Upcycling

You know those vinyl zippered bags that new sheets, mattress pads , tablecloths ect come packaged in ?

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Well, I’ve always felt weird about putting them in the recycle bin. I’ve used them for storage of course but always wondered if there wasn’t something else I could do with them. So the other day I got an idea and gave it a try.

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See-thru vinyl pouches !

The mattress pad bag came with a two way zipper so I was able to cut down the zipper and use the same zipper on two pouches.

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The zipper pull was really ugly but it was easy to cut off and tie on a replacement. For the first two pouches I made my own ‘binding’ out of some stash fabric that goes amazingly well with the opaque vinyl. This fabric has been a ‘problem child’ in the sewing room – that blue does not play well with other blues !

I made a couple of quilt blocks for a baby quilt and am now kinda stuck because I haven’t been able to find more colours to co-ordinate with that blue. Oh well !

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The vinyl wasn’t that hard to work with but I found using my clover clips and masking tape very helpful.

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I still had lots of vinyl left over so I made a few pouches using some ready made binding – or maybe it’s called bias tape. I used two rows of stitching on each tape; one close to the zipper and the other on the outside edge to make sure the vinyl was secured between the folds.

I had cut my binding fabric strips 2″ and after pressing them in half and then half again I think they were still a bit chunky looking. I think the store bought tape looks a little neater.

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Both of these pouches measure approximately 8″x 6″. I had a meter (40″) of each bias tape and only had a few inches left when I was done. I also found out that vinyl is hard to photograph !

In other news: we have been getting a site ready for a new grain bin

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That’s my husband tamping down the gravel over where we have installed drainage pipe and there will soon be a large concrete pad poured for the bin floor. It doesn’t look like much but believe me there are a tremendous number of hours involved in getting the foundation ready for a bin that will hold 2,400,400 pounds of wheat or just over 1 thousand metric tonnes.

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This is the view from my office… just kidding ! I turned 180 degrees from the last picture and this is the wheat field west of the bin site. We’ve been getting a nice amount of rain this year and the crops are looking good.

Thanks for having a look. Have a lovely weekend.

I’ll be linking up with CrazyMomQuilts for Finish it up Friday.

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22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Janice Holton
    Jul 22, 2016 @ 11:48:49

    Way to think outside the box! Very creative! I enjoy seeing your projects around the farm.

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  2. Sylvia B. Lewis
    Jul 22, 2016 @ 11:59:14

    I save those bags too! But I love your idea of cutting them up to reuse the vinyl in bags!

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  3. Sharon Browne
    Jul 22, 2016 @ 12:32:13

    What a great idea! I’m going to try making some myself. Great way to recycle too. Thanks.

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  4. Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts
    Jul 22, 2016 @ 13:42:24

    I’m sort of lazy, I guess, I just use them as they come. Since I have so many I can usually find one to fit the need. Your idea is way better…make the bag look good while it’s working! Yes, that’s much better. Very creative!

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  5. Sandra B
    Jul 22, 2016 @ 14:54:33

    Love your idea! I save those zippered bags as well, and keep fat quarters in them, but I like the idea to repurpose them into project bags! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  6. Tami Von Zalez
    Jul 22, 2016 @ 15:10:29

    Yay for repurposing! I like to use those bags to store my linens I am not using.

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  7. Sandy
    Jul 22, 2016 @ 15:45:02

    Wow! We don’t have grain bins where I live and your land is so flat! Not a hill in sight! I’m not far from the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. There are lots of trees, but no wheat fields! I like your vinyl pouches!

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    • Colleen
      Jul 23, 2016 @ 07:37:39

      Thanks Sandy ! North Carolina is on my bucket list. I lived in the Rocky Mountains for several summers and would love to go to the Appalachians. There are so many very talented potters and crafts people in NC too.

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  8. Jenny Benton
    Jul 23, 2016 @ 03:21:00

    Oh dear – I’ve just thrown two of those bags out! Never mind, I’ll know better next time.

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  9. allisonreidnem
    Jul 24, 2016 @ 14:41:17

    Great idea Colleen – those bags look really professional and very useful. Glad to see you are preparing for a good harvest too ☺

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  10. jody
    Jul 27, 2016 @ 14:26:36

    boy are you the resourceful one! I am impressed with your beautiful pouches! The other day I used a new shower liner to sandwich between cotton and terry cloth changing blankets. I felt smug! But then I realized that they would have to be line dried. Oh well. Maybe there are some new mothers out there that still use a clothes line!!!!
    xox

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    • Colleen
      Jul 28, 2016 @ 07:02:26

      oh, I don’t know about the change pad having to be line dried. I have sprayed a vinyl shower curtain with vinegar and water, rinsed and then put it in the dryer on low heat for a short period of time and immediately hung it back up. This was in an effort to get rid of mineral & soap build up. It worked ok but I just buy new ones now. I think if you caught the vinyl in the edge stitching so it doesn’t twist in the wash it will be ok.

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  11. Dawn
    Jul 28, 2016 @ 08:34:50

    Brilliant!!! I always save those bags, thinking I’ll use them to store something. I think I’ll make a couple of bags for my son before his travel to Europe in September. Thanks for sharing your idea!

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