Published on July 27th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Ikea blue shopping bag into messenger bag

My local Ikea has just started to turn green. (Yeah, we’re slow.) So no more free plastic bags. Everyone is encouraged to buy one of the blue Frakta bags and bring them along whenever they shop. I think it’s great and I love my blue Frakta bags. Sturdy. Roomy. You can sling it or carry it. I keep one in the car to haul groceries and whatever I buy. I have another at home for laundry and bring recyclables to the centre.

But the Frakta is more than just a plastic bag replacement. Sara has made it into a really cool messenger bag. I want one!

She says, “I made a small messenger bag out of one of the large blue Ikea bags last night. Apart from an Ikea bag, it is also made of a couple of buckled straps from a bike rack, an old inner tube (for the rubber on the base of the bag and the piping around the opening) and reflective strips from an old hi-viz jacket. Oh, and lots of swearing from getting pins in my fingers!

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

9 Responses to Ikea blue shopping bag into messenger bag

  1. Anonymous says:

    I use the bag as a cover for my dish rack so that my cat does not get into it – excellent size as it fits over my two tier dish rack.
    Thanks IKEA!

  2. aleina says:

    I like this messenger bag. It is very nice and beautiful. This is Awesome! Thank you so much.


  3. yamplifier says:

    Can you make a tutorial for us? I just recently saw this and literally RAN to my local Ikea to buy a bag to make one.

  4. Nice work! Ikea should consider to come out something like this to replace their ugly shopping bags!

  5. David says:

    After reading this, I’m thinking I should try making bike panniers using the big blue bags.

    (I primarily use the bags to transport laundry from upstairs to downstaris basement where washer and dryer located)

  6. Moontree says:

    I actually really HATE those bags (I don’t like how wide they are at the opening, everything spills out!), so I have a pile of them stuffed in my downstairs closet from my last couple of IKEA trips. Maybe I’ll try out something creative like this with them.

  7. GeoWulf says:

    Wow.. a pattern would be really nice. I like it lots!!

    Maybe she could do a special episode for

    I love how she incorporated the pedal clip straps into the design.

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  9. Jamie says:

    Lovely! I want one too.

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