You can use any fabric as a background so long as it is cotton and not too thick - I use up old curtain samples as they are a good size - however on this occasion I joined two pieces together, then applied some Bondaweb
Next step is to take one of my many bags of scraps - including threads and chop them up
Until I have a largish pile of chopped up stuff - this is them scattered over the cotton background
Cover this with a layer of chiffon - this time I used twinkle nylon instead as it gives a nice shimmer - next step is to stitch in both directions with a basic pattern stitch (easier to show from the back)
Then blast it with a heat gun - this melts the nylon and helps keep it all together - you can just see the melting - right side of the photo below
This was then turned into a large bag - which I will now try to see on Etsy ! It has two outside pockets and one inside for a mobile phone (or whatever)
Bay leaves - last summer I had to give my Bay tree a bit of a trim and as you know I hate to throw anything away so I dried the leaves. Now I have a very large quantity of dried leaves and although I use them all the time in my cooking I won't be able to use up all the stock I have - SO if you would like some FOR FREE please let me know and I will post you some.