I'd like to go to market and buy a new bag, but the economy is putting a crimp in my style. A quick look in my closet confirms there is no real NEED for a new bag. Still, sometimes a girl wants what a girl wants and getting out the fabric scraps, loose beads and random buttons feels just as good as a trip to the market. Now, with the money my friends and I saved on these recycled market bags, we have some money to go to the market for something else.
One thing we won't be buying is that expensive fabric paper you use for making cloth images on your computer printer. I found easy instructions for printing on cloth, by using... of all things.... freezer paper, cotton and Bubble Jet Set. Hat's off to whoever was willing to take on the risk of pulling ink soaked threads out of their printer. Your bravery paid off and this trick is a charm.
The compulsive pack-rat in me was just jumping for joy, as we stitched those fabric scraps into things of beauty. One of the girls dug up an old canvas bag and covered the logo with her design. I'd say it was well worth saving our junk for THIS economic rainy day.
It always amazes me to see how different people approach the same task and come out with such distinctly creative results and yet still be,so much a reflection of the women who made them.
We all used up a bunch of stockpiled refuse, stretched our creative limits AND have these cute as a button bags to take to the market and use as reusable shopping bags. I'd say this was a win, win project and our monthly craft club loved it.