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Chicken Feed Tote Bags

chicken feed bags

A practical way to reuse your feed bags by turning them into tote bags!

Tote bags made from chicken feed bags

We raise a lot of chickens.  With a lot of chickens comes a lot of feed.  With a lot of feed comes a lot of bags.  Rather than just throw them all away, I use several of them and turn them into chicken feed tote bags.  These bags are great.  They are super sturdy, can hold a lot, and are perfect for just about any task.

I own a sewing machine, but my sewing skills are really basic. If I can do this project, so can you!  I use chicken feed bags, but I’ve often eyed other bags that would also work, rabbit feed bags, goat feed bags….heck you could even use pig feed bags!  Use whatever you have and whatever you think is cute!

  1.  Start with empty bags.  (Okay, you probably could have figured this step all on your own!)

Chicken feed bags

2.  Cut off bottom of bags.

chicken feed bags

3.  Wipe down outside of the bag.  They will be dusty.  That’s just the nature of feed bags….they are dusty.   Turn bags inside out and dust again!

Chicken feed bags

3.  Decide what size you want your bags and cut off several inches off the bottom.  I cut about 6 inches off my bags.  Sew a 1/2 inch seam across the bottom.  Sew a second seam 1/4 inch from the bottom.  Feed bags are tough and you want your bag to be just as tough.

4.  Make boxed corners.  The boxed corners make a flat bottom and allows the bag to stand up on its own.  This step for me is always tricky.  I feel like there’s no way it’s going to work and then all the sudden it folds just like it’s supposed to.  I follow directions from the Chicken Community  and she has really great step-by -step directions.  I’ll bet she is a seamstress!  If you can’t figure out what I’m talking about, because I’m not a seamstress….check out her tutorial!

To make boxed corners, fold bag across diagonally (see picture below).  The bottom seam is  folded in half.  You are looking for two large triangles.  You will take the end of each of these triangles and sew a seam.

chicken feed bags

chicken feed bags

Second step of making the boxed corners; sewing the seam on the triangle.

chicken feed bags

Once you’ve done the boxed corners, right side your bag.  You are almost finished!

5.  Fold down the top.  I use clips to hold the fold in place.  Sew a seam to hold top hem in place.

chicken feed bags

chicken feed bags

6.  Position handles.  I used webbing for the handles.  I’ve also made the handles using the bottom portion of the bag I cut off.  I like the feel of the webbing better, but both work just fine.  Position the handles on your bag.  Since we want super strong handles, there are several steps.  For this first stitch, the bags go down into the bag.

chicken feed bags

7.  Fold top of bag down again and make another hem with machine.

8.  Fold handles up and secure in place with machine.  (see picture below)

Chicken feed bags

chicken feed bags

I use my bags for just about everything. They make great beach bags, snack bags for the car for road trips, grocery bags, bags for hauling my stuff to school…  If you need a bag, this fashionable chicken tote bag works!

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I followed design and instructions from Community Chickens.

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    January 17, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Dear Kathy, these are some of the most adorable bags I’ve seen, especially for someone who has a farm or loves chickens. Cute as a button and clever too. I could see this making it big time in a boutique. Hmmmm….I do sew and these are great, simple directions. Have a wonderful weekend! (what’s left of it.)

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 18, 2016 at 4:09 am

      I think you just found yourself a little hobby! At a farmer’s market I saw someone with a whole stall with feed bags. They also made aprons from bags. The cutest ones were in kids’ sizes.

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    January 18, 2016 at 6:35 am

    This is such a cute idea, Kathy! I don’t have chicken feed bags, but I do have HUGE dog food bags… I wonder if that would work? LOVE your creativity, my dear! And I love that these bags are a cinch to make! Cheers, my friend!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 18, 2016 at 9:54 am

      I think a lot of different kind of feed bags would work. Our dog food bags are lined with a heavy brown paper and won’t work. Look to see if yours are the tough Tyvek type of bags.

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    David @ Spiced
    January 18, 2016 at 7:48 am

    What a fun post, Kathy! We don’t have chickens (although I’d love some!), but I am totally impressed with your creativity here. We use reusable bags around here all the time, and I love that you turned what would be trash into something useful. A+ on this one! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 18, 2016 at 9:56 am

      A+!!!! Woo hoo! Thanks!

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    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    January 18, 2016 at 8:56 am

    What a fun project, Kathy! Those bags are so handy to have around (and really sturdy) so will have to try this – I have a sewing machine that I never use and need an easy project to try. Bet the kid aprons are adorable.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 18, 2016 at 9:57 am

      Nothing but straight seams to sew! My kind of project!!!

  • Reply
    Meghan | Fox and Briar
    January 18, 2016 at 9:34 am

    This is such a cool idea Kathy! I love that you are re-using the bags and making them into something useful (and cute!)

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 18, 2016 at 9:58 am

      They are fun and cute!

  • Reply
    Amanda
    January 18, 2016 at 10:47 am

    I get cat food in really thick bags that look similar to this, so I’m tempted to try to make a bag out of that and display my cat love everywhere. These are just too cute. What a great idea!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 18, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      Let me know if you try the cat food bag! I’d love to hear how it turns out!

  • Reply
    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    January 18, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Goodness! Talk about repurposing! This has to be the most creative thing I’ve seen on the interwebs in a long time!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 18, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      Thanks, Rachelle! The bags are super handy once they are done!

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    Kate @ Framed Cooks
    January 19, 2016 at 4:06 am

    ANOTHER reason I need to get chickens! You could sell these on Etsy – I would buy one for sure. 🙂

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    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    January 19, 2016 at 4:23 am

    Kathy, these are way beyond cute! I need to find someone who raises chickens so I can get some feed bags. I find these make the perfect beach bags….or for us. YMCA bags. We take the girls swimming almost every day to the local YMCA indoor pool and need quick-dry bags like these for stuff like wet towels and suits. Seriously, these are waaaaaayyy to cute.

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      Kathy
      January 20, 2016 at 4:35 am

      These bags would be perfect for all your outings!

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