Wednesday, May 22, 2013

From Jeans to Tulip Bag in a Jiffy

Recently I posted the Tulip Bag  Click here to see post on Janice Pope's Tulip Bag that I made for my mom for Mother's Day. While I fully intended to make myself one from the same linen fabric that hers was made from, I also wanted one made from denim. I wear jeans all the time! So this became my project this evening after returning home around 7:30 pm. from accompanying my daughter to her skating lesson out of town.

I found a gently used pair of discarded jeans. I carefully cut out two pockets, one for the inside and one for the outside. 

The denim is quite sturdy so I did not need to use iron on fusible batting. I chose a blue floral print fabric from my stash of fabrics for the bag lining. I found a denim colored button at Joanne's though the color is somewhat off in this photo. I

Removing existing pockets from the jeans and using them on my bag will save some time....


Done! I love it! So nice to be able to custom make yourself a bag in a couple of hours!

Here is the inside--pocket from jeans inside too! Very roomy inside!

Another view!

I will be moving my stuff into this bag tomorrow.

Cost:  Denim Fabric (recycled jeans) $0.00, Lining Fabric (given to me in my Treasure Box) Click here to see: Trash to Treasure Post $0.00, Button $1.50, Elastic Loop .20, Thread $1.00.
Total Cost:  $2.70

Did I mention that I love this 2 Hour Tulip Bag Pattern by Janice Pope? Using the jeans saved quite a bit of time considering I did not have to cut out 4 pieces of batting or pockets. By skipping these steps it took about 1 1/2 hours to complete!


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  1. It is so cute and you mentioned easy, so I might give it a try.Thanks for sharing.

  2. Such a cute and fun bag. Great tutorial too.

  3. Hi this bag !! You are amazing -so cute ! I sent an earlier note,but I don't know where it went !

  4. That is one cute bag, I'll never throw out my old jeans again!

  5. That really turned out cute and everyone loved denim! I like the big blue button you found, too....the perfect touch! Sweet hugs!

  6. Thanks for stopping by for a visit and leaving such a sweet comment. I thought I'd come visit you and this bag is just adorable. Looks like it would come in very handy. I can see why you like making them. And recycling is always a good thing!
    Have a great Memorial Day!

  7. Hi Linda,
    This is beautiful. I love working with old jeans. I make upcycled bags a lot. I saw your bag on Dear Creatives. I'd love to invite you to show it on my Anything Goes Blog Hop that's going on now too. I really love this and can't wait to browse more of your blog today. I'm also a new follower. Hopefully you will visit my blog and hopefully want to follow me also.
    Angel 2

  8. I always love a project that's done from items that you already have. Recycling is a thing I love to do and if I can do if with clothes, then I really love it. Looks super cute!