How to... Make an Upcycled Bag.
Would you know that this bag was made from an old tea-towel and the strap from an unused holdall?
Well it is! Elaine is one of our Norwich Fashion Jam Experts, who will be on hand during The Challenge (still time to enter, folks!) to offer you her technical know-how; which she has a lot of! Elaine is a primary school teacher in her day job, but she loves getting involved in creative projects- like making upcycled bags out of tea towels!
She has put together this handy how-to for all of you budding upcyclers- enjoy!
How to make your bag:
You will need:
One tea towel, one piece of scrap fabric and a used holdall strap (If the NFJ team could interject here, guys, you could also use a belt or anything similar)
1) Take a tea towel. Fold it in half. Then fold it so it measures 32cm by 36cm.
2) Cut to size. You can use any spare fabric for trim on another bag.
3) Place tea towel fabric on top of your lining fabric - this could be an old remnant, piece of blouse or skirt fabric etc
4) Take the lining first. Place the good sides together and stitch along the bottom and one side (the fold is the other side) and...
5. ...It’s a bag! Just turn over 2cm around top and stitch in place.
6) Leave the lining inside-out, as it's going to go inside your bag.
7) Unpick along one side of the tea towel (the opposite side is where you cut the fabric
8) Pin both edges (right sides together). Stitch.
9) Corners next. Turn so a triangle appears (side seam on fold of bottom seam). Measure 3.5cm in. Draw a line. Stitch along line and repeat on other corner.
10) Choose your handles. Old belts, straps off holdalls, curtain tape etc.
11) Measure 2 exact desired lengths. Mine is the unused spare holdall strap. I have left my clips on as a feature.
12) Place and pin strap 7cm in from either side.
13) Sew a cross gate pattern for strength on each of the 4 ends of straps.
14. Place lining inside the bag outer, matching up your seams. Pin along the top edge.
15) Enjoy your finished bag!
You can fold over the top for a different look...
We hope you enjoyed Elaine's tutorial on how to make an upcycled bag!
Do you have an upcycling project you'd like to tell us about? Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org !