A few posts ago I shared how happy I was making the "Tiny Happy
" Shoulder Bag.
Since then a delightful and creative possibility opened up. A dear friend, Diana Saw in Siem Reap
, is considering diversifying asked if I'd think up some new design ideas for Bloom Bags
To quote from their site:
"Bloom is a social enterprise established in Sept 2006 with the intention of providing fair-paying jobs to disadvantaged Cambodians. Bloom is not a factory. We are a small workshop of ten people who spend our working hours dreaming up and making original, quality bags, all hand-made from recycled rice and fish feed bags."
I've been reading Diana's blog
since before coming to Cambodia and I've been inspired by her adventure here. Her Manifesto
for Bloom Bags makes me smile each time I read it! There is now a Bloom Garden Guesthouse
too! Here's a link
to picts from my stay there and trip to Siem Reap last month.
I thought this might be a way to possibly re-purpose used "jeans". Many bundles of used clothing are shipped to Cambodia from other parts of Asia and are re-sold here. I'll try that on the next sewing session. I used canvas-weight denim to make this I made this bag, a possible Bloom Bag proto-type. My geeky, crafty (as in the type that makes crafts not grinch-like) heart is so pleased to be part of this!
I've been working on a few items in linen... but not too pleased with the result. I'm thinking of a couple of other ideas... hand stitching on linen... painting temple motifs on bags... so many directions it could go. In the mean time I'm pleased with this pattern modified from the "Tiny Happy
" Shoulder Bag. The following slide show explains how it was made.