Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Denim Crossover


  
Remember when I told you I had a really cool project you could do with all those left over denim legs?  Well here it goes! This cute and adorable, sturdy bag was made for the summer weather. The best part ~ it was free! All you need are some remnants of jeans you made into shorts, a straight edge, a rotary cutter,  a sewing machine, thread and extra fabric. The straight edge is the key ingredient!  Here we go!


 
Cut on the right or left side of each seam so that you use the most of your fabric.
I saved my jean remnants vs the girls for the strap because the length was the longest.

 
Using the straight edge and the rotary cutter, start by creating strips of various widths.
This doesn't have to be perfect as you'll see in the pictures below, you will have to trim excess pieces.
Lay them out in a desired pattern before stitching. Think of quilting patterns.

 
Stitch them together. I did this with a serger but a regular straight stitch is just as good.
Because.... below you will see I reinforced each section with blue thread on my regular machine so that no 'white' serger thread shows through. (I know pointless, but I like finished edges.)

 
 
Trim away the excess and continue to sew until your face designs are complete.

 
 
 
Stitch the face fabric together at the sides and at the bottom so that only the top remains open.

 
Use this square as your template for the lining fabric.
Cut and do the same. Stitch the sides and bottom leaving the top open.
 
 
I created the base of the bag by stitching two inches inward, folding the base sideways.
A little difficult to explain, the picture above shows how it was done.

 
Place your lining inside the bag and this is what you got so far!

 
 
Fold the fabrics inward to each other so that you have a finished area where your strap will be inserted.
 
 
I made the strap by connecting the same type denim into one long strip.
I folded one side in an inch and the opposite side about a centimeter.

Fold over and stitch your strap 3 times. Once in the center and then on each side for reinforcement.

 
Place the strap inside and stitch twice around the whole bag to secure the straps.
And... your done!
 
 
 

 
Pretty cute! Wouldn't you say?
Now that it's complete, I would've loved a chevron denim pattern!
(Possibly another project...)
 
Happy trails to the useful items we create!
 
 

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