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Thursday, August 9, 2007

Calico bag makeover

calico bag 3

Underneath this bag hides a simple calico shopping bag.
The kind of bag you sometimes get for free at the store.
They often have names and logo's printed on them. If you don't use those bags anymore than this is a great way to recycle, it's easy and quickly done.

calico bag

step 1.
unstitch both sides of the bag so that the bag will look like this
(photo below)

voorbeeld

step 2.
Sew fabricstrips,lace and ribons on the right side of the open bag so that
the whole surface is covered.



step 3.
Close the bag again by stitching both sides.
Turn the bag and .......



finish!

calico bag 1 calicobag 2 calico bag 3

You see it's so simple as can be !

49 comments:

Belvie said...

What a wonderful idea!! Thanks for sharing it. I have some bags made from a material that is similar to interfacing. My husband picked them up at a convention. I have saved them thinking they would be useful for something. Your idea would be a great way to fancy them up and add strength.

Mary said...

How easy is that I will have to try it. Thanks Mary

Rose Marie said...

What a great idea! Recycle your bag and reduce stash!

Judy said...

What a clever idea and the fabric colors are great.

Anonymous said...

that's absolutely wonderful! i'm going to try it - it seems far less daunting than trying to make a whole quilt and easier than trying to make a whole bag - very clever :)
now i just need to find some calico bags - our shopping bags are different and i don't think they would work :(
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Levineke said...

the comment above is not from anonymous it's actually from me but i forgot to type in my details!
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Inge Schoonderwoerd said...

I have tried it and it is a lovely idea!
Thanks for sharing it.

Heidi said...

What a fun idea! I have a few of those bags lying about and some scraps.....thank you for sharing the fun!

Wat een leuk idee! Ik heb an paar van die zakken en wat lapjes....bedankt voor het delen!

Andrea said...

Fantastic ! Beautiful bags and so easy to do !

Sonnja said...

Hallo Corry,

Wat een goed idee om zo nieuwe en leuke tassen van te maken.
En ik vind het ook leuk dat je op mijn blog ben geweest.

Siggy moet je zien als een visite kaartje en dan van stof en die ruil je dan met iedereen die op de lijst staat.
Jij zelf bepaald hoeveel jij per keer ga maken en ruilen.
Als je belangstelling heb moet je bij Annelies zijn, zij houd de lijst bij en je krijg van haar verdere uitleg, haar naam staat op mijn Blog.

Groetjes Sonnja

sara said...

Now that was clever!!

Ms Charity Case said...

Thank you so much for sharing this idea, it is great, I love to recycle stuff.

Floss said...

What a great idea.
The best ideas are normally the simple ones.

Jeanne said...

Thank you for sharing this terrific idea. You showed the process very well in your post and your bags are really cute.

MsLizzF said...

Great idea....and you can find these bags at garage sales and get them for cheap. I'm going to make myself one.

Felicia said...

Hey, that is a groovy makeover!

Corrie said...

ohhh thanks for telling us how! I have so many lovely bits of fabric I want to use and a bag would be perfect! thanks again
Corrie:)

Lesalicious said...

Love your bags great job. :)

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Dutch scraps said...

Hi, thanks for the idea, if you visit my very new blog you can see a picture of my bags.

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Karin said...

what a great idea! I'm going to try this!
*Karin

Mirre said...

What a wonderful idea... I'll certainly give it a try!

blabby said...

I LOVE this idea! I have a million of those free bags, and more fabric scraps than I know what to do with. Thanks for sharing your excellent idea :)

Karol-Ann said...

Just found your blog via Gudrun - love the tutorial, it's very clever!! Thank you for sharing.

Gail said...

Great idea, thanks for sharing, you did an excellent job in showing just how to do each step.

Anonymous said...

It is a great tutorial and a brilliant idea!
Thanks a lot!
It is pleasure to read your blog and especially look at the pictures!
Rali

Pat said...

I think this is a great idea, may I have your permission to use one of the photographs of the completed bag so that I can put a link to your tutorial on my blog.

anne from finland said...

I just love the tea cozies, gift bags and other items you´ve made!

Catherine said...

What a clever idea -- and such a great way to make some cute bags! I'm definitely going to try my hand at a few of these!

Ellabella said...

wat en leuke blog en wat een mooie ideetjes, dankjewel, groet Elly

Le petit Bonheur said...

Verbazend hoe de eenvoudigste ideeën vaak de leukste zijn.

Was ik zelf niet opgekomen, maar ga ik zeker proberen.

Bedankt!

Erg leuke blog trouwens!

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

That's a wonderful idea! I have many of those, often ugly, bags. I want pretty ones, but hate to throw away a perfectly good bag!

Thank you so much!

sallgood said...

SO clever! I've just added big outside pockets to bags like this to cover up the logos, but this looks so fun I may have to make one right now!!!

Anonymous said...

Where I live in the US the bags we get are canvas and kind of heavy, when you wash them they all wrinkle up and they haven't softened with washing. Thinking about it the fabric would suffer so I think I would use a fusible that is stiff to fuse the fabric with the bag and then use your instructions on the other parts.This might make a more stand up bag but that might be good. Thanks for the idea.

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http://truutske.blogspot.com/ said...

Wat 'n fantastisch idee. Als ik ze al eens in gebruik nam dan keerde ik ze altijd buitenste binnen maar...nu ga ik er natuurlijk een hartstikke hippe tas van maken.
Dank je wewl voor dit leuke idee.

Ryland Crafts said...

A brilliant idea, thank you for sharing it! I will put this to very good use.

Beth said...

great idea! I have some of those bags and of course piles of scraps.
I see bag makeovers in my future.

Linsey LLoyd said...

hi

i love these bags ive tried a couple out for myself and am very pleased with them

please have a nosey at my blog

http://www.ragheartcraftz.blogspot.com/

Calico bags said...

That's wonderful looking of your bags and post. Your idea would be a great way to fancy them up and add strength. I'm definitely going to try my hand at a few of these!

Cotton Bags said...

Wow It is nice Posting and Great Helpful for me.I have your permission to use one of the photographs of the completed bag so that I can put a link to your tutorial on my blog.

Canvas Bags said...

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