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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!).


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.


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)


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!


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.

Pinterest Challenge
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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Written by Vicky



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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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