Sewing and Knitting Tote

This country vintage style bag was such a pleasure to sew.  And so adaptable as well.  Pockets and size can easily be altered and as with any handmade treasure it is totally one on its own.

The tote is made from a length of very pretty Laura Ashley upholstery fabric that I was donated, I loved it so much I wanted to make it into something that would be flaunted. 

Look at all that space! Just ready for filling.  The red linen gingham just completes the country feel I believe.

Ethical Rice Sack Bag

I have had fun recently with a couple of very quirky basmati rice sacks I brought back from Kerala India in January this year.  I went from buying silk to sacks, two extremes from an extremely intriguing country.

The silk is still languishing in my stash, but I had to try my hand at the sacking, something different to create with and so tactile.  I didn’t realise how messy it was to cut and sew and I looked like a real wild woman when I had finished.


But I like the result.  The design with Ali Baba and his sacks of money in the centre made me smile, and the print is on both sides, too, which pleased me.  I am wondering whether to make a more structured bag with another sack, and reduce the size of the design by taking off the address at the bottom.  I shall have a ponder.  It really satisfied me that something can be re-used so successfully and so lengthen the life of such a utilitarian item.

Carrier Bag Charges by big retailers in England

Are you prepared to pay 5p for your plastic carrier bags from October?  Although quite a few shoppers will add the cost to their shopping bill, and maybe just shrug it off as a good money raising idea for charity, others may want to re-use their own stronger bags and not have to pay 5p to advertise their chosen supermarket or department store.

Got me thinking and as I had some strong printed cotton suitable for crafting bags I have made these tote bags in the photo and a storage dispenser bag for those plastic bags we may want to hang on to!  The bags are lined with red cotton and have strong straps, the plastic bag storage tube is made from a french style kitchen cotton print.

If anyone wants to be prepared the totes are £5 including postage (UK only) and the bag dispenser is £3 including postage (UK only).  I can make more if needed, just say the word!

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Reuse your bags.

Re use your bags.