The next time, you go for lunch bag shopping, maybe turn your eye towards the quirky bags made by Rajyalaxmi Pradeep of Home Maker’s Hustle. The Manikonda resident is a pro at turning around boring, old lunch bags and other things into interesting creations that will definitely earn you loads of compliments wherever you take them.
The homemaker who has been doing this for close to seven years now would occasionally dabble with stitching bags for friends and relatives, when one of them suggested using her skills to turn it into a business. “I never really thought of it as a business.
It grew very organically, through word-of-mouth. Looking at the pictures, many people started approaching me and I found myself juggling orders, shopping for materials,” says Rajyalaxmi. It’s not just lunch bags that she gives a makeover to, she also stitches schoolbags, water bottle holders, key chain and earphone holders, travel cases, passport holders, wallets, mobile phone holders, etc.
The designs are funky and can be anything from cartoons, polka dots, hot dogs, mustaches, animals to funny patterns done up colourfully. “I get the materials myself if I’m making something from scratch, so usually people prefer cloth bags of cotton or jute. I usually work on two to three orders simultaneously,” adds Rajyalaxmi.
If your kid doesn’t like carrying regular lunch bags, get him a space-themed or Mickey Mouse bag from this lady who will deliver it to you in 2 to 3 week’s time. To place an order, one can give her inputs on what one has in mind and she suggests the material it would work best on. The bags and holders cost anywhere between Rs 100 to Rs 2,000.
She is also a dab hand with homemade podis like kandi, sambar, vangibath masala, charu, chutney, gun powder, curry leaf, garlic karam, and curry spice powder. Each podi of 100 gms costs around Rs 75. Check her out on her Facebook page under the same name.