The Challenge: Transform a torn pair of jeans into something useful, re-using every part of the jeans.
These jeans belonged to my sister and were worn during The Maternity Years.
What I have been wanting to make for a while is a jeans handbag, after a friend visited with one she’d made. There are loads of tutorials for making these on the Internet -I didn’t look at these but closely studied Pinterest and Google Images for inspiration. Some people’s bags are pretty fancy!
To get started I unpicked the belly band and amputated the legs. I cut up one leg to make a base and handles for the bag.
I own a reel of Gutermann upholstery thread in a perfectly matching jeans topstitching colour, and used it to topstitch the front darts, base and handles. It was a great thing to have; I highly recommend getting some if you’re re-fashioning denim.
As well as using every part of the jeans, I was also determined not to buy any haberdashery etc. I looked through my zip stash and found a chunky beauty for the top and a smaller one for the lining. I made a lining from some leftover kitchen curtain fabric (it’s quilting cotton). To cut the lining I just followed the shape of the bag, making it the same width and depth.
When I finished the jeans handbag I was pretty happy with it! I still had the cotton lycra band and one and a half legs left, which I’ll be “creating with” this week. Join me next time!