Hubbys old jeans = my new handbag

I have been lusting after a bag made out of denim, after seeing one on Pinterest, but until I could find DH discarded "DIY around the house" jeans ...I had to wait.  But last week I finally got my hands on the jeans!
Because of the paint stains and threadbare knees I was unable to cut the pattern piece out on the fold.
Then I forgot to cut one piece in the reverse shape. So I ended up with a happy compromise of one quarter of the bag made from red shirting, which makes up for not having sufficient red shirting to make the bag lining.  This is my new handbag and I am loving it!

I followed the long path to finding the tutorial and pattern (free) that the pinner used over here at
http://verypurpleperson.com/2010/04/making-reversible-bag/ the Very Purple Person blog.

On Monday I managed to put the last stitches in the binding on this kids cot quilt.  I am very happy to mark this off my UFO list.  I like split 9 patch, but it didn't come close to using up all my novelty fabric scraps, so I can see I am going to have to make another I spy quilt soon.
And I have been making progress on another UFO.  I went from having 12 pinwheel blocks from my farm yard print jelly roll....
 ...to the correct total of 20.  Now I just need to unpick one block as it is wonky and find a suitable sashing.  I do have some chicken wire print fabric, but decided it was too busy.  I might have to hit the shops ; )
 My mini red baskets have stalled at five.  I need to buy some different reds in reproduction prints.  Hmm definitely need to hit the shops!
Our little orchard has been producing lots of fruit which has been interrupting my sewing time keeping me busy, so I was determined to pick the plums and give them all away.  We ran out of bird netting, so only half of the tree had any fruit on it.    I gave one bucket to the previous owners, as she wanted to stew some.
The other two buckets went to a patchworking friends mother...who was delighted to receive them and made me this delicious cake as a thank you...how nice is that :)
Happy quilting, Sue.


7 comments:

  1. Just wondering what you were up to and thinking you should have a posting, and here you are. Hope you have a cool spot for this weekend. I like your pinwheel quilt.

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  2. lots of lovely blocks... I do like those pinwheels and looking forward to seeing what you choose for the sashing...
    Hugz

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  3. You've ben very busy. The bag looks very indie.....good that you just worked it out with what you had. Can't complain about your fruit coming back as a cake!

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  4. That bag is so cute I just pinned the tutorial. Whether I get round to making it soon or not remains to be seen as there is a lack of crafty motivation going on here still.

    Love the I Spy Quilt – and go you for a finish , and the pinwheels are adorable. 5 baskets is five more than I have ever done so as far as Im concerned you rock, right along with those very sweet baskets of yours.

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  5. You've been very busy both in the sewing room and in the garden and kitchen. Glad you wrestled those jeans away and repurposed them into a cute bag.

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  6. You are certainly using your time wisely. By that I mean sewing up a storm. The denim should make a wonderfully kid friendly bag i.e. to carry all their stuff as well as yours. The cot quilt is great. Is it destined for someone in particular or are you just going to keep it in the cupboard ready for when you need one? Sounds like you are building up a shopping list there. Those pinwheels look lovely. I think a solid would work or a print that reads as a solid. Your little red baskets are very cute. How nice to be able to offload your fruit without feeling you are starting to look like a piece because you have eaten so much of it. That cake looks like it would be yummy with a cup of tea.

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  7. You are certainly using your time wisely. By that I mean sewing up a storm. The denim should make a wonderfully kid friendly bag i.e. to carry all their stuff as well as yours. The cot quilt is great. Is it destined for someone in particular or are you just going to keep it in the cupboard ready for when you need one? Sounds like you are building up a shopping list there. Those pinwheels look lovely. I think a solid would work or a print that reads as a solid. Your little red baskets are very cute. How nice to be able to offload your fruit without feeling you are starting to look like a piece because you have eaten so much of it. That cake looks like it would be yummy with a cup of tea.

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