The Veiled Purl

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Old Jeans To New Bag: Sewing Tutorial

jeans bag

So, I had a pair of jeans that were pretty old (you can tell cuz they’re flare jeans), but I didn’t want to throw them out. I was going to just let ’em sit around, but I needed space. Solution: I turned my old jeans into a new bag…with lining!



~One pair of jeans. I believe flared would be best.

~ around 1/2 yard of lining fabric

~Regular sewing stuff

***Click the pictures to make them bigger***


Starting from the flare portion, cut around 12″ from the bottom. Then cut open one of the seams


Ignore the stain, I spilled some water.

Mark 4 rectangles that measure 3″x10.5″. Do the same with the other leg. Then cut 2 more 3″x10.5″ rectangles for a total of 10 pieces.


With the rest of your jeans, cut out two 4.0″x13.5″ rectangles for the strap. Then cut two 11″x2″ for the band piece.


Sew five 3″ x10.5″ together. Then sew the remaining five together too.


Iron open the seams!


Sew the pieces together from the bottom. Again iron open the seams


Mark pleats. You can play around with this and make the pleats as wide/short as you’d like the opening to be.


Sew the pleats in place and then sew the side seam of the bag together. See them pointy corners? We don’t want that do we? So…


Mark 1.5″ from the edge at the bottom of the bag and make a triangle. Sew and cut of excess. Do the same to the other side.


Place your band pieces to your opening. Your band is probably too big. So cut and sew it so that it’ll fit the opening.


Sew your strap pieces together. Then to avoid making the tube, iron the edges down, and the fold the strap in half and iron this down. Then sew the edges in place. See, no tube! :)


Sew it in place on the sides of the bag.


You don’t see the straps because I actually attached them later.

Place your bag onto your lining cloth. Outline the bag onto the cloth leaving a bit of allowance.


Make another the same way. So you’ll have 2 pieces.


Cut out a pocket piece and/or zipper piece if you’d like ’em.


Sew on your zip to on of the lining pieces. Tutorial can be found here. Scroll down to see the directions.


Iron down the edges of your pocket piece and sew them onto the other lining piece.


Leaving 0.5″ sew straight seams down to create pen compartments.

Now sew the two pieces together.


Turn your lining bag inside out, so that you are facing the wrong side. Place your jean bag with the strap inside the lining bag, right side facing you. Pin to place if need be. Sew all along the front opening edge. ***Leave around 3″ unsewn so that you can turn the bag right side-out**


Turn your jean side out of the 3″ hole. Fold in this hole and topic stitch the opening in place.


Iron in place and voila, you are done!


With just enough space for your book(s)!

I hope you all found this tutorial useful. Ask questions, if you have any.

To view my other sewing tutorials click this link.

That’s all for now. Have an amazing day everyone!

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Sew Yourself a Messenger Bag


I was looking through some tutorials on messenger bags and honestly, I found them pretty confusing. But, the other day after a lot of thinking and 2 tries later,  I finally figured out how these darn things work. :) I had some left over fabric from a dress I made my niece, and I decided I would make her a matching bag.

*Because this is a child-sized bag, the handles/straps are kid-sized. I’ll let you guys know what to use for adult measurements in the tutorial* The final dimensions are around 9″x 10.5″ for the body of the bag and 27″ for the strap. On an adult the this messenger bag’s straps would be purse-like.

Materials for a 9″ x 10.5″ Bag (For a bigger bag, you’ll need a bit more material) :

Around 1/2 yard of main fabric x 52″ width. I highly recommend using flannel as your fabric. a) it’s pretty sturdy for a bag. b) Flannel looks… terrible after one wash. So since you are probably not going to be washing your bag, it’ll be the perfect fabric for it!
-Around 1/2 yard of lining/contrasting fabric x 52″ width. (again plz use flannel or a stiffer fabric. I bought my green fabric from joann for like 2$)
-Matching button
-Optional: Interfacing (Lining each of your fabric pieces with interfacing will make it sturdier. For my niece’s bag I did not use interfacing, but for my own bag I probably will)

Okay, let’s get crackin’! There will be a lot of pics and words, but making the actual bag is super easy. It’ll take only around 2.5 hours to make :)

  • Cut out two 12″ x10″ rectangles on your main fabric
  • Cut out two 12″x10″ rectangles on your lining/contrast fabric
  • Cut out one 8″ x9.5″ rectangle on your main fabric
  • Cut out one 8″ x 9.5″ rectangle on your lining fabric
  • Cut out one 6″x29″ rectangle on your main fabric **For an adult cut out 6×46″**

Cutting the flap:


This is the 8×9.5″ rectangle on your main fabric. Since this will turn into the flap, you will need to make a curve. To do so, use any circular object…yes even a contacts solution bottle will work ;) Repeat this same process with your 8×9.5″ lining fabric.

For the zipper compartment piece, measure your zipper from opening to end. Add .5″ seam allowance on each side. So if your zip is a 7″ one, cut out an 8″ x8″ box. **If you want to add pockets, you can easily do so. Just cut out the size you need and add seam allowance**




Mark the beginning and end of your zip on one of your contrasting 12×10 rectangles


Place your zipper designated fabric on top of the rectangle you just marked. Sew a rectangle around the points, leaving 0.5″ allowance on the top. Cut into your fabric as shown in the picture.


Squeeze your fabric through the hole you made, and iron it down. Pin your zipper in place and sew.


Turn the fabric around. Fold up your 8″ square and sew the 3 seams shown above. The 2 sides and the top. (I have a seam on the bottom because I added more fabric) **Be sure to only sew your 8″ square! Do not sew into the 12×10″ rectangle!**


Wohoo! You just sewed on a zip! Not so hard, yeah?


Sew your 2 flap pieces together. Clip the circular portions, turn the piece right side up. Iron in place, and top stitch for a neat finish.


Mark the point at which you want your button to be on the flap. Using a button foot, sew a button hole. Test to see if your button fits. :)

If you need, here is a great tutorial for sewing button holes.


Taking both of your 12×10 main fabric rectangles, sew up 3 sides, leaving the forth unsewn. Do the same for your contrasting fabric


Fold the 2 corners that you’ve just made, matching seam to seam to create a triangle of sorts. Mark down 1 1/2″ and draw a line from edge to edge. Sew on this line. This will create a stable base for your bag. Do the same for the contrasting fabric.


Iron the bottom and the sides so create a nice base. Looking like a bag already, yeah?


Take your strap fabric. Iron the edges in.


Fold strap in half, and iron. Top stitch both sides. This will help you avoid making a tube that you’ll have to turn inside out.


Place the right side of your flap on top of the right side of your body and sew in place


On the sides on your bag, sew on your straps. Again, right side on top of right side, so that the wrong sides are facing you.


Woah are we done already?? Nope, sorry just a few more steps!


Turn your contrasting body inside out, so that you are facing the wrong side. Place your main body with the flap + strap inside the contrasting body. Pin to place if need be.


Leave a 4″ space un-sewn! **Your flap portion must be sewn entirely, so the part that should be unsewn is the side directly opposite the flap**


From the small hole we just made, squeeze your fabrics out.


Place the contrasting fabric inside the main fabric. Top stitch the entire opening of your bag, fold in the gap so it looks neat!

Sew on your button. **Make sure to sew only the outer fabric. You do not want to see any seam on the inside**


~Phew! You are done :)


Hmm…what’s that thing sticking outta the bag?


Is that a…?!


Yup it’s my niece’s monkey plushie. :)

Well, I hope you all find this tutorial useful. Ask me questions if you have any.

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Have a great day everyone! =]


Tartan Bag

The handles looks a bit weird because I had to crop out the background. Sorry bout that.

The handles looks a bit weird because I had to crop out the background. Sorry bout that.

I made this bag after seeing some videos on it by the user: bobwilson123. It’s done with double crochet and single crochet, and is weaved in by super long chains. I didn’t make the same handles she did, but i think mine work great too. To be honest even though I do love this bag, it was a pain in the you know what to make. But because this was the very first crochet bag I made, spending so much time on it wasn’t so bad…seeing the results :)

It's a close up, so it looks pretty big. But, I assure you it was okay for my niece's tiny little hands. :)

It’s a close up, so it looks pretty big. But, I assure you it was okay for my niece’s tiny little hands. :)

My 2 and a half year old niece loved the above bag so much that i decided to make her one too. (Different design though)==>

What do you all think? Comment & let me know!


Mermaid Tears Bag

Gorgeous isn't it?

Gorgeous isn’t it?

I absolutely love this bag! I also love the name of the bag, it sounds so exotic right? The pattern is by Bernat. I   followed it almost exactly except I used a size 6.00 mm crochet hook (since I wanted a bigger bag) I also didn’t add the flower they suggested, and there is only one handle which is a little bit longer than they said. But, I think the changes were in my favor. ;) I happened to use Bernat’s Worsted Acrylic Yarn for this and the bag turned out soft yet firm. Even after I added the lining, the bag was able to stretch slightly to accommodate my books. I’m quite pleased with the result.

What say you all?