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Fundi Box – No Sew Tote Bag

I’ve just signed up to a new subscription box (surprise, surprise!) called Fundi Box (https://www.fundibox.co.uk/). It’s all about celebrating and support African crafts and small businesses. Each box will contain a craft for you to make inspired by Africa, plus a special gift from an artisan.

Included in the box was:

  • Canvas fabric x2
  • African fabric x2
  • Leather straps x2
  • Chicago screws
  • Fabric glue
  • Wooden lollipop stick
  • Artisan gift

The artisan gift included in this first month’s box was a beautiful fabric covered notebook made by Neema Crafts (https://www.neemacrafts.com/), a not-for-profit organisation helping to train and employ people with disabilities in Tanzania. I thought it was a nice touch that the name of the person who made it was written on the label. It makes it really personal and brings you closer to the artisan. My notebook was made by Eliza. 

The project was to make a no sew tote bag. I love this idea as not everyone has a sewing machine at home and it’s such a simple process to create something both beautiful and practical. The African fabric was used to give the bag a pop of colour and pattern. Prior to receiving the kit Comfort, the lady who set up Fundi Box, emailed to ask which pattern I would like for my bag. It was great being given the choice!

The instructions were easy to follow and the bag was finished so quickly. The instructions to iron the edge of the canvas and to make holes for the handles weren’t really needed as the canvas came with the fold and the holes already in place. My only other issue with the kit was that I ran out of glue half way through! I didn’t feel like I was putting loads on and tried to copy the amounts shown in the pictures, but I guess I used more than I thought as I didn’t have enough to finish. I have some fabric glue in my craft cupboard so I used that to finish my bag, but I would have been a bit disappointed if I hadn’t had any in stock!

The straps were super easy to attach too. You needed a screwdriver to tighten them up, but I honestly think that if you didn’t have one you probably could have tightened them with just your fingers. 

The end result is great and I can’t wait to take it out shopping! I think Fundi Box is a great idea. There are so many crafts and artisans out there who don’t get enough recognition and this subscription box brings them to people’s attention. It’s a fantastic way to support not just small businesses, but black-owned businesses in particular. I am very much looking forward to the next box!

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