Monday, July 5, 2010

Repurposed pants turned handbags

I first started making these back in April and now I'm addicted. They make great little handbags for my girls to play with and fun gifts for birthday parties. These two bags are my most recent creations...

What's your fancy?
Shabby chic tan?

...or bubble gum pink?

 To see the original tutorial click here,
but I've since modified a thing or two...
(These are my original bags.)

For starters, the finishing touches...
1. Instead of making bead handles, use the leftover fabric from the legs or a fabric belt to make matching fabric handles, then just hot glue them on!
2. Also using the fabric from the legs, make a rosette, then hot glue it on! For a great tutorial, click here. She uses crepe paper, but it's the same principle with fabric.
3. Rummage through your beads, gems and buttons to add any other finishing touches like the faux topaz that I hot glued front and center or the pink pearly bead in the middle of the three rosettes on my two most recent bags.

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A few other modifications...
Once you've sewed a straight seam above the crotch and cut off the legs, you will want to sew in the corners (they just look a little awkward to me on my first bags pictured above)...
Just make sure your seams line up and then sew a straight seam across the corners...

You should be able to fold them in like this afterward to get a lunch bag shape.

Turn your bag right side out and the side should look like this...
The shape is a lot cuter and it also gives the handbag a sort of base.

Here it is again...

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The pink shorts I used to make this bag came with a belt that I just cut in half and hot glued on.
I made three rosettes of different sizes, then hot glued then on with a pink pearly bead in the middle of the trio.


All in pink, what do you think?
Even with the modifications, these are still super easy to make!
My girls threw temper tantrums because these weren't for them were tickled pink to wrap these up and give them to their friends for their birthdays!
So there you have it.

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