Zakka-Inspired Bag Storage

0001This weekend, I hit my limit of plastic grocery bags. Giant puffs of white plastic are all over the place, so I decided it was time to do something about it.  Recycle some? Yes. Save a puff or two to change animal litter? Yup. But I still need some for odd spills or car trips.  So for the plastic bags I do keep, I decided to make a storage bag for them.

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So here is my new plastic bag storage! The finished size is 6″ x 15″ and includes a 1″ eyelet on top so I could put a hook on it and hang it in my pantry.  I went into my scrap bag of Kawaii fabrics and found a few food-related pieces and fused them to the exterior then did a zig-zag stitch around the sides to finish it off.  The main fabric is a large scrap piece of painter’s drop cloth I had leftover from the Zakka 2.0 sew along grocery tote I made last summer.  Drop cloth is a fun alternative in sewing projects, but you really need to have fray-check or a thinned out glue to keep the edges in check.

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I left a 4″ center opening on the bottom to allow me to pull out the bags I need.  I double-stitched the seams on either side so they would stay tight and closed. There is no lining in this bag, but I opted to use 1/2″ soft natural twill tape over some of the edges for finishing.

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See the twill? I used it here and also the other side of this opening. I think I’m going to make another one this week but add a few inches in either direction. I will also add some more twill to the interior seams because I think the twill finishing looks really nice with this bag.DSC_0014Isn’t this Kawaii fabric adorable?!  I found a seller on Etsy that sells great scrap-packs of Japanese fabric perfect for projects like this. I think it’s time to get the bag out again and pick out some more scraps for the bigger bag!

So what are you sewing up this week?  I just got my February Sugar Block e-mail last night so I’m going to work on that this week. I also enlarged my 163 Patchwork block #2 , which I believe is called Mississippi, and will finish that as well.

Later this week I’m going to share some of my adventures in leather crafting.  I am waiting for a few leather shoulders to start some projects so while I wait for those I’ll show you how I am finishing and dyeing leather handbag straps. It’s been quite a learning experience.

With the mid-week snowpocalypse approaching, I should have plenty of time to work off my checklists and watch more leather how-to’s! What are you going to sew up this week? xo Cindy

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