This handy little upcycled bag is made from the leg of a pair of jeans. It can be as fancy or as plain as you want to make it. It has two compartments,a pocket on the inside and pockets on both sides of the outside, and a handy little space for a book, magazine, newspaper or even umbrella. One compartment is open and the other is covered by a flap. You could add a closure of some sort - zipper, button, magnetic catch, etc. - if you wanted.
I'll show you exactly how I made this one, but remember that you can leave off pockets, change the flap, and of course, change colors.
This all started when I "whipped up" a simple little bag out of a leftover leg from a pair of jeans that I was cutting up.
Below is the original bag. I had so many comments on it, I decided you might want to know how it was done!
|2. Cut a flap from both lining and jeans fabric. You can make this any shape you want. The original had a rounded flap.|
|3. With right sides together, sew the flap around the outer three edges.|
|4. Turn, press, and topstitch the flap. Set aside.|
|5. Right sides together, sew the long edge of the lining together. Unless your jeans had straight legs, one end will be a little wider than the other. Hem the wider end of the lining 1/4".|
|8. For an inside pocket, pin the pocket, right sides together, to the outside of the bag in the position you want it. It has the lining trim sewn to the top. That is what I am actually pinning to the bag.|
|10. Turn inside out and tuck the lining inside the bag. Press. It should hang out at the bottom about 3/4".|
|11. Turn the lining over the edge of the bag and sew it down all the way around.|
|12. Fold the bag in half (I have pinned on the pocket to see where I want it and to be sure it will fit.) Mark the center with pins. Sew through ALL layers straight across the center. This will divide your purse into two sections.|
|13. Cut a strap of denim. Make this a size comfortable for you. I am short. I have cut mine 3" wide and 24" long. (If you are taller than 5'2", you may want it a little longer than this!) Turn one long side in 1/4" and sew down.|
|14. Fold the raw edge in to just past the center. Fold the hemmed edge over to the center and sew down.|
That's it! I showed a lot of steps, but it is really a very simple project! You're basically lining the leg of the jeans, sewing across the middle, and adding a strap. The pockets, flap, and flowers are all just embellishment (well, the pockets are pretty functional - a great place for a cell phone or car keys!). I hope you'll give it a try! (And....I would love to see a picture of how yours turns out!)