Hi everyone! Sorry I dropped off for a bit there! Today I'd like to show you a fun bag I made for a friend of mine. She had admired the denim purse
I was carrying ... so I offered to make her one. Not necessarily one like it, but a bag. (Just as a gesture, one friend to another; I'm not going back into the "business"!). So ... as the title of this post states, it starts with a pair of pants!
They were my husband's. I'm sure he was done with them. At least he is now. 😀. No, really. He was. They are nice, sturdy pants made from a lovely sort of brushed denim? I'm not sure. But very soft yet strong fabric. And LOTS of pockets! I ❤️ pockets!
My friend spends a lot of time outdoors - she's my birding buddy, plus she is out with her Border Collies a lot, does a lot of hiking, etc. I wanted something pretty, yet functional and sort of outdoorsy. I thought this fabric was perfect for the lining:
And what goes together better than grey and blue?!? OK, maybe blue and white, but let's move on!
I cut a nice large rectangle around some of the pockets. I wanted the bag to be a bit larger, so I added some denim panels to the sides. I also cut two other pockets out to use inside the bag:
It seemed like a good plan!
I used a variegated black to white thread to sew the pockets onto the lining, and to do a little quilting:
You can't see it there, but I also decided since the bandana-looking fabric was quilt-weight cotton, I should put some interfacing on it. I used some fusible that I have. It no longer fuses. That could have been why I did some quilting on the inside.
Anyway, panels all set and ready to build a bag:
Honestly, men's pants have the BEST pockets! There were all sizes; I used as many as I could!
Here's one side of the bag, pinned to the ZIPPER (I know!) and set to sew:
Obviously, you can see my non-fused fusible interfacing there. I also put two lines of stitching at the bottom of every pocket, just for added strength.
Here's an action shot:
|Pins are your friends; just don't sew over them.|
I was watching a quilt video the other morning while I was tread-milling and all I could think was, "Wow, she uses almost as many pins as I do!
" LOL. Seriously. I must pin.
Ready for the "ta-da moment"? Here it is:
Very pleased with how it came together. Here is a closer look at the "grab and go" straps:
They are extra-wide, then I sewed them in half so they'd be more comfy to hold onto. They are made from seatbelt webbing.
And look at that double zipper!!! I think it's from an old backpack.
Here's the other side of the bag:
And finally, a peek inside:
You can't have too many pockets - right?!?
I had a blast making this! It was a total free-form kind of thing - I had no plan, just used what I had and had fun with it. What a great project! I hope my friend likes using it as much as I liked making it!
Thanks for reading!