I've been feeling so neglectful of my blog this last week! I've been super busy preparing for the kick off to craft fair season, I haven't had much time for anything else. So as I sat behind my sewing machine yesterday sewing up shopping bags for my customers, I grabbed my video camera and shot a little tutorial.
I've seen lots of tutorials on how to make bags out of newspaper but most of them use staples or glue. Since I'm using mine to wrap customers packages, I don't want to use staples and risk them slicing open a finger and I'm terrified the glue won't hold. Behind the sewing machine I sat trying to devise a way to make a similar bag with a boxy bottom. Here's my 99.9999% upcycled newspaper bag (everything, except the thread is upcycled):
The upcycled "ingredients" are newspaper, cardboard food boxes, T-shirt yarn (or scrap fabric, plarn, etc). Of course you'll also need a sewing machine and the ability to sew a straight stitch. Check out the video tutorial...and don't be put off by the 12 minute length. It's really a simple process but I couldn't stop yammering on and on.
How do you package up your customer purchases?