Sunday, July 25, 2010

Upcycled Jeans to Plastic Bag Holder

When we were getting ready to move, one of the things that I did was go through everyone's clothing and donate a lot of stuff, but I also kept quite a bit for the intended purpose of scrap fabric, or some other crafty adventure! I have quite a few jeans that my husband is now to small for :) Go him, and go me 'cause now I get to play!

Anyway, I saw this tut for a plastic bag holder, which we have all seen, but it sparked the idea in me to make one with a jean leg. All I would need to do is a tiny bit of sewing and add a tiny bit of elastic and it would be done! Just the perfect kind of craft in my opinion!

Plastic Bag Holder

You need one pair of old jeans.

Cut one leg off and get rid of the ankle hemming. 

Fold over one edge and sew... My sewing machine was still packed at this point so I hand sewed...I suck at it, but whatever, its just a bag that hangs in the pantry lol.

 You need a piece of elastic about 6 inches long.

Thread the elastic through, then sew together.

Remember the pinched fabric flowers I made? I made a few more with left over scrap fabric from the rag quilt I did for Samantha.

I attached them with fabric glue ... it stays MUCH better than hot glue, but it takes a while to dry. I left it to sit overnight. 

I used a piece of ribbon and attached to either side of the leg, to hang the holder from. I used hot glue here...not sure why I did not stick with the fabric glue! But it has worked thus far.

And viola!

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  1. Cool idea!Thanks for sharing, mine are just stuck randomly under the kitchen sink. ;)

  2. Very cool. Now what ya gonna do with the other leg?

  3. Wow great idea. You are very crafty and creative!

  4. Oh this is cute! I love the addition of the flowers and I'm impressed that you hand-sewed it. Nice job! ;)

  5. My plastic bags are just crammed into another plastic bag- I need to do this! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  6. Very nice Tanyia. You can make one for me with the other leg.LOL HA! HA! Ann.

  7. Thanks for stopping by and introducing me to your blog! This is a great idea--I love the flowers! Looknig forward to looking around here!

  8. that is such a good idea & it's CUTE too!! love how you added the flowers :)
    thanks for stopping by my blog & leaving such sweet comments!

  9. This is a good idea! I have not seen it done with jean legs before!!! My mom made me one out of a dish towel several years ago. Thanks for visiting my blog and your sweet comments!!! Have a great day!


  10. That's an awesome idea! Thanks so much for stopping by! I'm following you back! :)


  11. That is totally adorable! The flowers just make it.

  12. I love this, never ever seen it in fabric always in plastic and with no charm. This is a great blog, can't wait to see more ideas, I am not at all crafty so to me all these things look super hard but still I love to see what everyone comes up with.
    Thanks for coming by our blog, we are now following you back and will be back soon :)

  13. Wow, this is so cute!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Have a good evening!

  14. CUTE!!! I love your blog! Great ideas! I am a follower. Stop by Sassy Sites and say HI! :)

  15. Oh so cute....what a great idea! You creative gals are amazing!

  16. SUPER CUTE! I have the perfect scraps for this! Thanks for sharing!


  17. Very clever Tanyia, I need to use more of the things I have on hand, rather than spend more money on fabric I don't need!!!

  18. Hi Tanya, great idea! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, and so nice to "meet" you! Hope to see you again this week! All the best.


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