Pinterest challenge… a recycled bag (what else??)

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I have been longing to have a go at making this bag for quite some time.. I pinned it 34 weeks ago… how time flies (well that’s my excuse for it taking so long to get round to it!).

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Not being quite at the point of working out the dimensions/maths involved in creating a bag pattern with a curved shape base I started off with the great pattern for The Reversible Bucket Bag by lisa Lam.

At this point I now regret not having taken a photograph of the grey woollen, three quarter length middle age style coat that was sacrificed! you’ll just have to imagine it:) I washed the coat on a 90 degree wash with lots of soap to felt the wool. It is teamed up with an old duvet cover for the lining.

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Once I had cut out the pattern for sides and base in the grey wool and interfacing I moved onto the bow.. Thankfully my husbands background of screen printing (pre computers) meant that he took one look and agreed that the bow on the original bag is not a proper bow, phew.. I wasn’t imagining it!

As the fabric is felted I just turned it in either side and sewed to create the bow ribbon. The ribbon pieces were attached first to the body of the bag, and then I sewed on the base.. leaving the actual bow until I had created and attached the lining (so there was less bulk for turning through)

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The lining was initially interfaced, and a pocket and magnetic clasp inserted. I sewed the base of the bag lining leaving a long edge for turning. Next I attached the lining to the main bag along the top, apart from the space where the handles are to attach (still feeling indecisive about the handles). Once turned through I changed my mind and removed the interfacing from the lining.. it just seemed too stiff!

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The bag from Pinterest has a gorgeous black leather handle, my sewing machine was already struggling to cope with the layers of fabric.. Quite a few days passed, realising I was stuck I consulted re the type of handle.

In the end I took up my husbands suggestion of wrapping old electrical cable in a black felted wool (great to save a bit of cable from landfill).

Overall I am really delighted with the bag, and I’m glad I took on the challenge of making the bag.

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But I am very open to suggestions re the handle.. I am hoping to introduce the design into my Etsy shop once I have this resolved!

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34 Responses to Pinterest challenge… a recycled bag (what else??)

  1. t1ckledp1nk says:

    A-ma-zing! Wow, I love this. xxx

  2. You’ve done a good job of re-creating it – can’t suggest a handle other than a contrasting plaited fabric maybe? (patchwork fairy)

  3. Ginny says:

    Wow what a challenge. Your finished bag is amazing.

  4. Jill Goldberg says:

    You are so clever :-)

  5. Wendy says:

    The bag is gorgeous and I love that it’s made from an old coat!

  6. Natalie says:

    Your bag is amazing, so effective, and I love the up-cycling!

  7. Your bag is amazing, I think it looks better than the one you found on Pinterest. Your handle looks fine. You need something with a bit of body and that fits the bill
    A great use of an old coat.

  8. Super cute! And kudos to the hubby for the awesome suggestion! Thanks for linking up to the Upcycled Linky Party at http://love2upcycle.blogspot.com/2013/05/upcycled-linky-party-7.html

  9. Diana Rambles says:

    Awesome!!!

  10. A wonderful bag. I really like it.

  11. Gertie says:

    Stunning !!!! I love the idea of using electrical cables for handles xx

    • Husband just happened to have a strimmer which was broken and heading for the skip.. tada! A bit more fiddly than I thought… the zipper foot on my old sewing machine would work better:)

  12. That looks fantastic – and all the better for being once a coat!

  13. Selena (Jo) says:

    Hello. I think you did a great job. I always liked felted bags but never learned sewing, unfortunately.
    Best wishes from Selena (Jo).

  14. Ali says:

    I love your version of the bag and the lining is sooo pretty.
    Ali x

  15. Jamie says:

    This bag is beautiful and so stylish! You did a wonderful job!! :) Thank you so much for sharing this at Much Ado About Monday. We can’t wait to see what you have to share with us next week!

    Jamie
    http://www.huckleberrylove.com

  16. Words cannot express. You totally outdid yourself, girl!
    I am in awe, my friend! Happy mothers day!!..… :)

    hugs xx
    Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  17. That is so clever. I saw a tutorial to make a laptop bag from a suit jacket the other day and that is pinned for a future crafty weekend!

  18. Parnuuna says:

    It’s really cute. :)

  19. EleanorLucy says:

    This is awesome! So chic, and it’s recycled origins are a bonus too – so satisfying to reinvent and revive things that are past their best! :)

  20. Agy says:

    That is amazing! Great idea to upcycle cables for the handles too.

  21. thelovebump says:

    Wow wow wow!!!!!!!! I absolutely need one of these! Will keep a beady eye on your Etsy shop! Huge congrats on your finished product, it looks really amazing! Thanks so much for entering the PinAddicts challenge! xx

  22. Hi Vicky,
    What a super bag you have created!
    Thank you so much for linking on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party – Your post was the most viewed link from last week and as such will be featured on tomorrows post :)
    Do come by and grab your “Featured” Button if you haven’t already.
    I can’t wait to see what you will be sharing with us this week!
    x
    Natalie
    Marigolds’ Loft

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