A House of Handmades: My Lunch Bag
Slowly, very slowly I am replacing everything I own with something that I have created. Eventually, I will be living in and around all of my art.
Please tell me this idea makes your heart jump for joy too?
My lunch bag is one of my favorite handmades, probably because I am always ready for what is inside. Made from the end of my denim pant leg, after cutting them off for shorts last summer, this bag can perfectly hold two pint size glass jars. The jars have replaced plastic baggies in our home and can easily shift from refrigerator, to lunch bag, to microwave if needed. They stack uniformly in the refrigerator and of course a sink full of dirty glass jars is more beautiful than a sink of dirty odd sized and colored plastic containers.
Best part, I can easily throw the bag in the wash. Being made out of durable denim, means it will be at least half a lifetime, if ever, before it wears out and I have to replace it.
I also decided to use the scrap denim because the manufacturing of one pair of denim jeans uses a ridiculously large amount of water…like liters and liters and liters of water…making reusing denim a more environmentally healthy alternative to using brand-new fabric. Denim also includes synthetic, petroleum base fibers to provide durability but in doing so, creates a product that can not be composted. The dyes used to create just the right color blue, are toxic; not to mention the working wages and conditions of the people creating them are unimaginable. So reusing denim in every way possible, saves resources, lengthens its lifespan and holds off its burial in an over crowded landfill. That is the ugly.
But let’s talk about how beautiful it is too. It takes a lot of wear to push denim past its limits. It ages with character and never goes out of style. Add a piece of lace and you have a simply gorgeous lunch bag.
Cheers to reusing to create.
Cheers to the useful, the practical and the washable.
Cheers to living completely surrounded by my art.