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Topic: Button Down Bags - recon'd shirts to gift/lunch/tote bags (Image Massive-sorry)  (Read 11490 times)
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« on: January 03, 2009 08:21:16 AM »

Finally done!  I made gift bags for my homegirls out of thrift store button-front shirts.  Each one is unique, and they're all fully lined with vintage or other re-purposed fabric to give them strength for a long life of re-use.  They can be reused as re-gift wrap, lunch bag, everyday tote, market bag, etc.  It's going to be hard to part with them, but I saved a shirt to make one for myself ;P haHAR!

Thrifty: Each shirt cost about $2, the lining fabrics all came from my stash, as well as the buttons.
Note: There is a present in each one-- just to clarify that the bag is not the present. Smiley

These are in the order I made them-- they seem to have gotten more structured as I went on...

All my girls:


The Em: lined with my favorite old bedsheet; sleeve as handle, vintage button with elastic loop closure inside. Not my best work-- hard to line up and cut out because the shirt was sewn on the bias. Argh.


The Ell: lined with vintage curtains; sleeves as shoulder strap (broke my needle on that); "untucked" bottom with contrast lining showing.






The Enn: lined with vintage curtains; front placket of shirt became top edge of bag; sleeves were originally going to be side gusset and attach to handle, but I shifted them around to center; vintage button and elastic closure on sleeve cuffs.




The Kay: lined with new, retro pink fabric with kitties (so friggin cute); contrast ruffle; no fancy tricks.


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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2009 08:45:19 AM »

The last two are my favorites! I've been going through old clothes to see what I can make purses out of and you've given me more ideas. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2009 12:28:24 PM »

I am in love with the first one! I've tried turning old sleeves into handles (and into neck ties, that did not come out nice!) but mine just lost it's sleeve feel and looked plain. I think yours turned out great, you should be proud of it  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2009 06:28:49 PM »

today I made my first drawstring bag, well actually first bag ever.  I can't wait to start using old shirts instead of my "good material" We have several second hand stores that I can't wait to go check out.  I loved the last bag by the way!!
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2009 07:35:22 PM »

Those are wonderful!  The last one is my favorite too.
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2009 08:09:59 PM »

The Enn and the Kay are my favorites.  Really well done and very chic. Wink
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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2009 07:06:40 AM »

i love the kay bag. a new thrift store open near me i may have to pay it a visit!

great job!
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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2009 10:58:42 AM »

Thanks for all the compliments, friends!  I'm glad I've inspired some of you, and I can't say enough about recycling discarded clothing and other textiles, so rock on with that!
I love this concept, it's a really fun way to experiment and practice your skills.  As I was working, each shirt kind of showed me its own personality, and I thought of at least 5 different ways I could have pieced each one together.  Give it a try!
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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2009 03:34:46 PM »

I love the one with pockets on the front!  We just did some closet cleaning and filled bags for charity.  I am going to go back through them and look for button down shirts!  Great idea!
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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2009 07:56:44 PM »

The last two are my favorite, but these are all great.  I love the fact that you used the sleeve as the handle.  How awesome!  This definately rocks and so far you have my vote!!!!

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