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Topic: Recycled Jeans - Japanese Folded Patchwork Bag  (Read 6356 times)
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« on: October 25, 2007 01:26:56 AM »

I used these instructions to make the following bag out of recycled jeans & fabrics that friends sent me when I asked for things that represented America.
http://www.checkerdist.com/_media/_pdf/CGpatchworkbag.pdf
I did manage to complete it in a day.

I thought about adding a Levi's pocket, but haven't decided...


It could be made reversible if I added some trim at the top of this side, but I think some of the pieces are a bit dirty, so I'll keep the print side out.


Had to add a pix of my kitten going crazy with it.   Grin
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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2007 01:38:48 AM »

 Shocked I don't know what's more beautiful, the cat or the bag! I had a kitty that looked just like that once Sad I miss him!

That looks like an incredibly painstakingly difficult bag! You did an amazing job on it Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2007 02:10:07 AM »

That bag looks AMAZING! And that kitty is super cute!
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2007 02:43:18 AM »

Fantastic.  That must have taken you forever.  Is the lining just the back of the circles or did you put a separate lining in?

Yours is so awesome I may have to put this on my list of things to try.  Thanks for the link to the instructions.

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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2007 03:08:49 AM »

Easier than it looks...
Fantastic.  That must have taken you forever.  Is the lining just the back of the circles or did you put a separate lining in?
No lining.  That's just the back of the circles.  I didn't add batting like suggested because I was using denim & that was just 1 more thing to do.  The bag is a nice sturdy weight...not wimpy.   Grin

I already had my circles cut from YEARS ago...so that was already done.  Amazingly, it wasn't that difficult. The most tedious process was top stitching around the curves.  Oh...& turning the denim handles w/o a tube turner was quite a task.

I think it's more time consuming than difficult.  But the results are worth it!


Shocked I don't know what's more beautiful, the cat or the bag! I had a kitty that looked just like that once Sad I miss him!

He's super mischievous but can be a snugglebug...  He's unofficially a Snow Bengal & his markings are still gradually appearing.

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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2007 03:26:31 AM »

Oh this is just fantastic!
Well done, congrats on great work!
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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2007 06:57:45 AM »

Best jean project I've seen in a long timeSmiley
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« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2007 08:02:02 AM »


My goodness, what a super cute bag! And you made it in one day too, the cutting alone would have worn me out.

Thanks for the link and pattern too, that was very nice of you.
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« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2007 09:55:46 AM »

I love the bag!  I also love working with recycled jeans.  Thanks for the idea!

Here's a quilt I made last year using the same method.  Grin  It's a really fun easy way to make a quilt but it does use a bunch of thread.

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« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2007 03:01:31 PM »

I love both the bag and the quilt!  Really awesome work!

It would be easier, I think, to do it with a single layer frayed edge folded over instead of 2 layers of denim. I might just have to give that a try!
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« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2007 03:14:46 PM »

OMG.  The bag and the quilt are awesome.  I have a big stack of denim squares that I have been saving for a project like this. 
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« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2007 03:29:29 PM »

Here's where I got the pattern for the jean quilt.  It's not double layered denim, it's single.  And I just used a cereal bowl for the templet.  I'm working on another small circle quilt now for my daughter, It's going to be bed size and have over 400 small circles.  I think these quilts would be perfect for picnics or for cold nights.

http://www.equilters.com/library/jeans/jeans_gallbaros.html

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crafteedee
« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2007 03:57:31 PM »

I didn't use 2 layers of denim either.  I used cheapy $1/yd fabric from my stash for the circle linings.  (Some use muslin)  It wasn't going to show so I didn't care what it looked like.  Great use for ugly fabric.  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2007 10:52:40 AM »

It looks very nice Smiley I downloaded the pattern, I hope I can give it a try someday. Thanks!
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« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2007 01:24:56 PM »

Such a beautiful bag! Thanks for the link. And I think the Levi's pocket would be the perfect touch, nothing says American like a good old pair of Levis!  Wink
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« Reply #15 on: August 02, 2009 01:13:08 PM »

very cute bag and the cat is adorable
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