Check it Out! I find it a challenge to make something new out of something old. There is nothing like the feeling I get when I have a finished product that makes ya go, hmmm…that’s cool! This past week I have been brainstorming about what to do with a variety of plastic containers that I have saved over the last couple of months. From kitty litter containers to shampoo bottles, I knew there was something that could be made from them. Since I don’t have a lot of supplies, the clothes in the yard sale pile suddenly had a purpose. You will see that with just a few upcycled supplies and materials, you can create a plethora of Eco chic bags.

Eco Chic Bags

Each of these chic bags were constructed with repurposed plastic containers, denim and old shirts for coverage, and old belts, ribbon, lace, and rope to create handles and embellishments. Hot glue was used to adhere the different coverings and embellishments to create these super fun Eco chic bags, however, sewing it all together would be a great alternative.

Eco Chic Bags

Eco Chic BagsPrep Containers In Advance: Cut the spout portion of the containers off, remove labels, wash the containers and allow drying time before proceeding to the creation process.

Eco Chic Bags

Step 1 – Cut the fabric big enough to fit around the bottle and tall enough to line the inside. Using hot glue, attach the fabric to the container and create an even seam up the side by folding the edges over to get an even line.

Step 2 – Fold the fabric over the top edge and drape it down the inside of the container, and glue it down.

Step 3 – Using the bottom of the container as a guide, cut out a denim circle to cover the base of the inside of the container. Glue the denim circle down.

Step 4 – Keeping the ends directly across from each other, glue the piece of rope, belt, ribbon (or whatever your using) down to create the handles.

Eco Chic Bags
Following similar steps, you can create all different types, styles and sizes of these Eco Chic Bags.

Eco Chic Bags

Skirted Eco Chic Bag

Eco Chic Bags

To Create The Skirt: Cut the top and arms off of the shirt and place it around the outside of the container, then drape it over the edge to the inside so that it ends just at the bottom of the container.  Glue down the fabric all around the top edge and then down the inside to the bottom.  Cut a circle using the bottom of the container as a guide and then glue it down on the inside to cover the base.

Eco Chic Bags

Seasonal Eco Chic Bag

Using a shampoo bottle, this bag is going to be great for holiday gift giving.

Eco Chic Bags

Girls Bags

These were created using Clorox and shampoo bottles.

Eco Chic Bags

These Eco Chic bags can be made for variety of uses, from handbags, gift bags, to absolutely adorable craft storage. Just switch your materials and embellishments, fill them up with goodies and the possibilities are endless!

So what do you think, love it or what? Will you be making one of the fun Eco Chic Bags? What materials will you use? Whether you create one, two or six, we’d love to see them, share them in the comments section below.

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July 17, 2014

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  1. Rose Powell

    July 17th, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    When you shared this with me I was floored at the creativity and beauty of these Bags, your creativity astounds me beyond measure. I love these bags!! Thank you for volunteering to be our Featured Craft Blogger today!

  2. Dawn Pruitt

    July 17th, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Thank you Rose! I love how they turned out too!

  3. Andrea Kruse

    July 17th, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Cute idea! My kids would love to help me make some of these. Thanks for sharing. Yours turned out so cute.

  4. Dawn Pruitt

    July 17th, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Thank you Andrea! This is a great way to get kids to recycle! The ideas are endless!

  5. Ellen Christian

    July 17th, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I love your ideas. This is just so cute!

  6. Dawn Pruitt

    July 17th, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Thank you Ellen!

  7. Jamie

    July 17th, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Dawn, that is amazing!! What a perfect way to make an Easter basket or just a cute bag to haul things around. I love it!! Pinned & tweeted!

  8. Dawn Pruitt

    July 17th, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Thanks Jamie! I have been using one for carrying snack to chemo for the hubby and it’s perfect! They are sturdy and easy to do! They make great gift containers as well!

  9. Natalie

    July 17th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Love these Dawn! Absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Dawn Pruitt

    July 17th, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Thanks Natalie!