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Many gifts: One Body

One of the blessings of having a large family is that each child has a unique set of interests and gifts. It has always amazed me how God puts so many different talents and personalities together in one family. We have computer programmers, musicians, athletes, seamstresses, artists, photographers, historians, writers, cooks, teachers, natural leaders, farmers, ones who are constantly creating and some who are really good at working with children all in our mix. It is so amazing because while John and I may be interested in many of these areas, we are certainly not responsible for teaching all of these skills to the children. God puts many gifts together in one body and then commands us to use those gifts to love and serve one another.

Feed Sack Tote Bags

About a year ago, Susanna, our oldest, came over with a new project. She had seen it on pintrest She tried it and really liked the result. It occurred to her that maybe someone here might like to try it and maybe even use it as a money making opportunity. The project was feed sack tote bags.

Have you seen them? These tote bags are really cute. Feed sacks usually have a picture of the animal in a lovely setting. The feed sacks are very strong. Unlike cloth tote bags, these tote bags will stand up on their own. They make fun gifts and people are thrilled to receive them. They have so many uses. I use our  tote bags for grocery shopping, packing car supplies for trips, organizing, and even storing stuff. They make a great totes for getting music books to lessons and storing library books in between library visits. Everyone who has seen them absolutely loves them.

A Wealth of Bags

Although all of the girls tried it, Care was the one who really took a personal interest in it. She started first, by using our chicken feed bags. We go through a bag of chicken feed about every two and a half weeks, so that gave her a good supply for learning and experimenting. Our neighbor saw them and suggested the girls try making them from the goat feed bags. They turned out cute as well. Then they got the idea of collecting feed bags from other people who raise different types of animals. They have bags with pictures of cats,  dogs, horses, sheep, cows, and chickens on them. There are many more options available as well.

Resourcefulness

I love these bags because of the practical use of something that would otherwise be thrown in the trash. If I could pick one trait that I want to teach my children, it would be resourcefulness. If you can look at what you can do with what you have, instead of whining about what you don’t  have, you will always have an easier time finding your path in life.

Introducing Care

 

So instead of sharing a recipe from our kitchen today, I am going to let Care share with you how to make feed sack tote bags. I hope you enjoy it. Also, Care will take orders if you would like her to sew a tote bag for you. They are $10.00 each. Just reply in the comments below as to which animal you would like on your tote bag. She will get back to you as to availability and a time when she can get a bag done for you.

 

feed sack tote bags
Print Recipe
These are great bags for anything and everything. We use ours to carry groceries and books to the library. Use them how ever you like. As long as it fits, the bag will hold it.
Servings Prep Time
1 bag 10 min
Cook Time
1 1\2 hours
Servings Prep Time
1 bag 10 min
Cook Time
1 1\2 hours
feed sack tote bags
Print Recipe
These are great bags for anything and everything. We use ours to carry groceries and books to the library. Use them how ever you like. As long as it fits, the bag will hold it.
Servings Prep Time
1 bag 10 min
Cook Time
1 1\2 hours
Servings Prep Time
1 bag 10 min
Cook Time
1 1\2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: bag
Instructions
Prepare Your Feed Bag
  1. Remove the strings from top and bottom of bag
    Feed sack with strings removed
  2. Clean bag by tuning inside out and spray with hose or wipe with a cloth. Dry bag.
  3. Trim bag to make sure it is straight
    trim bag
Make Handles
  1. Start by cutting three inches off for each handle. (for this bag I cut five inches and cut off the extra two inches to get my bag the size I wanted it. ) you can cut it off the top or the bottom depending on where the picture is. Sometimes it is a good idea to cut three inches off of each side.
    cut 5 inches off bag
  2. Fold one inch along the sides of each handle, sew.
    Turn edges in one inch
  3. Now fold the rest of the handle to the seam.
    fold side over other
  4. Pin and sew with two seams.
    pin and sew with two seams
Bag
  1. Start by marking three inches on the top of the bag and folding it down one inch at a time. Now pin and sew two lines, one at the top and one at the bottom of the fold.
  2. Now turn the bag inside out and sew a 5\8 seam at the bottom of the bag. if this makes the bag deeper than you want, you can make that seam bigger.
    5\8 seam
  3. mark five inches from bag side
    five inches from bag edge
  4. Pull the lines so that it makes a triangle shape on the bottom of the bag.
    pull to triangle
  5. Sew across the wide end of the triangle. This will form the bottom of your bag.
    finished corner
Finshing the bag
  1. Sew the handles one inch from the side corner so that they are on the same side of the bag.
    sew one inch from side corner
  2. On the outside of the bag, sew an X over each handle.
    x box
  3. Clip any threads. Now you have a bag ready to use.
    finished bag
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