Bag is a Great Thing: Handmade Resuable Shopping Bags
recently received a resuable handmade shopper bag created by
Bag by Grace,
in the San Bernadino mountains.
We were sent
a plain, natural unbleached muslin, that was a light off-white
color. Tammy, of The Great Bag company, had also given
instructions to decorate the bag to personalize it. This
was going to be so fun!
like to describe this bag, as Happyhippie has a deep respect
for any artist who creates handmade items. The muslin fabric
is baby soft, not rough like the ones sold in grocery stores,
exudes fine crafts-woman-ship. The bottom was reinforced with creative
stitching to allow for a heavy grocery load, and there are adorable
little cross-stitching designs on the black fabric rim that goes
around the bag. There are also two thoughtful tabs inside the bag,
to hook onto the bag holder in the grocery store for faster loading.
On the front, there is another helpful tab for hanging the bag
up in the car, on a peg, or just to dry after washing. The bag
is also ample in size, measuring 10"w
What made this bag extra-special, was that all bags are handmade
in Grace's mountain home in northern California. The best part
is that this fabulous, handmade, durable bag is only $16.99 - which
is a bargain for the quality work, and time that went into this
piece. There are also many patterned reusuable shopping bags available
as well at Thegreatbag.com
on to my creative assignment! Since I wanted to use what I had
on hand, I was a bit limited in my design choices. However,
I had some felt left over from my daughter's school project, and
I have been having way too much fun with my upholstery tool that
makes fabric covered buttons. I hand sewed on my flowers, leaves
and buttons in eager artistic anticipation.
Some simple, but happy Spring flowers!
I absolutely adore this 'handmade' collaboration (although Grace,
the talented seamstress,
did all the hard work). This fun, soft and functional bag is
now my everything purse. I can throw my wallet in
there, and then I have my grocery bag on me as I go out to
A huge thank
you to The Great Bag, for not only a great bag, but a fun project.
If you would like to try your hand at decorating a bag, or shop
the pretty fabric ones, please click here to visit The Great