5 September 2013

New trolley bag out of oilcloth

I have this wheeled trolley. Yes, like a "grandma" trolley.

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It was relatively inexpensive and I use it for everything! Basically when Noah stopped going in a pushchair I was like, "What, now I have to actually carry my own things?" Um, NO. Trolley time.

We tote our library books in it (especially when we used to walk to the library)

We take it on picnics with all of the food, drinks, sunblock, cameras etc in it

It's handy to take to the pool to carry all of the towels, drinks, sunscreen, bug spray, hats, etc

It's very useful when shopping in numerous shops. I once brought it along when I went shopping with friends at an outlet mall. They all laughed at me when I pulled it out of the car but guess whose shopping went into it? That's right - by the end of our shopping trip they were all vowing to buy their own.

You can even stick children into it if needed.

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The best part for me? Because it has wheels and Noah is vehicle obsessed, he usually insists on being the one to pull it!

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But I don't mind toting it myself. Do I look like a grandma? DO I CARE? (No.)

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With all of the use this cheap trolley bag was starting to fall apart. The fabric had become kind of brittle and was splitting and breaking in places.

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So I used the thick, sturdy oilcloth left over from my tablecloth and made a new trolley bag. It was an absolute pain to do, especially because I made two major mistakes along the way that I had to correct, but I'm very proud of the result. It is sturdy and cute and will last forever mainly because it has to because I will never make one again. It did help that Noah was in the room with me as I struggled, saying, "I believe in you, Mommy!"

Anyway, here is the finished bag.

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  1. What a super makeover, Jen! I think I might just have to get myself such a trolley.

  2. Great makeover! I was going to do this last year for a friend but never got there - go the trolley bags i say!

  3. Your bag is wonderful and you have really given me a great idea! Thank you! I was tripping over an old luggage cart in my cupboard and was wondering about passing it along since all our luggage has wheels now. I have lots of funky fabric that would make a great bag and having something like that in my car would be great for shopping or as you suggested, the library.

  4. You never fail to amaze with your skills Jen, your trolley is fantastic well done you.

  5. Jen, you've done an awsome job!! It looks great!! x

  6. Oh Jen that's fab - but it's no longer a Grandma Trolly. I have seen so many of these over the past few weeks(school holidays) pulled by people of all ages! My 29 yr old sister-in-law was bought one as a joke but that goes everywhere with her - she wouldn't be without it!!

  7. That looks amazing! Worth all the effort.

  8. That is so amazing and cute than the original... Wish I knew how to stich ha ha..:)

  9. Only you could make it look better than it originally looked

  10. I love it!! I really want a trolley, but paul said he wont walk with me if i get one. There are some really cool looking ones out there too!! Cant decide if actually paul not coming with me if i have one, is a bad thing!!!!

    It looks fantastic - better! x

  11. I am with you on this one! As soon as my kids no longer go in a pushchair i am getting one of these babies. Your new version is so much cooler though! I have that same oilcloth as a tablecloth in my kitchen. :)

  12. I am with you on this one! As soon as my kids no longer go in a pushchair i am getting one of these babies. Your new version is so much cooler though! I have that same oilcloth as a tablecloth in my kitchen. :)

  13. Hey that looks amazing - I'm totally with you on the practicality of trolleys. I love to take mine to the local markets for vege on Sundays xx


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