Keeping It All Together
The idea began when planning a family trip to our beloved Cornwall. When packing for a family of four and the uncertainty of the British weather, you literally need to pack everything but the kitchen sink! So I stitched together a few really large bags with no closings, perfect for stacking clothes, piling high shoes and stashing toys and games. We squished the handmade bags into the car, and the kids even used them to rest on for the five hour drive from London.
In Cornwall, I realised they are also the ULTIMATE beach bags – I had chosen waterproof oil cloth fabric for its high quality and strength. Every day we filled them with buckets and spades, towels and wet suits…the list goes on…sea and sand repelled with the waterproof finishing.
Back in London, back to the school run. That dreary Monday I collected four children and dropped them to ballet – that’s four backpacks, four ballet kits and four lunchboxes all thrown at me whilst the kids scooted. It was a nightmare. The following week, I brought my big bag, problem solved. Everything in, over the shoulder, weight resting on my hip, let’s go. Such a happy solution and then…The Contents Bag was born.
At the School gates parents asked where I was getting these magical bags, so I quickly started making and selling them to local families. The demand soon got too much for me to handle alone, so I looked for some help from professionals. I am so proud to say that I now work with the fantastic Fabric Works [https://stitchesintime.org.uk/fabricworks] – a social enterprise in East London, educating and empowering local women – and these talented makers are now stitching every one of The Contents Bags.
How will you use yours? For sure, you'll be content keeping it all together :)