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McDonald’s purse

22 Nov

This is one of the few purses I knit instead of crocheting (read my comparison here). Back in 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, my husband and I did some volunteer work with a disaster relief organization where some of the victims were relocated. Some of the meals we served were donated by McDonald’s and they provided a box of the bags they use for their to-go salad orders. The plastic bags happened to have a lot of lime green on them and just a touch of red and black. Since the disaster relief organization had no use for them after the meals were served, I asked if I could have them to repurpose and recycle for my Bags2Bags purses.

My daughter is partial to this shade of green and requested a knit bag (sized to fit a novel in addition to the regularly carried items) to be finished with the store-bought purse handles. Working with the McDonald’s plastic bags is a little more difficult because the plastic is thicker and stiffer than the average shopping (read more here). I rose to the challenge and repurposed the McD’s plastic and knit away to create a custom lime green handbag for my girl.

Sonya’s Blue & White Handbag

4 Oct

On one of our Minnesota visits to my father-in-law, who lives in a senior apartment building, a friend of his asked about my crocheted purses. I showed Sonya pictures of purses, totes, and handbags that were already made and for sale at that time.

Sonya chose a blue and white handbag that she liked. But, it was home in Utah as I had not thought about bringing my stash of already-made Bags2Bags purses on this trip. So, I asked my friend (aka: housesitter) to pick up the purse and mail to me in Minnesota.

Sonya had an additional request for this handbag. She really wanted 2 pockets—inside and outside. The handbag she chose didn’t have pockets, so with a little bit of work (finding/cutting some plastic bags and crocheting the pockets) I delivered her requested handbag with 2 pockets. She was thrilled with her new cute blue and white handbag with 2 pockets.

Making handbags

23 Aug

When I made my first purse from plastic bags, I never imagined it would become a hobby of mine and I would recycle thousands of plastic bags into dozens of stylish purses.

Many of the first purses I made were handbags with short handles

Some bags had a little longer handle that you can easily place over your arm.

Several handbags were made with a “slot” handle.

I even made a few bags with purchased handles.  But since creating them,  I decided  that I wanted my bags to be fully recycled, so I seldom make a bag with purchased handles.

I didn’t keep track of bags I made when I started or take pictures of them. From my reconstructed records I’ve made 30 handbags like these.  Of these, 19 have gone to ladies in Minnesota, 1 in Wisconsin, 3 in Ohio, 3 in UT, 1 in Wyoming and I have 3 currently for sale.  Three of these were knit and the rest all crocheted.

This is my purse that I have used for several years.

This one was created with yellow and blue to recognize my Swedish heritage.