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.
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.
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.
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