How to Make Tote Bags with Feed Sacks


The 11-year-old is set on having a booth at our local farmers market. He wants to sell eggs, chicks, and herbs that he’s growing in his own spot of the garden. But for the down time, he came up with another idea.

He’s making tote bags from feed sacks.

To make the tote:

  • Wash the inside so that it no longer smells like dog food.
  • Trim the top off to have enough material for making the straps.
  • Hem the top. The bottom is already closed.
  • Edge the strapping with a zig-zag stitch and attach to the bag.

Wah-Lah. You have a new tote for your groceries, market purchases, or library books.

A few things to consider:

  • Try to center the graphic on the bag on your tote. You want to make it pleasing to the eye. So if you have to trim from the bottom rather than the top, do so.
  • Use braided strapping material like is used for belts instead. You can purchase it in various colors to match the bags you collect.
  • For a few bags, my son had to use trimmings from one bag to make straps for another. He just made sure the colors coordinated.

This was a quick and easy project for an 11-year-old. And just another way he is learning on the homestead.

What type of projects have your kids done? Would love to hear about it.


This post is linked-up with the Encouraging One Another blog hop.



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9 Responses to How to Make Tote Bags with Feed Sacks

  1. Ticia says:

    I think feed sack bags can be charming.

  2. Karen Lange says:

    Great idea! Wish I were closer; I’d stop by and buy one. :)

  3. Freida says:

    Very cute and resourceful!
    I had seen something similiar in the quilting magazine :)

  4. JES says:

    Great idea :) I will be trying this! You can never have to many bags!

  5. Love this idea, and the fabric is so tough it will never wear out! You have a very enterprising son, and I pray he experiences success early. Blessings to you. Thanks, also, for linking up at Deep Roots At Home…I’ll look forward to seeing you again!

    • Carol says:

      Thank you, Jacqueline. I look forward to linking up again, too. So many wonderful ideas and words of encouragement in one place.

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