Saturday, 21 July 2012

Make a wallet from recycled Has Bean Coffee bags

The new red & white Has Bean coffee bag/envelopes which the weekly subscription of beans arrive in are so much more practical. It actually fits in my small post box which the jiffy bag never did and I always had to be in on a Saturday morning to take delivery. They're less packaging and less waste and they look very smart too. Here they are displayed by Bob the Bunny.
As some of my readers will know, I like to recycle and I like to stitch and create things. 
This got me thinking, as I was about to discard the last few weeks bags, could I make something useful out of them.
I know, a tiny wallet to hold the loyalty cards of some of my favourite cafes.
I chopped up the bits of bag with the HB logo on which would make the outer surface of the wallet.
I then stitched some of these bits together, overlapping and using a zigzag stitch.
I was working to create a rectangular size of about 21cm x 9cm and here it is, I also zigzagged around the edge for neatness.
Next you need another rectangle the same size for the inside, I found this coffee themed oil-skin fabric.
With wrong sides together, stitch with a zigzag all around the edge to join the 2 pieces, exposing the right sides. You can see below that inside I have stitched a little red pocket to hold my loyalty cards.
The design of the wallet will be to fold over the right hand side with a small flap and then the left hand side will fold over that and close with a snap fastener, as you can see on the picture below.
Here is the finished wallet with a little embellishment on the front.
The inside, to store those precious cards!
And finally the back view.
Plastic bags & packaging with nice designs on are very versatile to chop up and stitch to recycle into something new.

This might turn into an occasional series of "More Than One Use for a Has Bean Coffee Bag", you have been warned!


greenrabbitdesigns said...

I'll look to forward to seeing what's coming next!!!
Very clever Sally. :)
That little row of cups reminds me of Andy Warhol's work.
V x

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Ten out of ten from me for recycling! x

patty said...

Thank you ladies