I enjoy giving a new life to items that have outlived their usefulness; such as feedbags and coffee bags upcycled into totes; make broom handles into looms then weave rags into rugs. I volunteer at ...
I enjoy giving a new life to items that have outlived their usefulness; such as feedbags and coffee bags upcycled into totes; make broom handles into looms then weave rags into rugs. I volunteer at several local organizations where I serve on committees, participate in projects, and teach. I have many hobbies but weaving became my obsession when I realized I could take a discarded broom or mop handle and make a simple backstrap loom that I can weave many useful and beautiful item on, such as rag rugs from discarded textiles, i.e. t-shirts, sheets, old clothing. I enjoy learning and sharing knowledge about handcrafting and sustainable living. I up-cycle materials to promote awareness for recycling through maggiescornerdotorg with all proceeds dedicated to operate the recycling and education efforts. Join me or start your own upcycle group in your town to recycle, reuse, re-purpose, and educate others. I also have tutorials showing how to salvage material such as coffee bags, feed bags, then layout, and sew the material into useful items such as carryall shopping market totes and handbags.
The tutorial is in a pdf format with many pictures of actual making of the tote pictured and is 22 pages. This is a 2nd Edition and has many added features such as alternate handle and sewn on velcro and reversible option.
Using Maggie's own designs for totes, we make many different types of grain bag totes. Most of the bags, of this style, finished size is approximately 9" to 10" tall, 32" wide when open and laid flat, and 10" diameter when assembled with bottles in it and Velcro fastener closed. I use various material for the handles. This handle is 52" long and attached with 6" sewn to opposing sides of the tote, leaving 40" side to side which makes for a 20" drop. This pattern is based on the tote pictured that was a custom order for a local brewery using their own bags.
ALSO this tote includes section for shorter handle, using twill strap 30" includes the 6" on each side for total of 12" leaving 18" side to side with a 9" drop.
ALSO this tutorial includes instruction to make it reversible and sewn on Velcro as well as the adhesive kind.