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« on: March 30, 2005 09:31:41 AM »

All right, I've figured out how to make the knock off bootie bag.  Here's a very brief tutorial.  I don't have a picture for every step so I will to explain in detail:

1.  I used a girl's size 7 jeans that I picked up cheap at a thrift store.

2.  I took the lid from an old shoe box and trimmed off the vertical edges.  I then set the trimmed lid into the seat of the jeans so that it would stand upright and give me a rectangle base to work with.

3.  Now, time to cut the jeans.  Cut off one leg of the jeans, but leave about two inches or so below the crotch area.  Now, pull the short leg up inside of the jeans seat.  I didn't cut enough in these pictures, but you get the point.

4. Cut the other leg of the jeans off, but it should still be fairly long.

5.  Fold this leg up under the seat.  You should have a couple of inches sticking out.  If there is too much, then cut it off so that it looks like this:

6.  This is the part where you really have to play with it a bit to get it to look right.  You will have to fold the sides of the leg up underneath the seat so that the front crotch and back crotch areas are flush with the sides of the leg.  Also, fold in the end of the leg so that it is flush with the side of the bag.




7.  At this point, get out the glue gun and glue down the folds you've made, then glue down the seat to the folded leg, making sure that all sides are even.  Glue everything down as tight as you can.  I had to use the glue gun here, my machine just isnt up to sewing these kinds of thicknesses.

Sorry I don't have pictures for the next steps. 

8.  Take one of the discarded pants legs and cut 4 small strips to make loops.  These loops are to hold in the purse handles.  If you sew your own handles, you would just pin them in (upside down) and then sew (like in the jordy bag tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=19288.0), but if you use the beaded handles you need to put one strip through each handle loop (sorry don't know the proper terminology) and then pin into the waist of the seat where you want the handles to go.  At this point, I went ahead and stitched them in one at a time. 

9.  Lining - I cut my lining to the approximate size of the jeans seat - left to right side being the width and top of waistline to bottom of crotch being the height.  I cut two pieces of these and one piece that was the size of the shoe box lid (remember the shoe box lid?).  Sew these together like the lining was done in the skipping bag tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=12104.0, only instead of one of the short sides being left unstitched, make sure you leave one of the long sides unstitched.  This work better for me due to the type of handles that I used. 

10.  Turn your jeans seat wrong side out (don't forget to take out the shoe box lid here) and turn the handles of the bag to the inside.  Place your lining inside the jeans bag.  Make sure that the right sides of the two materials are facing each other. 

11. (My sewing machine just about had a cow at this point) Stitch the pieces together at the top, all the way around.

12.  Turn everything right side out by pulling everything through the long side of the lining that was left unstitched.  Go ahead and put the shoe box lid back into the bottom of the bag. 

13.  Here is where I deviated from the original bag - I cut four pieces of plastic canvas (cause that's what I had lying around) to the same size as the front side of the bag, then glued two of them together for the front and two together for the back.  I put both between my liner and the denim before I completed the lining.  Then, I stitched up my lining and put it into the bag. 

14.  Last step, I cut two pieces of fabric to make a belt.  Measure the length of the waist and add about four or five inches.  Fold in the edges of each piece, then place them wrong sides together (good sides will be out) and sew them together (don't forget to tuck then ends in).  Run the belt through the loops and tie a simple knot.  There.  You're done.  Time to show off your bootie bag knockoff!


This is my first tutorial, so if I missed a step or something is confusing, just ask me and I'll try to explain a little better!  Henri
 
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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2005 10:14:19 AM »

It looks like they basically cut the legs off the jeans and sew the holes up nice, then add lining and handles.  I've seen similar ones at the local walmart.
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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2005 10:47:20 AM »

The legs are not entirely cut off.  One leg is folded under at the base and from what I have seen, it is glued not sewn.  I know that there is cardboard or something else that's stiff that is covered in the lining material and placed on the inside bottom and two long sides.  If I figure this sucker out, I'll try and do a tute on it.  These are really cute.
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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2005 10:59:53 AM »

Sounds like you've got it figured out.  I've got a few old pairs of jeans laying around that don't fit anymore, I NEVER throw anything out  lol.  Maybe we can collaberate on this together.
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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2005 12:31:28 PM »

Ok, I do have it figured out.  I've got the outside of the bag made, now all I've got to do is put in a lining. I'm taking pictures as I go, I'll try and have it up by tonight or early tomorrow.
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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2005 01:08:00 PM »

awesome!  I'll be looking forward to seeing it
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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2005 01:13:37 PM »

<<<<<has some extra """bootie""" im dying to get rid of!! Undecided if you need extra let me know hehe!
cant wait to see the tut!!
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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2005 01:19:29 PM »

I was thinking about making one of these bags a few weeks ago. Before I saw that someone actually made it. They look easy to make.
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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2005 08:36:14 PM »

Tutorial added - see above Grin
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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2005 09:13:46 PM »

Cute booty Smiley  One of my former student had one of these and it totally cracked me up.
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« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2005 03:55:59 AM »

I absolutely love it...great job.  I'll have to try one now.  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2005 12:17:19 PM »

OMG! that is such a boot..........i mean hoot! good job on figuring out that one!! you did good, i might have to attempt it, if i do ill post pics..thanks for the tut!
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« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2005 08:44:18 PM »

Someone I know purchased a bootie bag for $80.  I kept looking at it and thinking..."I can make that!"  Then I found your tutorial THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

I used a pair of $1 jeans I bought at a yard sale, less than 1 yrd of lining fabric (purchased for $3.00 yd.), a belt that my daughter does not wear (free) and straps that I cut off an old bag (free).  For the support part I used clear plastic thin-gage cutting mats that I purchased from the dollar store held in place with duct tape also purchased at the dollar store.  I did buy a bag of fiber fill to make the butt cheeks! <-- Worth it for the cuteness factor.  I glued mine all together with Loctite Super Glue that I got for free when I attended a convention.  I really like my straps better than the beaded ones I've seen for two reasons.  1) I can carry it on my shoulder and 2) It's comfortable.

I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS PURSE!  If you've thought about making one, you should!!!

Here's photos of mine...





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« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2005 07:27:26 AM »

awesome job!  I've seen these sell anywhere from $95 to $200 where I live.  I've managed to start a neat little business selling these babies for half the price.  Now if I only had time to make me one....
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« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2005 02:53:24 PM »

henri - WAY too cute and thanks for sharing.  You should really post this tute/thread over in the Completed Projects section, they will eat it up!  Love what you did with everything, lining, handles, tie... >>> So, how are you going about selling yours?  Just going around to boutiques?  I/We would love to see some more pics of the bags you are selling!!!

socreative - So, how did you put the stuffing in the "bootie" so it would stay?  Love what you did with the belt and lining!

I am seeing a Hippie one with iron on LOVE and PEACE symbols.  Too, a scarf through the loops would be multi-functional! 

Got lots of jeans here that I am using for another project and have been debating doing something like this with the tops.  The group that I sorta sell to already has someone doing something along this line.  Shoot, I am out of it and thought it was her "unique" idea, so I didn't want to step on her design.  Silly me!  These are selling for $50 - $295 in real life!!??  (YOU GO henri!!!!!!!)  Hmph!  Undecided   I'm tip toeing through the tulips babe! Wink

Most of my jeans are mens, some big mens.  I suppose I could add a magnetic snap or a ribbon and do a roomy tote.  Or maybe even use the fabric tie like henr and make it longer and it can be cinched closed.

QUESTION:  Any idea on how I could add a zipper closure to the top of the bag?  Is the only way to bring the lining up?

Hmmm, bringing the lining up gives me the idea of doing this and inserting a draw string as a closure too.  But, I am still curious about the zipper....

Thanks again henri for posting this and for the tute!!!!
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« Reply #15 on: June 16, 2005 10:10:37 PM »

bootie bag! I love that name. I've been making these for years but the folded leg under the bottom is new to me! I can see where the cardboard would really help keep a great shape. I always put a zipper and lining in mine.
my cousin drove me insane until I made four of them for her for Xmas gifts one year!
 Your tutorial is great by the way!
I can now picture a use boot sticking our from the one seam!
Oh that would be such a hoot! I might have to try this one!
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« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2005 07:52:41 AM »

really cute bag Grin
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« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2007 06:21:42 PM »

does any body know how to make the flap to the top of the purse to make it close these are very cute baby  boootie bags Thank you
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« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2007 05:24:04 PM »

you could make a flap using fabric with cardboard or the plastic canvas in between the fabrics. YOu would have a little bit of fabric left on the back where you would sew it in between the outside fabric and the lining. The piece on the other side of the top would put a button hole in it and then it would go across the top and button to close it up.
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« Reply #19 on: December 06, 2008 02:28:02 PM »

I made one of these as a kid! It was one of my first sewing projects when I was around 10 or so. I sewed patches and crazy buttons all over, too. I think I might have to revisit the project and make one for my niece (age 6). I think I might see if I can thrift some crazy-colored jeans.
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