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Custom-made Bags2Bags

2 May

This past winter was a bit slow for Bags2Bags, I wasn’t working on any purses. Things changed quickly as within a tw0-week period I had requests for two custom order purses and one market bag (tote). They’ve kept me busy, which is good because I think it is fun to be able to turn plastic shopping bags into fashionable purses and totes.

My first custom-made order this spring was for this shimmery purple purse—sugar plum—which belongs to a young lady in TX. Since this purse already has an owner, I need to replicate it, as best I can with a new batch of found materials (plastic bags).

Purple plastic bags are a rarity, but I did have some remaining in my supply of plarn. Most of the bags came home with me from the shops in Belize last year.

I did have to scrounge around for enough bags to complete the purse.A local Utah store uses dark purple bags and I was able to get a few to use. So…I was able to create sugar plum 2 for a friend of a Destination Paradise YWAM student.

Now I am working on a replica of a Belize bag in white and soft greens (made while in Belize…it stayed there with its new owner).Watch for posts of this one and the market bag in the coming weeks.

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2010 Winter Collection | Bags2Bags

5 Dec

I’ve been busy making purses, and other things. For now I want to share these with you…the latest collection of crocheted Bags2Bags. They are handmade recycled & repurposed plastic handbags, purses, and totes. Visit the Bags2Bags Facebook page to see individual photos of each purse in the collection. You will also find more details including the name and the size of each purse.

These are one-of-a-kind, so there is limited availability. Please contact me if you’re interested in purchasing one of them to re-purse yourself or a friend. They make wonderful gifts!

NOTE: if the purse you like has already sold, I may be able to create a new one that is similar. Please contact me for more details on a custom order. Thanks!

A Whole lot of Recycling :: 68 bags

3 Oct

The final count.

Wow, this bag has taken shape and character.

I made a shoulder strap for this purse to complete it. It is light yellow in the center—I crocheted 75 chain stitches to start the handle. Then I added to each side with more yellow, and edged it with orange. Down the center I crocheted another chain of a darker yellow to fill in the “holes” left from crocheting on both sides. The strap/handle took 10 bags to complete.

The final count is in and now we all know—it takes an average of 68 grocery size bags to make a large shoulder strap purse with a pocket inside!

Anyone interested in purchasing this great bag can contact me at bags2bags.repurse (at) gmail (dot) com. The dimensions are 13.5″ wide x 10.5″ high. It has a shoulder strap that is 2″ wide and 31″ long and a pocket inside measuring 7″ wide and 4″ deep.

A Whole lot of Recycling :: 58 bags

20 Sep

The basic purse body is completed. I decided to add a pocket inside this bag before finishing up the handle. So, I turned it inside out (see above) in order to see my work. For the pocket, I crocheted back and forth and used some more of the yellow and orange bags.

I made the top of the pocket a little wider than what I began at the bottom, making it a little easier to use. The pocket itself took 10 more bags to complete.

So far I’ve used 58 bags and still have the handle to complete.

A whole lot of recycling :: 48 bags

16 Aug

Yes! I remembered to take a picture. I am still crocheting around and around and around on this bag and have reached 48 grocery size bags for this purse. The colors blend so nicely for a sunset look. Almost to the handle!

Stay tuned.