I have had fun recently with a couple of very quirky basmati rice sacks I brought back from Kerala India in January this year. I went from buying silk to sacks, two extremes from an extremely intriguing country.
The silk is still languishing in my stash, but I had to try my hand at the sacking, something different to create with and so tactile. I didn’t realise how messy it was to cut and sew and I looked like a real wild woman when I had finished.
Design on both sides
But I like the result. The design with Ali Baba and his sacks of money in the centre made me smile, and the print is on both sides, too, which pleased me. I am wondering whether to make a more structured bag with another sack, and reduce the size of the design by taking off the address at the bottom. I shall have a ponder. It really satisfied me that something can be re-used so successfully and so lengthen the life of such a utilitarian item.
Are you prepared to pay 5p for your plastic carrier bags from October? Although quite a few shoppers will add the cost to their shopping bill, and maybe just shrug it off as a good money raising idea for charity, others may want to re-use their own stronger bags and not have to pay 5p to advertise their chosen supermarket or department store.
Got me thinking and as I had some strong printed cotton suitable for crafting bags I have made these tote bags in the photo and a storage dispenser bag for those plastic bags we may want to hang on to! The bags are lined with red cotton and have strong straps, the plastic bag storage tube is made from a french style kitchen cotton print.
If anyone wants to be prepared the totes are £5 including postage (UK only) and the bag dispenser is £3 including postage (UK only). I can make more if needed, just say the word!
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