If I Only Had a Big Bag

Andrew and I are always saving things and quickly (so we don’t have “things” lying around our house) finding new purposes for them.  We reuse tin foil and always use cloth napkins.  (I can’t remember the last time I purchased a package of paper napkins…).  So, it was only natural for me to start exploring new ways to reuse clothing and other fabrics like curtains and pillow shams.  That’s when GOOT was created.

Though I love to donate unused items like these, I often imagine second-hand stores getting such an overflow of donations resulting in throwing things away.  Before throwing anything away in our house, we always stop and think if there’s another use for it.  I end up picturing a huge mound of garbage in an overflowing landfill somewhere which sparks my imagination, challenging me to create something new.

I’ve decided to use our “Dreaming the Possible” blog to feature a GOOT item on a weekly basis to show you the behind-the-scenes beauty of taking something headed for a big, black garbage bag bound for the trash or donation bin, and turning it into something useful and unique.

Started with a denim jacket.

What starts as one thing can quickly become another with some imagination….

Two articles of clothing ready for the donation bin come together to make this adorable and roomy shoulder bag. The outside of the bag is made from a thick jean jacket with a built-in pocket with original button on the outside.  Easy access for your keys!  A bold patterned “flowy” shirt was used to form the lining for this must-have unique bag that can hold anything and everything! Double straps made of thick, cotton material and embellished with remaining shirt fabric to match the inside. Doesn’t it feel so good to save clothing that would otherwise be put on an overpriced rack in a second-hand store?

Lining made from shirt!

GOOT's got a brand new bag!

CLICK HERE to purchase “If I Only Had a Big Bag”.  There’s only 1!


About dreamingthepossible

What began as individual hopes and dreams has rapidly become a radical dream of our own as we start our almost married life together. Follow us as we make some big changes in our lives to spend less money, produce less waste, nurse our planet back to health, and even attempt to pay our brand new mortgage in 5 years or less.
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