Added Feb 21, 2008
I used the base of the bag to determine the overall size of the bag. (see diagram) To do this I took two diner plates. Stood the two plates up on end (on their edges, like bookends – I used 10" diameter plates.) I moved the plates apart until I thought I had a good proportion, length to height . I then measured the distance between the plates. I then drew a rectangle on a piece of paper, 10" wide (plate diameter) and the length between the plates (mine was 16"). To each end I added a 10" circle (my plate size). I marked the the start of the ends on each side and then cut out the pattern. I used two different jeans material to make the base. In the diagram I show three. Sew the stripes together. Add the fusible fabric to this and baste a lining to it. Place the pattern on top. You can add a seam allowance or cut out to the size of the pattern. If you want to have a jeans back-pocket on each end of the bag as I have, then sew them on now. I stitched a 1/2" fold at the bottom of each side (fold to the inside of the bag) and then top stitched ( two rows of stitching) this on the outside to make it look like a jeans side seam. I did that to help the bag hold its shape. For the bag opening, I removed the waistband from a pair of jeans. (Make sure the waist width of the jeans you select is not wider than the bag length.) I then sewed a new, wide strip of jeans material into the waistband, placing the end join at the fly (where the waist buttons-up) I then added strips of jeans to each side of the top until I had sufficient length to form the sides of the bag. I sewed the lining to this . Sew the handles on now, mine were 1.5" wide and 34" long. (Made from a strip 6" wide folded in half, then each side folded into the middle and each edge stitched). Sew the top to the base/ends piece.
Three pairs of old jeans with contrasting colours/jeans material. You don’t really need all of that but, you need to select pieces that are not damaged or stained. Also some cotton fabric for the lining and a piece of fusible fabric to reinforce the bag base/ends.
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