Time to Sew: Zero Waste Tote Bag

I sewed this bag earlier this year and it has become an absolute favorite. It is the Zero Waste Tote Bag from Time to Sew. At the end of last year, Kate, in collaboration with Enschede Textielstad, got this project off the ground. The fabric is made of recycled material and the leather straps are from old leather furniture. The kit for the bag contains everything you need (even the sewing thread and two jeans sewing needles) and arrived lovingly packed. I had chosen the color variation “Teal”:

ZeroZzzzzz Waste tote Bag

The pieces for the bag are made of rectangles, some of which are divided into triangles again, so there is no waste. This is all that was left after cutting: some fluff and a narrow strip, which I used later.

I have made the following changes:

  • Fabric interfaced
  • Outer pockets lined
  • Inside pocket with zipper added
  • Key strap added
  • Magnetic closure

The lining was also a scrap, which I have now completely used up. I also had everything else in stock: Magnet, snap hook and zipper. A complete recycling project therefore 🙂

The bag is large enough for a DIN A4 folder to easily fit inside.

All in all, I enjoyed the project very much, even though bag sewing is not really my thing. But the material was simply very beautiful and I like using the finished bag very much. Through my changes I have adapted it exactly to my needs.

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