

- Repeat with second piece of light weight water-soluble stabilizer.

Step 4: Sew Yarn

Sew the yarn to the light weight water-soluble stabilizer. For ours we found it worked best to work in a square to the center. Then finished it off with and X for extra security.

Step 5: Soak

Once Both pieces are sewn soak them in warm water and rub them until they are no longer sticky feeling. Then let dry overnight.

Step 6: Sew Fabric

While it drys, sew the lining and handles for the bag.

Step 7: Assemble

With dry yarn fabric sew in lining and and strap. A tip from my friend Amanda: have lining face up as you sew so yarn doesn't get caught in the foot.

Now you have a brand new, unique, bag.

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    Thank you so much for the inspiration from the above project, its given me an excellent idea! xx If it works I will post it, yipeee

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    This is wonderful! I bought 20+ skiens of yarn at a garage sale for only $3 and then bought many more at another (curse you impulse buying!!) and it has been littering my closet floor!

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    Lol. I'm kind of jealous. Even though I also have alot of hand me down yarn hanging around. My mom only makes afghans so she gives me here left over skeins.

    thanks for the quick response..I am thinking of trying this with other materials than yarn...Wonderful instruct able...

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    Those bags are just toooooo wonderful...I dont have any yarn but wish I did..thanks for sharing..Where do you get the water soluble paper??

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    Just saw a sewing show on PBS use some. I think it's saposta be for quilting. If that helps you narrow down where it may be located at all.

    You can get it at a fabric store. We got ours at Hershners. I don't remember what section though. We had to ask the clerk.