Lots of you wanted a how-to for the jeans bag, so this is it. Part 1 is how to make the fabric.
Below is the finished bag. I bought nothing new to make it so it definitely counts as a stash bust.
Please leave a comment if you don’t understand any of the instructions and I’ll try to explain as soon as possible so that you can get started.
To make it you will need:
The legs from a pair of jeans,
2 pieces of backing fabric eg. curtain lining – this acts as a support. It will be hidden by the bag lining.
2 pieces of coloured fabric (patterns are best but you can piece different fabrics to get a patterned effect),
a jeans or other heavy duty sewing machine needle, various threads for sewing the bag and lining and some bolder thread for the zigzags eg. quilting cotton.
2 pieces of firm fabric for the lining & an extra piece for the handle.
WARNING: DO NOT CUT YOUR FABRICS YET
The size of the fabric depends on the size of the legs of your jeans. I started with pieces approximately 16ins x 20ins. My handle was about 43 ins long and 3.5 ins wide.
Jeans fabric with side seams cut away. Note top stitched seam in the centre.
2. Cut the jeans fabric to bag size (see sizes above). Of course, your bag can be any size you like.
3. Cut your curtain lining and coloured fabric to the same size as the jeans fabric (see fabric requirements above).
4. Place a bag size piece of the curtain lining on the table, place the brightly coloured fabric face up on top of it, place jeans fabric on top (also face up). You should have 3 layers. Align the edges and tack together around the edges. This is called a sandwich!
The jeans fabric will not lay completely flat (because of the centre seam) but smooth it out as much as possible.
5. Using bold thread – I used leftover machine quiltiing cotton – make a line of zigzags near to the centre seam. Try out the size of the zigzag first: mine was stitch width 4, length 2. Make another line of zigzags on the other side of the centre seam.
7. Take out the tacking stitches.
8. Cut the jeans fabric between the rows of zigzags, making sure that you do not cut into the fabric underneath.
I will show how I made the bag in the next post.
Happy Weekend! xxx