Repurposing Vintage Linens – Part 3

cloth totesOne of my favourite ways to repurpose vintage linens is to make cloth totes out of them. They make great gifts and they are inexpensive and quick to make. They are so useful, and I just love seeing different vintage fabrics instead of boring (and bad) plastic bags. These totes are lightweight yet sturdy, and can easily be folded up to throw in a purse or diaper bag. I have totes like these all over, several in the house and a bag full in the car. The kids love carrying their own little versions at the farmer’s market. This is a great quick project, especially if you are just learning to sew. They are great to sew up assembly line style if you want or need quite a few. There are free patterns online, or simple patterns in several craft books as well. Sew What! Bags: 18 Pattern-Free Projects You Can Customize to Fit Your Needs, Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing: Patterns and How-To for 24 Fresh and Easy Projects and Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures all have simple, cute tote bag patterns or instructions. These three bags are available in my shop. Switching to cloth bags is not only great for the environment, it is so much fun using and seeing colourful and fun fabrics. Do try one yourself. Have a great day!

sewing, thrift store finds • Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 • 9 Comments »
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9 Responses to “Repurposing Vintage Linens – Part 3”

  1. Trudy says:

    I love the totes that Jennifer has made for me! I hang one on the closet door knob and use it as a laundry bag for my delicate washables (so that they don’t get snagged, crushed or otherwise in a tangle in the larger laundry basket that everything else gets thrown in) and the other tote I keep in the car to hold all those little items that the grand babies love to have at hand. The uses for these totes are as varied as they are endless!

  2. marisa says:

    those links are great, thanks for sharing.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate the comments.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Nice work with the bags. I make bags from vintage pillowcases too and they are so useful – and surprisingly strong. It’s a great way to repurpose old textiles.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Thanks Elizabeth, I am always surprised at how much stuff I can fit in one, yes they are very strong indeed.

  6. Amy says:

    These bags are adorable–the fabrics are beautiful! They look lightweight enough to fold a few up and throw in my bag, then I’d always have a tote for purchases.

    …and those links! thank you.

  7. So cute! What a great idea. Happy weekend!

  8. Jennifer says:

    Amy and Suann, thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your thoughtful comments.

  9. Julie Clark says:

    Love this idea and have heard it before from some of my repurposing customers. One women’s daughter brings her repurposed linen bag home from college on weekends. It was usually so full, the mother was making a larger one for her and decided to go with a heavier material because of the abuse the original cotton bag was getting
    Great idea. Good post.

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