New Baginnings

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.

A few pics of some of my beautiful bags and Aprons!

How did New Baginnings Start?

Lisa Crick - owner of New Beginnings In 2018 we change the curtains in our living room and my husband asks what I was going to do with all that material… “Well” I declare  “I’ll make Luggage “ – I mean, coz how hard can that be … We’ll really hard as it turns out. So I decided to start small, with a tote bag.
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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.

Upcycling & Repurposing Fabrics

Got some old Jeans you want to donate?

I take fabric donations at the door or alternatively if you bag and weigh them I can arrange collection through Royal Mail.
They will even bring the label.
I have been given the opportunity to sew the weird and the wonderful, Potato sacks, Rubber dingy, Carpet, Hot Air Balloon, yep even a Hot Air Balloon, So if you have something that you think could be upcycled into a bag give me a shout.


Everything  that comes in is waste, deemed no longer wanted or useful by its current owner, it gets repurposed and a chance to live on again in a different form.

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Unique Items

Generally there is only 1 of each bag made therefore, each one is unique. So the advice is if you see it then shout as when it’s gone it’s gone.

Delivery & Postage

You can collect from my pop up shop in Dilton Marsh or I can post anywhere that has a postal service.
I offer an exchange on goods purchased if they are un-liked or unwanted by their recipient, or If they simply don’t like what I do then a refund is offered.

Keep Lost Loved Ones Close

I have made bags from material Dog beds, Horse bits and treasured items of clothing of loved ones and companions, that are no longer with us.
Its a personal thing where you can have them with you on a daily basis and no-one knows anything other than what a stunning bag or Apron you have.
So if this is something you wish to discuss then give me a shout and lets create a lasting memento of your love and friendship.

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Upcycled  aprons New Baginnings

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.

Upcycled  aprons New Baginnings

I also make great looking Aprons for cooking, cleaning, crafting and any other jobs that can get a bit messy!

Upcycled  aprons New Baginnings

I use any fabricwaste materials and clothing destined for landfill  and give it a new baginning. 

Upcycled  aprons New Baginnings

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.

Upcycled  aprons New Baginnings

 Find me at regularly at: Trowbridge Weavers Market. Melksham Makers Market. Sherbourne Market & The Shepton Mallet Revival.


Upcycled  aprons New Baginnings

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!

Visit my Pop up Shop

New Baginnings by Lisa Crick

20 The Hollow
Dilton Marsh
BA13 4BU


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All gratefully accepted and lovingly upcycled and repurposed

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