The harvesting season has started nice and early this year, infact I have already harvested all my peas and all the broad beans! The potatoes are dissapearing rather quickly too and the strawberry season is officially over. Everything else on the other hand is growing really well, theres a few baby borlotto beans, baby pumpkins, green tomatoes and the cabbages are extremely large. I also just sow more seeds and planted out some leeks so I am ready for the year ahead. Which brings me onto my new sewing project to make the perfect harvesting bag. Now I saw a photograph of this bag online and fell in love but I certainly didn’t fall in love with the price tag of £38.00. So I raided my fabric stash and grabbed the scissors determined to make my very own version, after 30 minutes my bag was complete and I couldn’t wait to go up the allotment to try it. It just so happened that I was going to be harvesting the last row of my potatoes the next day so it was perfect timing, and it worked a treat. It is simply a square of hessian with matching bias binding around the edge and a handle at each corner. So simple yet unbeliavably handy and beautiful at the same time.
I am already the lucky owner of a large vintage trug and a mini vintage trug and I adore them, however I often find that when I take a harvest home I forget to take the trug back to the allotment with me. The great thing about this bag is that it folds up small and it can be stored easily away and because it’s made out of hessian it’s very hard wearing. It looks suitably rustic and it doesn’t matter if it gets dirty at all, infact the more used it looks the better I think. I am planning on making a few more to have as spares in the allotment shed (and maybe make a few for my Dad too!) But the best thing about this bag has to be the price, it cost me a mere £3.25 for the metre of hessian fabric and thats it!