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Climate friendly bag

Added Feb 3, 2010

by mary26

Copenhagen, Denmark






A bag made from an old curtain bought in a second hand shop. I wanted to make a bag similar to the traditional full-grain leather bags, which teachers often use, – just with fabric as material – and if possible, also climate friendly.
I used 4 layers of fabric for each part of the bag, and made the bottom out of leather (to make it more resistant to dirt and water).
It´s difficult to explain how I did, but I can tell, that I sewed the 4 layer of fabric together on my machine, and sewed the pieces together by hand (very difficult and hard – won´t do that again!).

I used the measures from a bag from the label “decadent”

Material Notes

An old curtain, sackcloth, leather, bias binding, brodery thread.




Garment Type

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    Feb 7, 2010, 02.04 AMby alekat

    i love the colours in this bag. and its such a good idea for upcyling and the shape is fantastic. i know how you feel about handstitching. bags always need a handstitched part.

    well done!

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    Feb 6, 2010, 01.02 PMby zozowahine

    Wow! This looks so well made! I’ll probably last you a lifetime too by the sounds of it

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    Feb 4, 2010, 01.40 PMby mary26

    Thank you :)

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    Feb 4, 2010, 05.00 AMby smallone

    this is sooo nice, very cool fabric, love the fact it upcycled, and your fabulous design…just a very cool result

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    Feb 3, 2010, 07.11 PMby susanne2011

    Hey, I am from Copenhagen too! Love your bag! How do you make the handles, the way they attach to the bag? Can you buy the handles like this somewhere? Where?

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      Feb 4, 2010, 01.40 PMby mary26

      Hi Susanne.
      Thanks :). I folded the leather pieces and stitched it on my machine. In the end of eacch piece I´ve cutted it in the shape of a triangle. Don´t really know how to explain it – I just tried… ;)

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    Feb 3, 2010, 01.52 PMby ellendevroe

    very nice, love the fabric

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    Feb 3, 2010, 09.42 AMby janul

    I love this! I have a similar bag, but much simpler :). Mine is more like a shopping bag, but similar colors. I wish I had curtain like that :).

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