Sunday, January 02, 2011

Upholstery swatch windfall, post #1

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


Connie said...

I have found that the best way to remember to take the resuable grocery bags when I go to the store is to leave them in the car. Since I'm generally alone, I leave them in the front passenger seat. Even if I leave them out in plain sight in the house, I'll forget to take them when I'm going to the store, but if they're in the car, I can just grab and go.

Catherine said...

Love all of them! Just gorgeous.

Carol Reese said...

Really cool! I need to make some of these. But I get caught up in the bazillion quilt projects I have planned. I forget to take the ones I have anyway, so I guess it's just not a priority for me at this point!

Felisol said...

Happy New Year, Maria.
What a wonderful way to start the New Year.
Echo friendly and beautiful at the same time.
I have brought with me some old fabric rests from my mother's attic this Christmas.
I am not sure what to do with them, but just seeing them, brought forth lots of good memories.
(My mother would always collect "left over fabric" when she was sewing,just in case).
Thanks for being so inspirational.