Bags or Purses
- Making a simple tote bag does not necessarily require a pattern. You will need an old pair of jeans, sewing shears, tailor’s chalk, a ruler, as well as needle and thread or a sewing machine. Cut two large rectangles for the tote bag’s body and two long strips for the straps. Putting the rectangles together, sew along three sides, leaving one side open. Turn the bag inside out so that the seams are hidden. Fold over the edge of the open side and sew around it to neaten it up before sewing on the straps to each side. Consider using the seat panels of the jeans as the sides of the bag, so that you have small pockets on your bag.
- For this project, you will need strips of denim cut from old jeans, needle and thread, embroidery floss, a button and some beads. Leave the edges of the denim strip frayed if you wish. Otherwise, protect it from further fraying by sewing around the edges. Embroider your name or any sort of pattern that you would like to see on the cuff. Add additional touches with some beads if desired. For fastening, sew on the button and add a button loop on the opposite side.
- You will need denim rectangles, needle and thread or a sewing machine, as well as string or a shoelace. Fold a denim rectangle in half lengthwise and sew around the bottom edge as well as the open side. Leaving the upper side unsown, turn the pouch inside out. Fold over the seam wide enough so a piece of string or shoelace can be threaded through. Cut two holes spaced an inch apart on the upper front, right in the seam area. Thread your string or shoelace through.
Water Bottle Tote
- For this tote, prepare a water bottle, denim, scissors, needle and thread or a sewing machine. Making sure to add seam allowance, cut a long denim strip for a strap, a circle for the bottom of the tote (trace a water bottle) and a rectangle that will fit snugly around the bottle. Fold your rectangle in half and sew up the side. Carefully sew the circle onto the bottom before turning it inside out. Fold the seam over and sew before adding the strap.