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Posted by Erin
Patchwork makers have a long history of reusing materials to make beautiful, functional items. So – inspired by the Stitch in Time exhibition – the Herbert’s getting creative and we hope you’ll join us!
From 13 July to 4 August, we tweeted step-by-step instructions for making a tote bag from recycled materials. Even though the daily tweets have finished, you can still make a tote bag by following the instructions below.
We designed the project so that even if you don’t have much previous sewing experience, you’ll be able to have a go. We’re confident that our instructions will guide you in making a sturdy, fashionable and practical bag that you’ll be proud to use.
Follow us on Twitter to receive the latest news from the Herbert. For this project, we used the hashtag #SewIt.
Begin your Sew It tote bag here. If you have any questions, leave a comment below or contact us on Twitter @The_Herbert.
Step 17 – repeat… and share!
Materials needed for this step: pins, sewing machine or needle and thread
a: Repeat steps 15 and 16 for the second handle
b: We’d love to see your handiwork. Join our new group on Flickr and share your photos: http://www.flickr.com/groups/theherbert
Step 16 – sew strap to bag
Materials needed for this step: sewing machine or needle and thread
a: Sew the strap to the body of the bag. A rectangle with a cross through it will make a sturdy join.