Happy Flower Power Bag

maRRose - CCC: Happy Flower Power BagThe list of projects I want to make is endless ……
And although I do manage to tick things off that list, it’s still constantly growing due to the fabulous inspiration that I (and I’m sure you too) am surrounded with. Gorgeous blog posts, beautiful photos on Instagram, not to mention Pinterest as a never-ending source of creativity …..

Of course it’s not the real kind of “tough”, but still …… kinda tough to pick a project, FINISH it, and not be distracted by numerous projects that also scream: “make me, make me!”.

One of the things that has been on my have-to-make-list for a long time was this bag, made of an old pair of jeans. With a fast growing teenage son in da house, there was no lack of old jeans and a couple of weeks ago I finally set off to make my own!

If you google “how to make a bag of an old pair of jeans”, you’ll find these helpful DIYs/HOW TOs (45.000.000 hits …..). I was inspired by this particular one, and gave my own twist to it, which I will show you here.

In short: you cut off the legs, straighten the bottom part, sew front and back together.
maRRose - CCC: Happy Flower Power Bag

From the legs, you cut the handles, stitch them on the inside of the bag.

maRRose - CCC: Happy Flower Power Bag Measure out the lining, sew the inner bag together and hand stitch it into the bag.
maRRose - CCC: Happy Flower Power BagmaRRose - CCC: Happy Flower Power BagmaRRose - CCC: Happy Flower Power BagThat’s basically it – now the fun part starts: decorating your bag!
maRRose - CCC: Happy Flower Power Bag

Once the bag was sewn – an easy and quick task – I began to dress it up.
You know how I love crochet flowers ( remember the flowery tea cosy?), so these had to be appliquéd onto my bag, as well as a colorful heart here and there.
maRRose - CCC: crochet flowers

I love the fact that the original jeans pockets come in handy, to store a lipstick, a phone. I’ve added two pockets on the inside of the bag and used lovely Andrée’s idea to recycle two lonely crochet hexagons that were sitting somewhere in my craftroom.
06 maRRose - CCC: Happy Flower Power Bag In order to be able to properly close the bag, I crocheted some twenty chains, slip stitched back and sewed the loop onto the back of the bag; this way I can simply use the button of the jeans.
maRRose - CCC: Happy Flower Power Bag           maRRose - CCC: Happy Flower Power Bag          maRRose - CCC: Happy Flower Power Bag  maRRose - CCC: Happy Flower Power BagmaRRose - CCC: Happy Flower Power BagMy “Happy Flower Power Bag” was finished a week ago and taken on its first outing last Sunday! Many more expeditions are foreseen ……

Love,
Marianne xx

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