But - assuming they're sturdy - you might be able to move them out of your stash and turn them into one-of-a-kind environment-protecting conversation-piece tote bags. Here are some examples.
I auditioned this fabric for many quilts over many years, but could never work it in. Reason one is because it's so brown. Reason two is that it's thick canvas. But it's perfect as a tote! Here's the bag folded into its front pocket:
2. Australian Foldaway Tote B - My DD liked the one above so much she asked me to make her one from the OTHER piece of sturdy Australian canvas that my husband brought home, which had ALSO been sitting around in my stash for a decade, awaiting a purpose in life.
You can almost see the pocket front and center.
the bottom of this post (look for the diagrams.)
4. The next bags don't fold into pockets, but they have other gimmicks. First, a reversible tote made from mahjong fabric. I made it long, to fit a friend's mahjong set. Side one:
Tip: Use webbing for handles to save time. That particular mahjong fabric may be out of print, but there are other options currently on sale, at one of my favorite fabric vendors, 1-800-dreidel.com. Find their mahjong fabrics at http://www.1-800-dreidel.com/mahjonggfabrics.aspx. No affiliation.
5. Another reversible tote, with African fabric on one side.
A six-pointed star is an African symbol, but I'm not sure what it means. So it's accidentally Jewish. On the reverse side, I used this intentionally-Jewish holiday fabric :
It made a nice book bag for a Hebrew teacher.
6. Next, I laid out a long piece of denim, and stitched on embroidered ribbons. I think most of them are from the 70s and 80s.
A friend gifted me with the pseudo-Smurf ribbon - priceless, no? Based on the harvest gold, I'm guessing it's from the '70s.
7. The next three bags were made from a big book of brocade upholstery samples, fabric so thick that it was useless for a conventional quilts (though arguably useful for art quilts.) This first one one involves a deer (stag? springbok? antelope? muntjac?)
9: Rampant lions:
10. Collard greens!? Who designs these strange fabrics? And I like to use belts as straps.
It's fun to embellish (and hold) the belt ends with buttons:
11. Next, an unlined large tote I made for a wedding party to carry their quilted wedding canopy (chuppah) to their seaside ceremony. It used leftover fabric from the chuppah.
Here's the matching canopy (Blogged here). The outermost border fabric was used on top of the bag.
12. Finally, it's not a tote, but here's the purple octopus bag I showed a couple of weeks ago (in my review of QuiltCon), made from a trendy new Japanese fabric.
|( The pattern is Yoyomama Designs' Fort Street Market Bag. No affiliation)|
I'm showing it again because it now has fabulous buttons! I originally attached the plainish matte purple button below, front and center, Then my friend Saraj sent me a set of insanely cute octopus buttons! I placed one south of the original button.
Is that not adorable? The other's on a pocket:
Thank you, Saraj, you made my bag! (Well, I made it, but you know what I mean!)