If you have livestock, you have lots of feed bags. We use the empty bags in various ways, but when I saw a tote made from one, I knew I had to try to make one.
The first one was easy enough to make, but took me a bit to figure out everything – especially the boxed corners. The corners were really easy to make once I figured it out. I made the next bags fairly quickly. I used directions from both Fresh Eggs Daily & Community Chickens.
SIZING THE BAG
I didn’t use exact measurements to cut the feed sack. I cut off the top & bottom of the sack where I thought the tote bag would look best.
The way I cut the feed bag gave me one side with a nice design.
I love the boxed corners & flat bottom. I’ve made bags before, but never with a flat bottom. It’s so much nicer for groceries.
I’m good with photos, not so good with written directions. But, I will attempt to explain the boxed corner:
Top Left: Fold the bottom of the bag to get a corner. Measure from the pointy corner up both sides the same distance – about 1″ – 2″. Mark the two spots & draw a line connecting the dots.
Top Right: Sew along the line. I came in a little and sewed a 2nd line.
Bottom Left: Trim off the excess
Bottom Right: Complete the steps again for the opposite corner. Then, turn the bag so the white side is facing in.
A few of my bags have handles made from cotton webbing. I love the way Fresh Eggs Daily attached the handles by tucking the handles under the fold at the top. I had never added handles using that method. I’m glad I tried it. The handles seem nice & secure and an actual part of the bag as opposed to feeling like the handle could pull off.
I didn’t have enough webbing to finish the last two bags, so I used scraps from the cut feed bags to make handles using directions from Community Chickens. I like carrying the bags with the webbing handles better than the feed bag scrap handles. But, I like the matchy-matchy look of the feed bag handles.
MAKING IT PRETTY
It’s an extra step, but I prefer the look of sewing lace or ribbon to the top edge.
I love this project. It was exactly what I like – easy, quick & no need to be perfect.