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Thursday, February 28, 2013

How to Sew an Upcycled Newpaper Bag

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?




18 comments:

  1. Great idea! Love the comic section as a bag! I'm not "sew" talented.
    Sandy
    www.savardstudios.blogspot.com

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    1. Ha! I'm not sew talented either. If it needs a pattern or more than a straight stitch or two, I'm not interested!

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  2. Clever! I nominatecd you for the Liebster Award at my blog http://thriftytreasures.blogspot.com Stop on by and check it out.

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  3. Thanks so much Sara. I'm honored to have been chosen a second time for ta Liebster!

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  4. Too cute! great way to recycle! I pinned this in my upcycle board

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  5. OK, I am in love with this concept!! Upcycling is so cool and newspaper would be a limitless supply. I love taking things that no one else wants and making them into something!! Well Done. We are starting a link up party on Thursdays (today:), and we would love for you to join us with this post and/or any others you would like to include. We are at allthingswithpurpose.com. Hope to see you there!!

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  6. this is so creative! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

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  7. Cool idea! Thanks for sharing your talent on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!
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  8. What a great tutorial. I have been wanting to make these with old calendars also. These are awesome!!

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  9. What a great idea & such a clear tutorial aswell! Thanks for sharing :)

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  10. Love the bags! These would be so cool at a kid’s b-day party. Your tutorial was extremely helpful, thanks for taking the time to record and share. (Love 2 Upcycle Linky Party!)

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  11. Love this tutorial! Love that it uses cardboard as well...Always feel so bad throwing those things out! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hey Rebecca. Glad you liked the tutorial and hope you give it a try. I never toss cardboard. There are so many ways to reuse it - and I make a lot of my paper bead jewelry out of it.

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