One thing that I would like to make this year is a shopping bag.
A couple of years ago I looked into getting jute bags printed with the Snapdragon logo - I had intended to sell them at cost at the farmers markets instead of using carrier bags. With one thing and another we stopped doing the markets and I didn't pursue the idea.
Now everyone seems to be producing these bags - Sainsburys, Tescos, Greenpeace, the RSPB - and, happily, people are using them instead of plastic.
I still like the idea of a bag though so before Christmas, when we did a couple of markets, Sally and I spent our time quizzing people about the jute bags, did they like them, how useful were they, was there anything they didn't like, anything that could be improved on? The thing that people felt could be improved on was their bulk - the jute bags can't be stuffed into another bag. So I began thinking about making a bag that folds into a pocket. There are a few of those about but they are all in thin material that tends to fold out into very saggy ugly bags which squash all the shopping together.
I spent last night making up bags in different materials, trying to get a compromise between stability and foldability. This is the result and I am pretty chuffed.
The bag is made of linen and canvas with a lining of a printed satin cotton and it all folds up into an integral pocket less than 20cm square.
I am going to make some up to take to the Country Living Scottish Fair to see how they go.