The Jeans Bag
I have (had?) this fantastic pair of jeans at home that, obviously, shrunk in the wash. No matter how long I kept them, or how often I stared at them, they just didn't seem to fit anymore. I think someone sneaks into my room of a night and feeds me calories while I sleep.
Anywho, I really don't like throwing away perfectly good clothing and I've given so much to lifeline that I'm pretty sure they'll be issuing me with a restraining order in the coming weeks. I figured there had to be something useful I could do with these jeans. I could have simply cut them down and used the fabric for toddler clothes, but, I wanted to be more creative. The Jeans Bag was born.
This was such a simple project and took less than two hours to complete. I pretty much made it up as I went, but here's a very rough idea of the steps I took. I think it really depends on the type of jeans as to how you would approach this sort of project. These were hipsters and lacked depth in the body, so I needed to extend them. A normal pair of jeans may not have that issue.
Firstly, I chopped the top of the jeans away from the legs, being careful not to cut through either the front or back pockets, as I wanted these to be used in the final bag.
|The top of the jeans becomes the main body of bag|
I then measured the bottom of the main piece to determine the size of the bottom of the bag. I cut one leg piece to this size, sliced open on of the long side seams and sewed up the two shorter sides to create a pouch. I sewed this to the bottom of the main piece.
|One side seam is removed from the leg piece|
|Pin and sew the leg piece pouch to the bottom of the main piece|
Hey presto, a funky new bag. Even the pockets work!!!
There are so many possibilities with this project. I've definitely been bitten by the upcycling bug so I see many more of these posts in the future. Don't say I didn't warn you.