For several years, I’ve seen the bags made from chicken feed. We go through quite a few bags and I had thought of trying to make one but knew I would never do it. One of my blog readers and her daughter make them and they have them made with bags from chicken feed, goat feed, puppy food, cat food . . you name it and they have it. You can see them all at their Etsy shop. They have over 60 varieties and if you need a gift for teachers or friends, or neighbors or . . even your favorite blogger . . check out these bags. (Keep reading . . there’s a discount code farther down in the blog post.)
I told the mom, who is the blog reader, Lorraine, that I was going to write a blog post about the bags as soon as I went somewhere and hauled my knitting supplies in the bag and she reminded me that they’re good for groceries and everything. After all, they contain 50 pounds of feed when they’re doing what they were designed to do . . be a chicken food bag!
Then it dawned on me .. almost all of my food is stored in the sewing room. I make my menus out ahead of time and then I go over there with several grocery sacks a couple of times a week and bring back what I need for meals for the next few days. I can use my feed bag for that and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing.
This morning I brought back 3 – 1-1/2 pound packages of ham, an 8 oz. package of bacon, 2 – 1 pound packages of sausage and 4 quarts of tomatoes. It didn’t start to fill up the bag but it was pretty heavy and I felt completely secure with all those jars in that bag. When using it to carry glass jars, I’ll stick a package of sausage or ham or bacon or whatever, between the jars and they don’t bang around at all.
These bags are so useful! I love gifts that are useful! They’re made from recycled materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill. When not in use, though mine is used so many times each day, I usually have it hanging over a kitchen cabinet knob . . but they fold up to almost nothing when not in use.
Lorraine and her daughter, Sara, have a special offer for the Patchwork Times readers. If you go to their Etsy site, and place an order, add the code “patchwork”, and on any order of $15 or more, you will get $1 off . . valid through May 15, 2014.