- Add a bottle of something bubbly, some kitchen utensils, and some candies, and you have a perfect housewarming gift.
- Throw in some decorative soaps, a small bottle of shampoo, and a pretty hand towel. Place it in your guest bathroom when you’re expecting visitors.
- Money and lots of yummy goodies make this bag a great gift for your favorite college student heading off to school.
Supplies you’ll need
Preparing the jeans
- Find an old pair of jeans and cut off one of the legs. You’ll only need a piece about 20″ long. Since my husband goes through jeans quickly, I always have a large supply on hand.
- Trim off the hem.
- Cut along one of the long seams to open up the leg. Cut along the other side of the seam to get rid of the bulk. Remember to leave the other seam. It makes it easier to sew together later.
- Press flat.
- 18 1/2″ long by 3 1/2″ wide
- 18 1/2″ long by 10 1/2″ wide
- To make the fabric sash that houses the cording, cut a strip of fabric 19″ long by 6 1/2″ wide.
- On both of the 6 1/2″ long sides, turn over a 1/4″ of fabric to the wrong side and press.
- Sew the hems down. The strip should now be 18 1/2″ long. Fold the long edges, right sides of the fabric, together and press.
- Sew along the long edge. You should now have a tube. Turn it inside out and press.
- Lay out the fabric pieces.
- Pin the fabric strip to the larger denim piece (right side of fabric) and stitch along the long side. Press.
- Pin the smaller piece of denim to the other long edge of the fabric strip. Sew together.
- Press flat.
- Fold over the top edge of the denim about 1/4″ and pin.
- Stitch along the top to secure the hem.
Adding the pocket
Adding the cording
Finish up the bag
- Fold the denim over, right sides together, and match up the edges and corners. Pin the seams of the fabric sash so that you don’t accidentally sew that section together.
- Sew down the long side of the bag, backstitching at the beginning and the end where the fabric meets the denim. I backstitch a lot because these seams get a lot of wear and tear from using the bag.
- Sew along the bottom of the bag.
The finished project!
Items You Can Use To Make This Bag
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