Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Skirt to a Bag...Handmade Birthday

Our summer is kicking off with birthdays GALORE! So many parties and gifts to buy, including those for my own birthday girl at the end of the month. Whew! Lots of fun, but keeping up with gifts can be costly and stressful at times. I would like for a gift to be fun and useful, but it's hard to know what children want that they don't already have. 
Since all of our parties are for little girls about age 8, I often make purses and bags out of old jeans.  I am now getting a few requests from parents that are familiar with them. Apparently they are used and loved by the kiddos, and that's the best reward for those of us that love to create!
You can see a few of my previous upcycled denim creations here:
Fun, right? So simple to make, and you get to upcycle old jeans at the same time!
  For an upcoming birthday, my daughter requested that I make a bag for her special friend.
 I found an outgrown denim skirt (kid sized) in my stash and and immediately pictured a crossover, larger bag...almost like a messenger bag.
Can you picture this skirt before I embellished it? In my excitement, I forgot to take a 'before' pic. :)
 It was super simple to make!
First I sewed the bottom of the skirt closed using a  matching thread. This didn't need to be cut off like a pair of shorts/jeans. I thought the original hem and little slits on the side looked more authentic, so I just stitched straight across to close up the bottom of the skirt.
I went through my fabric and came up with 2 coordinating patterns for the strap and cut them to 46". This is long for my daughter(who is of average height), but the recipient of the bag is EXTREMELY tall :), so we decided to add some length. (The 46" includes seam allowances.)  I adhered some fusible fleece between the two fabrics to make the strap more durable and a little padded.
I sewed the straps on opposite sides of the skirt waist, then added the flowers to embellish it a bit.
I found a "K" brad in my scrapbook stash, so the bag got a little personalized tweak at the last 
 This is a great size for a few books or art supplies, or just to carry miscellaneous on-the-go.
What do you think?
Never throw away old jeans and denim skirts. You never know what they can transform into!
Thanks for dropping in,

1 comment:

  1. Super cute! I love upcycling old denim. My husband is now trained to hand over his unwanted jeans and button down shirts for my "stash." :)


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