Pretty much every major store in America now offers "green" shopping bags - pressed poly/plastic totes in a decent size, with a little plastic insert to keep the shape at the bottom. They come in a variety of colors, green being the most popular, and typically have a big ol' logo right dab smack in the middle. Pfft, these people think I'm a billboard? Not so!
PRE-WARNING: Do NOT NOT NOT iron this bag. You will hate it and me and curse us both as you drive to the store for a new iron and a new bag. The poly/plastic melts like crazy and sticks to the iron. Not that I'd know...
A pre-made grocery store tote
About 3/4 yard quilter's cotton for lining
Scraps for embellishment
Hot Glue Gun
99 cents gets you one of these:
(Okay, I'm a little bit of a billboard)
Make sure yours is a festive Halloween color!
We're going to line it and embellish a bit so our kid has a cooler tote bag for his trick or treating adventure! Or, if you're kidless, you can be awesome like me and use it to tote your various things back and forth to your office.
Our first step is going to be embellishing. My bag has logos on both sides, so I need to cover both logos up.
Side one is going to be a spider web with a spider. Take a scrap of fabric and stitch straight down to the front of the bag, over the logo. Be careful to avoid accidently catching the straps or other side of the bag when stitching! I used Aurifil's Zebra Variegated thread in a tight zig zag to create my basic web.
Make sure not to stitch down the outside edges of your fabric scrap - we're going to be snipping away those outside curves to give ourselves a nice spiderweb shape: