When I was asked by Earth 911 if I had any good recycled crafts they could share for Earth Day, I didn’t think I’d have any problem digging one up. I was surprised to find most of my projects that fit the bill were seasonal, and not appropriate for spring. I really wanted something that was mostly repurposed, didn’t take a lot of materials and was a little unusual. I think this bag fits.
To make this, you’ll need a clean yogurt tub (about 24 oz size), a piece of denim (a leg cut off to make shorts will work) and two shoe laces.
Ok, so I know that’s technically not just yogurt, but have you tried this stuff? Yum.
Measure around the top edge of your tub. Add 1/2” to determine the width to cut your denim. Measure the height of the tub, multiply by 1 1/2 and add 3” to determine the height. Mine came out to 14 1/8 by 9”.
You can leave a decorative seam if your sewing machine can handle sewing over it doubled.
Fold the denim with the short sides together. Subtracting the 1/4” seam you’ll sew in the next step, find and mark the center on both sides. Unfold. Measure 2 1/4” down from the top edge at the mark. Draw a 1/4” line from 2 1/4 to 2 1/2”. Stitch a 1/4” buttonhole at the line and carefully cut it open.
Fold the denim right sides touching and short ends together. Stitch a 1/4” seam down the side. Press the seam open.
Stitch over the edge at the top and bottom with a zigzag stitch or serger to reduce fraying. Fold the upper edge toward the wrong side 1 1/2” and press. Stitch 1/2” from the edge and 1/2” from the fold.
Using scissors or a razor knife, cut the lip off the tub. Slip the fabric tube over the tub, wrong side of the fabric toward the tub and the top edge of the fabric and tub even with each other.
Using a long stitch and a large needle, stitch 1/4” from the edge through the plastic and denim. Add a pleat to the denim if you need to make it fit. If you have any doubt at all about whether your sewing machine can survive this, punch holes in the plastic with an awl and sew by hand.
Pull the denim up over the tub, turning right side out. Feed a shoelace into one of the buttonholes, all the way around through the casing, and back out through the same hole. Repeat on the opposite side with the other shoelace. Tie the laces together near the buttonhole and again at the ends. Pull both sides to draw closed.
I thought I was done at this point, but when I turned around the lid was laying there. I cut a small flower from it, which I stitched on with a button on top.
I keep imagining taking this to the beach with my sunglasses, bottle of water and sunscreen in it.
If this wasn’t Oregon. In April. Maybe a snack instead?