It looks so cute and I wondered if I could ever pull it off given that I don't have that much experience with the sewing machine. I don't think I yet qualify as a beginner even.
Anyway, I remembered that I have these jeans that I don't wear anymore because they have a hole in the backside that makes me feel like my butt is about to fall off:
|I inserted an orange sock inside so the hole was easy to see.|
Other than the hole, I think they are perfect for this project. So I made up my mind and decided that this will be my next project. My actual first "big" project. Although nowadays with three kids at home whatever project I come up with is now considered "big".
Anyway, I knew I wanted something a bit different than what I was seeing in the picture. Similar, but different. I wanted it to have an adjustable strap so that I can wear it on one shoulder like a regular bag or over the shoulder like a messenger bag. I also wanted a zippered closure since I figured it would be harder for pickpockets on the metro to take things out of it when I ride home.
The link on Pinterest leads to some sort of tutorial, but it doesn't really explain the process in detail. It just says, "well I cut up here and sew there" and that's that. So I went looking for more explanation on how to do it properly or at least to get some inspiration on how to do it my own way. After a lot of research and a couple of videos that I know won't work for me, I think I have come up with the perfect combination of tutorials to achieve what I want.
Before I share the videos that will help me with this project, I needed to know that I have all the supplies I need at home, so last night was scavenger's night at the Herring's. Money is tight so I had to figure out a way to purchase the least amount of materials. I have my Jeans and my sewing machine. I had some leftover fabric that I used to line one of my crocheted bags in the past which would be perfect. I just needed the zippers (because I want a zippered inner pocket as well) and the buckles for the strap.
After a lot of rummaging around the house and the never failing allergy to dust; not to mentioned my Grandmother who left a lot of sewing supplies (including the machine); here's what I found:
I found this pink purse that I never use anymore. It was actually at the bottom of the closet along with the baby carrier, just waiting to be found and recycled. It had a lot of zippers and it was perfect. The pink zippers combine really well with the fabric I have. It took me forever, but I was finally able to salvage all six zippers and a couple of mini belt buckles that were holding the strap of the purse. From the baby carrier I managed to take out the buckles that will help me with the adjustable strap.
Thanks to my grandma I don't think I need anything else. I will start tonight by cutting up the jeans and the fabric. I'll come bearing pictures of the progress in the next couple of days.