Above are 3 of my shopping bag refashions. They're fun and easy to make!
I shop at thrift stores often and it always bothers me to see hand stitched art there, selling for just a few dollars. Knowing countless hours of effort go into stitching each of these artworks, I hate to see them discarded. I think donated needlepoints and crewel embroideries deserve a second chance.
But although I think these needleworks are lovely as framed art, they don't really fit my modern home décor. So even though I've been "rescuing" them from thrift stores, they've ended up stored in my closet - which doesn't do them justice. Finally I thought of a way my thrift store art could be used, even though it didn't look right on my walls: just remove the frames and sew the canvas to the front of a thrift store tote bag. All you need to do is measure your canvas and find a bag that's the correct size.
For a more detailed tutorial on making these bags see my blog post at http://denversews.com/2014/02/26/bag-refashions/.