Saturday, September 8, 2012

Upcycle Craft | Tote bag from Jeans and Sheets with link to tutorials

*Warning--this is going to be a rambling post!~~with lots of catching up, but a great link to some tutorials at the bottom. And truthfully, this is how my brain works on a daily basis. Welcome to the inside of my head!*
 Remember when Jaycee and I did the craft when we were drawing on fabric with the permanent markers I drew a butterfly design onto a piece of denim left over from a pair of jeans that I had cut off.   The scraps were left over from cutting off a pair of jeans to look like the pair in the Daily Fashion Post that was supposed to be my inspiration for my mommy/son date with Logan.  That outfit had a pair of cut-off jeans rolled on the bottom.  So, I cut off a pair of jeans (that I was talking about in this video.)  that I bought at a thrift store. Here's what my outfit ended up looking like.  How close do you think I came to my inspiration?
When Jaycee and I were looking for fabric to draw on, I pulled out those scraps of denim.  Once I started drawing,  I came up with the idea to make a little tote for Jaycee.  I drew on the light side of the fabric.  So, I pictured in my head sewing the patch onto a dark denim tote.  

I knew I wanted to line it.  So, I searched through my fabric scraps again to find the fabric to line it.  I ended up choosing the sheets that I have been using for everything.  Here is a list of crafty things I've used the sheets for in the past. 

And I still have lots of sheet left to do more things with!  In fact, I have an idea for a skirt.  And one of the pillowcases from this set was supposed to become a pillowcase dress. . . . it still hasn't happened.  Can you believe how many things you can do with one set of queen-sized sheets?  

Back to the tote!!
After I finished my butterfly design, I cut two rectangles out of the dotted sheet fabric.  I used the dots as my guide.  I then cut two pieces of rectangle fabric out of the denim to match the size of the green dotted fabric.  I cut the seams out of the fabric to be the handles on the tote.  I didn't finish the straps in any way.  I thought it would be cute once the fabric started fraying.  
I sewed the patch onto the piece of fabric that would be the front of the tote.  I didn't bother finishing the edges, because I wanted that to fray as well.
 At this point, I'm going to leave some links to tote tutorials, because I didn't take enough pictures while I was doing this to create a tutorial.  But, I have found some amazing tutorials for you!

Skip to my Lou has a post with links to several great tote bags.  Cute ones!!  I might have to do a little more sewing this weekend!  The number 6 tutorial on this list is particularly good for making a basic lined tote bag.
10 Free Tote Bag Patterns and Tutorials | Skip to my Lou

Here are some more pictures of our tote bag.  Mine has several sewing mistakes, but I still think it turned out pretty cute for a quick weekend project!

Do you like reusing things and coming up with new ways to use them?

And just in case you think I'm kidding in my description of myself up there in the header. . . . here's what my laundry looked like while I was doing this project,  Inspiration comes first!

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