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Discover the Art of Upcycled Bag Making with Helen Richardson



Discover the Art of Upcycled Bag Making with Helen Richardson

Ever wondered how to turn an old leather jacket into a stylish, one-of-a-kind bag? Or perhaps you're curious about the art of upcycling everyday items into fashionable accessories? In the latest episode of Bag Makers Sew-ciety Chat, I sit down with Helen Richardson, a talented bag maker who specializes in using repurposed and upcycled materials. Helen's story is one of creativity, sustainability, and a deep-seated love for sewing that traces back to her childhood. Let’s dive into her journey and discover the magic of turning the old into something wonderfully new.


From Hand-Me-Downs to Handmade Treasures

Helen Richardson’s sewing journey began in childhood, a necessity born from altering hand-me-down clothes. Rediscovering her passion later in life, Helen channelled her creativity into bag making, starting with an old leather jacket. This spark ignited a fervour for creating bags from salvaged materials, turning the worn and forgotten into treasured items.


The Heart of Upcycling

For Helen, upcycling isn't just about creativity; it’s deeply personal and sentimental. Growing up with limited resources instilled a sense of frugality and innovation. She shares touching stories, like transforming honeymoon leather trousers into a cherished bag. Each creation is a piece of history, carrying memories and stories within its stitches.


Innovative Materials and Techniques

Helen’s creativity knows no bounds. She’s known for making bags from unconventional materials like Yorkshire Tea wrappers and sweet wrappers, showcasing her commitment to reducing waste. These innovative techniques not only result in eye-catching designs but also highlight the importance of sustainability in fashion.

Community and Craftsmanship

The bag-making journey is filled with trial and error, but the support of the online bag-making community keeps Helen motivated. She finds immense satisfaction in crafting well-made bags and continuously learning and improving her techniques.


Join the Upcycling Revolution

Helen Richardson’s story is a testament to the beauty of upcycling and the joy of creating something new from something old. Her journey is not just about making bags but about preserving memories, reducing waste, and inspiring creativity. Don’t miss this episode of Bag Makers Sew-ciety Chat – it’s a treasure trove of inspiration for anyone passionate about sewing, sustainability, or unique fashion.

Ready to be inspired? Click here to watch the full episode and join the upcycling revolution with Helen Richardson!


You can follow Helen on Instagram and Facebook her links are below.



Sew until next time happy sewing and may your bobbin always be full


Deb x

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