Sunday, August 26, 2007

I Repurposed it from SCRATCH!!!

I am so excited to tell you about my latest creations. I hadn't sewn single thing in like a year and suddenly I had this urge to sew...I think I told you about it a few months ago. Well, one of the things I made was a purse from fabric and a pattern I bought a couple of years ago. It turned out cute. Unfortunately I didn't take a photo of it and right now I am on a time schedule so that won't be making it to this post. Anyhow...I was at my pottery class and one of the ladies asked me if it was some name brand of purse. Flattered and ever so humbly I told her I made it myself. That is when everyone started oohing and ahhing. The teacher looked at it and said if it was just a little deeper it would make a great "grocery bag". What a good idea. So the next week I headed off to the 50 cent sale at Village Thrift. I walked away with $5 worth of 50 cent denim jeans. I couldn't wait to get started. The next day while the kids were sleeping I started cutting out the pattern from the jeans. It took one pair for each bag. I decided I wanted to line the bags so I went through my boxes of old fabric (anyone who sews has quite a stash) and found fabrics I could use for the lining. When I run out of my stuff I will probably buy the $1 a yard stuff from Walmart. I hadn't had the chance to sew them together because I just had a baby so finally today I got to sewing. I am so excited about the results. The bags are sturdy, deep, roomy and stylish to boot. You can't beat that. Unlike many reusable grocery bags mine have a flat bottom, I think it makes a big difference. They are a little bulkier than some of the reusables I have seen but it isn't anything I can't deal with. And they could be used for other things (i.e. library books, lunch, diaper bag, extra deep purse). And the best part is....they cost about a $1 each to make. If you have old jeans lying around it could be even cheaper. I also saved the rest of the cut up jeans for future projects (stay tuned for those). Here are some pics.


I am actually thinking about making these and selling them. What do you think???? Would you buy something like this? How much would you spend per bag? How many do you think you would need to accommodate your groceries?


Oh, in case you notice the pins on the bag with the colorful inside...my needle broke on my sewing machine and I have to buy a new one but I wanted to post the bag so...there.

Have a great day.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow Delilah!! Your mom sure taught you well....They look great.
BTW I used some of the salt you gave me for Christmas on a roast yesterday. "Yummy"

Aunt D.

isunshine said...

Those are AWESOME!!!!!!! I wish I could sew!!

Tim Appleton (Applehead) said...

Sell'em! they look fine.

Anonymous said...

I'm using reusable grocery bags, and just bought a tote bag today. Both have flat bottoms -- I wouldn't buy grocery bags that didn't. I paid $5 for the tote bag on sale. I have paid more for all my other tote bags (not counting grocery bags). For the grocery bags, I paid $.99 each. They have sturdy handles, and are larger than any of my regular tote bags. I was going to measure them and post the size, but will do that another time. The sturdiness of your denim bags is a plus. For me, any decoration of the denim would be a plus, too. Go for it -- sounds like you've got a market.
Aunt Nancy

Anonymous said...

Those look great! I think you would have a good market for those. They'd also make GREAT Christmas gifts *hint* *hint* *hint*.

Linda

Summer said...

Those are so cute!

tegdirb92 said...

VERY beautiful!!

Cindy said...

I love your jean tote! I'm working on recycled denim jeans right now myself. I'm attempting to make some purses. I crochet much better than I sew or create sewing patterns. But I'm trying and you're a good inspiration. Thanks.

Joanie said...

They look great! I'm making some shopping bags at the moment too using vintage fabrics, but I never thought about jeans - fab. We have quite a few old pairs my husband has outgrown ;)

Stephanie said...

Those are great. I have something to trade with you for one. :)

Put one on eBay and see what happens. You have so many great ideas!