My second daughter, Chelsea, 20 years old is a Sr at Western Kentucky University. She is a geology major setting the world on fire. Or, should I say, wanting to turn the world green. You know, that catch word for all things environmental, green. Yep, there's green houses and now there's Green Toppers. Western Kentucky University, in Bowling Green, is set atop a huge hill, thus, the name for the school teams is the Hill Toppers. Their mascot is just that a bright red hill, I think. I'd say maybe it resembles more of a lovable blob than anything else.
Anyway, Miss Green Topper wants to have something to hand out for Earth Day, April 22nd. And who does our wonderful DD turn to for cheap and readily available labor, but moi. Ma, any ideas, she asks...hmmmm what does all knowing about sewing (or maybe she just thinks she knows) mother have to contribute? You guessed it an electric car for a raffle....haha...just kidding. Better than that-yah right-free fabric! And what does that free fabric and cheap labor turn into? You guessed it-A vacation to Tahiti? You ask? Nope, reusable bags for groceries-much better and way more green than a vacation to Tahiti.
And so with that I give you my design, or should I say Walmart's design for the reusable grocery bag. Now, I don't know about you, but, I find Walmart's plastic grocery bags to be the just right size. Like Goldie Locks, it's not too big, it's not too small, it's just right. It also acts as a liner for small garbage cans around the house after it's grocery bringing life, but, these reusable bags Won't be in the can any time soon.
All sewers know if you want to copy something that's already made, you take it apart and that is your pattern. Here is the before, notice how it bulges out in just the right places? I think that's the perfect design, maybe not the easiest to sew, but, by and large we quilters/sewers are something of perfectionists and I want it to be a good bag for the DD and I want to help make her recruitment/Earth Day go well.
So, I've cut the "seams" of the plastic bag and here's what it looks like taken apart. I'll let you know, in the next installment of the Green Bag experience how to cut and sew the bag.
My own bit of green wisdom-these light bulbs are supposed to save energy. I'm no expert, but, thought I'd give them a try.