I have always liked collecting old stuff and giving them a “second-life”. I think that we buy and throw out too many things and I always try to repair or reinvent objects.
Following some initial clothing projects, I started to think more and more about buying a sewing machine. I did some online search and finally came across a Brother sewing machine from the 90’s that I bought for €30. As I had no experience with sewing machines before I bought that one, I struggled a bit but I am finally there… (a big thanks to my Mum ;)).
For my first project, I decided to create a grocery bag reusing some materials that I already had i.e. a busted umbrella; an old t-shirt and some nice paper shopping bag handles.
1) Remove the umbrella fabric from the frame. Iron it on a low setting.
2) I mainly used “Wisdom of the Moon” pattern to make this bag. However, I also lined it using an old t-shirt and used nice paper shopping bag handles to make the handles.
Busted umbrella fabric are perfect to make shopping bags as you can also reuse the umbrella pouch to rull up your bag and stuff it in it.
I now have a new free, recycled and waterproof bag 😉
Note: I am working on a second recycled shopping bag and hope to have it finish by the end of the month. I can’t wait to show it to you.