My college roommate learned this technique in an art class, after which we used to “borrow” garbage bags from the maitenance closet and make rain covers for our bikes and portable hampers/laundry baskets.
I saw an article in a book that recommended using newspaper bags, but that produces a small piece after folding, which means ALOT of sewing to piece it together. Plastic bags from the grocery store would work as well.
Despite your attempts to utilize canvas grocery bags, somehow you always end up with plastic bags, and you need a place to store 'em for proper recycling. You could check out these directions for a hard-surface unit; or you can give your burgeoning sewing skills a workout with the instructions below. (Plus, the soft surfaces and light weight make it ideal for a substitute pillow, or hitting your friends upon their making ridiculous comments.)
Materials Remnant or scraps of fabric measuring: 18” x 21” (alternatively, consider an old dishtowel, placemat, or pant leg.) Continue Reading
The best way to learn to use your specific sewing machine is to READ THE MANUAL. If you fall into the male stereotype of one whom doesn’t ask for directions, and won’t read the instructions… get over it.
So, I’m a guy, and a bit ago, I bought a sewing machine.
No one in my family of origin sews, nor does my wife, and I went to an all male high school with no home ec courses, so I was starting from scratch. I went to the bookstores, the fabric stores, the craft stores, and the library, and was blown away by the available literature, or, by how useless it was to me. It seemed that nothing had been published in the last ten years, and everything was:
1) Designed for women and their unique body shapes, and 2) Covered with flowers.