When is a feed sack not a feed sack????………..

When it’s a tote bag after following the directions found on this delightful site in this post!!!! Rebecca Nickols takes you step by step, with photos, through the assembly process. This may not be the best project for the novice sewer as her text directions/photos are a bit unclear on the “boxing the bottom” portion of the bag construction (but this confuses many who have not done such a process.). First, may I clearly point out that she uses a large 40# bag of feed (mine were 20#) so adjustments were needed when it came to the instruction to cut off 8& 1/2” from the bottom of the bag. I cut off only the handle width that she indicates and nothing more!!! Secondly, for the bottom “boxing” measurement she used a 9” measurement and I found 5” to 5& 1/2” to be a better choice. Thirdly, she doesn’t give the lengths of the strips she used for the handles. I wouldn’t go shorter than 18” and, because I had much smaller feed sacks, I cut strips of black denim for the backing/second strip for each of the handles.Here’s my photos……………

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This first tote was a test ‘run’ using a very low dollar sack. There were two laminated paper-type layers that, although they were nylon reinforced, did not hold up very well to all the manipulating that was necessary to construct the tote.

This second attempt was made using a better quality feed sack that was a single thickness, reinforced and more pliable.

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As you can see, the interior of the second is not the paper laminate that the first one is.

The biggest challenge was turning it inside out to do the first stitchings. I left it this way until the construction was complete. This second tote is water-proof (interior/exterior) so will probably work well for a beach tote or for any circumstance where wet/damp items would be carried.

The next time your errands take you to a farm/home supply store, check out all the feed sacks with the possibility of an “upcycle” or better yet……do you have any friends who purchase such feed for their pets??? The larger the bag, the stronger is! The horse feed sacks are awesome!!!!!!! (Of course, I no longer have my horse so that style won’t be in my future!)

So much for my small break from quilting……….til next time……………

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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14 Responses to When is a feed sack not a feed sack????………..

  1. Pat in NW Iowa says:

    I actually have some washed pet food bags in my stash! We have some nice horse feed bags (sturdy with pretty pics), too…Would be happy to send you a couple…
    Pat in NW

  2. ivoryspring says:

    I am surprised you have time for other projects. 🙂 You are amazing.

  3. witchylin says:

    Clever idea and a top recycling project.

  4. Raewyn says:

    Great idea – thanks for sharing the link! I’ll have to raid the outside shed and see what I can find!

    • treadlemusic says:

      LOL!!!! Please do and feel free to share it with us!!!!!! When DH and I went looking for bags the ones that caught my attention were for critters we don’t have (bunnies, horses, puppies). The name brands are the best bags……better quality for this “up-cycle”!!!!! Can’t wait to see your rendition!!! Hugs…………………………….

  5. Thread crazy says:

    Repurposing – love it and especially the bag with birds. Plus there’s that beautiful cardinal quilt again…oh so pretty!

  6. What a creative way to upcycle something which would typically be tossed.

  7. Fiona says:

    love that idea.. .makes such unique bags…

    • treadlemusic says:

      I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while and DH bought this particular bird seed so that I would have the sack for this pattern trial. A super sweetie, hmmmm?

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