From pool inflatable to unique bag

 

A completed unique Totebag from upcycled PVC

The process from discarded/punctured PVC pool float or air mattress, to a one-off Designer Totebag, starts from collecting/receiving the PVC. We then start with cleaning and drying the PVC, followed by cutting out the PVC pattern pieces; carefully selecting the most suited parts of the pool float or air mattress, making the most of its quirky characteristics. Often placing the cut PVC in a press to flatten and remove wrinkles. 

Now we start cutting the recycled fabric lining and smartphone pocket, ironing the fabric and cutting the shoulder straps. Depending on the thickness of the PVC and fabric, we reinforce the stitching areas. Using ripstop tape on stress seams and interfacing along the stitched areas.

We use a widened stitch to ensure our stitching doesn’t perforate the PVC or weakens the seam. After this we can finally create the bag, by stitching the pocket onto the lining, adding the shoulder straps and finally attach the lining to the PVC outerbag.  The total creation process to make one Totebag takes up to 2 hours...a process done with the love of repurposing and creating new 💚♻️🌏