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!



  1. May 5, 2013 / 8:50 pm

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

  2. May 5, 2013 / 9:53 pm

    Wow what a challenge. Your finished bag is amazing.

  3. Jill Goldberg
    May 6, 2013 / 6:14 am

    You are so clever πŸ™‚

  4. May 6, 2013 / 7:11 am

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

  5. May 6, 2013 / 12:38 pm

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

  6. May 6, 2013 / 12:39 pm

    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.

    • May 6, 2013 / 1:13 pm

      Thank you:) have to admit I still prefer the original! I’m going to try making it out of some red curtains next:)

  7. Diana Rambles
    May 6, 2013 / 4:23 pm


  8. May 6, 2013 / 7:09 pm

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

    • May 6, 2013 / 7:18 pm

      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:)

  9. May 6, 2013 / 9:04 pm

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

  10. May 7, 2013 / 6:39 am

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

  11. May 7, 2013 / 8:16 am

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

  12. May 9, 2013 / 5:05 pm

    This bag is beautiful and so stylish! You did a wonderful job!! πŸ™‚ 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!


  13. May 10, 2013 / 5:46 pm

    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!

    • May 10, 2013 / 6:19 pm

      Thank you:) Found your Pinterest via your blog.. I agree a very lovely laptop bag πŸ™‚ Suit jacket hunting it is!!

  14. Parnuuna
    May 11, 2013 / 7:27 pm

    It’s really cute. πŸ™‚

  15. May 12, 2013 / 12:14 pm

    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! πŸ™‚

  16. May 13, 2013 / 10:20 pm

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

  17. May 15, 2013 / 6:08 am

    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

  18. May 15, 2013 / 1:34 pm

    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 πŸ™‚
    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!
    Marigolds’ Loft

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