I also took this project a step further and made my bag reversible. It seems silly to line something with pretty fabric to never have the fabric be seen! I even took the reversible fabric a step further and hand painted it myself (more on that in the instructions). This bag even includes a little hidden pocket that utilized the fly front!
-A Pair of Jeans
-Thread to Match
-Grommets (I found my wide ones in the camping aisle!)
-Chalk or other Fabric Marker
-Lining Fabric (optional)
-Small piece of pocket for hidden fly pocket
*Because I didn't want to end up with too large of a bag I ended up taking in the side seams a few inches*
1. Cut off your jeans so that the legs are about 4" long.
2. Cut the inner leg seam open.
11. Cut out strips of fabric from the legs of the jeans to make the shoulder straps and bucket tie. You will most likely need to sew a few strips together to make them long enough.
I cut out the strap strips 4" wide, then I folded them in half, and then folded the edges in half again, making them 1" wide. Then I sewed them down very close to the edge.
For my tie I cut strips 2" wide and then folded them in the same way as the straps to make the tie 1/2" wide. Make sure that you don't make the tie too wide that it won't fit through your grommets...mine were a tight fit!12. If you want to make a lining for the bag (or make it reversible like I did) you will want to make a bucket by sewing a tube out of fabric that is the same width as your jeans, and the same depth plus 1cm to turn under plus 1cm for seam allowances. Then you will cut out a circle the same size as your jean circle, and sew the bucket together in the same way as you did the jeans.
I ended up painting the fabric for my "lining" because I didn't have anything in the colours and heaviness that I wanted. I ended up using some white cotton twill that I painted brush strokes on with Dye-na-Flow and Lumiere that I kept layering until I was satisfied!Linking up With:
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