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« on: February 05, 2010 10:52:54 AM »

OK, so this is my VERY FIRS CHALLENGE EVER!!! My new year's resolution was to finally make something for a challenge and I'll try to make something every month (but we'll see if I manage that Wink).
Anyway so far so good: here is my totally free totally reused and reusable bag:
opened bag:

I didn't buy ANYTHING for this bag - everything was found at home. It is made from old thorn B's jeans, old thorn dad's shirt and plastic hangers that you get with children's clothing when you buy them (which I usually don't but I did once before my first dd was born and I just couldn't make myself throw this things away - she's 2,5 years now Grin, the hangers were waiting for their time to shine all this time... Roll Eyes) Now I finally found a way to use them and I'm quite happy to put them out of the way Cheesy. I was thinking of this project and suddenly saw one of the hangers lying around and the idea was born. I first thought they won't be able to serve their duty but they are surprisingly OK with it! Shocked here are the materials:

Onto the pics:
here is the finished product (yes, we still have the Christmas tree in the balcony Roll Eyes Tongue):

here it is opened out so you can see the lining and the 2 different handles (I'll explain why in a minute):

Here I loaded the bag with quite some stuff - as you can see I could put some more stuff in it - but my time was limited (the baby sleeps only 20-30 minutes a day...):

the content:

Here are some " in the process photos":
the jeans cut up: I can allways use the legs but the upperparts usually stay since you can not use them as a fabric - so this time I wanted to do something with the waist part of the jeans. I cut out 2 bottom parts from leg parts of jeans to make the bottom more sturdy.

here is one of the bottom parts pinned to the upper part:

cutting the lining from a shirt:

the topstitching of the first bottom part to add strength to the bag - afterwards I stitched the other bottom part on as well so it's really sturdy:

First I cut the upper part of the handles off and smoothed the area:

Than I just snipped the other protruding parts of the hangers:

Sorry, folks, I stopped taking pictures afterward but I can make another one for the tut if somebody would be very interested.

Than of course I can not take a picture of anything with my dd around without her "helping me" - so you get the "action pics" as well Grin:
one way of carrying it - with the hangers:

the other way of carrying it - with the sewn handles - I added those since I was not sure how strong the hangers will be and I didn't want to take the whole bag apart in case one of those broke - I want it to be useful:

OK, mum, I'm going shopping now! (yes, the coat is also handsewn and painted by momma - from real ship fur - but that's another story - you can find it here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=342999.msg3984937#msg3984937...)

Cute ass, don't you think? Grin

During the photoshoot my youngest dd woke up and of course wanted to participate. She always climbs into everything - into boxes, baskets,... (she usually throws out all the toys from their toy-basket just to make room for herself Grin) So we thought that would make a cute picture. And here is the proof for the sturdiness (the baby is 9 kilos - 20 pounds):

she really enjoyed it:

If that didn't convince you this should (since you know -  what one of them does the otherone wants to do immediately) - so here is the older dd (she weigh 12 kg - that is around 26,5 pounds):
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2010 12:08:53 PM »

its a mega cute arse!!!!!! Smiley Smiley well done

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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2010 02:11:35 PM »

Very cute, and so's that kid of yours  Cheesy Cheesy  I've made about 5 shopping bags from old jeans now and they really wash and wear forever, like jeans  Grin  Great job!

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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2010 03:33:45 PM »

I wouldn't be surprised if you won based on the cuteness of your daughters!!! Good job! I really like the hanger handles!

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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2010 09:17:55 PM »

your daughters are absolutely adorable! and that is one sturdy bag, man to be small enough to ride in one of those Cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2010 12:43:36 PM »

Thank you all for your kind comments! I saw people here have posted such wild ideas so I was wandering wether to show my modest jeans bag or not - I realise that jeans recons and jeans bag are not the most genuine idea (thousands of people got that same idea, I'm sure;). But with 2 littleones and a small apartment in 3rd floor with no elevator we really don't want to carry any extra unnecessary weight (the kids and all the stuff from the shopping will do Wink). I also didn't want to make a large bag that would take a lot of place but wouldn't be roomy enough (till recently we had a small car and we still live in a small apartment,... you get the picture). So I kind of neglected all the wild ideas and just went with something practical we can actually use for long:)

To me my kids are the cutest but my opinion doesn't count since I'm kind of heavily biased Wink. So it's always nice to hear compliments about them, thank you very much. I agree, my kids are definitely the best thing that I'll ever be able to participate in making;) But I learned to live with that Wink

its a mega cute arse!!!!!! Smiley Smiley well done
he he, you should have seen it when he wore them - even better:) The bag would be bigger if he was plus size though  - but I think this one is big enough nevertheless;D.
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2010 09:03:31 PM »

I think you should get extra points for crafting during precious nap time! =D Very nice!
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2010 02:33:02 AM »

Hey nice one. Getting so many ideas now for shoppingbags. Come next christmas, we'll have a lot of pressies to hand out.
Since there are a few old jeans hanging around the house, I'll make some. Filled with homemade jam, cookies or something, it'll make a knock out present.

Veri, I see you count in kilo's as well. You in Europe too?

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« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2010 10:56:57 AM »

I think you should get extra points for crafting during precious nap time! =D Very nice!
he he, I agree Grin. I either craft or eat during the naptime (I guess my love for crafting keeps me at the "slim-side" Cheesy). It only take half hour at her best so I get majority of crafting done at night.

Veri, I see you count in kilo's as well. You in Europe too?
I sure am:) I live in a very little country you probably never heard of (Slovenia).

Happy christmas crafting next winter:) I'l defenatly make more of those as well since the upper parts of jeans usually stay uncut and the bag is really practical (as midnight sun said - wears forever;) and strong (bf/daddy tried it as soon as it was finished when he took some kilos of potatoes from the basment and I tried it for shopping yesterday)
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2010 08:24:40 AM »

Oooh I love this! Very nice job, the look of it is great and it apparently can take some weight!  The pictures with the kids in them are priceless Smiley

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