Thursday, July 30, 2009

Jean Tote Bags

Last week Josh ripped out two pairs of his jeans. They are pretty stained on the front but the back didn't look too bad. Of course I couldn't just throw them away like a normal person would. I washed them up and set them aside and pondered about what I could make out of them.
This past Sat. night when I went over to my cousin's house she showed me a couple of tote bags she had recently made. That got me thinking and I dug through my fabric but I could never decide on what to use. This morning it occured to me to try using the jeans. Luckily I had a bit of this blue & white plaid fabric that worked perfectly as a liner.
Here are the first two bags I made. The long jean strap is actually just the waistband. So easy since all you have to do is sew it onto the bag. No extra work involved. I ended up with a couple strips of the liner fabric so I used those for handles on the other one.

Love how the handles and liner match. Both of the bags are actually reversible.
I love how the label is still attached to the inside of the waistband and the tag is still on the top.
I'd never done a project like this before. It was a lot of fun. The would actually be perfect scripture tote bags.


  1. Do you have a pattern for this or have you posted instructions on eHow? These are very cute and well I happen to have some jeans that need to be recycled into something. I'm just not clever enough to figure it out myself:). Rebekah

  2. I haven't written instructions yet but that's a good idea.