Saturday, November 30, 2013

2013 NewFO Challenge - November Update

I have decided to make some shopping bag for my NewFO this month.  I am making the shopping bags out of Christmas fabric and will use them for wrapping presents.  Then, instead of throwing away paper, I'll be reusing them for shopping!  This wasn't my idea originally, it was the Green Bag Lady's idea.  I volunteer with the Colorado Chapter of the Green Bag Lady project and when we met last time, Teresa had us working on shopping bags that were made with Christmas fabric.

I had be busy preparing for Thanksgiving and trying to get some of my sewing done, so my sewing area was quite a mess!  I'm also preparing our condo for a new couch and love seat that my sister-in-law is giving us.  They are redoing their family room and decided to do it with several recliners instead.  Yipee for me!

Well, now that Thanksgiving is over and the new furniture is here and settled in, I've finally gotten a chance to do some more sewing.  I had planned on making some snowmen mug rugs but that didn't work out.  I did however get my Christmas bags made.

I think this is first NewFO project that I started and finished in the same post.  Maybe I'll squeeze those snowmen mug rugs in before Christmas after all.

If you want additional information about Green Bag Lady, check out the following links:

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To make your own bags, this is a super easy pattern HERE.
Visit Barbara over at Cat Patches and see what others have started this month.  Happy quilting everyone!


  1. The Green Bag Lady has a wonderful project, and your adaptation for Christmas wrapping paper is great! (Plastic bags were outlawed in Portland recently--with a few exceptions for some bulk groceries, and most groceries give a small discount if you bring your own bags.)

  2. What a great idea! I haven't bought wrapping paper yet - I may just make bags! Thanks for the inspiration. Isn't it fun to get new furniture - especially at the 'gift price'? Enjoy! ~Jeanne

  3. Oh I love that idea Tami!!! I'm running right now to my Christmas stash to see how many bags I can make for gifts under the tree this year :*)

  4. The shopping bags are fabulous!! I've been to the Green Bag Ladys site before.

  5. Great bags and a great project!

  6. Love the shopping bags! I enjoy using homemade bags, too, that way I can wash them with the towels once a week and not feel like I'm collecting germs!! I'll check out your bag pattern, they would make nice gifts!

  7. I love having shopping bags for the grocery store. I can't believe how many plastic bags we used to go through!

  8. What a fantastic idea! The bags are wonderful!

  9. Your bags look great Tami! Thanks for the Green Bag Lady shout out too! :)