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July 13, 2013

Old Denim to New Sling Bag

With A Blast: Old Denim to New Sling Bag    #upcycleddenim  #denim #sewing #crafts #slingbag  #bag #burlap

I checked some of my blog posts the other day and realized I don't really make anything for Cheri! Everything the last couple of months was for Dimitri or his room .. mmm, not good 
But then again, Cheri is always missing in action ! Okay, I know I am trying to justify myself ... not working, so I set forth to make something just for her.

I found an old denim which she has thrown out months ago already, but which I kept. 
Cheri has beach bags, office bags,,, but not really anything she uses outside office hours and like me she likes to cart around a bunch of {totally necessary ! } stuff.

Here comes the upcycled sling bag.  I told her I am making her a bag and all she really wanted was something with a long strap, so that she can wear it across her body.

Sorry, I have no tutorial to show, as this was a first for me and there were so many nips, tucks and cuts .. I couldn't keep count anymore !  I just went along and changed as the bag took shape.


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It started out with the above denim pants - see there are lots of nice detail - on the back pockets, the embroidered flowers on the one side and some studs/bling on the other side.

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A closer look at the loop I made - this fits over the existing button of the pants - I added a strip of rough burlap {which in SA, by the way, is called Hessian}to look like a belt with a simple knot in front. Here and there, I have stitched the opening to a smaller size to 1.) not loose space inside the bag and also not to have a large opening and 2.) to still give the two rounded, almost butt like appearance !

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A piece of the embroidered flower is on one side of the bag.

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And studs/bling on the other side.

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Both the back pockets were still 100%, so I left them as additional pockets to the bag.
{forgot to take a pic of the back :-(  }

With A Blast: Old Denim to New Sling Bag   #upcycleddenim #sewing #crafts #denim #bags #slingbag

There we have it - the two pockets on the back and two more on the front {the little change pocket} is also still inside the one front pocket - lots of storage for a young girl toting around all the necessities ! 

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29 comments:

  1. Very cute bag, she'll love it. It's called hessian here too. When I started reading blogs I looked everywhere for this amazing burlap stuff people were drooling over, then discovered it was just hessian LOL

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  2. Omgosh! That is too cute, Linda! I love it and I know Cheri did too!

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  3. THat is one great looking bag and I'm sure Cheri is glad you made it for her!!

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  4. Super cute bag, love it! Thanks for sharing it!
    Hope you have a good day!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  5. Real cool Linda! You did a wonderful job! Cheri must be so pleased. Have a wonderful week.

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  6. Hi Linda, this bag looks beautiful! I´ve had something like this in mind for a while, but never decided to start (although I have at least four or five old denim pants stored, including a flower patterned one...) Now you´ve inspired me to put down to work!!! Thanks for sharing, visited you from The Bouquet of Talent.
    Hugs,
    K.

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  7. This is so creative of you Linda!
    I'm quite jealous as I didn't inherit my Mom's talent to sew (she was and expert)
    But I might just show this post to one of my friends - maybe she will make me a bag like this. It is definitely my kind of bag :)

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  8. This is cute! Such a good idea for all the jeans I have stored away! Come link up with our On Display Monday link party.

    Britney @ The Princess and Her Cowboys {dot} com

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  9. Cute! My grand girls will both love these plus one for myself and maybe some office Christmas gifts. Now you got me thinkin! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend.

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  10. You are so creative Linda! That bag is adorable :)

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  11. Linda - that's pretty darn cute! Love what you used for the belt too.

    So glad you linked up with us at the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Link and Hop.

    Sharon and Denise ♥
    Fashion | Food | Beauty | Antiques | DIY | and much more

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  12. Cute bag!, I am inviting you to come and be part of Show Your Stuff. It runs from Thursday evening until Sunday:

    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/

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  13. Very cute. I've been a little denim crazy lately, so had to click on at Simply Sweet Home. :) I'm actually making another denim bag right now. I'm trying to finish tonight so I can bring it to a wedding shower tomorrow! Better get to work! Love for you to visit me at Gina's Craft Corner sometime and check out some of my denim projects.
    Gina @ Gina's Craft Corner

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  14. very cute. Love denim and anything made with old jeans. this is a great recycle.

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  15. Very cool. Did you line the bag? That is the stage which always puts me off - attaching the lining is such hard work!

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  16. found you over @ Tatertots and Jello - I used to make these back in the late 70's early 80's - thanks for posting this - it brought back great memories of my childhood!!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

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  17. I love making bags out of jeans, skirts, anything really. I love how you added the burlap belt and all of the little special accents! I'm planning on making one for my 9 year old this week so this was great inspiration!
    thinspiredcafe.com

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  18. oh how clever!! that looks awesome!

    stopping by through anything blue friday!

    rea

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  19. Hi Linda, you did a fantastic job on the purse. Amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Would love for you to share this at my link up that goes live tomorrow at 8am
    http://myfashionforwardblog.com

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  21. This is so unique and so cute!!!! Thanks for sharing and thanks for linking it up to Thrifty Thursday!

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  22. Featured and PINNED, Linda! Have a great weekend. Linda :)

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  23. I looooove it! LOL wow you kept all the small details of the denim and the idea of the burlap {Hessian} gave a special touch to the bag. Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing this with me at Bewitch Me & Titi! Hope to have you back tomorrow with more awesome shares! Hope you are having a lovely day!!!

    Hugs
    Cami @ TitiCrafty by Camila

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  24. My daughter and I made something similar the other day. You can check it out here: http://controllingcraziness.blogspot.com/2013/07/diy-jean-bag.html
    I love how much bling your bag has. Great job!

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  25. Just pinned and shared on Facebook as one of this week's Freedom Fridays Features!!! Thanks for sharing!!


    Hugs, my Friend!!!

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  26. Hey Linda,
    This is adorable. Thanks so much for sharing this post with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party. We are featuring it at this weeks party. Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com

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  27. My sweet "young" mom died in June. She was 85 but was not a polyester wearing lady. She was jeans and tees all the way. I have tons of her jeans and cannot part with them. I am a non-sewer, but I have a sewing maching and a desire to create purses for family. Where does this newbie begin? My mom would be laughing.

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