I’ve had this pair of jeans sitting in my closet for about 2 years now. They were given to me….they fit, but they were not flattering….at all. They had huge (almost bell-bottom) legs and back pockets that made my rear look….wide….really wide. There really wasn’t anything I liked about them aside from the nice dark denim wash. I don’t really know why I kept them – I suppose because they were new, and given to me…..but this weekend I FINALLY got around to cleaning out my closet to make room for my summer clothes (Yeah…all put away – you can read about that HERE). So, I was about to throw these into my giveaway pile, but instead decided that they may make a good medium for embroidery.
A little while later I found myself cutting the legs and piecing the denim together into large rectangles with flat fell seams (I will share a tutorial on this soon) .
The bag is super deep so it can hold all of my kid’s stuff. I put a nice large zippered pocket on one side and two large slip pockets on the other. I finished off with a magnetic snap.
The interior fabric is Painter’s Canvas in Mustard by Laura Gunn (Michael Miller).
Once again, I choose this to compliment the stitching. I really love that dark blue/mustard yellow mix.
So there you have it. I think this may be one of my favorite ‘off the cuff’ creations to date. I will be carrying this bag all summer long!
My take-aways from this project…. (1)Don’t throw away jeans – they can be made into fantastic things. (2) Don’t give up on a project if something doesn’t go right – go with the flow – it may work out better than you imagined!