Recycled Sewing: Old jeans to cute bags

3.8.14 027So, I’ve been busy sewing this week. The kids have been practicing learning embroidery and one afternoon I got inspired to turn my husband’s old pair of jeans (that I rescued from the trash) in to some cute bags and pouches for the kids.

Here’s how they turned out. It was fun to cut it up and figure out how to make the bags fit together and how to make each bag fit the individual personalities of my kids.

I used the legs for the boy bag (pictured above right) and the little girl bag (pictured above left). This was super easy since all I had to do was stitch up the bottom and add a strap. I made the flaps large so their stuff won’t fall out and didn’t use buttons or snaps so that they can get in and out of the bags themselves. For the middle bag for my oldest daughter I used the left side of the jean with one front pocket and one rear (pictured below). Used the waistband for the shoulder strap and stitched some cute floral fabric along the top to finish it of and cover the cut edge where the waistband used to be.

Bags for the girls.

Bags for the girls.

One for the older girl.

One for the older girl.

One for the little girl with a little flower pocket under the flap.

One for the little girl with a little flower pocket under the flap.

Bag for the boy. Or a "satchel" as we call it.

Bag for the boy. Or “satchel” as we say.

The little one being a cute model.

The little one being a cute model.

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