Thursday, 4 February 2010

VTT 4 - Shopping Bag

For this week's Vintage Thingies Thursday I'm showing you something that represents my ideas in many ways. You know by now that I have most of my vintage treasures from the family, I like recycling and I'm against plastic bags when you can use a real fabric shopping bag instead. Here is a perfect example:


I made this bag for myself several years ago. The fabric was originally a portiére in the hall of my mother's grandmother in the early years of 1900. Later it was used as a wall hanging, and after that it was put aside and saved, in the attic of our log sauna. Several decades later my energetic big brother was clearing this attic, dumping all kinds of old stuff on a dumpster, including this curtain and another one with a different pattern. You see, he is only a man. Luckily my sister P was also present and she rescued them and some other, less historical fabric for me. The other fabric ended up in my other sister Maija's stash, and I made two bags like this of my piece. I have used the bag so much that the handles are all worn out, and I need to replace them with new fabric.

This was all from me this Thursday. Let's see who else is on Suzanne's list!

15 comments:

  1. That is wonderful. I am afraid I just rescued the curtain tape from my Mum's curtains a few years ago. Now you have reminded me that they were genuine barkcloth. My brother uses them for work rags. I feel so sorry.I didn't know any better then. Cherrie

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  2. I like your sister P. :-) She definately has the right attitude. What a beautiful fabric. It just shows the quality as it is still usable.

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  3. Thank heaven's your sister was there to rescue this beautiful piece. I won't let Mr. Creations throw anything out unless I approve!

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  4. What a great idea! I made shopping bags for Christmas gifts this years. They were made from vintage fabric I had stashed. Love the idea of using old curtains. So glad your sister saved these pieces.

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  5. What a lovely piece of historical fabric! Thanks for sharing the story behind it.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  6. That's a beautiful and unique bag.

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  7. Thank goodness your sister P was there to save the fabric from the dump. It is really cool that the fabric has had so many uses and now continues to be useful as a shopping bag.

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  8. This is wonderful that you were able to make something usable from the fabric, the fabric by the way is beautiful....Happy VTT!

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  9. That must be some very sturdy fabric to have lasted this long! I love the pattern and the fact that you use this bag instead of the plastic ones. I hate those plastic ones!
    Happy VTT!
    Carol

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  10. How wonderful that this delightful old fabric was saved and you were able to recycle it into something useful. I use cloth bags for all my grocery shopping too, but none of mine are as fine looking as yours.

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  11. Ulla I LOVE that print! I am very jealous!

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  12. I'm so glad this was saved. It has made a beautiful bag. So much prettier than the ones I have.

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  13. Oh så mycket fina bilder du har lagt in, det var riktigt kul att vandra runt på din blogg. HOppas att du har det gott och får en fin fredag!!

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  14. What a wonderful save your sister made. That fabric is very oretty..

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  15. Gorgeous fabric! What a great save by P and a great way to use the fabric!

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