Tutorial: Super Easy Bag from Repurposed Clothing


Years ago I taught wearable art classes, and I’ve always had class samples hanging in my closet, most of them rarely worn.  I did wear this red quilted jacket a lot, and it was starting to show some wear, so I felt it was time to give it new life.  This little bag was the solution.  With this particular construction technique, you sew the lining and the outside of the bag all at the same time, so that they are permanently attached to each other along the side seams.  This way, your lining will rest more smoothly inside the bag, and you don’t have to worry about the lining not fitting quite right, as is often the case. [Read more...]

Apron Giveaway

I love giveaways, don’t you?  Here’s one from Amy Quarry, whose beautiful blog can be found here, and her equally beautiful website here.  If you’d like a chance to win the apron pictured above, you’ll need to act fast by visiting The Apronista and following the directions in this post.  Entries will be accepted until 9 p.m. PST on Sunday, October 5th.

While you’re at it, head on over to Amy’s shop on Etsy, where you’ll find a lovely assortment of items made from recycled and repurposed materials.  Each item is at least 80% recycled, so your purchase will be both stylish and planet-friendly! 

After the Move: Handbags from Repurposed Clothing

Upcoming Bags

Several years ago I taught wearable art classes.  A large portion of my closet is devoted to samples that I made for those classes.  These are things that I will probably never wear, and I can’t bear to get rid of any of it, so I’ve decided to make one-of-a-kind handbags out of some of them.  Here’s a stack of vests, including one that was purchased, that will be seeing new life as handbags after my move to Little Rock.

If you like the idea of repurposing clothing items that might otherwise be thrown out, take a look at the Felt Sew Good shop on Etsy.  Most of her items are made from recycled wool sweaters.  She has bags, pillows, toys, and lots of other great stuff.  Go there now!