www.kelseypike.etsy.com . She even made the paper herself. I love it! In honor of the, use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without motto, I'm going to post about how to make the dog food bags. The yellow one is the bag I took with me to New York for MPB Day.
A pair of scissors that are utility or old sewing scissors would be best because you don't want to ruin your fabric scissors. The clorox disinfecting wipes are great for cleaning the bag before you work with it. Dog food has an oily residue that is left on the bag so I recommend cleaning it and hanging it on a clothes line and airing it for a couple of days to get rid of the dog food smell. The needles are singer, universal denim needles size 100/16. The threads I used are Gutermann 100 % polyester M782 110 yards per spool and Coats Outdoor 100 % polyester 200 yards per spool. The Coats thread is nice since it comes in several fun colours. It would be advisable to practice on a scrap of the dog food bag material with the thread your using. My machine had trouble making a straight stitch without me helping the dog food bag thru the machine. I found for my machine that with the Gutermann thread in the bobbin and the Coats thread in the top and a large zig zag stitch it was much easier to work with and to achieve a workable stitch. You can see how the zig zag stitching looks in the picture. It was a workable sturdy stitch but it did get a bit wonky at times. So practice to see what its like to work with this (specialty fabric) and what settings for your stitch and which thread works the best for your machine. Also, its important to have a new needle since this is tough material and you want to have all the punch power you can get outta that needle. When sewing around the hem at the top of the bag where the handles are attatched I stopped and used the hand crank of the machine to carefully sew over where they are attatched (there is a lot of bulk in these areas so slower is better) so as not to break the needle and that did great.
Basically your just making a simple bag but your just using a dog food bag to make it. There are loads of tutorials and info out there for making a basic bag. So here's basic info on how I made one using the dog food bag and hope it helps. If you want to share any info or advice please do or a pic or your bag too : )