Today I'm going to show you another way to reuse the legs of pre-loved jeans, this time to make a denim drawstring bag. It's a super quick project, and if you're like me, you'll have lots of jeans in your stash just waiting to be upcycled into something new.
To determine where to cut the leg, decide what the bag is going to be used for. Make it a couple of inches longer than you think you'll need, to allow for the boxed corners.
If possible, place what you want to put in the bag, inside the jeans leg to see if it fits.
Now pop over to my Denim Wine Bottle Gift Bag Tutorial and follow the directions to box the corners. Come back here when your corners are finished and we'll sew the drawstring casing.
To form the drawstring casing, cut two lengths of grosgrain ribbon. My ribbon is 1½" wide, but you can use any width that allows the drawstring to feed through easily. A piece of fabric with the ends turned under would do the same job.
- Flatten jeans and measure the width.
- Cut each piece of ribbon a little less than the width of the jeans.
- Zig zag the ends of each ribbon.
- Turn under the ends of the ribbon about ¼" and hem.
- Decide where you want the ribbon. Mine is 2½" from the top of the bag.
- Baste (long hand stitching) ribbon to the jeans.
- Sew across the long edges of the ribbon and remove the basting.
The cords can be as long or as short as you wish.
- Using a safety pin, thread one cord through the entire drawstring casing. Both ends of the one cord will come out of the same opening.
- Repeat with the second cord and the second opening.
- Knot the ends of each cord.
Decorative stitching will add to the look. If you don't have embroidery stitches on your machine, hand stitch with a running stitch and two or three strands of thread.
Initially, my drawstring bag was going to be another denim wine bottle gift bag. The first three photos are taken with a wine bottle inside the bag.
Ha, ha... Then I had a change of mind and decided my new creation would make a great travel shoe bag. My Skechers shoes fit perfectly!!! If I was starting from scratch again, I think I'd make a much smaller ruffle if the end purpose was to house my shoes. For a wine bottle bag, I'd leave the ruffle as is.
My joggers won't fit in this bag - well one will, but not a pair. I know I have some wider jeans buried in my stash. Time to dig them out.
In recent times I've made two wine bottle gift bags from the legs of jeans...
- Denim Wine Bottle Gift Bag ~ Tutorial
- If you are lucky enough to find a pair of jeans with a button and tab... Denim Wine Bottle Gift Bag
What would you put inside a bag like this?
I'll be adding my denim drawstring bag to both the Denim Refashioning and the Drawstring Bags link parties.
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