Hi there everyone

I hope you are getting the opportunity to enjoy all this lovely weather. I was recently researching new ways to use up my scraps, when I found a few articles about Boro.

According to the V&A website, the word boro is “derived from the Japanese boroboro, meaning something tattered or repaired”. The technique “boro refers to the practice of reworking and repairing textiles (often clothes or bedding) through piecing, patching and stitching, in order to extend their use.”

Well that sounds like a challenge. I have been look for a small lightweight bag I can carry my essentials in, while walking my dog, so I thought this would be just the time to try put boro whilst making a new bag.

I dove straight into my scraps and found a good selection of colours that I wanted to use. Starting with a scrap piece of heavier than quilting weight fabric, I cut a piece to the size I wanted the bag. I then pinned various scraps tot he fabric, taking care to overlap pieces. Unlike traditional boro, I used some Embroidery thread I was given by a friend (more up-cycling!) to stitch each piece to the backing fabric. My hand sewing is atrocious and not at all neat and even but I think it added to the charm (my excuse and I’m sticking to it).

 I stitched in different directions to add interest, and also embroidered a cute flower patch, my imagination was really going wild.

I also cut out a piece and made a pocket. Once I had stitched it all in place I used a bit of left over flannel  to line the bag, in order to stop all the contents getting caught up in the threads. A strap was made using the same process, and voila, a cute light weight bag, perfect for carrying purse, phone, inhaler , bottle of water, and more importantly “poopy ” bags! If I were to do it again, I probably would have machine sewn some parts of it, as it felt like it took forever. But to say its 100% handmade start to finish as well as 100% from up-cycled scraps gives me a huge sense of satisfaction. I may even make one in other colours (to match my outfits – of course!!)

Till next time,

Happy Sewing, Love Dotty xx