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True to the name 'Shivam' - consciousness, mindfulness, - we strive to make our items by re-using our existing resources, and natural, organic materials.

Our yoga mat bags are handmade using upcycled, vintage fabrics, while the aromatherapy eye pillows are filled with the healing goodness of organic lavender buds and organic flax seeds. 

We hope to extend and share the journey of these goods as they make their way around the world. From our house to yours.


How (not) To Make A Bag


Welcome to my blog at Shivam Creations.

Shivam means mindfulness in Sanskrit; this space is about trying to lead a mindful life and the elements that go with it: yoga, healthy living, nature, and the creative forces within each of us.

How (not) To Make A Bag

Shivangi Parikh

Step 1: You start by buying a pattern of the easiest bag you can make, especially if your sewing skills are basic (like mine!). You lay down the pattern and the instructions out in front of you and attempt to jog your middle school memory as you stare at the lines and triangles in front of you.

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Step 2: Once you figure out you are not good at reading diagrams, or following instructions, you bring the best bag you can find in your house, turn it inside out and replicate that pattern in your head. Draw your version of the bag now in your sketchbook with your expert guess on measurements.

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Start cutting your pieces and take a break to click a cool pic that you post on your Instagram

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Sew the easiest part of the bag first, the pocket. If it turns out right, feel good about your skills and get motivated to make the straps next.

Between making progress on sewing, and taking cool pics of your project, you sew the lining on the wrong side, so you need to take out the seams. NOTE: Removing seams is a very IMPORTANT skill that you must possess!

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Unfazed, you march on ahead and finish your bag, followed by an ecstatic scream of joy. You put your items in the bag and show off by taking photos (again).

You realize the error in the bag..the straps should not be going across the bag....see even you cannot spot the mistake! The bag looks flawless ;)

Last Step: You return the fancy patterns you bought at the fabric store, and head to the nearest bar for a well-deserved drink :)

Happy Labor Day Weekend folks!


Shivangi Parikh