Taking repurposed materials to a new level

Home of eco-friendly, reusable ORIGAMI BAGS
with more upcycled things to come!

- January 2020 -
Join me in a step into Gift Economy / paying it forward / reciprocal abundance / aka “There’s enough for everyone.”
Everything in my online shop is offered at a 100% discount. Just enter the coupon code
in the shopping cart, under ‘subtotal.’ (I ask that you cover the cost of postage, in the U.S. or anyplace in the world.)

I’m offering these reusable bags to anyone who would really like to have them. I see them sorta like puppies
at an animal shelter – the one that’s meant to be with you will call to you. Accept it into your life as my gift.

I think it’s time to begin living in the Gift Economy / Reciprocity model. I had a booth in 4 craft markets from Oct-Dec 2019,
and in 3 of them, I offered gift economy options to my customers. Now I’m extending it to the online community.
(You can read more about this on my "Coaching" page.)

The basic idea is that we each give what we have to offer, and we receive (either from that person or
from someplace else) everything we need. It’s a Universal Abundance model
in which everyone is taken care of, while living together in a kinder, gentler world.

If you would like to offer a gift or donation in return ~~ and this is not mandatory or expected ~~
you can find a PayPal link below on this page.

Thank you for adopting one or more of these bags into your life. I love creating them
and sending them out into the world to bring delight to others. :-)   



                                   ORIGAMI BAGS

  Unique, reusable bags
  handmade from repurposed materials

  Stitched with deep corners, so the bag's bottom sits
  flat to hold more.

  Top flaps tie together to keep things tidily in place.

  Bags come in 6 sizes:  XL - L - M - S - XS - Tiny

Origami bags can be used for so many things...
produce   ~   projects (knitting, crochet, handicrafts, etc.)   ~   lunch/snack   ~   packing small items in suitcase
earbuds, phone cords   ~   crystals, jewelry and other small items
make-up, barrettes   ~   toys and kids' travel activities   ~   first-aid kit for car 
party favors   ~   treasure hunts  
you name it!

Bags are artisan-crafted in North Carolina using repurposed materials. 
100% cotton unless otherwise noted.  Corners double-stitched for durability.
Bags of heavier fabric suitable to be produce bags come with the tare weight (in pounds) sewn into the seam.
Please handwash with like colors; drip dry.

Sometimes I'll have some pre-made bags available, but usually you can choose
the size you want from the material I have.

*** To choose from bags I've already made, please go to my online shop   ***
I'll be adding more inventory all the time, so check back frequently.
If you don't see what you're looking for, email me with a request for what you want.
Also, there are e-giftcards and physical giftcards available.  ;-)

To order specially-made bags, please send me (Anika) an email:  riverupcycling@yahoo.com
Give me an idea of fabric colors and patterns you like,
and the size of bag(s) you're interested in.
I'll email photos to you of the fabrics I have on-hand.
(Some photos of fabric samples below.)
This way, you're included in the process of choosing just the right bag for you!
This is also a great way to design a set of multiple bags.

Fabric comes in basically 3 categories: 
Heavyweight, suitable for XL, L and M produce bags, also can be in size S.
Medium weight, good for produce and many other things, all sizes from XL to Tiny.
Lightweight, can be used for light produce and many other things, sizes L to Tiny.
Generally, very light-colored and white fabrics are better for non-produce items.
All bags are hand washable.
Prices for most bags:  XL-$25 / L-$20 / M-$16 / S-$12 / XS-$8 / Tiny-$5

Once you choose, payment can be made through Square or PayPal or check.
Turn-around time is typically less than 1 week.
Flat rate shipping (in U.S.): 1 bag $3.00  ~  2 to 5 bags $5.00  ~  6+ bags $8.00
Link for PayPal payment:   


For questions, information or orders, please contact Anika Devereux: riverupcycling@yahoo.com

Here's a sample of fabrics available to be made into just the right bag for you!

I'm committed to using repurposed and recycled materials whenever I can, including
most of my thread and sewing notions, packing materials, tags, business cards, etc.
This is partly because of the desire to use the stuff that we already have, keeping it out of landfills,
but is mostly because of the environmental and societal impact of the textile and 'fast fashion' industries.
So, I said to myself, why not make fun, unique products from the materials that are already available?  :-)