I love recycling materials to make bags of all sorts and for every occasion, that can be used to carry books, grocery, craft work, or just about anything you can think of. Recently I’ve decided to move away from disposable bags and start bringing my own bag for shopping, it’s my personal choice for reducing the waste that is killing our ecosystem. The most important ingredient here is imagination, anyone can create a very unique eco bag, perfect as a gift or to re-sell.
To create this bag I reused the lanyards I gathered from different work and leasure activities.
1. Prepare the lanyards for stiching by taking away the metal parts, you should obtain the strips of about
74-78 cm in length.
2. Organize the lanyards in desired order to create a unique design.
3. Cut from the main fabric 80 x 46 cm piece, pin the first lanyard and stich it from both sides.
4. Proceed by stiching other lanyards one by one.
5. Put the fabric rights side together and close side and bottom seams.
6. Now it’s time to make the box pleats. Pull the fabric at one of the corners of the main bag so that the
side seam and the bottom seam are on top of each other. Align the seams and pin. Measure 5 cm down from
the peak and draw a line perpendicular to the seam.
7. Cut your interfacing. You will need to cut two 40 x 46 cm pieces. Sew sides and bottom using a 2 cm seam
allowance, making sure to leave an opening at the bottom for turning. Make the box pleats as for the main
8. Place the handle right side to the right side of the bag and pin. Repeat with the other handle on the
other side of the bag.
9. Place your outer bag inside of your lining so the right sides of the outer bag and lining are together.
Start pinning the tops together by aligning the side seams with each other.
10. Using matching thread, sew completely around the top of the bag using a 2 cm seam allowance. You can sew around this seam multiple times for extra reinforcement.
11. Turn bag right side out through the opening in the lining. Close the opening.
12. Using contrasting thread, topstitch along the top seam of the bag, aligning the edge of your presser
foot with top of the bag.
13. You are done! Enjoy your new eco bag!
This bag has a high emotional value for me as it gathered on its canvas the most imortant events of my life in Italy. Every time I see it I remember beautiful time during 2006 Winter Olimpic Games where I worked as an interpreter; two years of collaboration with Fiat Group, a visit to Maranello at Ferrari Museum and factory, launching the new engine MITO Multiair; 3 years working with Slow Food, organising Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre; admiring the Shroud of Turin.