This large purple bag I created from some cotton drill I had leftover from a chore coat I had made. It was dyed from cream and I had excess from that project. I used black stitching to contrast with the cocoa brown of the dye. The top is tied off with some black twine and a small pine cone from my garden which I had added a fabric tag to. Adding ribbon in a complimentary colour makes this feel luxurious and chocolatey. The cotton is sturdy and strong and it would make a great market bag. The long straps are perfect to wear over your shoulder and it’s deep enough to fill with lots of items.
The last example I made my own fabric for. I quilted a rectangle the same size as a yellow piece of polyester I had picked up from my local sewing store’s remnants bin for £1. I backed it with some cotton leftover from a blouse I had made, and used an old fleece blanket as the internal wadding. I quilted a vertical stripe along the whole piece of fabric, and before I cut my triangles I marked the diagonal lines and stay-stitched those before cutting them out. I finished the edges using french bias binding for the diagonals and trimming the wadding and folding the excess fabric over the side seams to enclose the edges. I have added some press studs to allow extra options on how to close the bag as the ties can be bulky to tie more than once. When I made this I imagined it as a knitting / craft project bag, the quilting gives it enough structure to sit up nicely with the ties ‘peeled’ back. It sits open like a project bin. When not in use you can tie it up or fold over each edge and press stud the whole thing closed. I like this so much I will not be giving it away!
I hope I have inspired you to look at new ways you can use existing materials in your home to create beautiful, thoughtful and more sustainable ways to create gift wrapping. Good luck and make sure tag us with your makes @daylightcompanyeurope @minimalistmachinist @rarelyidle #ZWRectangleTieBag