Yesterday, I went to my first Fabmo event. It was fun to meet the great volunteers and I came home with a handful of big, plastic zippers. Here is a bag I came up with, using the zipper only as a decoration. It was Shari’s great idea to use the yellow as a contrasting color.
Here is the front. The zipper starts by the horizontal yellow tab and run around the back of the bag.
Here is the back.
One of the hardest things I have done as a bag sewer is to convert a Goodwill backpack into a Tad’s Bags backpack. Here is my latest effort. The last time I did this, I swore I would never do it again. I feel that way again now. I like the way it turned out but it was really a pain. I sure hope Carlo enjoys it.
I recently learned about an organization that really shares my motivation to keep perfectly good stuff out of the landfill. FabMo. Whereas I focus only on trauma straps, FabMo collects tons of cast off fabrics and other materials. They make them available to artsy people to use in their various creative endeavors. I recently sent them 1700 trauma straps. Here is a bulletin board they put together showing off some of the straps and one of my bags. I am really impressed by what a great job they are going and am excited to be apart of it. Check them out at:
Here is a picture of the two bags I have had in the back of my car. I use them mostly for groceries but they come in handy for other things, as well:
Here are the two bags I am replacing them with. The smaller one is really one of my large bags. The other is a huge bag, patterned after the one my daughter, McKenzie, uses in Manhattan to bring her groceries home on the subway:
This give you a better idea of how big the new bag is:
And here is Hunter checking it out: