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.
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.
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…
…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.
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!
PS – Next time I’ll try to remember to take step-by-step photos!
My website: www.saltspringweaving.ca
Definitely step by step photos….but what a stupendous bag
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 🙂
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 🙂
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!!
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!
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.
Your piece just sings out the wonderful blueness of blue. The love shows!
Ingenious and I love it! 😀