A former fitness instructor is selling handmade bags made from waste materials all over the world.

Lisa Crick sold her home gym for £200 to fund her start-up business, New Baginnings, during the first Covid pandemic lockdown.

“I started making the bags as a hobby but turned it into a business when lockdown stopped me working as a fitness instructor.

“I sold the gym and turned the room into a shop for my bags, which I make from waste materials destined for landfill.”

Lisa, 52, of The Hollow, Dilton Marsh, turns the waste materials into colourful bags, purses and aprons.

She’s used everything from suede and leather to potato sacks and materials from hot air balloons and tents.

“I started off with a domestic sewing machine and then had to bite the bullet and buy an industrial sewing machine,” said Miss Crick.

Her bags, aprons and purses are now sold through Facebook and stalls at events, including the monthly Trowbridge Weavers Market.

On Monday (June 20), she’s off to sell her bags at the Glastonbury Festival which attracts more than 100,000 people.

“I now sell my bags all over the world,” said Lisa. “They are in Australia, France, Germany, South Africa and the United States of America.”