While cleaning  up around the house, I found 3 string vests. I’m not sure if they are knitted or crocheted because neither of those techniques are in my repertoire. I have a vague memory of these vests from my past, but I’m not sure why. I think one of my sons brought them from Lethbridge to Calgary, who then decided they didn’t really want them. The vests were in the discard box when I found them. I couldn’t just let all that hand work be thrown out so I came up with a plan. I decided to make them into tote bags. I figured I could crochet the bottoms closed, like-wise with the neck opening and voilà – tote like shopping bags. The only problem I had to deal with was the fact that I don’t really know how to crochet more than one stitch. I was not going to let a little thing like that stop me. In my enthusiasm to get started, I forgot to take a before photo of the vests, but they look almost identical to the finished bags, without the green trim.

string vest stitched shut

edges stitched together

chain stitch3 bags all finished

I’m need to give these a try to see how they work. If they do I’ll pass them on to someone who shares my appreciation of repurposed items. I’ve used string shopping bags and I love the way they stretch to hold a lot of stuff. I loaded one to see how it would hold up. They are best suited to round objects like fruits and veggies but by testing books and boxes  I know they will carry a lot of weight.

filled string bag

I’m still trying to decide if I should make the openings a bit smaller. There always seems to be fine tuning needed to “perfect” my projects, but I love dealing with the details.


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