Thursday, July 4, 2013

Blue Jean Backpack


First of all, HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!  

A dear friend was nice enough to give me some of her retired blue jeans.  Just in time too, I was running out!  You are either excited about this or saying, "please move on!".  I just can't move on when there are so many things to make from Blue Jeans!

I actually did not know what I was going to make next.  I just picked up some books from the library that I had on hold for a while.  One of them was a book called, Sew Many Bags Sew Little Time, by Sally Southern.  There were many cute bags in this book, but the one that caught my eye, of course,  was a Backpack made out of old blue jeans.  So, here is my version of Sally's "Moody Blues" bag.

Blue jean Backpack
 Remember the very old embroidery pieces I found at a garage sale last weekend?  If you missed that post click here, to find my great inspirational pieces I'll be using for upcoming projects.  Well, these flowers were on a very old and yellowed table runner.  Now look how beautiful it looks on my backpack!  A great inspiration for this project. 




This bag is made up of 3 pairs of Jeans.  One, for the bottom of the bag and a pocket.  A second, for the front and back panels and one of the handles.  And a third for the final handle.

  Found this lining material in the clearance section at Wal-Mart yesterday.  $2.00 for 1 yard.  Hard to beat! 


The buttons are still working, so if I needed to tighten up the straps, I could add another button hole and button higher up. 

This project went pretty smoothly, up until I kept putting the handles on wrong!  It took three tries to get it right!

 Hobby Lobby had their ribbon and trims on sale yesterday 1/2 off!  So this bag only cost me...with the garage sale purchase....$5.25 plus tax.  Actually, it's probably less than that b/c I still have ribbon and cord left over!









I know, a lot of pictures, but it's so much fun to show off a project that I love so much! 

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Have a safe and blessed 4th of July!

Blessings,
~Gina

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