SAORI Weaving and Denim bag

As you may know from reading many of my posts – I LOVE the colour blue! So, no surprise, I had a piece of SAORI woven cloth that was mainly blues. I had been experimenting with Saori-style log cabin when working on this weaving.

SAORI and Denim bag

I have wanted to make a new bag for a while now – and had an idea one day when I was at our local thrift store. There was a pair of jeans for $1.00. The legs and hems were not in good shape.

SAORI and Denim bag

So I bought them, washed them, sewed across the top of the legs then cut the legs off and turned them inside out.

Then, I took my cloth…

SAORI and Denim bag

…sewed it into a tube the same width as the hips of the jeans, leaving the fringe end out. Then I sewed across the bottom (right sides together) and turned it right side out. I then took the jeans and put them inside the woven bag – this became the lining – complete with pockets!

Next I pulled on the threads at the top of the bag to gather it in a bit as the waist of the jeans was narrower than the hips. Then I sewed around the top of the jeans and weaving together to complete the bag.

SAORI and Denim bag

I have used a woven belt as the gathering and the handle too, by putting it through the belt loops.

So easy – I’m so pleased!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

PS – Next time I’ll try to remember to take step-by-step photos!

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

8 replies
  1. terri
    terri says:

    Thanks Franky – it was ‘easy-peasy’!! I was just so excited about it I didn’t take photos – also, I was trying to get it done in time to take to the SAORI Kai 🙂

    Happy Weaving,
    Terri

  2. Bobbie
    Bobbie says:

    Great Terri! It solves the “how do I make it both beautiful and rugged” dilemma- plus for me, there is that added perk of well-disguised recycling.
    Curious how the jeans pockets functioned after you sewed the top of the jeans to the top of the weaving… guess I will have to come out there to see for myself 🙂

  3. terri
    terri says:

    Yes – it was much easier for me than making a lining and trying to make pockets – they were already there.

    When I sewed it together – I just sewed twice along the top of the waistband – so the pockets are easily free….but it would be great to see you!!

  4. Noreen Crone-Findlay
    Noreen Crone-Findlay says:

    What a wonderful bag!!!
    It’s totally win win win- great recycling/upcycling,
    great function to have ready made pockets (there can never be enough pockets!)
    and great beauty in the weaving!
    Wear it in good health!
    :o)

  5. Debbie
    Debbie says:

    Gorgeous weaving and a very clever use of an old pair of jeans! I’d be so proud of myself if I had made that bag, Terri.

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