Saturday, January 3, 2015

Reusable Grocery Bag Upcycle

We get a lot of mileage out of our reusable grocery bags. "Load 'em up," I ask the bagger, fewer trips from the car to the house. 

This poor bag had one too many groceries shoved into it and the strap broke off. The print was too adorable to toss it out. 

So: I turned it into a car caddy for my daughter: 

1. cut off straps
2. fold bag into itself and glue down (I used Tacky Glue)

3. thread elastic strip through one of the straps
4. stretch out and use sewing machine to secure to inside of bag
5. reattach strap to use when hanging the bag 

I had some difficulty with step 4. My first attempt was a fail...the bag hung open too much. 
So....I readjusted the elastic (tediously used the seam ripper to remove then re-stretch it further) 
Then, folded over the top sides near the strap and stitched them down.  
oh, that's embarrassing...forgot to remove the staples after gluing/stitching the straps on 
can we pretend you don't see them? ;)

It still hangs open more than I pictured, but the bag is deep enough so the items are secure. 

To fix the "saggy look" I just folded the top over. 

Hopefully this will eliminate the plethora of paper, crayons, books, toys, and water bottles that previously carpeted the van floor. 

~fingers crossed~ 


  1. What a great idea! And you got to use something you already had. Bonus! I totally understand the mess kids make in cars. Last week, a battery operated car suddenly started making noise under the passenger seat. Totally scared me!

  2. Great idea! I need to do this in my car. My backseat passenger tends to create a nest of stuff all around her. This would help her keep the area cleaned up! Thanks for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party!