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Let’s save the Planet ! (at least a little bit)

I’d like to introduce you to my new sewing pattern 


Purchase on the website HERE

A proper retro shopper like the good old days, just like your granddad used to have in the cupboard under the stairs. A great unisex shopping tote.


Made in oilskin, waxed canvas, heavy duck canvas or dry oilskin, so it virtually stands up on it’s own – an important factor in shopping.


With super strong stabilised handles, a generous inside zip security pocket and a front profile stitched pocket. And an option to add side D-rings to attach a shoulder strap.
The bag has a flat base to allow for huge amounts of shopping and to hold its shape.

a bag that will last for years and age beautifully, and put an end to wasting money and the planets resources on disposable bags


So we all know we need to stop using single use plastics – let’s make a resolution.
If you are like me, you stopped using the supermarket free carrier bags straight away but then bought into the bags for life – which of course are still plastic even if we use them a few times

Unfortunately my car boot is now overflowing with pretty plastic ‘bags for life’ of which I often buy another because being a bag addict, there is always a new pretty design

So I decided it’s time to make a commitment – no more, it’s still in essence single use plastic – so here is my little contribution to start saving the world and using less single use plastics


No, not me, that’s my mate Claire – always a willing model (and works for gin) – sporting both sizes at once, she is multi-talented

We make a bag in fabric and it just doesn’t stand up on its own which makes things difficult with a shopping trolley. Oilskin and waxed canvas are amazing and virtually stand on their own.


Your men folk are going to love this too, particularly in oilskin – it looks so weathered and vintage, and it’s really water resistant so great for the outdoors!


Three of these fit beautifully if a large shopping trolley and can accommodate the whole weekly shop, yet fold flat for easy storage


And there is also a second free smaller size included with the pattern as a bonus, which is large enough to use as a handbag size shopper – great for coffee and shopping at the mall, days out at the park and really great for rainy days –a bag for the outdoors girl.


I am a complete oilskin convert now – if you can get hold of it, it is definitely worth it.

It’s strong yet supple, can be sponged clean, and if the look get’s a little too vintage for you, simply reset the oil again with a hair dryer.

The bag is unlined for durability and to keep the bulk down, but with chunky feature facings and inside pockets, and made using a super strong durable utility construction of French seams that conceal all raw edges so it will last for years and age beautifully.

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Make it with bought straps, self fabric straps, webbing or even a stolen belt from your partner’s wardrobe – the instructions are included for all types. This is the second time I have stolen one of my husband’s belts and he still hasn’t noticed.


Ooops, sorry dear (again)

I’ve also made up in a dry oilskin which is a great colour vehicle.


I used rivet on PU leather handles which I stock in my internet shop here:  https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/607119615/24-pu-leather-bag-handles-suitable-for


I hope you like the new pattern, what are you waiting for – go shape some fabric!

Get the pattern here


Want to see the bag in real life? Check out my YouTube pattern intro here:



  • Sew Far North
    February 8, 2019

    I love it!
    Hoping to get some oilskin to give it a go … and yes my boot overflows with pretty plastic bags for life, but why does Himself forget them when he shops? Maybe manly bags will help?

  • Peg
    February 8, 2019

    Love the bag, got my pattern, haven’t ordered my oilcloth yet-trying to decide on the lushest colour!

  • Ellen Laye
    November 2, 2021

    where can i find the video for making this bag Please


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