It was about this time last year that I was busily deconstructing jeans bought from the charity shop and turning them into book bags for the girls. I was really pleased with the results, and so were the girls. Those bags got used, a lot!
But it seems that one of those bags is going into retirement as Helen deemed that a new school meant a new school bag would be needed. Funnily enough, me sewing during the summer holidays is okay if I am making something for one of them!
Yesterday we were out for a good portion of the day. Part of that time was spent in town. While there we raided the charity shop for another pair of jeans. This time we scored a pair of men's black jeans for £5.99. These work rather well with the school colours which are black and red. I sliced and diced those jeans, and, with a distinct sense of deja vu, they went from clothing to bag.
I did my best trying to photograph it to show it off, but the rain was tipping down and there was a distinct lack of places to get enough light as well as a half decent photo. On the bright side, Helen is pleased as punch with it and that's what it is all about.
I used some of the tricks I used last year in the construction. The waistband became the shoulder strap. I didn't use a pattern (just in case anyone was wondering) and made it up as I went along. This time there were pockets incorporated. A deep and wider one on the front, under the flap for snacks, etc. And on the inside I put a panel of the jeans with the back pocket still attached so that pocket can be used in the bad. I also used one of the tricks I picked up online in using a hair bobble as the button hole. Works a treat that!
Finally, to add a little colour to the front flap, I machine appliquéd a flower on.
Now, I still have two pencil cases to make, but we are about to go out for the rest of the day, so that will have to wait. I have one week from today to finish their 'commissions'. Then I can go back to doing stuff on my list of things to do. Woohoo!
Looks great! And did you machine protest under those denim seams this time?ReplyDelete
That looks fantastic Susan! She's a very lucky girl :)ReplyDelete
looks very pretty.ReplyDelete
awww Check out that smile! Helen is clearly very happy with her bag :-) So lovely to see! (She even looks way more grown up than last proper pic of her I remember!)ReplyDelete
Red and black...my school colours! And another satisfied customer!ReplyDelete
The bag looks great, no wonder she is happy. I know I would be!ReplyDelete
that is a great bag! She looks indeed very happy with it!ReplyDelete
Great job! And she look so very pleased with it!ReplyDelete
Another fantastic bag made! No wonder she is pleasedReplyDelete
Fantastic bag! and doesn't Helen look so,proud! good luck,with the remaining commissions! Hope,you've had a great day out too!ReplyDelete
Nice bag, I like how all the features are included, pockets, waistband and all. Helen is looking beautiful.ReplyDelete
Great recycling and one happy beautiful young woman! Get on with the pencil cases then!ReplyDelete
Brilliant bag S! Hooray for oversized gentlement donating their trousers! JxoReplyDelete
You are clearly a woman of many talents!!ReplyDelete
Those are awesome and go you for upcycling! Looks like the absolute perfect size for your daughter!ReplyDelete
That is just awesome!!!! And so well modelled!ReplyDelete
that bag is so fab love i can see someone else loves it too .........fantastic susan they get better each year and last years were fab too !!ReplyDelete
great bag! And she does look very happy with it!ReplyDelete
That seems so magical......a pair of jeans and now a beautiful book bag! Wonderfully done!ReplyDelete
This is a perfect bag for Helen. She looks very happy as the model, too.ReplyDelete
you do good and i learned something from you . would never have though to use a hair thing on a bag that beats buying a snapReplyDelete
Great bag, you might end up going into business when Helen goes back to school.ReplyDelete
Does that mean Em gets a new bag as well?! I love Helen's bag but 42" waist? Blimey!ReplyDelete
Sorry, does my comment sound like I think Helen (or her bag!) has a 42" waist?!!Delete
Well done you - turning those jeans from a VERY short/fat man into a super bag - the smile says it all xReplyDelete
Love the bag - so very stylish. I am sure that it is not the only one you will be making!ReplyDelete
Love the bag and it was modelled so stylishly!ReplyDelete
that bag is fantastic!! she looks so very pleased with it and is quite the model!! Emma wouldn't let me make her a pencil case for school she wanted a Hello Kitty one :(( she is only 5 though! xReplyDelete
Cool beans (and yeah, what Hadley said, those dimensions on the jeans are ridiculous!)ReplyDelete
Her wee chuffed smile says more than I need to. Great make, mum!ReplyDelete
What a fab bag - love it (might have to borrow the hair bobble idea at some point) xReplyDelete
Love it Susan. It's perfect.ReplyDelete
How long is Helen's hair !
Well done mum!ReplyDelete
You did a great job. I'll be interested to see the pencil cases.ReplyDelete
have you thought about doing a tutorial?? the bags are so cute ...ReplyDelete
You and your school bags. Each year I'm totally impressed!ReplyDelete
Fantastic. Your machine must be a workhorse to manage all that denim. . . . . love the girly touch of applique!ReplyDelete
great bag and woo hoo for upcycling!ReplyDelete