Upcycled Bottle Bag

September 29, 2013

This week has been busy writing guest posts and magazine articles. My research reminded me of the shocking amount of fabric that geos to landfill.

The ‘Valuing our clothes’ report from Wrap includes news that around 350,000 tonnes (31%) of used clothing out of a total of 1.13 million tonnes are sent to landfill. There are so many different uses for used clothing, reusing as clothing, recreating in to new items – even as simple as your household cloths, or using as packaging.

My new ranges are perfect for fabric scraps, hence avoiding land fill:)

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Fabric Flower Tutorial

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Fabric Hair Slides

To make you own fabric flower corsage check out my tutorial here.

To make your own shirt sleeve upcycled bottle bag your will need a long sleeves shirt, some ribbon and preferably a sewing machine.


Cut your shirt sleeve to length 34cm


Stitch along the bottom.


Fold the fabric in half, pin and stitch like this.


This creates a rectangle shape at the bottom for the bottle to sit in. Place your bottle inside and tie with a ribbon.

Recycled Bottle Bag

Shirt Sleeve Bottle Bag

This week I will be busy adding my new ranges to my Etsy shop. I know a lot of makers have been super organised and working on Christmas for a few months now, but it still seemed a bit early for me!

As usual I am stopping by Handmade Harbour, hope you have a had a good creative week:)


19 comments so far.

19 responses to “Upcycled Bottle Bag”

  1. Joan says:

    Another brilliant idea. My Fab Cycling class is running for another 4 weeks, so hopefully more people will be reusing their fabric and not throwing it away!

  2. Love the hair clips, the red and white fabric is wonderful and a very nifty idea for a bottle bag 🙂

  3. I think the bottle bag would add that little bit extra to a gift. It is a brilliant idea (as ever!).

  4. What a really clever idea – makes a great gift bag too. Hope you have a good week.

  5. Emma says:

    What a brilliant up-cycling project Thanks for sharing! x

  6. I’m a big recycling fan 🙂 It really doesn’t surprise me that so much goes into landfill. So we can all do just a little bit to help.
    Great ideas 🙂

    Jan x

  7. Lucy Blossom says:

    It really is a shocking statistic about how many clothes end up. You’ve always got great ideas about how to reuse and upcycle stuff.

  8. Hannah says:

    Love that!

    I rarely buy new fabrics. I have a box full of old clothes, curtains and bedding that people kindly give me. There is something really satisfying about giving old things a new lease of life.

  9. Great idea, not wanting to throw my sons clothes away is what started me creating other things from them.
    Thank you too for the kindle case from the blog swop it was perfect for the job.

  10. A clever idea, Vicky and so easy to make. I love it!!!

  11. Jill says:

    Very cool bottle bag Vicky!

  12. Natalie says:

    Cute idea!
    Thanks for sharing on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party. Your post will be featured in the Handcrafts Round Up post this week.
    Marigolds’ Loft

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