Take, if you must, this little bag of dreams, Unloose the cord, and they will wrap you round.
I am a gypsy. I havent’ had a home for a long time. Call me a homeless person – I just throw everything in a bag and I’m good to go.
Sometime ago, RUDE Girl attended a local festival to showcase refashioning. I had made a few items to sell. And what sold first up, as I was putting it out for display, was a denim dillybag that I had made from recycled jeans. The lovely lady jumped on it because it was unique and cheaply priced. I knew at that moment that I had under priced the bag. What I did determine however, was that if I ever wanted to sell this style of bag again, I could definitely charge double the price.
I was really pleased this lovely lady was happy and that she was walking around the festival with it strapped across her body [photo above]
I think I first came across the word dillybag when my mother made a version of one for me. It was a little drawstring bag. It was to hold my handkerchief and maybe a lipstick. I was going out to an evening gathering at a school friend’s place. Unfortunately, I was totally overdressed in a homemade long evening dress, matching dillybag and long velvet cape with a hood! I was very embarrassed, as it was a very casual family get together.
As a result of this experience you can probably understand why I am no longer a overdresser, preferring the far left of the fashion style spectrum. It’s scavenger style all the way for me these days. However, I can come across as under dressed these days. That’s fine by me.
Therefore as a result of this scarring teenage experience, I have never forgotten about dillybags because I felt like such a dill. I did learn never again to trust my mother and her friend’s fashion sense.
I have recently made two more dillybags. I made them for a couple of lovely Facebook friends on my closed [not accepting more members at the current time] group Bowerbirds Journal.
This video was created for Maretta as a gift to accompany her denim dillybag.
Beat The Man, and like Patrick, from the local sustainable living group, donate your jeans within your own community. Give to local artisans and make your donations more visually meaningful.