Welcome to my 'other blog' the one that explores my crafty side. I have been a maker of 'things' since childhood. By nature I'm creative. I still love to write, and you can click on this link to visit my blog: Hanging On My Word, which is where I indulge in the thought and word side. Although a teacher by profession, I don't offer tutorials. This is my showcase of projects I like to share. So pull aside the curtains and let's begin (I'm a bit theatrical too!).

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Crafty Old Bag Number Two

I was in need of a very large tote bag for the hauling round the largish blanket I’m making. I had one but the blanket was outgrowing it and the yarns I was using were in a separate bag. Then I came upon this (new) hessian shopper, with four outside pockets, at a car boot sale. I handed over the princely sum of a euro, and it was mine.

Although it was a nice strong bag in its own right, it was a bit floppy and rather dull. I played around with it for a while and then I had a brainwave. I turned the whole thing inside out, which gave a me a much sturdier construction in a bucket shape with four inside pockets. This left me with an outside that actually looked like an inside and an even duller look to it.

Brainwave number two; cover it in a bright PVC fabric. For €1.50 I had enough to do the job. I wont pretend it was easy. Despite carefully measuring, I manged to get some of it wrong. It was very difficult to sew and a mistake meant lots of little pinpricks in the PVC fabric, which wouldn’t disappear.

I found some webbing I’d saved from something else to cover the ugly seam inside the bag, and prettied up the outside with some lace from my stash.

I’m not sure I’d do it again, but I am definitely pleased with the overall result. Three of the inside pockets store the  (nine) yarns in the correct sequence for the blanket, and the fourth holds the pattern and oddments of yarn too small for a complete row.

For €2.50 (and a few hours work) I call that a job well done.


  1. As a person with no crafty skills, I'm in awe of your skill. And the out-of-the-box thinking!

  2. well done and I actually saw you buy the pvc - wish I was as clever

  3. Quite frankly this looks like magic to me. I couldn't have done this if I had had all year. I love seeing what people can sew, rather as I love watching dancing (having two left feet myself)