Valentine Bag

Here's a really special recycling and sewing craft that results in a really special gift. We've themed ours for Valentine's Day but of course you could adapt this in many ways. Obviously much care and supervision is needed as this craft uses bleach.

Valentine Bag

You will need:

An old vest / strappy top
Bleach
Old paint brush
Sewing machine or needle and thread

Instructions:

Cover your working surface.

Fold the top in half so the straps match up and the seams run down the centre.

Slip a piece of plastic in between the layers of the top to prevent the bleach soaking through.  We used a carrier bag.

Valentine bag - ready for bleaching
Valentine bag - ready for bleaching

Carefully paint a heart pattern onto the fabric.  We painted a second layer of bleach over the first lines.

Valentine bag - painting
Here you can see the bag as we started to paint our design with the bleach

Leave to dry.

Dry and ready to stitch
Dry and ready to stitch

Turn the vest inside out and again carefully line up the straps and the seams in the middle. 

Valentine bag - inside out and matching seams
Valentine bag - inside out and matching seams

Sew a straight line across the bottom.

Valentine bag - stitching the bottom
Valentine bag - stitching the bottom

Turn the right way out.  The straps of the vest now form the handles of your bag.

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