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How to Turn a Pillowcase Into a Drawstring Backpack

by M.E. Gray

How to turn a pillowcase into a DIY backpack

I love that small backpacks are making a comeback. I'm definitely a backpack girl. I like to have my hands free and my stuff secure, so a backpack is the ideal bag. And tiny backpacks are perfect for those quick trips to the store, last-minute drinks, or biking adventures. Drawstring backpacks are particularly easy to make, and today I'm going to show you how to turn a pillowcase into a DIY backpack (with hidden pocket!).             

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Why and How I Never Check Luggage, Even for International Trips

by Rachel Jacks

In the last five years or so, I've been fortunate to go on several international trips. Even though it would be free to check a bag on those flights, I never do, and it has saved me so much time and trouble that I can't imagine doing it any other way. If you're doing any air travel, internationally or not, I'm here to tell you why and how you should avoid checking luggage.          

 

Why to Avoid Checking...

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The Three Easiest Ways to Make a Simple Market Tote Bag

by Holly Wade

Three Ways to Make an Upcycled Market Bag

I'm a sucker for a farmer's market or swap meet, and I've become very aware of bringing my own bags since California passed a law requiring you to pay for plastic bags at grocery stores. To use the materials I already had, I found three super simple ways to make an upcycled market bag: use stuff I already have! This transforms standard items into something practical using minimal cuts and sewing. 

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Recycled Juice Pouch Lunch Bag.

by Chris Gardner

Like or not, it's the end of August, and with the season comes all sorts of options for  DIY Back-To-School fantasticness.

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This Recycled Juice Pouch Lunch Bag is a great project to do with back-to-schoolers, or just as a good luck present. It can teach them about recycling and reuse, provide a great introduction to sewing, and provides for a pop art lunch toter that beats the pants off of wasteful brown paper sacks.

Materials

1. 14 juice pouches...

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The Solar Powered Handbag.

by Chris Gardner

"This Solarjo Power Purse packs more than just good looks. Appearing at first like any designer handbag, this classy clutch is studded with enough solar cells to charge a cell phone battery in just two hours....The purse has a battery tucked away inside its lining with an attached USB cable that can be used to charge just about any device."

The Solar Powered Handbag.

Designed by Joe Hynek, who also proves that men can create cool handbags. :) Though I'm not sure why...

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Make A Laptop Messenger Bag

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 07/26/08

Made from Anthropologie-looking fabric, the Laptop Messenger Bag has  a smooth chocolate brown recycled leather strap (from an Ann Taylor skirt) and a back pocket cut out of a recycled bomber jacket.  To be perfectly honest, I did take the outside pocket right off of my original Placemat Hack: Flaptop Laptop Cover.  This handy messenger version is easy to carry, quilted on the inside and has the added details of topstitching and that fabulous...

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Ornj Bags: Recycled Construction Fencing Goes Fashionable.

by Chris Gardner

Ornj bags, Ornj Totes, David Shock Designs, David Shock Ornj, recycled construction fencing, repurposed plastics, green fashion, eco-totes, sustainable style, green accessories, eco friendly fashion, Detroit designers, green design, street fashion

"Detroit-based designer David Shock...has cleverly found a way to repurpose discarded day-glo construction fencing into one-of-a-kind totes for market and around town shopping. Ornj Bags are not only eco-friendly, but also a smart way to keep the neighborhood tidy and vibrant with street fashion that allows you to go green for the long haul!"

Clever, eyecatching, and quite DIYable.

From Inhabitat.

 

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35 Free Patterns for Reusable Grocery Bags

by Chris Gardner

35 Free Patterns for Reusable Grocery Bags

The reusable grocery bag is no stranger to Curbly, but we've never featured this many options. Featuring sew-able options, some for knitters, and plenty you can crochet,  will getcha away from those disposable plastic monsters in no time.

Sewing Grocery Bags & Totes

  1. Fabric Grocery Sacks: Replicas of plastic grocery sacks made from vintage sheets and pillowcases (any fabric will do!). These also make cute lunch bags. Features a tie...

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make a Handbag out of a Recycled Book

by Chris Gardner

Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make a Handbag out of a Recycled Book

I have a penchant for purchasing stuff that’s cool, but for which I don’t have specific plans or use. Case in point: I have piles of pulp and sci-fi novels from the 40s-60s. The art and colors are amazing, and the language provides for ridiculous quotes for ages. But after I slice out the illustrations, and force my way through the first and last chapters so I can say I ‘read’ them, these dime store masterpieces don’t escape from their cardboard homes often.   

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How to Easily Convert From Plastic Grocery Bags for $1.00.

by Chris Gardner

You've been meaning to gather enough re-usable grocery sacks to do away with plastic bags all together, but you just can't find the time to sew them all, and can't bring yourself to pay $8-9 for commercial products.

A better answer: purchase some cheap tote bags from the craft store. Those living in the Midwest, Southeast, Oklahoma, and Texas should note that Garden Ridge sells large tote bags in, like, 15 different colors for only $1. These beat...

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