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Recycled fabric off cuts worked into bags and home accessories

About Samm Designs

I began using my mother's hand operated sewing machine at the age of three. It was always out on the dining room table and I began using my mother's scraps to make clothes for my toys. I have always been a bit of a magpie with fabric, unable to resist colour and pattern and with a desire to fashion it into something joyful.

A few years ago my husband and I were lucky enough to move to the coastal town of Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. During our house renovations we met an upholsterer. I was horrified to discover that he discarded the off-cuts of fabric from his work. Not any more! Because I never know what I am go to get and because I rarely receive large pieces, I have to let the fabric dictate its use to me and the bag I can make with it. To that end I have reworked/designed a small range of bag patterns that best lend themselves to these random pieces of fabric. The linings are in the main recycled curtains and bedding from local charity shops (all washed of course!). All other trimmings and embellishments are sourced locally wherever possible. My ethos is to repurpose, recycle, save on waste and keep down the carbon footprint. My belief is that there is no reason why things of beauty cannot also be environmentally friendly.