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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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vickymyerscreations

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I am inspired by our wonderful world, creation is constant and yet changing. I feel it is important to respect the environment and where possible to upcycle/recycle. Blessed with creativity I try to appreciate it and develop it:) Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, please do sign up to follow my journey:)

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