Monday, June 27, 2016

Personalize Your Reusable Shopping Bags

Hi everyone, I'm Darlene and I am so happy you decided to join me.

Reusable shopping bags are so handy and not just for shopping. They come in all sizes and are great for carrying anything from shoes, books to overnight items - heck they are even great for groceries.

It's true, they are useful but aren't too darn attractive. 

My solution is to add some pizzazz. Cover up the company logo and personalize the reusable shopping bags.




I started with a plain black reusable shopping bag that had a a company's name stitched on the front and one of my granddaughter's favorite t-shirts that she outgrew.

I cut closely around the image on the t-shirt and cut a four inch strip along the bottom.

I used a darning needle and black yarn to stitch the image onto the bag. It looked a little plain so I stitched around the heart shape with pink yarn. The color was a perfect match.

Thinking that Faith would like more on her bag, I stitched several stars randomly and decorative knots.

When I cut off the bottom of the t-shirt I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it but then I noticed that it was a perfect fit around the top of the bag.

I cut thin strips up to the t-shirt hem then stitched it to the bag with black yarn.

I think my granddaughter will love it. She will have a personalized reusable shopping bag to carry her library books, sketch book and markers .... whatever she wants. 

She might not be able to wear that favorite t-shirt anymore but now she can carry it wherever she goes.

Great thing about this little project? You can customize, personalize, somethingize it for anyone. How about a favorite band shirt? Actor or cartoon character?


Are those creative juices flowing? I have a couple more bags to decorate and I can't wait to get at them.


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Hang on one minute. 
Exciting news. My shopping bags have been featured at My Favorite Things Saturday Blog Party. I am absolutely thrilled and excited. Check out all the features HERE.


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28 comments:

  1. Darlene, I so love this idea. You know how much I love a good repurposed project and this is a great one! Pinning now.

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    1. So glad you like it. Thanks for pinning.

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  2. This is a great idea Darlene. I could never have thought of this. I am going to o this to all my shopping bags. Sometimes I get confused what to do with them.
    Thank you for sharing this post.
    Your neighbour at Making your home sing Monday

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    1. Thank you Grace. Now that my shopping bags look nice, maybe I'll remember to bring them with me once in awhile.

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  3. how fun! love the bags you made and so handy to have in the car, pocket, wall and for project sorting (my secret organizational tool)!

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    1. They are great for organizing. I like using shopping bags for storing my yarn in. Each bag has a different color of yarn.

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  4. This is such a fun idea, Darlene. The bags look great!

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    1. Thanks Beverly for leaving such a nice comment.

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  5. Darlene, I have a huge collection of these reusable bags (I can always find a use for them so never throw them away); would you please come make them all pretty for me??? ;-) This is a great idea!

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    1. Thanks Wendy. It would be fun to fancy up your reusable bags for you and my granddaughter would love to help out.

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  6. What a great idea Darlene and thanks for sharing the tutorial at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J. Enjoy the week and have a happy 4th of July! :)

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    1. Happy 4th of July Julie. And thanks for hosting each week.

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  7. Oh my what a cute idea. Darlene I love this. Pinning and sharing.

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  8. Such a cute idea! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for Crafts, Recipes, and Tips and Tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. Thanks for the invite Jess. I'll hop on over right now.

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  9. Love this idea! Going to try it to make a "doggie bag" for our new fur baby.

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    1. Thanks Robin. I'd love to see it when you're finished.

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  10. What a creative way to repurpose those reusable shopping bags we accumulate! It's an awesome idea!

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    1. Thanks Gail. Love your blog - you have so many awesome ideas.

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  11. What a great idea, I love the color choices too. Thanks for sharing on #OMHGFF this week!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Karren and thanks for hosting each week.

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  12. Clever idea - thank you for sharing at #HomeMattersParty this week.

    Julie
    LiveFromJuliesHouse.com

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  13. Serious love going on here. I carry at least one of these bags with me all the time. They come in handy! Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg :)

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    1. They are really handy so why know dress them up a bit.

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  14. I am just this side of a tote bag hoarder. I can definitely see me doing this in the near future - thanks for the idea. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #CCBG.

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    1. I know what you mean Janet. I'm sure if I rounded them all up I would have a huge pile.

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