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Monday, July 22, 2013

denim bag: upcycled jeans

I sewed this bag today. Kind of a book bag style. My honey had split a hole in the crotch that wasn't really repairable, but most of the jeans were still good and I couldn't bear to let them go to waste. So... New bag!

This is the first bag I've ever sewn. I'm still pretty much a novice at sewing in general, but I do tend to leap in at the deep end with crafts and so I just went for it. Took the 2 hours of my son's nap, plus another hour once he was awake and nursed and snuggled up with Daddy. A shorter time than I would have guessed, really.

I don't have a plan exactly, as I didn't follow a pattern of any sort. But I did cut out the pieces properly on a mat and measured them to fit together. Front and back were 13" square. The sides and bottom were half the width. Each side of the bucket I put wrong sides together with a matching size piece, and sewed so that all the seams are folded inside the bag but not hidden. The rough edges I went back over with a zigzag stitch and then scissor trimmed any extra fluff that was shredding. It seemed too complicated to sew basically two separate bags that nest together and are sewn at the top seam, as a lot of patterns prescribe, plus it bugs me when they come apart into a giant balloon in the wash. This has already been washed and tumbled and you can see it has held up beautifully. I have confidence this will stay a strong bag for lots of use!

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