Monday, June 14, 2010

Recycled Totes from "everyday throwaways"

Allison at The House of Hepworths had a post yesterday that reminded me of a recycling project my high school fashion design students were challenged to a few years ago. Their task was to create something out of an everyday item we toss away. I demonstrated making the following items to give them a few ideas:
Alison made a lunch bag similar to these, but without the handles:
I also took 8 empty packages of muffin mixes to create this tote bag:
These are sewn together and grommets were used to adhere the handles:
And I made this tote from laminated magazine covers:

So, what did my students make? A cell phone case from old dish cloths, a necklace from soda flip tops, a pillow from an old flannel shirt, a wallet from a cereal box, a child's pinwheel toy from a cardboard box, beaded earings from old scraps of fabric, a jean skirt from a pair of jeans, a headband from giftwrap ribbons, a vest from an old blanket and many more clever ideas!

House of Hepworths has links where she has given credit, so stop over to see her lunchbag and link over to see where she found her idea!

Joining these parties this week:

Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays @ Coastal Charm

Toot Your Horn Tuesday @ A Silly Little Sparrow

Thrifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville

Patti @ Pandoras Box
Patti @ Pandoras Box

I live in central NY and I am a retired family and consumer science teacher. I enjoy all types of crafting, decorating and cooking


  1. Those students of yours had great imaginations and lots of ingenuity. Must have been great to witness.

  2. Patti,
    These are all soooo fav is the cookie mix bag! Thanks for coming to my party!


  3. Oh my goodness daughter would love those magazine totes!!

  4. I love these fun bags.

    Thanks for the info about the Syracuse China.


  5. What great bags and I love the recycling ideas. Your student project reminded me of episodes of Project Runway. I always love the episode where they have to create a runway fashion using everyday items.
    Hope you're having a great week.

  6. Great up cycling project - I am inspired

  7. Look the cookie bag mix Patti. Now get on over to my blog girl! You won my giveaway! Be sure to check your email! Have a blessed day. Cindy

  8. I love them! Brings me back to my new wave/goth days and it was just so cool to have a recycled tote bag. Glad to see they are still en vogue so we can save the earth from even just a little bit of trash!


  9. I LOVE these!! I could see my daughter and I fighting over them!

  10. Hey Patti, don't forget! You won my giveaway and I need your address.
    Can't wait for you to get it! I want to see a picture of you with this pretty jewelry on!

  11. Love the muffin bag. Very creative.

  12. OMGosh, what cute, cute totes. I love those. TFS.

  13. Oh my goodness this is genius!!! I love them.. just creative as all get out.. thank you for coming by and leaving such a sweet comment. The name in our rock was carved my an 80 year old man almost 13 years ago now. It gives me alot of pleasure when we pull into our home,I'm so glad you like it as well.
    hugs ~lynne~

  14. How cute are those! I would have never thought to make something from the biscuit bags. Wonderful!

    Thank you for your lovely comment on the 18ft Island kitchen post I did on Monday. A tad behind this week!


  15. These are so cute! I LOVE the big magazine ones. I also made a little purse type tote also that I'm going to blog about soon. It's pretty similar to yours. Thanks so much for linking me! I appreciate it. Sorry it's taken me so long to come check it out. I'm moving and things are cray-zeee!