A few ideas of how to reuse your coffee bean sack.
After dropping on this big haul of used coffee beans sacks my mind ran wild for days as to what they would become, that’s probably the norm for me, I look at all sorts of waste and can’t help myself but feel the need to reuse it somehow.
The most practical solution for these initially was to provide a big useable shopping bag, I myself was tired of going to the shops and coming home with plastic bags, and even more annoying is getting charged for them. I always forgot to take my bags. Now I always have a bag with me and have taken to always using it for my quick trips for daily tea shopping.
The design is simple and unfussy, practical and stylish. I am fortunate in that I have a reliable saddle maker just near me and he provided me with the leather strips for the handles. These recycled coffee bean totes in the video and pics are with long handles, a great strap length for heavy groceries. I have since been commissioned for the shorter handled one and weekend bags.
Pinterest is full of fab ideas from other creatives and a always a great source for my inspiration, I really have to hone it when I am working on these types of projects, I get so distracted, it does take a real discipline to focus on the task in hand when there are so many different things I can’t wait to make.
For now I am grateful for the orders coming in for these recycled coffee bean leather totes and a few holdalls/weekend bags, can’t wait to see one of those finished. Mixing the coffee bean sacks with the leather gives it a much more longer lasting quality.
The sacking is fragile once cut into to so I back them with some fabulous iron on cotton to stop the fray and to stabilise the weave of the sack and prevent it from stretching in use.
Once the pattern pieces are cut out I overlock all the raw edges, each bag is sewn together with heavy duty thread and with my reliable hefty workhorse industrial machine, never fails me.
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Aly Ashton – Saving items from landfill everyday of my life !