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Make your own cotton shopping bag : Bags of Style part 1

IMG 6746If we were to say that some of our customers are ‘bag-ladies’ you might not understand quite what we mean!!

We absolutely love it when we recognise a fabric that we have sold in the shop when it comes back in ‘made-up’ !

Just recently three separate customers were spotted proudly sporting fantastic bag creations…

IMG 6752IMG 6751Firstly, we met the lovely Mrs C. one of our loyal customers who has shopped at the-stitchery since we first opened.

She used to be a big cross-stitch fan but now she has become really hooked on sewing using her machine.

She loves to follow patterns and she was assisted with this brilliant bag by sewing tutor Sarah Mizon (contact who is based locally to us in Ringmer, East Sussex)

IMG 6749IMG 6748IMG 6745This perfect little box-ended tote is fully lined and interfaced. It has been made up in two of our printed cotton poplins and we think it’s the attention to detail that makes this bag look absolutely fabulous!

IMG 6732Just a few days later we literally bumped into Meriel!

Well we’re such a busy little shop crammed to the rafters with so much stock! But, we recognised our Willow Beach striped ticking instantly.

Wow what a perfect hard-wearing cotton to make a shopping bag from….


IMG 6733IMG 6735This timeless ticking tote also has box ends and long straps with perfectly executed topstitching.

Meriel, who recently moved to Lewes is an experienced sewist who started making her own clothes in the 60’s including some great maxi dresses that wouldn’t look out of place today.

IMG 6736IMG 6734She says this practical little, unlined number only took a couple of hours to make and didn’t really use more than 40cms of fabric and as all our ticking is 2m 10cms wide-there’s plenty left over for other projects.

Thanks for letting us show off your work Meriel, it’s marvellous!

IMG 6829Just as I was uploading the photos for the two bags above in walks Susan, she was a naval tailor based at Portsmouth for 5 years.

Now this bag is not such an obvious spot as its one of our freebies!

If you spend over £25 in store at the-stitchery we’ll reward you with a calico bag with £1.50!


IMG 6832We knew that lots of customers buy these bags for a kids project to appliqué a fun design onto;

but Susan spent a total of just 2 hrs (yes! that’s only TWO HOURS!!!) embroidering this art nouveau-inspired design onto this simple cotton bag and transforming it into something very very special.


IMG 6831 IMG 6830Take a closer look, the stitching is simply perfect and we love the elegant design-there’s something of René Mackintosh about it, we think.

Susan says if it stands still long enough she’ll embroider it!


Hats off to you all, Ladies! We love, love, love all the bags you’ve made and thank-you for allowing us to shout about them and share them! xx



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