Well there are a couple of advantages to having found no summer employment, and moving back home to the middle of nowheresville. I can sleep until 11 and no one cares. I can drink tea in the garden all day. And most importantly, when I get hit with the inspiration for a project, I can get on with it straight away and finish it in an afternoon!
This was the state of my tent bag – held together by bungee cords as the zip had broken years ago. Do you find that these tent bags are always far too small anyway? I decided, especially after signing up to steward at WOMAD festival next week, that it was time to create something a bit more practical.
This rather sophisticated (I think! :P) remake was a success! I decided to make a large square-bottomed drawstring sort of ‘sack’ style shape, inspired by the bag our gazebo came in. I made it a bit on the large side, but at least there’s extra space for blankets, camping chairs and other bits and bobs if necessary! And no fighting with the tent for 20 minutes every time you need to put it away to roll it into the tightest, tiniest space possible.
The main fabric was £2 from a charity shop (in Witney – the charity shops there are so full of great stuff I had to tear myself away to prevent my bank account suffering irreparable damage!) and I found some green fabric in my cupboard at home, so added a strip to the top. It’s basically made from an 80cm x 100cm (plus seam allowances) rectangle of fabric, sewn around a 25cm square base at one end. Then I put the kettle on and tried to decide what to use for the lining. My mum happened to be clearing out her desk, and look what I found! A water-resistant (shredding) sack exactly the same size… perfect for a tent-bag lining, I decided…
Then there’s the slightly more complicated step of fitting the lining so that all the seams are between the two layers. I’m sure there are many good step-by-step tutorials for doing this on the internet. Essentially, you turn the lining layer inside-out, and then you place the outer layer (the blue one) inside the the lining (the shredding sack), so that the patterned sides of the fabric should be facing each other. You sew around the top leaving a small gap to turn them the right way around. Then, a few cm below, you sew another line, and finally insert a piece of cord in the small tunnel you have made, so that it works as a drawstring.
That’s it! All packed up and ready to go. Excuse my scruffiness in the pictures – as much as I admire all the fashion bloggers out there (and would like to start a ‘Foraged Fashion’ section soon!) I’m more of a rough-and-ready forager at heart. But you knew that. ♥