2. Upcycled Green Jeans Bag
This is perfect for a pair of flared or wide-leg jeans. Start by cutting off one leg so that it’s the height you want you bag to be plus 1/4″. Now, turn the leg inside-out and sew it closed along the edge where you just cut. Flip it right side out again.
To decide how long you want your straps, try measuring the strap on a bag that sits just right on you. Once you have that sorted, cut 2 strips from the jeans’ other leg that are the length you want plus 1″ and 2″ wide. Use your iron to press the strips in half lengthwise, right side out, so you’re left with two, 1″ wide straps. Pin, and use your sewing machine to zig zag stitch along the unfinished edge.
Now, you’re ready to attach the straps! Pin them in place, then use a “strong box” to make sure they’re very sturdy. To create a strong box, sew yourself a rectangle with an X in the center. You’ll most likely have to double back along one seam to complete the box, and that’s OK. Just sew carefully, and no one will ever know.
Once the bag is all sewn up, you can use fabric paint or scrap fabric (or both!) to embellish it however you like.