DIY Projects
Aug 21, 2013

DIY project: Storage bags

By: Catherine Therrien

DIY project: Storage bags Author: Style At Home

DIY Projects
Aug 21, 2013

DIY project: Storage bags

By: Catherine Therrien

Style at Home managing editor and resident crafter Catherine Therrien got a leg up (literally!) on some old pairs of jeans by cutting off the bottoms and fashioning them into bright and cheery storage bags – perfect for all your artsy needs, from crafting to sewing to gift wrapping.

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Materials
  • Scissors
  • Jeans (any adult size or a kids’ large size)
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Fabric marking pen
  • Straight ruler

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Directions

1 Using sharp scissors, cut off one leg from the pair of jeans about 8" from the bottom of the finished hem.

2 Turn the piece inside out and sew a 1/2" seam along the raw edge using the straight stitch on your sewing machine. This will form the bottom of the bag.

3
To create the boxed corners, flatten out the bottom of the bag. On one end, match the side seam with the bottom seam to create a peak. Place a pin perfectly in the middle of the seams to hold them together.

4 Mark a 3" depth using a fabric marking pen and a straight ruler, positioning your ruler so the depth is measured from side to side at the base of the peak (see image above).

5 Sew a straight stitch along the marked line, removing the pin once you’ve reached the centre seam. Then, cut off the peak using scissors, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. Repeat on the other end.

6 Flip right side out and turn down the finished hem of the jean or roll it over a few times.

Tip: These denim bags are a perfect storage solution for organizing soft goods, but if you want them to hold supplies like pencils and paintbrushes, hide a glass or tin can in them first.
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