A few years ago I bought a simple calico eco bag from a local organics shop. It had a picture on the side and it just made me happy to look at it. I’ll buy anything if it makes me happy to look at plus being a big thrifter means you use a bag often! With so much use my eco bag got a little ratty, dirty and boring. Not making me want to show it in public. So rather than buying a new one I thought I’d make one out of recycled fabric I thrifted. It seems more authenticly ‘eco’ to me than buying a new eco bag. I thrifted a piece of fabric a while ago that I was told came off the back of a sofa. It covered the top where your head would rest. I lost part of it due to the remnants of an enormous and badly placed ‘care instructions’ sticker on the inside but still had exactly enough for a beautiful bag.
The fabric reminds me very much of crewel embroidery which I love immensely and definitely makes me happy to show it in public. Plus it rolls up into a tidy little tube shape so it’s no going to be creased as badly as the old one. I road tested it yesterday when it came home stuffed full of thrifty treasures (next post) and it did very well. I might have to reinforce a few seams though, just to be safe. It’s scary how much I can stuff in a bag.