Hi I’m Lisa and I am “New Baginnings.” I make a range of Bags and purses and now Aprons all made from waste materials and clothing destined for Landfill. I suppose you could say I work in Waste Disposal.
How did New Baginnings Start?
So off I trott to the shop to buy a pattern and all the things required to make said bag.
I soon acknowledge that I can’t read a pattern but I persevere and I make a bag.
But this bag has so many additions, it defeated the whole idea of using up the curtains which were waste, so taking advice from my daughter I head over to Pinterest for some ideas.
There I see denim bags, all different types and sizes so I download a picture and cut up my first pair of jeans. From there ( and after a few mishaps ) I develop the shopper, now I have a product.
Buying redundant sample books and scraps from the upholsters and curtain makers, I have enough material to start playing.
I make friends with charity shop managers and soon they are putting their ripped jeans aside for me and other materials that they can not sell and it is at this stage and this is true, I actually thought I was going to run out of material …ha ha ha like that would happen, but at this stage I actually thought this to be true.
It is now time to name my business and after a Facebook competition New Baginnings was born.
I have now made enough bags and I have enough confidence that I give a pattern another go.
So I buy a vintage Hobo Bag pattern (that tied in with the fabrics and waste that I was using) and I successfully made a version of this bag, making adjustments to suit my material availability the NB messenger or Crossbody bag was now in production.
Let’s travel to 2020 and Covid 19
Due to a factory shut down and relocation of its Testing department, I received a call to come empty out a store room, what I didn’t know was that it full to the rafters with sample leathers and suede.
WoW.. what a haul – I filled my car to the brim and saved what I could sew, the rest sadly was disposed of.
This inevitably took my business in a new direction and one that gave me the confidence to try new things with the new fabrics
Taking a break to sew the laundry bags for the NHS I continued to sew and hone my craft.
Did I mention that I was self taught oh and I can’t read patterns 🤣🤣🤣
As soon as people got to know what I did I suddenly became inundated with clothing and materials and the longer we stayed in lockdown the more people sorted their homes, the more materials I collected.
I am always amazed at what people have stored in their lofts, attics and garages and I am always amazed and excited by what arrives at my door.
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I upcycle fabrics to make bags of all shapes and sizes; Tote bags, Hobo bags, shopper bags, you name it, I’ll have a go at making it.
I also make great looking Aprons for cooking, cleaning, crafting and any other jobs that can get a bit messy!
I use any fabric, waste materials and clothing destined for landfill and give it a new baginning.
I take comissions to Keep Lost Loved Ones Close. I can make a bag or apron with fabric from your lost pet or loved person to keep them close by.
Find me at regularly at: Trowbridge Weavers Market. Melksham Makers Market. Sherbourne Market & The Shepton Mallet Revival.
View the latest products and buy from my Instagram and Facebook pages. I produce one off items so when it is gone.. it’s gone.
Gallery of products lovingly upcycled and saved from landfill
Each item is unique and a one off – so buy it when you see it!
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New Baginnings by Lisa Crick
20 The Hollow
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