Friday, October 26, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
These bags were made from recycled Levi western denim jeans and Rocky Mountain jeans. I took these pictures in Texas while visiting there to made them look more authentic. To make the bags, simply cut the inner seam and cut the jeans off at the length you want them. Sew the front seam and then the back seam. Sew across the bottom and add straps of the desired length. These are fun and very sturdy tote bags or purses.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
This messenger bag was made using pieces of denim jeans measuring 6 inches by 10 inches. Three stripes were sewn together with the seams on the right side. The seams were then cut in 1/4 cuts perpendicular to the seam to create the raggedy look when washed. One section of three formed the back. The front of the bag was the next section with the top edge finished with a hem of 1 inch turned over twice. The third section was backed with a plain piece of denim and then sewn on the top of the back section to create the flap of the bag. The front and back sections were sewn together on three sides. The strap was sewn in the seam when the flap was attached to the back section. You can make the strap whatever length you want. The flower was pinned on the front to add a little extra decoration. Enjoy!
Monday, September 17, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
I saw this on Pinterest and decided to make this. Basically I took a three ring binder and some denim blue jeans. I cut a piece of the denim to cover the front cover adding about three inches extra to go around the three edges. I then glued the denim to the front cover using a thick tacky craft glue. I folded over the edges to make a hem and then glued the denim inside the front cover. I used spring type wooden clothes pins to hold the folded denim in place. I did the same for the back cover. For the spine I allowed about a 1/2 to overlap and then cut the waistband of the jeans to the right length and glued the waistband to the spine. I then cut out some embroidered designs from some legs of other jeans along with a pocket to decorate the front. The pictures of the binder are below.
Monday, September 3, 2012
Saturday, September 1, 2012
After making over 1,000 bags from denim blue jeans and selling them to raise money for Relay for Life and other charities and missions, I am now also making mini bags from the legs of the desinger jeans. There are so many jeans which have embellishment on the legs that I wanted to come up with a way to use those legs of the jeans. I will cut off the leg of the jean and make a hem on the top. I will hem the bottom of the jean either by just stitching the bottom of the jean or turn the leg inside out and making a seam along the bottom edge. You can do either way to have a clean finish. I then cut a long piece 2 inches wide by however long you want the strap to be. I will turn the edges inside to meet in the center and then fold them together to make about a 1/2 inch wide strap. You just sew along the edges to finish the strap. You can then insert the strap about an inch inside the top of the bag and zig zag up and down to secure the strap. You do the same on the other side and you have a completed bags! Below are some examples of the bags I have made. You can find jeans at thrift stores if you like. This is a great way to recyle jeans. I want to encourage you to try this for yourself, but if you do not want to, you can purchase bags from me by checking out my website at www.bluejanes.
org">ww.bluejanes.org to find information about ordering. I usually charge $5 to $12 per bag depending on the design and size. All money from the sales goes to charities listed on the website.