Create a upcycled unisex crossbody bag using a pair of jeans and a belt!
This bag can arty, boho, rugged, cowgirl, cowboy, hippie, etc. It is an open canvas for your creativity! The basic materials are old denim pants or shorts and a belt (leather or fabric/cord). Several optional embellishment ideas are introduced.
As with any upcycling project, there are easy and hard ways to proceed. If you would you like to save time and money using tested methods then this course is for you. Course instructor and bag designer Michelle Paganini, owner of Paganoonoo, has been making these bags for years. She has boiled down everything you need to know into 40 minutes of instruction, divided into short sections.
Course Curriculum & Free Preview of Example Bags
- Bag prep - the first cuts (2:24)
- Flattening techniques: pleat and overlap (3:18)
- Reinforce weak spots with an underpatch (1:06)
- Stitch front (1:39)
- Stitch back (1:58)
- Underlay open spots, complete body stitching (1:26)
- Trim Away Excess (0:50)
- Reduce to final body size (0:58)
- Optional, Add outside pockets (0:52)
- Optional, lengthen inner pocket (highly recommended!) (2:29)
- Optional: a good time to embellish (1:49)
- Close bottom, Optional Box Bottom (1:25)
Hi, I’m Michelle Paganini,
Founder & Owner of Paganoonoo. Designer, Maker, Educator
I am passionate about reinventing existing goods into new fashions and committed to setting you up for success to do the same!
I left the Medical Device industry after a 40 year career to live my lifelong dream in my 2nd career as a fashion designer. I brought along my experience in quality assurance, process engineering, and corporate training to create methods for sharing and teaching upcycling and refashioning techniques.
I love art, gardening, reading, learning, buying from other artists, and watching science fiction movies while I sew. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, friend and maker.
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