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Thread: From Old Jeans to Shopping Bags with style..

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    From Old Jeans to Shopping Bags with style..

    You will need 2 old pair of jeans.
    Start by cutting the center crotch seam out, it is usually the thick one. and you can cut the top off by the front pocket and the rear pocket unless your waist size is bigger than 36, then you can use that area.

    You will need for

    Body of bag 14"X37" from denim
    two sides 8"X15" each from denim
    one strap 4"X24" from denim

    then from a fun fabric cut
    2 1" strips by aprox 37
    1 3" strip by at least 42
    1 4" strip by 24

    I start by cutting off that thick seam and depending what size of jean and the condition of it I cut out all the bad areas like torn holes in knees etc, and most of the time the pocket area. I have used the pockets in the body of the bag when the waist size was at least 36. Take one of the legs and make your body, you may have to piece to get a 14X37 inch rectangle. then with other leg cut your 8X15. I usually do not have enough from one pair to make the straps so I use the second to cut the straps from one leg. but if you do you can also piece to get the 4X24 also. When ever I pieced I just ironed the seam open and sewed it down. you can do it all with denim too, If you want all denim and no fun fabrics do not cut the one inch strips.

    Once all cuts out
    (for piping) fold the one inch fun fabric in half and press and sew to the 37" sides on both of the body of the bag.
    Mark the center on the body of the 37" both sides, and then on the side pieces just one side mark the center of the 8" side. Put right sides together matching at the centers, sew 1/2 seam. Then turn it, matching ends and sew the 45 degree, up all 4 sides.
    Measure the top of your opening of the bag it should be about 42. take the 3" fun fabric and fold to make a 1 1/2 inch strip right sides out. and measure and sew the ends to make a ring the same size as the top measures. sew it to the top of the bag with the fold edge to the bottom of the bag. (like doing binding on a quilt) fold over the seam once sewn and sew it again to attach the other side to the bag encasing the seam.

    For the straps put the fun fabric and the denim right side together and sew a 1/2 inch seam on both sides. cut it in half after sewn and press it open and then press in 1/2 and fold it over on it self so all edges are inside. sew along the very edge of the strap. hold both together and cut off rough end so they are both the same. attatch to the bag about 2 inches from the side seam ... Ta da you have a bag...
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    photos part 2

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    photos part 3

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    Thanks so much for this! Now to get rid of some of those old jeans!!

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    I love this! I think I'll try it, and add some machine embroidery before sewing it all together!

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    this is great !! thanks for the tute !

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    Thanks for sharing, so cute!
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    Very nice and chic

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    What a wonderful idea! I knew there was a reason to hang onto those worn out jeans. Tkx.


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    Thank you so very much for taking the time to do this

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    Thank you!
    Will be using this tute.
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    That is one neat bag, thanks for sharing, It would make a great grocery bag

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    Thank you .. My brother just dumped a few pairs of his "too big" jeans on me... I can use them for this

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    Thanks for the tute and all the pictures. I think I'll give it a try as soon as I get the jeans. I had some but cut them up for patches and squares. :-(

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    Thank you very nice

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    What a neat use of old jeans. Thanks for sharing!!!!
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    I really like the idea of using "fun" fabric for binding the elements before sewing them together because it adds a lot of "interest" to this project. Thank you!

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    Love old blue jean tote, last forever. Presently I'm using up old jeans, cutting 8 x 6.5 inch blocks for a bed cover for my son's RV. I have 90 blocks cut out so far. Over the weekend I got several pair of good old jeans at yards sales for 25 cents each. I'm cutting those up right now. Recycle!!!!!
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    And I just donated a bunch of old jeans to the local thrift store.

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    Wow - that's awesome. Thank you for the tutorial!

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    thanks your a good teacher, I plan on making one too!

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    great tute thanks.. love it

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    Thank you very much for showing how this is done. Really appreciate it.

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    Wonderful tut and what a stylish bag. Even a teen would love this.
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