Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Recycled Edith Hobo Bag

Finally I got my sewing machine back!  Only took 35 days!  Between the sciatica and now a dog with a pulled neck muscle, life has been crazy!  Finally calming down, I hope!

Anyway, I had this bag I got at Target a few years ago.  I loved that it was an over the shoulder bag and I always take it to the flea market so my hands are free.  Well I have found myself using it more and more, there is only one problem, the fabric.
Doesn't exactly go with my wardrobe!  So I thought I could make one, I mean it is just a sack shape with a strap. How hard could it be!  So I decided to recycle a pair of jeans!  I have been saving (hoarding) them for a while now.  I used a leg for the front and one for the back.
This will be the back.  I kept the hem at the top.  For the front, I cut off the pockets and used them as a pocket for my cell phone and such.
This is where I ran into problems, the little machine I was sewing on, didn't like layers of denim, so I had to wait till today to use my Bernina.  Still it took some time and a few needles!

I used a paisley print I already had on hand for the lining, then added some denim pockets for good measure.
I then used some furniture webbing I had on hand for the sides.  Love that!
So after hand cranking the machine at some points, and breaking 3 needles, I give you the Edith Hobo Bag!

I will have to road test it for a while to see if it works.  I have more jeans I can recycle, just don't know if I want to fight the machine anymore.  Love recycling!  And it didn't cost a thing!  Using stuff I already had, even better!

Have a great day!