This is a very basic tutorial for upcycling a pair of old jeans into functional nappy bag, or handbag. This tutorial used a pair of size 8, 5 pocket jeans. If you want to have a larger bag go op-shopping and try to source a larger pair!
Fold your jeans in half and cut throught the legs across the crotch. Folding them in half and doing one cut means you get it even in length.
You should be left with something that resembles a mini skirt.
Choose a fabric (a tablecloth or old sheet would do – again visit your opshop) and lay the jeans on top. This is to get your lining fabric
Cut around this leaving a 1.5cm seam allowance all around. Repeat so you have two matching lining pieces.
Next make your handles. I chose to match to the lining fabric, but you could cut them out of the jean legs. You want to cut them approximately 12 cm wide, by however long you want your handles to be – I used 50cm. Cut two of these strips.
So you now should have your jeans “skirt”, two matching lining pieces and two handles.
I have a snap press so I add snaps to the pockets I want to secure so things don’t fall out. You don’t have to do this step, or you could use velcro dots, or hammer on domes.
This way you can snap them shut so your bits don’t fall out.
Pin along the bottom cut open side of the jeans.
Sew a straight stitch seam across the bottom. If you have an overlocker overlock this seam. I have done this tutorial assuming most don’t have overlockers so have shown the seams reinforced/finished with a tight zig-zag stitch.
Lay the lining pieces right sides together and pin. Sew a straight stich, then a zigzag stitch around the sides, and bottom of the lining pieces leaving the top open. If you don’t want to just use the pockets on the outside you can add a pocket to the right side of the lining before stitching lining together if you want too.
On the open top side, fold over about 1cm of the lining (to the wrong side) and straight stitch around.
Take one of your handle pieces. Fold length ways right sides together. Sew down the long length leaving ends open.
Turn handle right way out and press flat. Pin if needed to help keep it flat.
Sew a straight stitch top seam along both long sides an stay stitch the open bottoms so you now have two flat stitched handles.
Pin handles into position on wrong side of jeans.
Insert jean bag into lining bag WRONG sides together.
Pin all the way around matching seams. I leave a small space where the dome is as it is really difficult to sew with a machine around here. Straight stitch all the way around the bags, through all thickness including handles.
You can see here where there is a gap over the dome. Handstitch this shut.
Here you go one finished jean nappy bag! I leave it with the large interior open so I can place my nappys, mat, and wipes inside. Then I use the jean pockets for all the little bits like my keys.
Remember have fun! We would love to see any of your creations.