Tuesday, February 9, 2010

church bag

When you go to church for three hours every Sunday you end up needing to carry a lot of stuff. Books, quiet toys, drawing paper and colored pencils, a drink and snack for the baby, and so on.

The bag I had wasn't working well. It was a cavernous tote bag with no way to organize it and when I cleaned it out I found approximately 6 pounds of crushed cheerios hiding at the bottom. Lovely.


Luckily, Michael found this bag hidden in the back of his closet. He got it for free at work several years ago. It is made from a heavy duty canvas and has many pockets and compartments. It holds so much with out being big. But, it is UGLY. I am not one to sport logos. So the obvious solution was to cover those unsightly logos!

From my stash, I grabbed some fabric that coordinated with the bag. I folded the raw edges under and topstitched it right on to the bag. Problem solved!

I really didn't dress to match my bag this morning, I swear. I am really drawn to yellow and gray. Did anyone notice that all the giveaway items were yellow and gray? I think I might be obsessed!

29 comments:

dandee said...

Oh, you're so crafty! Love it!

The Fear Fam said...

Oh I can so relate... bag for kids, bag for Relief Society, husband's scripture bag, oldest kids' scripture bags ... every Sunday we look like we're moving in! None of our bags are as cute as yours, though. What a great way to use what you have on hand. It looks fantastic!

Vintage Dutch Girl said...

Sweet! I am SO going to do this :) And then blog about it...and then credit your craftiness :)

Design A-Peele said...

that is too cute! I love that you didn't even spend a dime!

Vintage Dutch Girl said...

And you DID see this bit of yellow recently at Target, right:

http://www.target.com/Merona-Collection-Plaid-Tabatha-Blazer/dp/B002NUOBCS

with this matching bag?

http://www.target.com/Merona-Collection-Tote-Yellow/dp/B002SQH9SK/ref=sc_qi_detailbutton

Delicious.

Char @ Crap I've Made said...

Darling! We take THREE bags to church every week: diaper bag, lesson bag for me, lesson bag for BC. I really need to cut back.

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

Nice one! I honestly didn't see that they were the same bag. This is a great trick, especially because you can always find those promo bags at thrift stores.

Kristi said...

That turned out so cute. And how awesome that it was all stuff you had on hand?!!

embee said...

that is adorable! i have so many bags like that. they deserve a makeover! great idea!1

kera said...

you're soooooo crafty i can't even STAND IT!!!! LOVE IT!!!

Erin said...

Love your bag. You are a refashion genius.

That being said, here is a crazy suggestion. I went church bag free a couple years back. The first few Sundays were really hard, but after a while the kids got used to the new routine and behaved well without the church bag. I found I was quieting more tantrums over the stuff-- no more cheerios, wrong book, etc. Of course, I still need to bring diapers and other kid things, but I no longer have a snack bar/ art studio in the pew. It's great. Try it! You'll like it! Then you can use that great bag for something else!

MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

Love the redo! So glad I found this blog!

Mrs. So and So said...

That looks so cute!

Becca said...

Um. Er? Not only did you DRESS to match, you painted your HOUSE to match.

OCD, much? ;)

Love ya!

Chris said...

Perfect! Great idea. I love your color choices...they fit just right.

Jenn Bennett said...

You are so smart! The new bag you made is great and I'm going to try it on one of the many Merrill Lynch bags we have around the house. I'm wondering if I can do the same kind of thing with ball caps?

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I think we have about 100 bags like this, and I've never thought to make them look cool like yours!

Karina said...

such a cute bag! the pattern makes such a differnce

Sara said...

Love it, I have a bag fettish too!

Mama Thompson said...

So cute....can I just share that when I was cleaning out the sunday bag one week I found a partial eaten "cheesy taco"...growing some mold...AWESOME!

Valerie said...

That is genius! I need to scrounge around or old bags to see what I can "slipcover", lol!

granma and papa said...

such a great idea, Erin. You look great in that gray sweater!

Sarah said...

Clever and adorable.

Linda J. said...

Ran across this post the other night and was instantly inspired! DD has a wheelchair backpack with advertising on the flap. While SHE doesn't really see it (hangs off the back of her chair) the rest of us do. Time to get rid of the "institutional advertising"! Covered the top flap with fabric matching the bag (red) and the paint job on the wheelchair (RW&B flag pattern). TOO cute!
Thanks for the inspiration (BTW~I like the yellow and gray ;-) )

Kitchen Belleicious said...

HA! i found cherrios all over the back of the car yesterday! Just found your blog and i love it. Now I am a follower and proud of it! ha!

Shirley said...

this is an awesome idea! i have so many ugly bags from attending conferences ... i'm gonna borrow your idea to make them over. :P Thanks for sharing your work!

Tabitha said...

Great idea! My Dad gave me a bunch of book bags that have some conference name embroidered on them that I couldn't bear to have thrown away--now I can turn them into something new and stylish!

Megan @ Megity's Handmade said...

Clever, clever, cute, cute! I love yellow and gray! Even though my church bag is hideous, it has nice divided compartments. I've been wanting to make a church bag forever and never do. Along with that, making the kids there own Sunday bags that they can have their paper and pencils in so I can have room for all my Primary gear. One day I'll get myself together.

Emily said...

So smart!!

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