"I finally got it finished, just in time for a weekend at Centerparcs where it was used plenty by both myself and my husband, we both found it really comfortable.
We got lots of compliments on it too.
I used a shot green/black taffeta lining with black denim outer.
The only thing I altered was the rolled hem round the bottom of the bag as my poor old 1960s singer machine couldn’t cope with the amount of material involved so I did the hem on the inside.
Next on my to-do list is the baby onbag."
I think the green shot taffeta works really well with the soft tones of the black denim.
This is a very beautiful but also dad-friendly bag - we like!
Now we're just waiting for action shots!
Thank you everyone for the huge number of entries I received - it is so exciting to see the interest there is in these new bags!
I have read through all the interesting ideas as to what should be done with these repurposed bags once they (finally!) wear out...
Some of the responses were great - here is a selection of my favourites:
"As I am guessing these bags will last many a year, so by the time they have worn out I may have actually learned how to use my sewing machine. So I'll make them into teddy bears for my grandchildren :-)"
"When I have worn out this set, I will wrap it up carefully and put it in my (soon to be born) daughter's "Memory Box". Inside it will be a legacy wrap, a first size nappy and an item of her baby clothing, something knitted for her by MY mother, her favourite baby toy, pictures and mementos of things we did when she was young. I hope that when she is a mother herself she will recycle the items for her children."
"Growing up I had a 'lovey' blanket that my grandmother made for me from the back panel of one of my grandfather's 'well-loved' flannel shirts and from a scrap of silky, smooth material she had left from making my auntie's prom dress years before I was born. I think that, once these bags have been 'well-loved' and are no longer useful as bags, that the materials they are made of would make excellent scrapies for making a very soft and unique 'lovey' blanket for a lucky little baby! (I would imagine that I could use these bags for my child(ren) and then lend them to friends to use for their little ones and, by the time I got them back, several families and a dozen or so kids and many years later, they would be perfect for 'lovey' blankets for my grandchildren! Wishful thinking, maybe, but you asked!)"
"As these would be a very important memory of my childrens early years - I would cover and/or line my daughters memory box with them."
But my favourite... and the winner of the Onbag Special Edition ByEthicals Set is....
Julie Babis with this response:
"I'm collecting fabric from clothes, toys, slings etc from different stages of my children's lives, which I plan to make into a memory quilt. So should I be lucky enough to win this set, I would aim not to wear them out completely but to incorporate them into my quilt as a reminder of many happy times not just wearing my children, but being out and about with them. I hope that this will become an heirloom for them in the future."
Your set will be on its way to you soon!
Stacy writes a blog called 'Artichoke Anathema', and has written about her Onbag project. She says it should be making me rich!
"I have completed many projects. One of which was a diaper bag. The hospital sent us home with a simple black Similac bag that I used after I removed the labels. It really wasn't big enough for outings with the cloth diapers plus I was lugging around purse, diaper bag, and baby. There are tons of great free projects on the web, some of which are free for a reason and others that should be making someone rich. The Onbag should be making some rich. It is genius; diaper bag with extremely long straps to be worn around your body and accommodate your baby wearing! My purse fits in in to boot! ...
Wal-Mart $2 cotton with a bit of lycra. It is a cool charcoal color. I didn't want black but yet needed versatility in color. Grey. Who goes wrong with grey?
The straps are tied criss-cross, through the loops, across one another to go back through the loops, then finally knotted together. I think I need to make a little loop to go around the upper part of the straps to keep them closer in at my shoulder blades. I thought the 14" width would not be too wide, but alas, it is....
Opened up, here you can see the pockets and lining. I got a great deal on the salmon colored raw silk. Being one of my favorite colors and fabrics, I couldn't resist."
Jess used a Jim wrap-scrap for the front and back panels, and a black cotton drill for the strap.
The wine-red of the lining taffeta brings out Jim's highlights, while the black works really well with his darker shades.
I'd love to see action shots of this bag - very beautiful.
These bags are made specially for Onbag out of reclaimed materials, which would otherwise have gone to landfill. Each bag is handmade and unique.
Diana, of ByEthicals, says:
"I grew up, with the luxury of an extended family, in the east-end of London. My grandparents had lived through 2 world wars and the depression, which instilled an 'everything is useful' mentality in me. One of my 1st memories was Nana's 'save it for later cupboard'. Each family birthday, Easter, Christmas and rainy day holiday you could find fabric or yarn, paper or ribbon, card or trimming. Using craft skill, she taught me how to make useful gifts, cards and household items for little more than the time and love you put into it!
Getting older I began a career in graphics and developed my hate of waste in all its guises.
When it came to furnishing my own home, I used my craft skills to make all manner of items from what I had. By now I had a family and substantial scrap cupboard.
As time went on the media started to give the things I was doing a lifestyle label 'Green' 'Eco-friendly' 'Sustainable'. I just thought it was how it was done! I continued to keep making things, I loved patchwork and free style embroidery. I loved the way fabric changed when you cut it and used it. I loved old cottage interiors, appreciating the honesty of the craftsmanship.
Then life took an unexpected turn!
We found ourselves out of work, mortgaged, hubby had failing health and Christmas was coming. I thanked god for my scrap cupboard, in a while I had made bags for all my family and Christmas was saved! Before I knew it ByEthicals was born. I now love the way something old or unwanted changes, I love how I can use the smallest of scraps, I love using up not throwing away! All my fabrics are reclaimed and I use a low tech approach to making my bags. I use old craft skills (I would hate to think them lost forever).
Because I may only have a small piece of ribbon or fabric, no two bags are the same. I like that unexpected variety!"
"I'm not an experienced sewer, so I was kind of scared that I couldn't do this. I've been ready to order on of Sara's Onbags a million times, but LE Didy's kept being released, so I never found the money.
And since no one wanted to buy my Aqua Hopp Florenz on the Dutch babywearing forum I thought I might as well use it for an Onbag.
But I made a trial version first. From darkblue Ikeacurtains I had stocked in the attick, and some shiney fuchsia lining. I found the pattern quite a puzzle, but it all worked out in the end.
I finished the whole thing just after midnight... I'm getting the hang of this sewing-thing. I want do do it againnnn! "
I think Kim did a great job - I can't wait to see the wrap-conversion!
Guin had two lovely scraps of print fabric that she wanted to make good use of so she asked us to come up with a way of making slip covers for the flap of her custom bag.
As you can see - the results are pretty impressive. The plain purple bag with purple taffeta lining is beautiful enough - but the slip-covers are both stunning.
I made a few mistakes, but overall I am happy with my outcome.
My straps are 20 inches shorter than you suggest, but I like them."
Nicole has chosen a really interesting dog print for the lining of her bag, and a nice soft blue for the outer fabric.
We are Auctioning a baby Onbag set and an Onbag set on ebay.
Please help us raise money for charity and win yourself a one of a kind Onbag set at the same time. Florence wraps are now discontinued so these really are special items!!!
Catherine of the fab webdesign company 'IndigoBird' has created her own wrap conversion from a florence hopp, with a lovely turquoise lining - taffeta I think.
She gives details of how she went about it here on her own blog.