First find a kind soul in your circle of family or friends to give up a pair of jeans. Next cut the legs off. It is hard going around the crotch (that word will be used lots!) because of the thick seams. Be careful not to cut into the back patch pockets if you have jeans with low slung pockets and also mind the lining of the front pockets too.
Next make the base of the bag by cutting open one of the legs and avoid any tears or marks on the denim.
Now cut a rectangle the same width as your bag front and about 6 inches deep. Now, I couldn't be bothered to do the maths for a curved base so pin the base in four corners (front crotch, side seams and back crotch)
Now pin between these markers easing as you go to cover the base.
You should have some spare flappy corners. You can cut these off rounding the corners.
Like this. You may have noticed at this point that we have not sewn a single thing and we nearly have a bag shape already.
Next make some straps out of the other leg, again by splitting it open and using long lengths avoiding any rips or stains. To make it really strong fold over the denim twice and topstitch along the seam.
Next sew them onto the bag using a strong square cross pattern shown below. A good placing for them is either side of the first set of belt loops and then matching spaces on the back.
Now for the fripperies - Well what ever you want really... Add patches, labels, flowers, crochet motifs or a belt through the loops - Whatever you want. I loved making it so much I made two!
Thanks to man of the house for two pairs of jeans and a checked shirt, they haven't gone to waste. Have you got any black ones please?!!
Would love to see any that you make. Jo xx