1. Take a couple of touristy tea towels.
2. Cut 'em up.
3. Sew 'em back together again.
4. Ta da! A sturdy, handy shopping bag.
This is my first sewing project since the doomed escapades of my youth, many of which resulted in a mess of spoilt fabric and cotton thread stuffed under my bed.
I've still got plenty of loose threads to sew in but I have to say I'm very pleased with this bag. It's even got an internal pocket for my keys and other bits'n'bobs.
I was very tempted to lug my mum's sewing machine down to London but I really don't have space for it at the moment. Although I have seen some small pillar box red machines in John Lewis for a bargain £50. Will the temptation be too great?