Now a whole new generation are knitting, sewing, glue gunning in their free time and getting hands on with fashion.
But for those without the Kirstie Allsopp make-do-and-mend gene, designer bag brands have embraced the trend for you - no pin cushion required.
From Roksanda Ilincic's chunky knitted bags for their AW14 collection to Dolce & Gabbana's basket weaving shoulder bag, both the processes and materials are harking back to craftier times, but with thoroughly modern day price tags.
The rise is part of a bigger trend for quirky bags - a fun antidote to the sleek and sophisticated.
But will you be embracing the trend or having a bash yourself?
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