Feed Sack Tote Bag ~ reduce, reuse, REFASHION

Oh happy dance over here! I’m super excited to be back at my sewing machine again for my reduce, reuse, REFASHION fun I share this time each month. What’s that, you say? I am aiming to encourage you to reduce waste, reuse what you have on hand, and refashion it into something for yourself, your home, or for others. Today these hand-me-down bits of cloth are going to become a feed sack tote bag.

Cut Feed Sack Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Let me just say I have the most awesome friends not only nearby, but online too. When I have readers who think of me and send me goodies, it truly touches my heart.  A fellow blogger named Lucy was in the middle of moving and couldn’t take all of her stash of treasures with her. Plus, she was no longer going to continue to blog at Patina Paradise.

She asked if I would be interested in any of her things since she knew I was a kindred spirit for all things vintage. Not only did she send vintage doilies, scraps of linens, clothing, bits and baubles, but Lucy also included this feed sack remnant. She knows me well. tee hee.

I daresay my eyes popped out when I saw it. What a fun piece to play with! Also, I had to admit that anyone that had the tenacity to cut a feed sack has more than me. hee hee. I have to close my eyes! You can see my past feed sack project in these posts.  So…what’s your guess on what it was going to be used for? I say a top of a dress. hmmm…

TIME TO GET MY SEW ON

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While I have found uses for most of the goodies Lucy sent, this one was waiting. I had ideas, but really wanted it to gel in my head before I had at it. Finally I made up my mind to turn it into a feed sack tote bag.

Okay…I’ll admit that I have a bag/purse/tote fetish of sorts. You can see my last purse I made after upholstering a chair with feed sack HERE. Also, you can see my upcycled lunch bag totes that I now carry in my shop HERE too. Did you know I began my small business journey selling bags and dolls? Time flies, I tell ya.

First, I decided to line my feed sack tote bag with a twill I already had on hand. Since the feed sack wasn’t at stout as some I have in my possession, I felt it needed some strengthening and stability. It was simple to use the design that was already cut out of the feed sack and replicate it on the twill.

Cutting Twill for Feed Sack Tote Bag by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Then, once I had my pieces cut, I used my serger to bind the edges and box the corners of the lining and the cover. Notice I chose to use a 3″ boxed corner so the tote would have a nice wide 6″ bottom. If you want to know more about boxing a corner, you can see my example in my felted sweater footstool post with video.

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Boxed Corners of Feed Sack Tote Bag as shared by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Next, I joined the two layers together with my sewing machine.

Larissa of Prodigal Pieces sewing her feed sack tote bag | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #sewing #farmhouse

Last, but not least, I made leather handles from the scrap I had leftover from the leather bench my husband and I built HERE, and my office chair redo HERE. Those sewing clips and a leather needle, plus my zipper foot make it a breeze. note: I used piping (welting) for inside the handles to give them stability.

Sewing Leather Tote Bag Handles by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

TIME FOR THE REVEAL

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Farmhouse Style Handmade Fashion Feed Sack Tote Bag Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #fashion #style #bag #farmhouse #upcycled

Handmade Farmhouse Style Feed Sack Tote Bag with Leather Handles by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #fashion #style #farmhouse

What a fun bag to create and the design is one I think I can continue to replicate and improve on. Notice I reinforced the bottom so no sagging to make you have to dig for your keys. (I hate doing that! haha! Can I get an amen?)

I really could have gone crazy with adding bells and whistles to the design. However, I tried to keep telling myself to use the K.I.S.S. methodology (keep it simple stupid). Since the feed sack had red, I just had to add a zippered ticking pocket. I’m smitten with the outcome. Are you?

Inside Feed Sack Tote Bag with Ticking Pocket by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #fashion #style #purse #farmhouse

Prodigal Pieces Handmade Farmhouse Style Tote Bag | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #handmade #home #fashion

My goal was to inspire you to get crafty. There are oodles of free patterns for totes and bags already created for you by other bloggers online that you can tweak to your heart’s content. You can do it!

Farmhouse Feed Sack Tote Handmade by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #fashion #farmhouse #style #women

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How cute is this upcycled feed sack tote bag created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces of the Reduce, Reuse, Refashion series | visit prodigalpieces.com for more details | #prodigalpieces #diy #fashion #sewing #bag #farmhouse

Up next, I’ll be taking this…er…mirror and rescuing it. haha! Take a look at its new life IN THIS POST.

Thrifted Mirror Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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12 Comments

  • Trish

    love it!!!

    July 30, 2019 at 7:56 am Reply
  • Jo-Ann from Manitoba

    What a great use for a feed sack, it’s a beauty. As a reader I really enjoy your refashion blogs and find them inspiring. Please continue.

    July 30, 2019 at 8:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Jo-Ann. I’m delighted to hear it.

      August 1, 2019 at 5:22 am Reply
  • Mary

    That turned out adorable Larissa! For a moment there I thought you were going to make it into a tank top. Your idea was much better!

    July 30, 2019 at 11:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You would think so based on what she sent me that someone had that in mind. Crazy me wanted to think outside the obvious. haha. Thanks so much, Mary.

      August 1, 2019 at 5:22 am Reply
  • Sandi Allen

    What a great idea! I Love how this turned out!

    July 31, 2019 at 7:06 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Sandi! 😀

      August 1, 2019 at 5:23 am Reply
  • Becky

    That came out so cute!!! The perfect size too!

    August 2, 2019 at 8:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I was excited to receive it as much as work on it. 😀

      August 2, 2019 at 2:02 pm Reply
  • Debbie Richards

    I love the bag especially the extra touch of having the red ticking pocket!

    September 17, 2019 at 7:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I’m a sucker for ticking. tee hee!

      September 17, 2019 at 8:55 am Reply

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