I cleaned out the kids' closets a few days ago - had them try things on so I could know what we still need for this school year. The stuff that didn't fit and was still in good shape, I set aside for my little ones. The stuff that didn't fit and was stained or had holes, I brought to my craft room.
I spent about an hour cutting the largest possible sections of fabric from those worn out pants. Jeans, corduroy, cotton, knits - such great fabric. Before I knew it, this purse/bag was an idea in my mind's eye:
For the past 3 days, the housework and makeup have seriously suffered! This project was SO fun, and now I have a new purse! Well...it's bigger than a purse and smaller than a suitcase. So what does that make it? A bag?
I spent less than $5 at JoAnn's to buy these magnetic snaps and a purse zipper, but otherwise I didn't spend a dime - it was all fabric that I had.
I'm such a bag junkie, it was fun to design my own. Pockets, pockets galore! I especially love the inside zipper section for the stuff that I want to be extra secure.
This was my first bag, but I think there will be more. I'm thinking my next bag will be a custom camera bag - sort of my very own "shoot sac". I might even spring for some fabrics that I REALLY love, instead of limiting myself to the stuff I have on hand. There's some super cute fabrics out there these days - this project would look a bit less old-lady-bag-ish with some funky fabrics.
What sorts of left-over fabrics do you have lying around? Why not try making yourself a new bag?
Stuff I used and don't think I could have done without for this project:
- invisible quilter's thread
- walking foot for my machine
- iron and ironing board
- stick-on fabric stabilizer
- rotary cutter with cutting mat and ruler
- sewing "gloves" - they're lightweight gloves with an almost sticky fingertips - really makes it easy to handle and move fabric without having to work so hard (really came to love sewing more after finding these gems!)