Saturday, August 17, 2013

Changing Course

Have you ever spent an entire day working on a project without any progress?  Today was that day for me.  I had been saving this empty snack bag ever since our trip to Israel in 2012. 
I really like typography and letters from foreign languages that differ from English. These letters are Hebrew.  It says Doritos.  My plan was to make a small, fun zippered bag. 
After opening it, I fused a vinyl coating onto it.

 I followed the directions on the package.
The only problem was I thought that the shape did not lend itself to a zippered bag.  So I started looking around sewing sites on the Internet and was seduced to try a portfolio. 
There are lots of tutorials. 
 I thought that the bag would make a great cover. 
 I picked out my favorite steps from each tutorial. I chose my fabric, cut out the squares and rectangles.  And I even sewed it together.
  After turning it right side out, I wasn't happy.  It was now afternoon.  Grrrr. It just looked sloppy.  I had 2 choices.  One was to rework the portfolio.  The other was to return to my original idea of making a zippered bag.
I chose to go back to my original plan of making the bag. Sometimes you have to go with your initial gut. (It makes me think of the Kenny Rogers song from The Gambler - "You gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em.) It meant cutting apart the portfolio and basically trashing the fabric that I had already used.
 I like my Dorito bag, but it makes me hungry!


  1. That is really fun and clever, love it.


  2. This is so cute! I have saved several very large
    bird feed bags (with cool graphics on them)
    to do the same thing -- make pouches or grocery bags.
    I like your idea of using iron on vinyl -- great idea!
    You are amazingly creative, Cheryl, and such an inspiration!

  3. The end result was so worth it! A very graphically striking bag!

  4. Folks here in Israel would get a real kick out of this!


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