Liz Haywood, that renowned zero waste designer, published a pattern for a zero waste satchel in her May e-zine, and I was really keen to make it immediately, but events got in the way until this week. I am really pleased with it; it’s a perfect size and I love the design.
I was really happy to use my recently acquired light box (from the Fibres West garage sale – $10!) to assemble the pattern. No cutting required! It was so nice to just line everything up on a horizontal surface rather than trying to use a window – or just guessing!
I decided to use some canvas that I use for outdoor cushions. It’s dark grey and the perfect neutral for wintery clothes. I had to think about the bias binding. I was going to make some but had this leopard print in my stash, which I loved with the grey. I dreaded this bit as I’m not good with bias binding and I did mess it up even though I tacked it all on first.
I chose not to line it, for reasons I can no longer remember really, but it’s absolutely fine as is. I also didn’t interface any of it as the canvas is quite stiff.
I had recycled black D rings in my stash, so every part of this satchel came from what I had.
This is a lovely thing to make. Liz walks us through every step, including how to curve the bias binding – and there’s a lot of bias binding!
You can see here that every edge has bias binding on it.
Inside are two pockets, big enough for keys or phone, I have even managed to get two small wallets in one.
The satchel is big enough for my kindle when I travel, and it is pretty securely fastened.
It has backpack style straps as well as a regular handle. The Kylie and the Machine label hides the join in the bias binding at the bottom. It offended me!
I managed to get some photos of me wearing it. Coincidentally I am wearing Liz Haywood’s Make it Modular zero waste jacket from her March ezine, that I fashioned from an old pink blanket. I’m also wearing a skirt which I made many years ago from a tiny remnant of ponte and it’s basically two rectangles joined together. Looking back I realise that it’s also zero waste although the term hadn’t permeated my brain then.
It’s a really comfortable satchel to wear, although if I made it again I would make the straps adjustable, which I had considered this time but hadn’t cut them long enough.
If you want a small satchel/backpack from minimal fabric, this is a lovely one and I can thoroughly recommend it. The e-zines are available on Liz’s Etsy shop.
I babysat Miss G today and managed to get some photos of her “reading” the book I made a year before she was born. I used Vogue 1959 for the pattern and it’s made completely from scraps. I had read it to my teddy when i first made it so it’s lovely to see little hands feeling it. I keep it at home and take it to her house, together with a couple of books and toys which had belonged to her father. This system seems to work well as she’s always excited to look in my bag.