Hi.. uh OK.. I have all these legs from jeans-to-skirt projects... What to do... How about a bag?
This is the first thing I've shown here. I'm really nervous about it. OK, here goes...
First, I cut the bottom from a leg. This is the outside. Cut the other but a little smaller. This was the liner to make it a bit more sturdy. I added a pocket to the outside with the letter 'd' (I'm Deana, maybe I'm a bit too old to be caught carrying a bag with my initial... but who cares...)
I thought it might be nice to have a divider with pockets.
One side of the divider:
The other side:
For the bottom, I cut an oval of denim and added a 1/8" piece of hardwood cut in the same oval. I added some trim on the bottom. By doing this, the bag will stand up on it's own.
For the top, I added a zipper. Open:
Maybe I should have stopped there. But no, I had to try and be unique. I added a white leather strip and called it a belt. I made a buckle by bending some heavy guage wire. I made belt loops at the top of the bag. Dorky, yes, but different. You can see the belt & buckle above in the image with the zip closed. Notice I errored adding the zip... it's not straight... But it still worked...
The straps are just the seam from some leg material left over from making a denim skirt with a box pleat hem.
The outside pocket:
I added this little heart. It matches the little hearts that grace the top of my box pleated hem reconned denim skirt:
I'm done now. Put the keys on the handy ring and on the bag on my shoulder. I'm off to face the world! I hope I'm not too stupid looking...
Comments? Dorky? Useful? Maybe cute? I'm really nervous...
9/18: The tutorial is the first message on page three.