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Friday, April 12, 2013

Tutorial: Make a Garden Apron from a Repurposed Feed Bag


Stop! Don't throw away that feed bag! You can make it into a cute hose-offable garden apron in just a few minutes.




Made of waterproof, sturdy material and printed with such cute designs, feed bags are a natural for a garden apron that will keep you clean and be a cinch to hose off when you're done.  Also perfect for washing the car, mucking stalls, performing any kind of ministrations to a sick or injured hen, or any other messy chores, if you're in the least bit adept with a sewing machine you can whip up an apron in just minutes.

Here's what you'll need:

One feed bag (you'll need a second one if you choose to add the optional pocket along the bottom)
Two 30" long pieces of webbing or wide ribbon for the waist ties
Sewing machine fitted with a 90/14 medium-weight needle
Coordinating thread

Here's what you do:

Cut the bottom off the bag and then cut straight up the back of the bag so it lies flat.


Centering your cut depending on the design on the bag, cut out your apron using the measurements below.


From one of the discarded side panels, cut your neck strap to measure 26" long and 2 1/2" wide.  If you choose to add the optional pockets, cut a piece from a second bag the same width and 10" high to match the  design of lower portion of your apron.


To assemble your apron, fold each long edge of your neck strap over so it ends up being about 3/4" wide and then sew using a zig zag stitch up one side and down the other to secure.



Sew along the top edge of your pocket then align where it will go on your apron and pin it in place.


Turn the curved edges along the sides of the apron under about 1/4" and pin, then turn all the straight edges over 1/2" and then 1/2" again and also pin in place, positioning your neck strap and two side ties in place and securing them also with pins. Tuck your neck strap and side ties under the seam allowance and then flip them over into place to be sure they are secure.



Starting at the bottom edge, sew all the way around along the seam, removing the pins as you go.


Sew straight up from the bottom edge to the top of the pocket - one or two times depending on how many pocket sections you want.




And you're done!  Your apron can be hosed off, sponged off, or even tossed in the washing machine. I wouldn't put it in the dryer tho. And don't try to iron it unless you use a cloth in between the iron and the apron.  Same goes for using is as a bbq apron....while not flammable, the apron WILL melt if touched with an open flame or hot bbq utensil, so use caution and common sense.



Click HERE for instructions on how to make a market tote bag out of a feed bag or HERE to learn how to make a cute patio planting container.


BECAUSE LIFE IS JUST BETTER WITH CHICKENS!


I would love for you to join me here...

124 comments:

  1. I love your apron and especially the fact it has pockets. Unfortunately, I do not sew :/...hopefully I will win one of these beauties :). queenb@epix.net

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    1. love this idea! would be a great gift for some people!

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  2. I love it!! I'm still using my great grandmother's apron for cooking, but not for outdoor needs (it's too special to me!). Having an outdoor duty apron would be GREAT!

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  3. I'd love to win one! I've made several reuseable totes (with internal pockets) out of feed bags but I never thought about making aprons. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Amazing!! Thank you for sharing the pattern! I look forward to being able to recycle all of my Nutrena feed bags this summer. Tote bags and aprons for the whole family this Christmas!
    I'd love to win one for myself! It'll be great in the Chicken Coop and yard as well as our large garden!

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  5. I love, love, love this.................but I don't sew either!!!!! I can only hope that I will be chosen to win one :) Love your blog!!!

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    1. I have made bags from the feed sacks and used duct tape and NO sewing. They are wonderfully strong. Am thinking about making an apron using duct tape also.

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  6. That sure is creative! I love it!

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  7. Great idea. Hopefully us Canadians can partake in your giveaway :-)

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    1. yes ! I can for sure ship to Canada no problem.

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    2. Great idea, something to do with all the horse grain bags I've got lying around

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  8. This is great. We have 8 chicks for our 13,000 sq ft surburan lot - first time I've ever even handled chickens, let alone owned 'em. It is fun and they really fascinate me. I am finding myself drawn to all things chicken. These aprons fit the bill for sure. I appreciate the tutorial so that if I don't win, eventually I will have some feed bags to be able to make my own.

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  9. This is going to be an awesome 4h project for my daughters!

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  10. What kind of thread and what size needle are you using? Great idea - between the chickens, pigs, and dogs, I'm going through a LOT of those types of bags.

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    1. Just regular thread and a heavy duty needle. The bags are sturdy but not all that thick.

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  11. I really love this idea, thanks for sharing!

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  12. What a wonderful idea and tutorial! I have a tote made from goat feed bags and it's so durable. An apron would be a great addition!

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  13. I have seen tote bags made from them, but never something so cute as an apron!
    Sherri

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  14. I love this! Thank you for showing us how it's done. :)

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  15. Ok this is WAY neat! Wish I could sew. Instead I will leave a comment and cross my fingers to WIN one. LOVE it!

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  16. I love this idea. I have a bunch of feed bags that I have been saving. I even have some dog food and cat food ones that will be adorable. Can't wait to give this a try. Hope I will one of these though ;)

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  17. Your apron is just wonderful, I love to see anything repurposed, but your's is pure genius! Nettie

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    1. Lynnette,

      Congrats !You've won one of the aprons! Please email me at fresheggsdaily@gmail.com so I can get it out to you! Lisa

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  18. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and instructions for this cool apron. I am hoping to make some of these along with some totes for our Master Gardener Plant sale next year. An Apron of my own for a pattern would be wonderful ;0)

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  19. This is great! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  20. This apron is .... Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Xoxo Annmarie

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  21. These are so cute! Great way to repurpose~

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  22. This is awesome...now to learn the sewing skills needed ;)

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  23. This apron is .... Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Xoxo Annmarie

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  24. Great idea - much better than just reusing for trash! I'd sure love to win one - thanks for the opp.

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  25. Love the apron!!!! My chickens would enjoy seeing me out in the yard in one :)

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  26. I love this idea! I could let my scarecrow wear when I'm not tending to the Garden with my chicks! LOL, I can barely see enough to replace a button. Cute! Cute! Cute!

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  27. Just received an oldie but a goodie sewing machine - what have I got to lose but to give your apron instructions a whirl! I love the idea. I grew up with burlap grain sacks and then they transformed to the durable plastic which we still use for scrap wood. I'm so glad you found a way to re-use these sacks. Please throw my name into the pool! Thanks!

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  28. OMG! Love the apron! What a cool idea! Would certainly use it!

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  29. OMG! Love the apron! What a cool idea! Would certainly use it!

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  30. Aw so cute! I'd love to win it! :D

    ~Kristi @Let This Mind Be in You

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  31. An outdoor apron would come in handy. Thanks for the detailed tutorial.

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  32. So need to win one-since I suck at sewing. LOL fingers crossed

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  33. What a great idea! Loved it. I have been saving my bags to make the totes but this is also a great idea!

    Thanks!

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  34. What a wonderful idea and a great gift for any chicken lover:) Winning one would be such a gift..

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  35. so cute! wish I had any sewing skills!

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    1. Congrats Cottage Farm !You've won one of the aprons! Please email me at fresheggsdaily@gmail.com so I can get it out to you! Lisa

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  36. Such an awesome idea! I would love to win this and give it to my mom for mother's day!!

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  37. Such an awesome idea! I would love to win this and give it to my mom for mother's day!!

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  38. hoping to win so i can re-gift it. i would need one made from a larger sack.

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  39. We certainly don't see such lovely feed bag designs here. would love to be go the running for this - thanks!

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  40. So cute... I already make tote bags out of feed bags...so maybe I can attempt this. Folks have been giving me their feed bags from every kind of animal...so I have plenty to work with. I would, however, LOVE, to win this so I could see it first hand and, of course, USE IT! Thanks for sharing!

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  41. Cute. I would love to win one of these. However, if I don't I'll just have to break out the sewing machine.

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  42. Oh, my word! That is so stinkin' cute!! What a great idea for gardeners or anyone else that likes to play in the dirt! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  43. Would LOVE to win something this unique and eco friendly! I've only just started learning how to work my sewing machine (and I'm frustrated! lol)

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  44. Wow! I love your arpon! What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  45. I love this idea its "sew" cute! Def. Making one with my next two bags!

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  46. I love this idea its "sew" cute! Def. Making one with my next two bags!

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  47. My wife Betsy and I have been saying how nice these are and now you've posted the instruction PLUS have a drawing for one, how SWEET!

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  48. Love it! SO gonna make one if I don't win one!

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  49. Well, I think that is the cutest thing. I can't wait until my ladies are big enough to eat enough feed to make my own apron, unless you give one to me. Thanks for the tute and the giveaway.

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  50. I love this idea! With the never ending supply of bags, these might be fun to sell at the Farmers Market! I am going to experiment soon!

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  51. Love your apron! I remember repurposing old potato sacks when I was a kid :D Love this idea! We just got some chicks so soon we will be having plenty of these laying around :) Thank you!

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  52. AWESOME!! I was hoping you would put up a link to how you made them! SO cute! And very functional!! I wouldn't mind winning one, but if not I am going to start saving my feed bags to try and make one of my own!!

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  53. I love it - so cute - going to try and make this and the planter one! But I would love to win one too!
    vickie
    vmorgan456 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  54. I would love to win one of these aprons, since I am very domestically challenged and would probably end up with chaps!! :)

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  55. Love the aprons!!! And would be thrilled to win one - thank you
    for a great give-away...:-)

    ~Carla
    JustRSize Acres

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  56. Yay! Another idea for feed sacks!! I have been saving mine for several months hoping to find another use for them. (we have made shopping bags out of some of them). Thank you for all the great ideas of repurposing items, I love your site and enjoy seeing new things you so creatively do!!

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  57. Another clever project. Too bad I don't have a sewing machine and lack the skill to hand sew one. Guess I'll just have to enter the giveaway!
    Thanks for another chance at something I can actually use!

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  58. These are completely awesome! My fingers are officially crossed :-)

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  59. Since I'm just getting started with chickens, (we're getting our first 7 this coming Thursday), I don't know yet...are feed bags like this common? I'm not even sure yet what kind of feed is best, but I do hope this is easy to find! Thanks so much for sharing this adorable idea!

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  60. What a good idea for feed sacks! very creative!

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  61. Girl you are killing me!!! I made about 5 tote bags so far (I have given all but one away) and now I will need to figure this out LOL!!! I have a huge stack of feed sacks waiting for me to do something with them and no free time :/ So although I can sew and have feed sacks I would still love to win one maybe it will give me a little inspiration to make time to sew and it would be a great pattern ☺

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  62. I haven't started my lil' flock yet, but had planned to save the bags for making totes. But I will definitely try to make one of these aprons! Thanks for the awesome tutorial & chance to win one!

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  63. Great idea. I've a large stack of bags just waiting to be repurposed. I've been thinking about how to use them to make a tablecloth for the picnic table. The apron would be a wonderful addition.

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  64. Great recycling idea and very cute. Wish my feed bags were this cute to do this with but they're just brown paper. Good luck to all the people who've commented.

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  65. This is so cute, and what a great to repurpose!!!!

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  66. I absolutely love this. Thanks for sharing. Good luck everyone.

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  67. I love, love these! If only my sewing machine was usable :/

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  68. Love it! What a great idea! I recently purchased one of the bags and love it too...

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  69. Very, very cute, and your tutorial is excellent! Thank you :)

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  70. Just got sprayed by poop from an adorable gosling a couple of days ago as I was holding it. One of these aprons would have definitely come in handy then!

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  71. Winner Winner Chicken Dinner (cooked in a feed sack apron of course!)

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  72. I was just thinking about this. What perfect timing! Hubby was just complaining that I was wearing the wrong apron for carpentry work, (my white full kitchen apron with embroidery and ruffles). This one won't get caught in the saw!

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  73. I adore do with whatcha got ideas. We just lost our hens to wild dogs. We have to start over with chicks. :(

    It will be fun to have new babies. :)

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  74. First the grocery bag...well, for me a grocery bag and now an apron. Great recycling ideas. Thanks Lisa....

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  75. Love the apron!!! Great re-purposing :) I don't sew, so winning this would be great!

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  76. You are just so smart!!! Maybe I should be saving my feed bags for you for some different designs! :-)

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  77. What a great idea! I knew I was saving all those feed bags for something! Thank you so much for the tutorial and the grand giveaway!

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  78. Wow! What a creative idea! I love creative ideas for using empty feed bags! Recylcing is what this country needs to do more of!

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  79. What you come up with, never ceases to amaze me!

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  80. what an awesome idea! I love it! pick me! garnette89@gmail.com

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  81. That is so cute! Too bad my local feed store uses paper bags... I might try to find that brand, just to make one. :)

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    1. Ask your feed store if they have any empty bags - they often open bags to feed the chicks they are selling in the store and might give you any empties.

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  82. What an awesome idea! You're so creative & talented. Love it!

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  84. I would LOVE to win one of these great aprons! What a neat apron, love it, and thank you for the giveaway AND tutorial!

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  85. Love anything that recycles!!! My sister the chicken farmer would love it! thanks as always.

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  86. Love to make stuff from recycled items. However me no sew too good. Love to win it.

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  87. Wow!! That is too cute! My girls might eat me up if I cleaned their coop wearing this...lol :)
    I LOVE this blog...thanks for all the wonderful tips and of course the giveaways!

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  88. I would love to win one of these. You are very talented.

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  89. Very cute. Pick mmmmeeeee!!!

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  90. really love your apron ideal. winning one would be great.. sewing isn't something I'm good at, but if I not lucky enough to win I may just have to try.

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  91. funny to read the comments. Everyone loves the apron and nobody sews, And everyone will hate me when I win this apron ;)

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  92. What a great idea I would love an apron. I am checking our feed bags to see what they are made. I only have a hog grower bag right now umm I don't think I want to wear an apron that says hog grower/pig food :)

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  93. The feed bag apron is darling! I would love to win one for my outside chores!

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  94. What a great idea!!!! I love recycling everything that we can here at our home and this is just another wonderful idea for recycling. Thank you so much for all your great advice and wonderful idea!!!!

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  95. Thank you for the step by step instructions. I have been saving my feed bags for about 8 months now (and that is a ton of feed bags). I have been looking for a project to teach my students how to sew and this is perfect! Not only can they make the apron for their mom for Mother's day, but we get to recycle! I would love to win one to have a model pre-made to show them!

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  96. Sew cute and Sew clever!! Wish my antique sewing machine could be used for something other than a house plant rack. I wear aprons purchased from an etsy site while waiting tables at my sister's restaurant. One of them has red and black chickens on it and it tends to start conversations leading to me bending their ear about my 7 little hens. This would certainly get folks attention! Thanks for sharing! Kathleen McLeod kmcleod1950@hotmail.com

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  97. Love the aprons! How handy they would be.

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  98. Hi! Just popping in from Inspire Me Monday at Create with Joy. We have an online Christian women's magazine, Ruby for Women, and I would love to share this tutorial with our readers. May I link back to this blog post and invite our readers to stop by for a visit? Looking forward to hearing from you soon! Nina @ Ruby for Women and mamas*little*treasures
    www.mamaslittletreasures.com
    www.rubyforwomen.ning.com
    editor@rubyforwomen.com

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  99. I love LOVE love this apron! I better save my next chicken feed bag.... I NEED one of these... :)

    Wishing you a superb Tuesday... :)

    hugs x
    Crystelle

    Crystelle Boutique

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  100. what a wonderful recycling idea, love this!!! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Hop xo

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  101. Super cute! You're ideas are always so creative! Thanks for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday :)

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  102. So cute!! I am going to start repurposing our feed bags immeaditly!!!
    Question though: Did you use a heavy gauge needle? Any special thread?
    Also...what type of sewing machine do you have? I'm just wondering if mine will hold up to this project! :)

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    1. I just checked and I think I'm using a 90/14 medium-weight needle. I just have a regular sewing machine, a Brother. If you're concerned, don't fold your seams over twice, its not like they will ravel anyway. The bag material isn't really thick actually tho.

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  103. I love this apron, it is just so darn cute! What a great idea, and it's recycled:)

    Shannon@CozyCountryLiving

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  105. I just can't throw away those feed bags. Now I know what to do with ONE of them, anyway!

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