When the time comes for your jeans to be reincarnated into your new favorite shorts, the top gets a new life but what about that sturdy bottom fabric going to waste? I have been saving the bottoms of cut off jeans for two years now, knowing that someday I would have a bright idea of how to put them to use. Denim crafts can go wrong in so many ways but my goal in this project was to cure denim crafts from their not so hip past using a little bleach and stitchery! -halligan
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– jean leg bottom
– sturdy fabric of choice (for lining)
– bleach (optional)
– fabric pencil/marker
– sewing machine
Optional Step: Bleach jean leg bottom to desired color.
note: Make sure to wash both your liner fabric and denim before you start sewing because the fabrics may shrink unevenly.
1. Cut open jean on the inside leg seam. Cut a 14.5″x13″ rectangle of jean fabric
and a 14.5″x15″ rectangle of liner fabric.
2. Fold lining over 1/4″, then iron down to create a crease. Fold again at 1 1/2″,
then iron down and create a crease.
3. Put jean leg with the bottom seam into the second crease and sew along bottom
of seam. I used a zig-zag stitch for fun but a straight stitch is fine also.
4. Fold rectangle in half and finish side and bottom using a French seam.
For more info on an easy French seam go here
To make handle:
5. Cut a 2.75″x18″ piece of fabric. Fold over 1/4″ on one side and 3/4″ on the other side, then iron down.
6. Next fold over to make a one inch wide strap and sew down middle with a zigzag stitch or a straight stitch.
7. Sew handle to lining seam and to the top edge of the open wine bag.
8. Get a bottle, insert into bag, and head to the nearest b.y.o, park, or anywhere else you need to take some vino and share with good friends. Enjoy!