Meet the Maker: Doodlebags

As part of our “Meet the Makers” interview series, we asked our Makers to tell us a little about themselves. Today, meet Helen from Doodlebags!

Doodlebags1) Who are you and where do you come from?

My name is Helen. I was born and bred in Bexhill-on-Sea but now live in Tunbridge Wells with my partner and four children.

2) What do you do?

I upcycle unwanted textiles to make bags and accessories. I take in sample books, fabrics and trimmings that are no longer of use, whether they be from an interior designer, upholsterer or a private individual, and find new homes for them (schools, charities, art groups etc); I keep hold of a small proportion (around 10-20%) of the textiles for use in my work. I endeavour to find a use for everything, even the smallest component part of the fabric sample books, right down to the rope handles and staples; I hate waste.

3) Do you have a website?

I can be found at or on Facebook at

4) What will you have on your stall?

I will be demonstrating some of my upcycling techniques and hope to inspire people to think twice before they throw away unwanted fabrics. I will also have some of my work for sale.

5) Are you running any workshops?

Not this time, but possibly next year…

6) Have you been to a Maker Faire before?

No, and I’m thrilled to have been accepted as a Maker for this year’s event.

7) Anything else you want to share?

I’m blown away by the scale of other people’s projects and hope that the simplicity of my demonstration won’t seem lame by comparison. Even if I can inspire just one person to upcycle then I will be content.

Discounted advance tickets for Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2014 are now available!

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