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"Summer Social" Guest Project — Make an Embellished Grocery Bag Container!! {great item to keep in your car}

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Jen is my bloggy bestie.  We run The CSI Project together, Crafterminds, and we are doing a web show together in the fall.  Yet I have never guest posted on her blog.  I wanted to have the perfect project before I posted here.  Well that day of perfection will never come.

However, I did come to share with you a fun little gift to give yourself or a friend for the summer…an embellished grocery bag container. 

These are perfect to throw in a beach bag for wet suits.  They are also wonderful to have in your car for summer road trips.  Whatever you reuse plastic bags for having a container full of them looks a heck of a lot better than stuffed in a drawer.  Plus they are so much more portable this way.
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I figured out how to fold them so that they are interconnected and one bag comes out at a time but pulls the next one out a little.

Supplies:

12 plastic grocery bags (I used Target ones)

coordinating fabric

Empty wipe container

Fabric Mod Podge

Foam brush

Spray adhesive

scissors or rotary cutter

quilting ruler

1.  Grab a dozen bags and flatten them out pushing all the air out.
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2.  Fold them in half again pressing all the air out.
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3. Overlap the handles onto the top of the previous bag.  Do this for all 11 bags lining them all up into one big row.
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4.  Fold the first bag’s handle upward.  This will be your middle and the first bag you pull out of the container.  All the other bags will be connected to this first one.
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5.  Now tightly roll up your bags tucking in the new handles as you roll.
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6.  After you roll up 12 bags you are ready to insert them into your wipes container.
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7. Tuck the first bag’s handles through the top.  Now you are done.
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Done?  What do you mean done? 
I can’t be at TT& J without embellishing right!? RIGHT!
8.  Cut out a piece of fabric roughly 8” x 10”.  With your foam brush “paint” Fabric Mod Podge onto the fabric.  The Mod Podge seals the edges and gives the fabric a durable water resistant surface.
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9.  After it is dry cut it to size.  For one of the Lysol wipes containers I cut mine 7 1/8” x 10 3/8”.  Then glue it in place.  I use a spray adhesive because it is quick and easy.  Overlap the pieces one over another. Adorable and practical!

I LOVE IT!

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Here are some more summer fun ideas if you want to come to my house for a little bit:

chalk spray
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Thanks Beckie!! I have a whole drawer of those plastic bags and now I know what to do with them!!!
Beckie is awesome. Not only is she funny, but she’s smart, creative and has a big heart too.
Have you seen her signature “Roadkill Rescue” projects? 
I love this Changing Table turned Shelf she made for her craft space!
Of course I love this Chevron Trash Can transformation.
And you have probably seen Beckie’s “Countdown” Kisses Boards, she’s made different ones for several holidays. So cute! 

 And have you seen her Purple Board and Batten Bathroom?

Plus Beckie Runs Another fun site – Knock Off Decor. The girl is busy!!

You will love following along with Beckie as she scoops things up from the side of the road and transforms them into treasures at Infarrantly Creative!! 

xoxo
PS — Have you checked out Sandra at Sawdust & Paper Scraps’
series going on right now?
 Today I am sharing Rolled Flower gift ideas — rings, earrings, necklaces and bookmarks.  
Something for everyone :) 


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  2. Anna Maria Q. says:

    thank you for your tutorial ! :)

  3. Wow – I love the embellished grocery container. I think you are a genius!!!! Thank you so much! Cody

  4. Cool ideas & bite size , I tend to loose interest fast!

  5. Is it just me…I can’t get all the air out of the bags to roll them perfectly. The smallest amount of air left in the sack creates troublesome bubbles that take up too much room. Any fixes because I love this concept.

  6. Collette says:

    I tried doing this and after I put it in the canister and pulled the 1st one out, the next bag’s handle came out to so I had to stick it back down.

  7. Atoofa-Farooqui says:

    Such great ideas, I’m glad I saw this today..

  8. Great idea. All my wipe canisters are still full, sooooo I found an old water bottle that no one wanted anymore ( I have a zillion of these from over the years) and used that. It works perfectly! I did not decorate it but left it clear so I could see what was in there and how full it was! Thanks for the tip!

  9. Casondra says:

    I found that if when you begin to roll up the handles of the next bag you stop and push the air out again and continue to do so with each following bag it’s really helpful!

  10. Stacey Q says:

    the only problem I found is the air in the bags as I roll them. Makes it hard to get a good roll..

    • Casondra says:

      I found that if when you begin to roll up the handles of the next bag you stop and push the air out again and continue to do so with each following bag it’s really helpful!

    • How about poking a little tiny hole in the bubble to let the air out?
      Most of these bags already have a small split and aren’t air tight, so one more little hole shouldn’t make a difference!
      Thanks for the tip!

  11. I absolutely LOVE this project. I can’t wait to try some. I featured your project on my blog at http://whittskitsfabricscrafts.blogspot.com/2013/04/mining-monday-fabric-scrap-project-ideas.html and put a link directly back here.
    Thanks so much!
    Carrie

  12. What size container do you need? :)

  13. Great and fun ideas. Thanks for sharing. :)

  14. What a great idea…. Think ill cover a container in my favorite child print and give them to my girls to carry in their diaper bags to put dirty diapers in before they toss them in the trash can…. Love it!!!

  15. Helen Moseley says:

    That is amazing, I am over having bags filled with bags. so thank you heaps

  16. Cant wait to try…tho I think I’m gonna need more than 12 bags (24 perhaps)…my contanier is a large Sani Hands Container.

  17. Anne reardon says:

    Loved this,can’t wait to try. Thanks

  18. Sharen Walters says:

    I think the rolled bags idea is wonderful. i usually roll min into triangles but this way you can have them in the car. good for my grandchildren

  19. I did a similar rendition thanks to your idea! Mine go longways and are in a Pampers Wipes container! I do have to laugh, my husband thought I had totally gone off the deep end flattening and rolling our old grocery bags!

    • Can u please tell me how to do that in a Pampers Wipes container?? :-) I can’t seem to figure it out, Im not understanding the longways part…

  20. These are cool ideas. I should make and share it to my friends this coming summer.

  21. Love this idea…Thx

  22. Totally love this…already rolled up all my bags!!

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