What you'll need:
- Empty chicken feed bag
- Sewing machine
- Straight pins
- Thread matching the color of your bag
Step 1: Empty out the last bits of chicken feed. Remove the bottom closure and any remnants of the top's closure (that papery strip with string that you rip off to open the bag).
Shake out the remaining chicken feed dust. There's more in there than you think.
If you're inclined, rinse out the bag with a hose or outside spigot. Dry bag and lie flat.
Step 2: Cut off a 6 to 8 inch strip from either the top or bottom section of the bag. This section will be used to make the bottom and the straps.
The determining factor for whether you cut off the top or bottom of the bag is what part of the bag's picture you want to save (A.K.A what do you want the front of your bag to look like?).
For this bag, I wanted it to look very much like a chicken feed bag. I wanted the feed name Layena to be on the top of the bag. So, I cut off the top of the bag just above the brand name, Purina.
Something to keep in mind: the width you cut will be the width of the bottom of the bag. Make sure not to skimp and cut a strip that's too thin. It should be at least 6 inches wide, preferably 8 inches. My cut was closer to 6 inches on this bag and it did make for a skinny bag.
For the sake of instructions, I will refer to this section as the 6-inch section from now on.
Set aside the 6-inch section you cut off. We will use it later.
Step 3: Turn the bag inside out.
Step 4: Fold over the top of the bag approximately an inch. Pin the section in place using your straight pins. This fold will give the opening of your bag a "finished" edge and reinforce it so you can add the straps.