RULA ClassroomWe are happy to launch the RULA Classroom. We will be posting the basic steps  on how to make a RULA bag.  Our aim is to reach as many women as possible through the RULA classroom.

Our Story

RULA was conceptualized soon after Ondoy flooded Metro Manila. With a huge box of old glossy magazines, the thought of throwing all the magazines out just didn’t seem like a good idea. The aftermath of Ondoy was an eye-opener to smartly dispose of anything. Thus, throwing away a box of old magazines just didn’t seem like a great idea. It was a good time to upcycle old materials.  Three years after the first RULA bag was put together, we have taught several women from communities in Pampanga and Quezon City.

Our Inspiration: Gum Wrapper Bags

RULA bags are patterned after gum wrapper bags. According to Kim Blakesley:

“Gum wrapper bags or purses can be made from long flat stick gum wrappers  or from  other recycled materials. The name itself refers to the folding method and not what  type of material is used to make the bag. They are known as “green” bags because the gum wrapper bag or purse can be made from recyclable household plastic, paper or aluminum foiled type item. Very colorful gum wrapper bags or purses can be made from an assortment of chip bags.”

In the case of RULA, the pages of old glossy magazines were used instead.  The glossy pages were used to experiment on how to make a gum wrapper bags. It wasn’t an easy task to do. There was a lot of research done to learn the basic steps in making a gum wrapper bag. As the process of making a RULA bag was refined, the standard steps were finalized as the following:

  • Cutting
  • Folding
  • Laminating
  • Interlocking
  • Sewing

Soon as the process was refined, RULA reached out to women so that they could help make the bags. The first community RULA reached out to was Krus na Ligas in Quezon City.

Training women to make RULA bags became a vital part of the business structure. As a small medium enterprise, we thought it was a good idea to train  women, particularly housewives, to help with the production. The housewives can still stay home and watch the kids; at the same time earn a little.

It has been about three years since RULA started and a team of creative and passionate women has evolved from one of the communities in Quezon City.  The women, as a step-up, teach other women the craft of making a RULA bag. While they still make bags in the production line, they have been trained to teach the RULA process to women in other communities.

Visit Our Classroom

RULA Classroom 2While RULA can still teach in the traditional classroom manner, the basic steps posted on this website can help anybody learn anytime and anywhere.

Just click here to start learning how to make your own bag.  Feel free to email us in case you have any questions about the process.

 

 

12 thoughts on “Welcome to RULA’S Classroom

  1. Annie J.

    Great Idea you have here. Now everybody can learn how to make it. I was able to get one of your purses in a bazaar. I think that was two years ago. I’m still using it up to now. You have a great product and a good story to tell.

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  2. pauline k.

    I was able to learn from one of your women and she was very good. It’s good you have the videos posted so that I can always go back to them. I’m still not very good. I need to practice.

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  3. Olivia

    We would like to send you a request letter in behalf of our community in Quezon province so our ladies can learn your paperbayong. Where can we send you the letter? Thanks. I am sorry to bother you but I would just like to help our community in Quezon. The community has no internet so they could not access the video you made. Thanks again.

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  4. Olivia

    Thanks for your reply. Are your products available in bazaars? Since the christmas holidays are fast approaching, your product is one good idea as a holiday present with a cause. Thanks

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    1. RULA Author

      Hi again, Olivia and thanks for really taking some time to visit our website. Our bags are not available in bazaars, at least not this year. Our ladies have their hands full already. The Christmas orders came at around September and we’re about to wrap it all up by mid of December. Then my ladies will take a break. This is the reason why we thought of launching the RULA classroom. We hope that it can inspire more women to learn the craft so that consumers will have more options. But as a heads up, we will be available to a bigger market by early next year. Thanks again and I will keep you posted.

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  5. Olivia

    Do you have a showroom where interested parties can go? This particular product can also help out of school youth. I believe that you are located at quezon city.

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    1. admin Author

      Hello Olivia! We don’t have a showroom but you can find our products in the airport, NAIA 3. Yes, the RULA Classroom aims to share the craft with everybody. It can also be a great school work project. We have taught a lot of women in various communities already. But the traditional classroom takes a lot of time to organize. Posting the basic steps here can enable anybody to just get on it and learn without the hassle of organizing a class. We aren’t done yet with all the videos but we are doing our best. Thanks, Olivia.

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