Partly inspired by my last post but mainly spurred on by the fact that a) I have no money and b) it was The Poff’s birthday coming up that I remembered that in fact I was a Womble.
The Poff often takes his lunch to work and uses plastic shopping bags to carry them in. Only the smartest carrier bags you understand (his colleagues must think that we only shop at posh delicatessens) but still I thought he should use something a bit, well, classier.
Some time ago I had tried making a bag out of an old oilcloth picked up from a local market but the smell of the material put me off. Then I made a lovely bright spotty bag out of a piece of material from my stash but as delightful as it was it did look a bit , well, girly ….
Men aren’t like women, lets face it. For most women there can never be too many bags but for some men they would rather carry something in their hand or stuff it into one of their jacket pockets than be seen sporting a bag.
Some months ago I had intercepted one of The Poff’s work suits on its way to the recycle bin and had squirreled it away amongst my stash. The suit was from M&S’s (St Michael’s) range of suits that can be flung into a washing machine. So perfect for making into a bag – hard-wearing material that can be easily cleaned and won’t clash with his existing suits – bingo!
I took the old suit jacket and I cut two squares from the fronts; both had pockets which I thought would be useful. I removed the original lining but kept the pocket bags intact. I added some Union Jack fabric left over from the Jubilee as new lining and cut some strips from the rest of the fronts to make straps.
Yeh! Wombling free.
Until next time. Cheers KnitNell