Remember when I went to the Sewing Summit and we were given all that great swag?
Well it came in this plain, boring, canvas bag.
Little did I know there was a method to their madness.
The organizers, Erin and Amy, wanted us to use this plain bag and refashion it into something that would show our creativity.
So I cut off the handles and the top of the bag,
opened up the side seams
and then thought what shall I do to make this fabulous?
I saw this pillow on Pinterest and thought I might use it as inspiration
I thought this pillow was really pretty, too.
But when you leave it to the last minute and you have a birthday dinner with friends the same night the bag is due to be posted to Flickr, you go with what ever pops into your brain when you open your fabric closet.
This is what was staring me in the face. My box of selvages.
So I just started randomly grabbing selvages and sewing them in rows across the canvas.
At this point I didn't know if I was going to sew it back together as a market bag or try to make a different style bag. Then I remembered Jeni's Lined Drawstring Bag tutorial and BINGO! I knew what I was making.
I used the Sewing Summit tag to make a pocket on the inside.
My Lapel Stick came in handy to keep it in place before sewing it down on three sides.
It even has a place to hang my keys.
I added the Kei Honeycomb dots in black to the top of the bag.
Covered the handles with Red Honeycomb dots
and voila! My bag is done.
This bag is huge and will hold a lot. I don't know what I will use it for yet, but it is very sturdy since it is made on a canvas bag foundation.
Hop on over to the Flickr site to see some of the other refashioned bags.