Rice is part of our daily fare so we buy these 15-pounds of Basmati rice that comes in this burlap sack.
I think we have about 3 and I planned to make them into a huge grocery sack to use so we can cut down on bringing home plastic bags. But, for months now, B. had been using a Trader Joe’s paper bag to carry his lunch (another small step to help the environment)and it started to fall apart. So I made him this using one for the Basmati rice sacks.
This is a very easy project that you can hand sew (if you have lots of time in your hands) or machine sew. I decided not to cover the existing Basmati brand design because it added charm. I made it boxy so it wouldn’t look so much like a lady lunch sack. I was happy that B.didn’t feel his masculinity threatened by the brand design but I think shaping it like a little purse would be pushing it.
I lined it, of course, and used some fabric I got from a Freecycler. It’s pretty sturdy and can even stand on its own. Teehee!
I never would have thought of making a post about this but one of B.’s students asked him about the sack and wanted to know if I was selling. Well, I hope this inspires people to make one instead. Let’s work with what we already do have and recycle, shall we?