Saturday, August 14, 2010

Recycled Bird Seed Bags

Sometimes I'll get an idea for a project and then get side-tracked for one reason or another.  I usually get back to them... eventually.  This particular project started as an idea two Earth Days ago.  I think I was just a little daunted by how I was going to pull this idea off. 

So it was Earth Day 2009.  There was, of course, a big push to use reuseable bags instead of plastic ones and I kept coming across these neat bags that were made from recycled rice bags. 

Well, I don't buy rice in quantities of bigger than, say, 2 pounds.  But I do buy 20 and 40 pound bags of bird seed regularly and those bags are made of that same nylon mesh stuff that you can't just recycle the usual way.  Now some of these bags are really pretty... here are a few examples.


I got the idea to use the bags as you would fabric.  And I also wanted to see if I could create something slightly more fun than a bag to just haul groceries in.  I already had a pattern that I liked - the Bella bag by Monica Poole.  I bought it online from Henrietta's Handbags.  I wanted to use a second fabric in the pattern to break up the pattern a bit and figured burlap would make a great contrast.  I found the lining fabric in the remnant pile at JoAnn's.  After that I just basically followed the pattern, except I did not use any Pellon or press any of the seams because I was afraid of melting the nylon mesh (and I really hate to iron, period).


Here's the back...




Oh, and there's my helper!  Always ready to sneak into a shot.

I used one of those neat recycled buttons they have at JoAnn's now.  I love how they're almost textural.


Now I don't see these as becoming quite so popular as the feedseed prints of the '30's, but I do look at the designs on the bags when it's time to buy a new bag of bird seed.  You can adapt almost any bag pattern to work with this stuff and it's free material if you're like me and keep your bird feeder stocked.  It would also make for great reusable lunch bags or totes.

Hope I gave you some ideas!

60 comments:

Sung-Hee (Regina) Hong said...

What a crazy fantastic beautiful idea !! OMG ! The bag is SO Pretty !

rome said...

Seriously, you take the concept of creativity to new heights!

rome said...

PS You could make a fortune making cloth diaper bags out of that stuff. Or beach bags.

Megan said...

I just might have to change the brand of birdseed I buy so I can make one of these. Yours is beautiful and unique and I LOVE it!

Michelle said...

Those are really great looking.

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

I found you via Weekend Wrap Up and so glad I did! I collect posts on this topic. You may be interested in a guest post on my blog about I repurposing a burlap rice bag into a stylish tote here

http://letsgoflyakiteuptothehighestheight.blogspot.com/2010/05/guest-post-repurpose-burlap-rice-bag.html

Happy crafting!!

Kim said...

This is an amazingly fun, smart and cute bag.

Kristy said...

That turned out wonderfully! Great job!

dee dee said...

Very Creative! Love it!
Dee Dee

Melissa said...

Very pretty and I really like what images you incorporated and where and how you incorporated them.

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Gee, I don't buy birdseed, but this idea is enough to get me started! Love the look of your bag. Have you had the opportunity to use it much and see how durable it is? You've got a winner here! Thanks for dropping by Buttermilk Cottage today and I hope you'll come back often.
Susan

Mami Made It said...

I love all things recycled and upcycled! Your bag is adorable!

Amber said...

This is great! Do you think I could feature this on one of my re-use blog posts next month? Let me know lifelovegreen@gmail.com

www.lifelovegreen.com

Heather said...

Your bag is so cute! I featured this check it out and grab a button if you'd like!
http://soverycreative.blogspot.com/2010/08/recycled-bird-seed-bag.html

Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue said...

I have some left over burlap but I just threw away my birdseed bag! This is such an awesome idea! I guess I definitely need to go get another bag of seed :)

Jenn Erickson said...

So, so glad I hopped over from "Something I Whipped Up" at The Girl Creative! I love your blog, your blog name, your style, and your button (It's so darn cute that I'm wondering if you'd be up for a button swap?).

What a wonderful craft, and way to celebrate Earth Day EVERY day! I've seen a few projects made with bird seed bags, but yours really takes it to the next level! What fabulous style, great design, and professional results. I'm tempted...very tempted. I just bought a small bird feeder and a small bag of seed. Hmmmm...hopefully it'll be a big hit with the birds so I can pick up a few of those big bags and try this project for myself!

Best, Jenn/Rook No. 17

Pam said...

That is such a great idea. Even if you weren't a recycling kind of gal (who isn't these days) it is still one of the cutest bags I've seen.

Marsha's Mpressions said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! You should sell them or maybe you do. :)

★All Thingz Related★ said...

I LOVE it! Love it!! If I could sew like that, I'd be making one tonight!! Thanks for sharing this great project with everyone at Anything Related!!
{Rebekah}

Bailey said...

I came over from Craft Gossip and so glad I did. What a very creative and useful way to use bird seed bag!

Denise Marie said...

adorable and thrifty

Robin said...

These are awesome! I love them.

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Hi Ceiley. Your bag is amazing! You have done an incredible job - love it!! I'll be featuring this today. Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase party! Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Ginger said...

Love it! This is so awesome! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Seriously amazing. What a brilliant idea. Love the look of it.

Andrea said...

really, really cute!!

Misty said...

What a clever idea!! Love the bag! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

Patti said...

very clever!!

stop over to enter my giveaway

Sara said...

So creative and cute!

Betsy said...

Wow, I love the contrast between the burlap and the colorful bags. It all goes together so well. What a great idea....haven't seen it before.

AnneMarie said...

Wow - I love this bag. So creative! I'm going to go see what my husband did with those bags. I had no idea! Love the burlap too.

Stop by if you get the chance: Gen X Quilters (http://genxquilters.blogspot.com)

Donene said...

What a great recycled bag! I love it!

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

I've seen your bag featured and just had to tell you how much I like it!! So cute and creative. I love the seed bags and think it makes a fun unique purse!!!

Titti @ Shoestring Pavilion said...

Very cool idea, good job!

Olga said...

It looks so pretty and stylish. It's a great idea. Too bad I didn't find it a few days ago when I threw away a rice bag.

Urban Whyte said...

Wow...such a creative idea!! I better go see what my bag of birdseed looks like so I can...ahem...be inspired to do something similar!! Karen

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Beautiful! You are sooo creative and you have a cute little helper.

1bellastager said...

You are so talented! I love the textures. You should link up to my "Saying Goodbye to Summer" party on Monday...showcasing our summer decor, crafts, photography, etc. to inspire each other before autumn hits.

http://1bellastager.wordpress.com/2010/08/19/restyle-your-world-a-linky-party/

Blessings,
Jen

Kat @ Black Kats Design said...

What a cute and clever idea! Love it.

Thanks for linking up to the “Cheap Thrills Thursday” party at Black Kats Design. I hope you had fun and will join in again next Thursday!

Kat

www.BlackKatsDesign.blogspot.com

Meg said...

wow! They're so bright and I love the patterns. I never guessed they were made with bird seed sacks! Genius!
I'd love it if you would link up to my Friday link party!
http://alittleknickknack.blogspot.com/
Have a lovely night!

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Now that is so stinkin' cute and fabulous, thanks for sharing!

Megan @ Bug Creator-Crafts and Life said...

Ah that's awesome! I never would have thought of that!

Visiting from new friend friday!

Staci J said...

What a cool bag! You're so thrifty and earth friendly!
Visiting from justsewsassy.com

Terrell said...

This is a terrific find!!! I never would have thought! Great job, girl! Thank you so much for linking this up to my party at Frou Frou Decor!! Have a great weekend!!
~Terrell @ FFD~

Leslie said...

this is so cool...i love how you made this.

Pris said...

Wow, this bag is a fantastic! I definietly want to try and make this! I am following you through FFF... check out my craft projects on my blog: www.scrapartbypris.blogspot.com

amylouwho said...

This is so cool and unique! I love it! Thanks for joining us at sew & tell!

Tasha said...

Okay, that is just FABULOUS. Seriously. I love that. What a creative and fun idea. Love love love it. Thank you for linking it up and making my day today :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Anna Sams said...

What a neat idea! I love these!

Susan said...

I have said this many times anyone who recyles and reuses is a A plus with me. Your purses are just adorable!!

Lappedamen said...

What a great idea. Thanks for sharing. The bag is really pretty.

Seams Inspired with Larri said...

Beautiful and so creative! I won't look at my birdseed bag without being reminded of your fabulous use for it. Stopping over from Sew & Tell. Happy Sewing! :o)

www.seamsinspired.com

C.R.A.F.T. said...

I'm featuring this next week! thank you for linking up...you did a GREAT job!

Holly said...

Very cool. I love projects that reuse. These bird seed bags are so colorful and fun. Great idea.

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

I featured you because you're awesome!

http://www.houseofhepworths.com/2010/08/25/hookin-up-with-hoh-14/

Feel free to grab a button if you want. :)

Life in Rehab said...

That's a fantastic upcycled bag, I just love it!

AM from White House, Black Shutters said...

This is so beautiful. Bird seed bags, who would have thought? I love everything about your blog and I'm so excited that you're following me so I could do the same. Thank you for your sweet comments, they brought a huge smile to my face.

Take care, have a wonderful rest of the weekend!
-Ann Marie

Faye said...

absolutely gorgeous! fabulous use of materials and inspiration. finished product- i give an A+

Erica Louise said...

absolutely gorgeous, I am going to write about this on my blog if you dont mind!

Dar said...

I love your recycled bird see bag. I have seen something done with dog or cat food bags too. One day I might have time to try one of these. I've been saving my cat food bags for that purpose.