Fast forward more than several years to the digital age and while surfing the web, I came across a jean purse contest. I wish I could post the link, but I've changed computers since then and have lost the link. Some of the bags were so creative, it re-kindled the spark in me and I began to research the jean purse idea. I hemmed and hawed for years scouring magazines and web sites for ideas. I collected trims and bits of cloth while procrastinating, hesitant to begin due to a lack of sewing skills.
Finally, a favourite pair of jeans became too ripped and torn to wear. I took the plunge, lopping off the legs and zipped the crotch area closed. I remember reading that the bag would be better lined so I chose a sturdy black denim from some cut-offs as the liner.
I fashioned the straps by braiding the cut-off pant legs,
I added all the embellishments I could find, using the original bags from the jean purse project as my inspiration. Finally I added the zipper and this is the final result.
and the innards:
I've only used it maybe 3 times because it's so "crafty" looking.
I think if I were to do this project again, I would:
- stitch down and then inside-out the straps so they don't fray so much
- maybe braid a leather lace into the strap
- use a hot pink or orange liner to make it easier to see the purse contents
- also, I would use a non-stretchy jean so it doesn't turn out so floppy