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Produce, Reuse, Upcycle

Yesterday, I was given an amazing gift...time. A whole luxurious day to create. Kev and Ellis went to the Transport Museum (hopefully he'll post once E Man decides that napping is not a form of torture). So I had an entire day to myself!!!! And I used it for everything its worth.

I am very interested in making bags. I love bags. And I firmly believe that one can never have too many. Well, I want to create the perfect bag. Long straps that can go over my shoulder, secured to the bottom for strength, with a square, flat bottom. I have a long way to go before my skills meet my aspirations. So I had a play today at making some bags. They are not perfect, but pretty good considering I've never done anything like it before!

Being the skinflint I am, I just looked around at what I have to make some things. I used a variety of materials: old curtains, a pillow case, an old woollen sweater, some felt that I was given years ago. Oh and I finally finished my fingerless gloves that I have been working on for weeks. Well, I have to say that my day's efforts were well rewarded.

the two upcycled sweater bags were the most fun to make. The felt doesn't need hemming and its such a forgiving material. I might just be addicted. I have already snaffled a partially felted sweater of Kevin's to make another bag out of. above and beyond anything I produced, I felt so energised! Like I did something, instead of repeating the endless cycle of cleaning and cooking.

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