When I saw this tutorial over at dioramarama, I knew that I’d lain eyes on a good thing. The cupboard next to the kitchen sink was jam-packed with plastic grocery bags*, so much so that you always could count on a pile falling to the floor when you reached in for one. Not a big deal, sure, but still something that made our blood boil just a little every time it happened. Well, obviously not that big of a deal, because it’s taken me three months to get around to this project.
Such a fool I’ve been! On Saturday, I was cleaning up the kitchen and thought that it would be a good time to at least lay out the patchwork strips for this bag. That is until, while I was skimming the instructions, I came across the words “you can also use dishtowels….” Ding ding ding!! What about the fine Martha Stewart dishtowels that my sister had sent me? The cute ones that have been, so far, useless (project-wise, that is)? Aw yeah. Busted one of those out, and ten short minutes later – voila! – my bags were stylishly stowed away in their own little [or enormous] windsock. Seriously – possibly the quickest project ever. Wouldn’t you agree, Carrie?
The best part? When I showed it to my husband, he celebrated right along with me the fact that our plastic mess had been contained. After a few minutes, he said, “You know, I bet you could have made that!” Bet nothin’, honey — that came straight from stock-on-hand! It made this humble little project all the sweeter for both of us.
*For the record, we do recycle most of the ones that come through, and save the others to re-use. It still makes me a little sad when I see the huge pile that’s on hand, though.