Welcome to girlwithbeads – Recycling since 2003.


Hello my name is Rebecca and I love to create wonderfully unique handmade recycled bags, clothing and accessories from my house in Walthamstow, East London.

I have always been interested in making things and after receiving a sewing machine for my 21st birthday there was no stopping me. As a student I began scouring charity shops for materials to experiment with and soon discovered a treasure trove of inspiration.

I love the challenge of taking existing items and turning them into something new, whilst keeping a sense of what they were before. The elegant designs with their subtle humour are sure to bring a smile to your face.

Each design has its own personality, charm and history, from the very British Flat Cap Bag, to the country tweed Suit Bag and the 1970’s floral curtain Shopping Bag; they all have a definite spark of nostalgia. Check them out for yourself in the shop.

100% Handmade

I continue to source a lot of my materials from local charity shops so by purchasing from girlwithbeads you are helping me to carry on supporting these charities.

Each piece is carefully chosen and prepared before being transformed. The great thing about using recycled materials is that every creation is unique, so you can be happy in the knowledge that your item is a complete one-off. 

I have had my work featured in various exhibitions and books, and been involved with lots of events and workshops all promoting eco design. To find out where to see me next, visit the events page.

If you would like any further info or are interested in stocking my work please do get in touch.