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Saturday, March 5, 2016

"Friday Night With Friends, It is all very green."

Hello,

Last night I joined in Friday Night with Friends kindly hosted by Cherryl. There were 33 people stitching up a storm. During the day I made up 5 fruit and veg bags from some green tulle.


We use calico/green bags for our shopping but I was annoyed with having to use plastic for some of the fruit and veg. I noticed one day while waiting to be served at Coles that the plastic shopping bags come from Indonesia. Indonesia has recently decided to ban plastic shopping bags. It makes no sense that we use bags from a country miles away which has banned them. These tulle bags will get a work out once a fortnight because for the past year we have shopped at Farmer's Markets for our fruit and veg.



 There was a little pile of strips left over from a previous project sitting in the sewing room waiting to be dealt with. I joined some wadding together as well.


Today I had more time for sewing and finished the potholder. The blue fabric on the bottom is from a pair of jeans that belonged to David. He recently wanted to cut them up to make them into shorts. I kept the fabric for "Later On". Today was the day to use it for the lining.


Not bad for a project that cost nothing to make but will be so useful. I have a few more pairs of cut off jeans so I guess I will make some more potholders.

If you joined in Friday Night With Friends I hope you got lots done.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Happy days.
Bev C

19 comments:

Astrid said...

That's a clever idea to use up bits & pieces and old jeans. Tulle bags are a great idea too. Plastic bags are banned here from this year, which is wonderful. It should have been done years ago!

KimM said...

Wow - great idea!
xxx

Terri said...

Love hearing about your Friday Night with Friends! I could definitely use some of those tulle bags. We can still use plastic bags here in the US but I think some states may have banned them. Love love love seeing your patchwork potholder! I always need more of those too, but don't take the time to make them. Happy Days!

Julie said...

Hi Bev, your potholder is just gorgeous & so useful too. I love the effect of the patched fabrics together. When you join your wadding, do you just zigzag the edges butted together or do you overlap??

Cheryll said...

I always love your company at FNwF Bev... and your vegies look wonderful...yummmm xox

Maria said...

Both your projects are great ideas and useful Bev...Did you use the special insulated wadding for the pot mitt?

Pauline W said...

Great idea for the vegie bags, Bev. All my family know to pass old jeans my way, there are so many things to be made from them. Your patchwork oven mitt is a step up on mine, very classy!

Michelle Ridgway said...

Love the tulle bags. I too take my own bags and I have been reusing smaller plastic bags over and over for my veges....like your idea better! Great oven mirs too xx

Anthea said...

great job on the vege bags Bev - I don't like getting plastic either - I have reusuable ones, plus i re-use plastic vege bags until the give out!

Karen's Korner said...

Love your oven mitt. It looks nice and roomy.

Lin said...

Hi Bev - great idea with the bags. The UK has recently banned free plastic bags in shops and we have not had them in France for some years but the fruit and veg bags are still plastic. Not that we use many because we grow most of our own. Nice way of using up your scraps. xx

kiwikid said...

Great use of the jeans and scraps. Wonderful idea with the bags.

Debbie said...

Great oven mitt Bev...x

Karen S said...

Great idea with the tulle bags for the fruit and veg. Greet use of all your strip and the jeans for the oven mitt. A very productive time.

Eggs In My Pocket said...

I so agree about plastic bags. It is sad to see a whole pasture across from a store or dump site that has plastic bags in the trees branches. Wonderful oven mitt. Do you use any batting or does is the jean material thick enough to prevent burns? So pretty!

Kim said...

Great potholder, Bev and what a good idea to make shopping bags out of tulle. Plastic bags, I hope, are on the way out.

Stitching Noni said...

What a fantastic idea! I love your new shopping bags... much better than horrible plastic bags!
Your new oven mitt is brilliant! What a great use of fabric scraps... great recycling tips!
Hugs xx

Helen said...

What a great idea for shopping bags. Great use of the jeans !!

Kimberley said...

fab oven mitt - can I ask were you got the pattern from?