My Market Bag

Recycle Week is in full swing and we wanted to get involved. We set some fabulous thrifty bloggers an up-cycling challenge with some rag found in-store. Be sure to follow the blog and our Instagram this week so see what they created!

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When Barnardo’s contacted me about their challenge for Recycling Week I was so excited albeit a bit nervous. Don’t get me wrong, I have shortened the odd dress but that’s the extent of my sewing abilities but I couldn’t say no to a challenge!The upcycling pack arrived and although I wasn’t sure what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised. Inside was a white roll neck jumper, pom-poms, a sewing kit, ribbon and some other decorative bits. Immediately I thought of a really vibrant in-your-face jumper but that seemed a bit too easy and I wanted to challenge myself. If it looked terrible, at least I had given it a bash and had some fun!

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I mulled it over for a few days and came back to it with fresh eyes. I’ve never made a bag before and to be honest, I didn’t bother looking it up online, I just started cutting. I started by taking the sleeves off and sewing along the neckline and where the arms once were. I didn’t have an end goal but I think that’s why I enjoyed it so much. I was making it up as I went along and that took the pressure off.

Once the arms and neck had been sewn up, I set about making the draw string bit as I had some lovely bright green ribbon. To do this, I folded over the top of the bag and stitched along it, about an inch, leaving enough room to pull the ribbon through.

I left a small gap either side near the hem and this is where I fed the ribbon through. Once each piece was threaded through, I then tied it off and cut a small incision on the outside of the bag to pull it through.

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From here, I literally just stitched on some pom-pom’s and that was it. If I can do it, anyone can. It took about 30 minutes in total – it was so simple! I have decided to use it as my ‘market bag’ which is going to be perfect for grocery shopping. If you’ve already got the ingredients at home to make your own, that’s cheaper than a 5p bag and David Attenborough would approve!

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Thanks so much to Barnardo’s for asking me to take part. I wouldn’t have tried this without the prompt. I plan to make loads more for Christmas to use instead of wrapping paper and will continue to use this one to minimalize my plastic bag use.

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Feeling inspired? Why not take on your own upcycling challenge? Be sure to share your creations with us, we would love to see.

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