Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Ecology Tote Bags

I discovered a brand new item just put out at our local Jo-Ann’s Fabrics yesterday morning. Displayed at their cutting station were bolts of cut-and-sew fabric panels for making Ecology Tote Bags.



Although they had other more “earthy” colors, I thought the brilliant pink version would be fun. I bought three panels at $6.99 each and was able to use my 40% discount coupon.



Here is what each fabric panel looks like. I was able to make all three pretty quickly yesterday morning—in fact, I used them the same afternoon. This project is ideal for teens (or anyone) learning to sew as the instructions are very clear and easy. It is also good for Girl Scouts working on their sewing or ecology badges.



Here is one of my new totes in action.



The words “Save the Earth” run throughout the fabric edges. I’m saving them because they’ll be fun as little patches for jeans, the yoke of a shirt, cover of a cloth binder, or any number of other uses.

15 comments:

From A Creative Heart said...

The pink is really cute!!! Thanks for sharing this....I don't have a JoAnn's that is close, but I need to make a run there in a couple of weeks and will look for them.
Thanks again!!
Debbie

Pat said...

That's a nice big bag! I always keep bags like this in my car trunk to load up when I shop in Costco and BJ's warehouse stores. The pink color is pretty!

In Ireland shoppers are charged a fee if they wish their groceries to be packed in a plastic bag and we noticed that most shoppers used their own canvas bags instead. It's a good way to cut down on waste and pollution.

Hugs, Pat

Storybook Woods said...

I did not know they had these, cool. Clarice

rohanknitter said...

I hadn't seen these at JoAnn's here yet - great idea! It would be a perfect project for new sewers or a group.

sunnyinspiration said...

Very cute idea! Thx! ~D

Thimbleanna said...

Very Cute June! I love the hot pink and that you're saving the little tags. They'll be great for many uses!

Jennifer said...

These are great! I'll have to go pick one up! Oh, and find my sewing machine amongst all the moving boxes...

nicolette said...

Love the bags and the tags! What a great idea!

MAIZEE said...

Thanks for showing that neat tote. I was just in Joann's yesterday, but didn't see those. I'll have to stop back by and see if they have them. I can't decide if this is good or bad but I am fortunate enough to drive right by one every day on my way to and from work.

I love using my own bags at the grocery, etc. And actually one grocery store here gives a nickel discount for every bag of your own that you use. I do have to laugh at my self, though. For whatever reason, I haven't thought to take my totes in Joann's. When I was there yesterday all of a sudden it came to me. So at least I told the clerk to stuff my fabric and yarn into one bag. It was a tight squeeze but we made it. I'll definately remember next time

Robyn said...

Very nice June!
Come and read all about PART II of mystery trip! And there will be a PART III as well (our eating pleasure)! LOL! Thanks for stopping by! It was lovely to see you there!
Hugs,
Robyn

Screaming Meme said...

I love that!I will have to get one! I love pink!

iSew said...

Wow, those are great! I can't believe I didn't see them, I was at JoAnn twice this weekend.

meg said...
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meg said...

Let me try that again :-)
I'll have to keep an eye out for those- they are quick, cute, & I like the idea of using bags without a store's logo on them :-P

CathyJean said...

I love how your tote turned out! We didn't have a Jo-Ann's here ~ so sad :(