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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Bag-bag: uses for damaged linens

I like to be organized, but I also like things to be pretty. Having Bag-bags (those sock like cloth tubes to hold plastic grocery bags) are great to have around in the kitchen, laundry room, and garage. When you come home from the store, just stuff the plastic bag in the top, and pull it out the bottom when you need it. Great idea!!

However, I didn't like the ones that are commercially available. They're ok, just not my style. So, I thought, why not make my own? For this pink one, I used an embroidered pillowcase that had too much damage near the middle, but the embroidery was still in excellent shape. And it had the added bonus of a pretty crocheted trim.

I used some pretty fabrics that complimented each other, some satin ribbon and a vintage earing.

This is a vintage clip-on earing that I stitched onto the center of a pink satin bow. I'm a little bit of a magpie so everything has to have a little sparkle on it, even if it's a bag-bag.

I made this one out of a battenburg lace pillowcase. Again, there was too much damage in the middle, but the pretty opening was fine.

I love the fabric on this one: minty green, soft pink and peach roses. Just gorgous. And I used a shiny rhinestone button for some bling.


Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Very, very, very cute!!!!!!! I made one kinda like this years ago but yours are more blingy! Great idea and love how you repurposed the old linens rather than throwing them out.


Gina E. said...

I can't get over your creativity! I have a bag-bag in my kitchen too, very handy but very unattractive. One as pretty as yours would really add a spark to my drab old kitchen!

Alison Gibbs said...

Hi Patricia I have just come over from Becky's - Sweet Cottage Dreams.
Hope you are having fun in Blogland.
Love your Bag-bags, so pretty.
I look forward to getting to know you.

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

Hi Alison,
Thank you! I am having a fun, but there's so much to learn. I'm glad you stopped in.
Patricia :o)

Tiffany said...

oh my gosh are you a handy girl! I just adore this idea. You should make more of them and put them up on your Ebay site, or sell on Etsy.

I would buy one in a heart beat!

white o'morn cottage said...

This is such a good idea. I am going to make one or several! I love to repurpose things. I had a very old antique but badly damaged teapot. Everyone laughed when I said I would turn it into something useful and lovely. I did it too! I planted seedlengs into it and placed it in the garden tipped over at a pouring angle to drain excess water. It looks great and I have put it on to my blog.
A similar idea to yours is to get an odd but lovely pillowcase, use elastic to gather opening end, add some pretty ribbons and you have a sweet laundry bag! Cheers...Pam