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Saturday 5 December 2009

What a Load of Rubbish

At a recent card making class we were supplied with individual bins to use at our work spaces. They were made from fabric and hung from the table.

They were counter balanced with a sand bag, really neat and plenty big enough for a crop or class. I thought I would have a go at making one, and as it turned out well, I wanted to make one each for all my crop friends for Christmas, then I made one for all my Debden Retreat friends and a few others too. In the end I have made 18, so far. I gave these out at the crop on Saturday and hopefully the others received theirs in the post to open on the same day. We had a brilliant crop today and I received so many lovely gifts and cards, I will be showing you them all over the next few weeks. Some are very relevant to the JYC project so I will chat about them on the appropriate days. Thanks to all my lovely scrapping friends for making it such a lovely day and for all the cards and gifts. Happy to make some more if anyone wants one.

I played around with sizes and shape an made a paper pattern, once I got it right.

To make a bag you will need: fabric of your choice, a fat quarter is sufficient. Calico for sand bag and contrasting fabric for lining. Matching thread, 40cm boning, 4cm Velcro, sand, paper for pattern.

From main fabric cut one main outer bag, two straps and one outer pouch to hold sandbag. Cut one bag from lining, and a sandbag from calico.

Treat both straps alike. Press under about 0.5 cm down one long side and press the other side in to meet this.

Then fold over and press again, hold in place with one machine stitched seam.

Taking outer pouch fabric, treat both short ends the same.

Press under 0.5cm, then about 2.5cm.

On one short end - tuck both straps under the pressed hem, about 2cm apart.

Fold straps back and pin into place.

Then sew with machine along top and bottom of both hems.

Sew up both sides of pouch.

Turn right side out and place to one side.

Now to prepare the bag itself. With right sides facing sew seams of bad and lining. Clip curves.

Make a hem of about 3cm at the top of the bag, but leave gap of about 2cm in stitching for threading boning through.

Turn outer bag right side out but keep lining inside out.

Thread boning through the top of the bag, this will hold the bag open.

Fold over top of lining by 3cm and press. Place lining inside bag and pin in place. Take the pouch and ensure the free ends of the straps are sandwiched between the lining and the bag. Now sew the lining to the bag very close to the top.

Fold the calico in half and sew round all three open sides, leaving a gap of about 3cm to allow for turning and filling. Clip corners.

Add sand to bag with a funnel, held over a tray.

Stitch the gap in the bag closed by hand.

Add Velcro to the pouch before enclosing the sand bag. This allows for the sand bag to be removed when washing the rubbish bag.
The bag is now finished, here is the one I made for my friend Anita!

Please contact me if you want to make one and need more details, or if you want me to make one for you. Thanks for looking.


  1. These are totally, totally awesome Lynn, you are sooo clever. I just love mmine and when I am not using it for crafting I hang it on my armchair and keep the remote controls in it. Thank you so much for your kindness Hun..xxxxx

  2. Wow....they look sew easy to make and a fabulous idea. Much cheaper to make as I have seen them in the shops for nearly £20....fingers crossed I have time to make one lol

  3. Well Sarah, I spent some time working out the best way to make them. I have sold quite a few for £15, so thats not too bad if ther are £20 in the shops. I have made 23 now and have two more to make.

  4. I saw someone using one of these at a recent residential and quickly set about making a couple for presents. I have a long way to go to catch up with you, and I bet you were very popular among your friends! I thought I might make some to sell as I am thinking of setting up an Etsy shop. I can't believe they are nearly £20 in a shop!
    Thank you for the instructions, by the way. I did mine a little differently but same outcome. It's always interesting to see alternative ideas.


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