Do you remember the old 1970’s sun loungers? The metal one with the legs and the two sides that folded out and if you didn’t get it right when you sat down either a leg collapsed or one end folded in on you.
Well, being a child of the 70’s I loved ours, so much so when I got my own place in the late 90’s it came with me.
Now with the rubber bands perished and the metal rusted I’ve had to say goodbye to it, but being the hoarder I am I kept the fabric cover.
Iconic 70’s pattern!
It’s a bit weak in places, after all it had some use over the years but I managed to salvage some and give it a new life.
With its old life in mind, what else could I do but make a beach bag!
Got to love those colours !
I’m off now to recover an old vintage wooden deck chair, I really do hate to throw anything out. I’ll post photos soon.
We recently had a change of display at the curtain company I work for and they were taking down some old roman blinds to replace with some new designs, not one to let things go to waste I took the old ones home, not that I had a window they would fit but I knew Id find a use for them.
You may have noticed I have a thing for bags and as its coming up the summer here in England this fabric just screemed beach bag!
So this one has one large pocket on one side, on the other side I did the same but stitched up the middle to make it 2 pockets. I used curtain lining for the inside and made another pocket there too.
So there we go a nice light bag with plenty of room for the essentials ready for summer, and another use for fabric that was being thrown out!
When I started sewing as a way to make a living my father asked ‘when did you learn to sew’ oblivious to the fact I use to make a few of my own clothes as a teenager and had sewing lessons in school, together with the fact my mum made clothes for me and my sister for a long time so it was inevitable I picked up some knowledge along the way.
The other day my mum said she has actually been using one of my first school sewing projects since I made it age 12. It was my attempt at hexagons that I use to decorate a bag I made. I also remember making a V-neck top and liking it so much I made 2 more at home, but they are long gone.
So here it is my first handmade bag ……
and I am pretty impressed at my skills of 30 years ago, its still going strong. (and yes… that does make me the ripe old age of 42!)
Pretty pink spots on that lining
Straight and even machine stitches
Hmmm not so sure about my hand stitching
Not my strong point back then
Looking at that hand stitching my skills have definitely improved over the years (honest) but its nice to look back.
So having a clear out a while ago and I wasn’t sure what to do with some old clothes and fabric I had, I hadn’t been able to sell them at the last car boot or table top sales I’d done so I guess the next stop was the charity shop, but I thought I might be able to create some thing from them, looking to Pinterest for a bit of inspiration I now have some new bags…..
My sons old jeans, with a strap from an old bag
magnetic fastening and 2 handy pockets
After undoing the stitching from the inside leg, I then laid the open fabric over each other and stitched it down, sewed across the bottom, added a lining and a strap from an old bag.
Now it is of use again.
A friend saw these and brought me some long shorts, unfortunately I forgot to take a before picture but this is how they turned out…
Amanda’s old shorts
Then I found a piece of linen with some lovely embroidery, where it has come from nobody knows but there it was in my loft and now…..
And now a new shopping tote !