This is a neat Idea for college students and those who just moved out on their own and a bit strapped for cash!
Why ever buy another wooden or magazine rack for even $3.99 and up. This one at most if you already bought a pair of sneakers or boots save the box… aside from that you just need to go to a dollar or discount store and get shelf lining paper (or tac paper) to decorate it and there ya go. Also the ones you buy in stores do not always fit the large magazines or other items you may need to fit in it.
also good to use as a craft tote just cut a handle into the top! a Quick toolbox for the essential hammer, wrench, screwdriver tape measure and some emergency fuses, flashlight, bulbs, screws, nuts bolts etc.
You can also adjust the design a bit so that instead of a ‘fanny’ or hip pack, You can make it into a leg pack. (I’ve seen a couple of the people on Face-off had them. This are good when you go out and you don’t want to carry anything other than your phone and a bit of cash and maybe make-up. Great for when you are at clubs, no one has to watch your purse. Also these are great for hunters for their ammo! or as a survival pack. Makes for a good masculine gift bag right from the heart!
May I suggest though the leather & vinyl totes are best to make into ones for use in the fall & winter if you want something for the spring and summer months use an old canvas (or other cloth) tote to make it out of.
So I was looking through my Fabrics & Sewing Pinboard for inspiration for something to make> I remembered there were a few things I wanted to make…
apron for craft/tag sales, but when I looked at it, I thought, well I don’t exactly do craft shows so maybe I’ll see what I can do with upcycling a favorite pair of jeans. I’m going to try to make it in a way that I can use it when it’s not an apron.
The right side I am trying to remove, to use for the pyramid! (its 3 pockets on that side, so one for a stylus, pen, and whatever and then when I find something I can make the pockets (organizer areas) on the other sides.
Between the 2 projects, I’ll only use the waist as seen in the picture, and one of the legs (as so far estimated) I don’t use patterns even when working on something from scratch, (and this is not from scratch as it already had a shape and got used! I mean when I have ‘fresh’ fabric. I just pin what I need, in the way I need it one step at a time
So I started this the weekend of 8 or 9th of January, not sure if I could have done the whole thing within the weekend but there’s other things we have to do throughout the day, right?!
Step 1: Cut the legs off (I think I did so about 2-3 inches from the point of the back pocket.
step 2: we need to de-thread the waist band from the front part of the jeans (where the pockets are)
step 3: now one side along the hip needs to be de-threaded (un-threaded?) but once you get it off, save this for another project you could use pockets on.
Step 4: sew along the line to close off the waist band careful NOT to sew the pocket area back into the waist band… that is supposed to be a hidden pocket/tote.
step 5. I used heat bond for the fold over & where the zipper used to be, as I wanted ‘hidden’ pockets and tote.
step 6: sew along the top of folded area and bottom (if there’s enough room & you’d like add some embroidery like your name or your business etc) I sew this because I don’t know what I’ll be putting in the hidden tote area.
step 7: sew up where the zipper area is
step 8: I still have to figure out how to close this off so it looks somewhat like a book cover and able to really use it as a 2 (or even 3) in 1.
Supplies I used
Old pair of jeans
spool of thread that (closely)matches the color previously used on the jeans.(especially if there’s a design on the pockets)
(I think I saw the color in this) Name Your Link
Equinox Tailor’s Scissors – Dressmaking, Upholstery Shears 8 inch – Chrome Handle Lightweight Strong Shears – High Quality Stainless Steel – Best for Cutting Fabric, Carpet, Dresses, Altering, Sewing, Tailoring and Raw Materials (8 inch)
here’s the semi finished 2 in 1 apron (I just have to sew certain areas)
So for my first project article of the year please tell me what you think, if I was missing anything and how you would like me to improve upon this.
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