Lavender Bag Craft Kit

We are currently linking up (through Twitter) with a lot of craft people all over the country and thought it might be an idea to stock some of their items in our shop.  Before stocking them, we decided it might be better to try them out ourselves.  We wouldn’t want to stock something that we thought was a waste of money or poor quality – that’s not what we’re about!
Deborah Hastings is designer, tutor & supplier of Rag Rug Kits to the likes of the National Trust and they don’t buy rubbish! So we thought we’d give them a go.

The sample kit arrived with all the essentials needed to make a pretty rag rugged Lavender bag or cushion including a sweet little bag of lavender which smells divine!  Being totally useless at ll things crafty & sewing, I was interested in just how easy I would find this venture.  The explanantion & sample piece of rag rugging included was a great help and I spent about 45 minutes the first evening cutting the included pieces of clean, pressed fabric into pieces of the required size (as shown in the pack).  I was absolutely covered in little pieces of cotton thread by the end of the evening, but I certainly felt that I hadn’t completely wasted an evening in front of the box as I usually do!  So I stashed away my little pieces of cloth until the next evening thinking – OK I’ve done the easy bit, roll on tomorrow!

The next evening I knew was going to be tricky, watching my favourite TV programme & making a craft item at the same time was going to be a real challenge.  Well that’s what I thought – It was, in fact, very ….wait for it….that word is coming…….. therapeutic! I was never any good at sewing or knitting and, the nearest I’d got to making anything crafty was over 40 years ago when I tried to make a woollen rug using one of those awful hook things!  Anyway the art or Rag Rugging is apparently ‘prodding’! A pointed (but not sharp), wooden ‘prodder’ is included in the kit (nice & smooth to hold in the hand I might add & with no chance of splinters!) One prods one end of the piece of fabric through a hole in a base fabric of hessian until halfway through & then prods the other end in to form a looped ‘stitch’ (I did turn the preprepared bag inside out first so that the ends were actually on the inside of the bag (outside once turned back the right way!) I continued to prod with my first colour of cloth pieces (there are 3 colours included in the pack which compliment each other well).  Once I had placed all the 1st colour into the hessian, I added the 2nd.  I still managed to follow the TV program so knew that this could be a very pleasant way of creating something whilst watching TV.

Evening 3 and the final colour was to be placed.  I turned the bag inside out and was amazed at how well it had gone – no planning, just random placing of the different colours and yet it looked so good! Imagine how good it could look with a little planning ahead!
I placed the small bag of lavender inside – packed it out with some old, clean tights & then, very professionally (not), stitched the open side of the bag to form a small cushion.  Voila! I had created something! The decision was made to include these kits on the website for others to enjoy the experience.  They are made from totally recycled fabrics and the kits are made in the UK. What more could we ask? 


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