art, craft, farm, livestock, picnics, Plastic-free July, recycling, reuse, southwestern Fleurieu, waste
Over the last couple of years we’ve assembled an impressive collection of woven polypropylene sacks. Typically used as bags for stock feed or pasture seed, in the spirit of Plastic-Free July, I thought it was time to put these single-use plastics to use and upcycle them into a patchwork, water-proof picnic blanket.
Our sack collection is composed of two different kinds: a white, light-weight variety, and a heavy-duty, glossy kind. I thought that the more heavy-duty sheep nut sacks would make an excellent hard-wearing and waterproof underside, while the ‘soft’ white polyprop might be a more luxurious/less scratchy sitting surface.
I began by cutting open the heavier bags and sewing them together as a backing. I have little of Sophie’s geometric purity when it comes to quilting, and I tend to become impatient with craft projects that linger too long, so for the top, I sliced a pile of the white bags into roughly equal squares, then triangles, and then sewed them all into one large conglomeration. I then sewed the heavy duty bags on as backing, knocking off the creation in an afternoon.
With repeated handling, many of the white bags began to unravel, so fingers crossed it can stay in shape for a few picnics to come!
House of Nicnax said:
I love this idea! I wish I had some sacks to make one myself!
Thanks for your kind words, we’re delighted you like it. Do you have any farmers nearby you could hit up for some sacks? Or even people with backyard chooks might have some suitable feed bags lying around. Enjoyed your blog too, by the way!
House of Nicnax said:
Oh thankyou! But no…. I’m right in the suburbs. I’ll keep my eyes peeled though! Someone will have something I could use! 🙂
I have never thought of this use for those awful sacks. Great idea! I tend to just use and reuse and share with others who want them. Wish you were nearby, Nicnax. You might find a wholefoods store would have them to give away.
Thanks Mary, we’re a little cautious about these sacks because not all of them have been UV-stabilised, so when left outside that quickly turn into confetti, as you’ve probably discovered. We’ll see how they hold up to the picnicking life!