Thursday, 26 July 2007

Jessica, Eco Warrior and Giver of Gifts

Got a little side-tracked from work today, came over a bit Dave Angel and made a bag, something that I have been meaning to make ever since the Anya-Bloodly-Hindmarch, 'I'm not a plastic bag' fiasco, maybe I'm just a bit bitter cause I didn't get one (I turned up at 7pm and they'd given them all way, even though sainsburys said they weren't selling them till 8am!) but I didn't think it was worth getting up and there for 5am.

Anyway, so I made an 'Eco Grocery/Shopping Bag' from the bolt of cotton that I got from the car boot at the weekend for £2.50, it's about 14"wx16"dx5"d and I've sewn creases on the edges to help it keep it's shape, I'm quite pleased, now all I have to remember is to take it with me when I do the shopping! (does anyone else have this problem!!) Luckily It folds up quite neatly so I shall have to keep it in my handbag at all times, maybe I should make a little bag to keep the big bag in, what do you think? Cute? Excessive? Bonkers?

With regards to the giving, I have signed up to the Pay It Forward Giveaway, via Kimberley @ Tullulah House, So, according to the rules, I'm announcing my own! Here's the original text of the challenge, as copied from Kimberley's blog:

"Now here is how it works! I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange! I don't know what that gift will be yet, and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week...LOL... but you will receive it within 365 days, that's a promise! and it will be something yummy!! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog..."

So for the first three people who leave a comment, I look forward to reading all about you in your blog and the things that you like, and making something special for you!


  1. Hi Jessica - What a great idea and I'm now updating my own blog with the same promise. Love your bag, really pretty fabric, and I'm now very inspired to make my own. The bag to keep it in is an excallent idea, saw some like this in the farm shop we visited this weekend made by a little local sewing group called Remnants Renewed who make lovley bags and brooches from spare bits of fabric. Very neat and although I didn't buy one it was very tempting (afraid the cash went on ice-creams instead!)

  2. It's a super bag & individual too! I was amazed at the Sainsbury's bag episode with them selling for crazy amounts on ebay - it really defeated the whole object of it didn't it?

    I think the "pay it forward" idea is fantastic!

  3. ooo 3 is the magic number!

    this is such a great idea jessica...i'll do a post about it when i'm back from holiday. really looking forward to taking part + i so love the bag you made...that fabric was such find! xxx

  4. Love the bag-so pretty! By the way I got some of the Matalan mugs and bowls! Thanks for the tip-they are such a bargain aren't they?

  5. Hi
    Just found your blog this morning.I too am anti plastic bags. I have lots of reusable ones now including a string bag which fits into even a small handbag so I've always got something to put odd purchase in.Also keep some in boot of car so I dont forget even when going to supermarket. It takes a while to get used to this. I love the material and the bag you made Mary

  6. What a lovely bag . I have enjoyed reading through your lovely blog. I have linked to you if that is ok.
    Take care,
    Alison x

  7. Just came over from Alison's Foxglove, the bag is lovely going to check you other posts now.

  8. Hello! Found you via Alison...You have a splendid blog! Love your creativity. This bag is super--great fabric. I was just part of a PIF--it was great fun. Hope you have fun with yours. I look forward to coming back to visit here and read more! Happy Day! :o)

  9. Hi. Have just come across your lovely blog and am pleased to see that you're also an Essex Girl !! Love the bag and also the label inside - where did you get the labels from - I'm looking for something similar. Sarah x


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