Sew your own.
You can now sew your own iconic Bordersbags! To mark the one year anniversary of launching our successful Bordersbags Crowdfunder campaign we’re releasing the pattern as a download so you can sew your own. A simple pattern suitable for beginners or an easy reintroduction to using your machine. Developed by our business incubator entrepreneurs, then tried and tested by our students and volunteers. It’s an easy project and straightforward to follow. We’ll also send you 5 Bordersbags labels to complete the look.
Once you’ve made one you’ll want to make more!
The everyday bag you will want to use forever.
Our tote bag is so versatile – for work and play, home and away, and of course, for everyday use. Sturdy and roomy, hardwearing and practical, the bag has chunky box corners and long, over-the-shoulder handles. Each Bordersbag is uniquely made by hand. Approx. measurements H 43 cm x W 25 cm x D 10cm.
We recommend that you upcycle fabric such as once-loved curtains that would otherwise be destined for landfill. As such part of the beauty of the Bordersbags is in their uniqueness.
Use it, love it, spread the word.
The Story of the Bordersbag
In 2019 we set up a business incubator for graduates from our training programme keen to develop their own creative businesses. Coincidentally, the new Eyemouth foodbank opened.
Our budding entrepreneurs said “please give us some work!”. The foodbank asked “we don’t want to use plastic bags for handing out food, can you make us some fabric bags?”
With a growing stockpile of donated, once-loved floral curtains, destined for landfill, we replied, yes we can!
This opportunity provided a wonderful platform to launch the manufacturing work of our business incubator. Bordersbags provide an income for our entrepreneurs, bridging the poverty gap many start-up businesses face before establishing a secure customer base. The entrepreneurs also offer bag-making workshops, teaching people in the community to make their own Bordersbag in a bid to reduce reliance on plastic bags.
We hope that Bordersbags will play a part in the global movement to avoid single-use plastic. We hope the bags will be used and re-used, passed from one person to another, initiating new conversations about our lives and our planet, and new ideas on how to reuse waste and reduce our carbon footprint. Crafted without costing the earth, we hope Bordersbags will become a symbol of our community.