Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Repurposing old jeans - A Beach bag

Yesterday I said I am going to post about a refashioning project, but this is in fact a repurposing project since I turned an old pair of jeans and a skirt into a beach bag. Sorry about the slip of the tongue.

Well, this is the pair I refused to get rid of knowing that it'll come in handy one day.


And this is the skirt Eva wore only once and vowed never to wear it again because "she looked dreadful in it". I should have taken a better shot of it, although there is nothing special to see. It was a knee long skirt with pockets up front and an elastic at the back so it had a bit of a ruffled look before I chopped it off. I had that done before I decided that it will be the perfect thing for lining the bag, so no before picture of it.

What I did. I cut the legs and sew the sides together. I used the fabric of the legs to make the handle and sewed it at the sides.

Next, since the skirt was too big to fit inside I cut it at the front {and even saved that part with the buttons and the buttonholes, because you never know what idea might pop up one day}.

Also sewed the bottom.

Fitted it inside and sewed it onto the jeans.

And here it is. The perfect bag for the beach. It turned out to be quite comfy and I can put a lot of stuff in there, and that's good because I take a ton of things to the beach starting from sun blockers, sunglasses, lip balms, a small bottle of water, a book, hats or bandanas, etc. so this is exactly what I need!

I am also happy that the skirt had pockets, because these little things are precious. For wallets and phones - to be secured inside. Now, the only thing I didn't add because of technical shortages is a clasp. I plan to add a clasp at the center so that I can close the bag.

So that's it for today!
I know I am going to exploit this bag a lot this summer ;)


Cucicucicoo said...

so cute, great repurposing and how fabulous that the pockets of the skirt make perfect inside bag pockets! great job, maya! :) lisa

Unknown said...

That looks so cool and brings back lots of memories from my teens Maya! I used to cut up my jeans way back then, too and would 'pimp' it with all kinds of gems and stuff. Love this!

harmony and rosie said...

Brilliant, I haven't done any refashioning in ages and this is a fantastic one.
Love the necklace in your previous post too x

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Very cute! and since it is made of jeans, should be very durable and wash up well. Love the pretty necklaces in your previous post, too. Best wishes, Tammy

RobyGiup said...

So cool!!!
Maybe you can use the original jeans button to make the bag closure: just take a piece of elastic (light blue or more colored) and sew it on the other side of the bag like a small ring/eyelet. Then you can close the bag by putting the elastic around the jeans button. Just an idea... :)

Maya Kuzman said...

Roby that is one fabulous idea!!!
Thank you!

IRINA said...

Your blog is very beautiful , congratulation!!!
You made things amazing!!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Your beach tote turned out perfect, especially that you repurposed two garments. It is a great idea to take advantage of of the pockets in the lining!

PS yeah, the beach and Agatha are a super combo.

KatyTrailCreations said...

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Papgena Made It said...

Great bag, wonderful job!
and Robygiup's idea for closure is soooooo clever!!!

I love agatha christie too!!! :D

Unknown said...

Cool how it is doubly re-purposed. And there's nothing like old jeans for making a good sturdy bag!

anaalbimoreno said...

Muy buena idea, sobre todo el forro hecho con una camisa, feliidades.

Anonymous said...

Have done some jean items but have to say I love your beach bag, the lining and the pockets are so perfect. Found your blog thru a comment on Fur in the Paint's fairy house and have been scrolling through - lots of good stuff!