SIGnificant Bags began because I wanted to "do something" for the environment. I also wanted to start a small business for myself after many years of teaching Business Studies.
I started with the idea of keeping obsolete curtain samples out of landfill. The size of the samples lent themselves perfectly to making tote bags. This also utilised my lifelong sewing passion.
Over the past 12 months I have expanded to use off-cuts from the curtain making process and end-of-roll curtain fabrics. With all products, I have ensured that there is minimal waste going to landfill.
In addition I have been able to use bits of ribbon and bag handles that I have collected over many years and the buttons are mainly from my grandmother’s collection. Because of the materials used, most items are unique.
Recently I have expanded my range to include reusable wrapping - Furoshiki, made from all new fabrics.
In the future I want to include more printing (see the Shoe bag) and other added value to the bags. I also want to expand into other beautiful and functional items.