How to Upcycle a Pet Food Bag to a Cosmetic Bag

Dog Food Bag

What do you do with your empty dog food bags?  You can’t really recycle them (bummer) so ours usually end up in the landfill.  I remember a post by Beth Terry (My Plastic-Free Life) once where she had suggested using them as your garbage bags (I always forget to do this).

You can also sew with them.  They are made with a really sturdy water-proof material that is perfect for cosmetic bags, water bowls, and even a shopping bag.  A regular needle worked fine on the material.


  • 1 empty pet food bag
  • 1 zipper
  • sewing machine
  • matching thread


  • Cut 2 pieces 10.5″ X 9″ in size.
  • Sew the zipper to the underside of each piece.
  • Unzip the zipper part way before you begin sewing the rest of the bag (right sides together).
  • Sew down the other 3 sized to close the bag.
  • Trim the corners and edges.
  • Flip so the right sides of the bag are now on the outside.

Note: You could create this project at any size, just buy the appropriate sized zipper.  It would make a neat coin purse, clutch, or pencil bag.

#Freefromtrash Upcycled Crafting Challenge

This post is part of the Upcycled Crafting Challenge (#freefromtrash) that I’m hosting this month.  It’s part of a one month challenge to create from trash.  This challenge will hopefully open your eyes to the number of items that we still end up trashing every day that could be used by ourselves or our kids to create fun and useful items.


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