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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Crafts From The Past: Rice Bag Tote

I hope you guys don't mind but I'm going to re-post one of my older crafts from when I first started blogging. I'm currently fighting a horrible flu and just don't have the energy to be crafting/writing. I'm keeping my fingers crossed I'll be back to normal my Monday.

I made this handbag out of two rice bags. We buy the large bags since we eat a lot of rice here. My husband would beg to differ. And after I made this tote, I just might agree with him. So buy some rice or hit up your local Asian restaurant for a rice bag. Lets make a tote!

two large rice bags
sewing machine

Here's one of the rice bags I used. This is a plastic rice bag. The fabric ones are hard to find. Cut all around the edges of the bag to get two pieces per bag. Choose the the two best looking pieces and cut them to 17" x 11 3/4".

Hem the top of both large pieces of plastic. This will be the top of your bag.

For the handles cut two strips of the rice bag to 16 1/2" by 3". Fold in half , wrong sides together, sew down the length of the strip.

Center handle to wrong side of bag and pin in place. Top stitch a box with an x to secure the handle. Refer to picture above. Do this for both handles.

Pin right sides of bag together. Stitch all around the edge of bag (refer to picture). Trim excess plastic. Mainly the bottom angled corners. Turn right side out. done


catchat105 said...

This would make a great reusable grocery bag!

Unknown said...

Cute and easy. And love the rice bags! Definitely going to be stocking up on rice this weekend.
Do hope your feeling better soon.

Mag said...

this is such a good idea! we eat more rice then anything else too...

Ayie said...

best way to recycle and looks good too

Novi On The Go said...

I hope you feel better soon. This is a great craft, the design and colors are very chic. Thank you.

Jennifer said...

What a great idea, and the results are so stylish! You don't need to apologize for reposting an old project... kudos to you for even posting at all while fighting the flu! I hope you win the battle soon :)

Unknown said...

Doh! I threw out a large Tilda rice bag a few months ago - I never imagined making it into something!! It had a zip too, so it would have made a fabtastic bag.

Hope you get better soon.

Love your blog!

Amatō said...

So cool!
I never throw away my rice bags.
Now I know why, I have like 5-6 bags here in different designs.
Yumenishiki bag is nice, pale pink... ;-)
But I can not sew.

genie said...

Can’t wait to get my rice bags....this tote is going to be such fun to make. Hope you are feeling better. Hugs, Genie

Yarni Gras! said...

ooooo, love these, now WHERE to find those bags!

ILikePaperCutting said...

I think this bag is solid and beautiful.

{little.happy.things} said...

This is so cool! Love it!

bla bla said...

Wau! It'a a useful idea! So vintage too!

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Unknown said...

Hello! We eat A LOT of rice in our household, too, but never thought of making a tote bag out of a rice bag!! Such an eye opener!! Great idea - I should try this one of these days!

savvy stitch said...

These are awesome!

BCOME said...

Great idea ... want immediatelly go to the supermarket and by some rice ;-)
Have to eat more, in order to get closer to my rice-bag bag.
Thanks for sharing this great idea!!

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