“Reduce, reuse, and recycle” have replaced “reading, ’riting, and ’rithmetic” as the three Rs foremost in people’s minds. It was in this spirit that I created the following pattern for a handsome shoulder bag composed of repeated motifs in randomly changing colors.

The lining is made from old jeans, and you can sew the change pocket in for a cellphone or ID pouch. The handle is a clothesline that’s been densely crocheted around, an environmentally friendly and economical choice, not to mention that it matches the bag perfectly. But more exciting than its use of recycled materials is the bag’s combination of recycled design from the 1940s and 1970s.