Your guide to making a shopper using recycled fabric and how to add a feature pocket
We are thrilled that both the Watchet Town Council and the Watchet Harbour Community Bookshop have sponsored the design of the Watchet Shopper made from recycled fabric plus three FREE sewing workshops as well as a set of instructions so you can make your own at home! There are two pages which can be downloaded below.
We have has some very generous donation of fabric for the project which means there are some beautiful, bold and wild fabric designs. We are also printing a small image onto the pocket piece (shown in the picture left) which will make the bags unique to Watchet!
We hope you enjoy making your shopper bag from recycled fabric! We would love to see your creations and what image you choose on your pocket! Please share them on our facebook page.
Happy making! Love Jacquelyn and Georgie
How to make a yarn from t-shirts or other old garments:
We are always asked where do we get the balls of recycled fabric from. The answer is we cut up old clothing and other fabric ourselves! In the last year or so there are now companies that are turning the leftover selvedge of fabric into the yarns too, but as these were not available when we started we have developed a way to do this.
Preparing your old garment for use as a yarn:
So with your t-shirt, dress, trousers or jumper the first thing to do is to cut all of the seams away from the garment. The hem along the edge, the seam on the sleeves and any detail around the collar. If these are decorative you can keep them for other textile work! Picture two shows that you are then left with the panels that make up the garment. In this case the front and back of the t-shirt and the sleeves.