burlap bag re-do

I have been puttering in my craft/sewing/scrapbook room a little bit. Just putting things away and happily re-discovering my creative side. It got buried deep the last few months, layers of the Summers fundraising-gardening-camping-running all piled up messily over the top of it. My creative side goes dormant when life gets too full, but it’s always there-just waiting for a little margin of time and an invitation to come out and play a bit. The colder seasons fan it into a nice warm flame again. My projects don’t even have to turn out well, (though it’s a nice bonus if they do!), because it’s the process of creating I love. The little idea, the gathering of supplies, the changes at the last minute that “feel right”. I especially love the taking of an old, unwanted or very basic item and making something unique!

Anyway, this post was supposed to be just a note on the new bag I made for my knitting, but as often happens, I wax poetic. All I am saying is-I feel more myself, when I can spend a few moments doing something creative. So I am purposing to make more time for such simple things, and to not let the necessary work of life get so piled up that months go by without some creative pursuits…I don’t think it’s healthy!

Lately I am a little bit in love with burlap. It’s nut brown color, it’s simplicity, it’s everyday rugged good looks! I am even re-doing a bench with it, I hope to show you soon.
Found this bag while I was GoodWill Hunting and I thought $1.99 was a great deal, especially with those chunky bamboo handles! I don’t know who Lydia is, nor what uniforms she sold, and therefore don’t feel the need to advertise for her website, so:

I made a little front pocket out of some scrap material I had, that covers up the logo and adds some pretty usefulness. My machine wouldn’t sew around the edges (I don’t have a long arm machine) so I got out my industrial glue gun. I love hot glue. The good kind-you need a gun that heats up so high that if you touch the tip you’re going to need skin grafts. That’s what my Mom taught me, and she’s the unofficial Queen of Hot Glue. She even put a truck canopy back together with it!
I sewed a little button on there too-partly for decoration and partly because this pretty little bag went together so quick I felt guilty, and had to make a little extra work for myself.

About sparrowjourney

Christian homeschooling mom to three boys, married to my best friend, John, for over 20 years. I love gardening without gloves, learning history with my kids, cooking with lots of butter, serving others, great books, rich coffee, studying the Bible, camping outdoors, scrapbooking, vintage home decor, the smell of rain and cut grass, authentic people, poetry, laughing until your sides hurt, and babies. oh and black licorice is pretty awesome.
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1 Response to burlap bag re-do

  1. Susan says:

    So totally cute! I also am really liking burlap these days. I bought a piece for my chair redo that I didn't end up using so I am just waiting for the perfect inspiration for this piece. Very curious about the bench redo. I need a little bench for my entry way…the shoe bin did not work. I got two baskets and now need a bench to sit over the top of it.

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