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.