Recently I scored a huge pile of decorator fabric samples at The Way Station. Most of them were 17-18" squares, some were smaller and/or oblong. I pieced a quilt out of a bunch of them, and I'll post about it later, when I figure out what to back it with. In the meantime, here's what I did with some of my less favorite prints, the more frou-frou, chintzy ones, especially.
I made shopping bags. Grocery sacks.
I paired up two samples that sort of looked okay together, then cut strips from other samples and made them into handles.
Some of the samples had big riveted holes at the top edge, so I just made drawstrings for them to serve as handles.
I made 9 grocery sacks in all. It's not that we needed grocery sacks, particularly; I just got excited and made a bunch of them. They're sturdy and eye-catching. Now if I can just remember them when I shop!
Make a Grocery Sack Using Decorator Fabric Swatches