New design – Summer 2013

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This week I became carried away with a new design and shape of recycled handbag that I completely forgot to photograph the size 8 summer dress before I cut it up!!

I felt a compulsion to make a new summery style of bag, may have had something to do with carrying my felt wool handbag to work in the heat! I am not complaining about summer arriving at last:)  This was coupled with meeting a fellow upcycler bag maker Helen over at Doodlebags, I fell in love with this velvety bag, for the fabric and shape.


This is my take on a round bag with deep waist band.

recycled bag

I started with an A4 piece of paper and drew freehand oneside of the bag, adding a piece of paper I cut out two and sellotaped together to create the mirror image pattern. For the waist band I folded the complimentary fabric into various sizes and played until I was happy with the dimensions.

Recycled Eco Summer Handbag

I have to admit that I like the back of the bag as much as the front:) Now contemplating how to make the style with some width to it, starting with no width at the top but widening with side panel widening to a couple of inches at the bottom. Having never done this before I may contemplate a while:)

On a separate note I have signed up to a blog hop with Creative Crafting, how exciting:) The date I have been given is the 4th of August, I have two ideas for blog posts:

Recycled Shirt Bag

Tutorial to create a swimming bag/PE kit bag for children, made from a former shirt – hoping to find a garish bright Hawaiian shirt in a charity shop

Recycled Sweater Handbag

Tutorial to felt jumper and create applique felt bag

Can you hep me decide which?! There is still time to sign up to the blog swap, why not join me?

Have a good week, I’m off to have a look at what everyone else has been making this week over at Handmade Harbour




  1. July 14, 2013 / 10:36 pm

    Thank you so much for the mention. Love your version xxx

  2. July 15, 2013 / 7:07 am

    I like the shape of your bag – plenty of space to store all those ‘essentials’ in it. I really like the summery fabric you used too.

  3. July 15, 2013 / 10:53 am

    I love your dress bag the colours are gorgeous and perfect for summer

  4. July 15, 2013 / 11:44 am

    I too love your dress bag. The PE bag may be very timely for people getting ready for a new school year?

  5. August 10, 2013 / 12:26 pm

    I just LOVE it! You really have an eye for design . . . AND fabric, Vicky! 🙂

  6. Johne722
    August 16, 2014 / 11:46 pm

    very nice post, i certainly love this web site, keep on it acdecbedaacb

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