Savvy Richmond shopper upcycles skirt into stylish handbag

One of our Richmond customers recently made this gorgeous tweed handbag using a preloved skirt sold in our shop. Here she shares her story of upcycling kindly donated clothes

Charity shops can offer rich pickings for crafters and creators looking for vintage fabrics to work with.  One of our wonderful Richmond customers, Anne Allmark, recently made this gorgeous tweed handbag using a preloved skirt sold in our shop. Here she shares her story of upcycling kindly donated clothes:

“I often walk past the Richmond Herriot Hospice Homecare shop on my way to work in the centre of town where I am a seamstress.

“I love to pop in, have a mooch and often pick up great items to work with.

“I studied fashion design and make my own clothes so am always on the lookout for fantastic fabrics. If you like the material, that’s always a great place to start when making something new.

“Wool is a good fabric to work with as it’s fun to stitch and mould since it’s got stability. For this bag, I wanted to create a Channel-inspired piece to give to my friend for her 40th birthday. She was really pleased with it.”

Purple tweed skirt Pink and purple tweed upcycled handbag

We really enjoyed hearing how Anne made this preloved piece and were thrilled when she popped in to show our Richmond. We’d love to hear about your own creations- drop us a line at admin@herriothh.org.uk if you would be happy to share.

Every item sold in our shops helps us to provide our care for local people living with terminal illness and bereavement. It also helps protect the environment by preventing waste. Thanks for all your support.

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