I am Elaine. I live on the eastern side of Washington State in the desert. I moved from Minnesota 10 years ago to follow my husband. I miss my family and friends, but I don’t miss the snow.
My husband, 10 year old son and I traveled back to Minnesota this summer to visit family. I contact Jo to let them know we would be in the area. She introduced me to the world of blogging and invited me to be a guest blogger. I do sew, bead and I like to repurpose things.
I am attempting to put together a tutorial for you on these bags. I used the last three cowboy bags pictured for the tutorial. I hope it makes sense. These are fun and addicting. People who see them can’t believe I made them. They look like plastic, as one person said. I don’t know how long they last. I am guessing they are easily repaired by packing tape if they wear through. One last thing . . .
My first bag made from a Sport Aviation magazine and an EAA catalog.
My second bag had a keyhole clutch made from a gardening catalog. One side had an advertisement of 2 for some price, but I cut out an eggplant and taped it over. You could not notice in the end.
A Bag made from a Farmers Almanac calendar.
A bag for a science/math teacher, this handle was a hit and was bought for 50 cents at a Habitat for Humanity Restore by someone else. I got the part they no longer wanted. I knew it would come in handy one day. The other side had WA State facts and multiplication facts on the bottom. This side was from a unit on electricity.
A bag for reading/spelling teacher with the lists tore out by my son each week. The background was reversible scrapbook paper. The inside was purple duct tape, the handle a grosgrain ribbon that coordinated with the brown bottom.
An old Seattle map for a big bag and a smaller bag that had a magnetic closure, new thing for me. I still want to try making her zippered bag using a stapler. I used another bungee for the handle.
These last three bags I made as thank you gifts for those tending the place while we were away.
Check back tomorrow for the tutorial to make your own bag!
psssst . . .He is risen indeed!