I make and sell handbags and purses made from recycled denim blue jeans. I give all the money to charity. I am presently supporting the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and organizations that are focused on stopping human trafficking. You can check out my website at www.bluejanes.org
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Monday, September 17, 2012
Football anyone? See these recycled DIY denim bags!
To make these patchwork bags, cut out 6 inch squares from some of your cast off jeans. Sew them together to create a nine patch side. Be sure to sew the seams facing outside on the right side. Sew a 5/8 inch seam and then make 1/4 inch cuts perpendicular to the seam. Once the bag is washed you get the raggedy effect. Do the same for a second side and then sew the sides together with the wrong sides facing each other and the seams outward. Sew on three sides and then turn over the top edge 1/4 inch twice to get a finished hem. Cut straps 4 inches wide by 28 - 30 inches long. Turn the sides in one inch and then fold over again and sew along the edges. Attach the straps to the bag by stitching a box over the end of the strap and an X in the middle. You can add cotton fabric to the top of one of the jeans squares to make it more personal as I did with the Bears and Packers fabric.
These make very sturdy tote bags and you are recycling and upcycling at the same time! As for football, Go Packers!
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