My lastest project are these recylced grain bag totes. Everybody likes the thought of putting something seemingly worthless to use, right? That’s why these bags are so fabulous. It takes something most horse owners have and are probably throwing away and turns them into something useful and cute!
How It All Started
It all started when my neighbor made one up for me for my birthday. Every year one part of my gift is something handmade by her. She saw a version of grain bag totes in a goat magazine and decided it would be the perfect idea for this years gift. She worked with my mom to get one of our empty grain bags and gave it a try. I was so surprised and it ended up being one of my favorite handmade gifts so far.
Later that evening at our little family party, I showed it off to everybody. My aunt and uncle, who make their own BBQ sauce and sell it at farmer’s markets, flipped over the idea. They immediately started talking about selling the bags at their farmer’s markets. They were convinced people would just love them.
That’s all I needed to hear. I had my neighbor show me how to make them and started asking people if they’d save their bags for me. The bags had their debut at the local 4H tack sale and sold out right away. Now we are planning other sales to bring them to along with potential retail stores and, of course, gearing up for the farmer’s markets come May.
Buying a Bag
Interested in purchasing a bag or two? Bags are $5 each and I have many styles to choose from. Shoot me an email and we’ll go from there. I can ship (at buyer’s expense) and do accept Paypal.
If you live in MN, I am currently taking “donations” of bags. I’ll take any plasic feed bags (no paper, please) — horse, goat, chicken, dog, cat, bird, whatever you have!