Do you need a fun project to do with your child?
So, my baby girl wanted to make a blue jean book bag, and she came up with the idea of taking some old blue jeans and tearing them apart and sewing them into a bookbag. She designed it and I directed her on where to tear out the threads, make the cuts, and sew.
It really turned out quite well, and she has been using it in school now for a little over a week. It’s very sturdy and holding up well.
If you have a small child you may need two pairs of blue jeans as we did.
Here are the images:
For the main part of the bag she cut the pant legs off as if we were going to make cut offs, and then she ripped out the seams from the legs and crotch. This will form the main portion of the bag.
Then she took the pant legs that she cut off and cut them into 4 equal size strips to make the shoulder straps. She then stitched two of them together inside out, and then turned them right side in and voila you have one shoulder strap. Now repeat for the other strap.
Then she took the main portion of the bag. Which would be what used to be the waist and upper portion of the legs and turned them inside out. She put the shoulder straps into position at the bottom of the bag and then stitched the bottom seam closed with the shoulder straps in place.
Then for the portion of the bag you see below there is actually another pair of jeans involved. She cut one pant leg off to make a flap for the top of the bag. Notice the pattern is more blue than pink it is slightly different and she placed it length wise across the top. Make sure to finish off the seams first and then you are ready to attach it to the bag.
So, while the pants are still turned inside out you now want to position this flap and the top end of the shoulder straps and stitch into place. Once you get it all finished the flap will look like this. We made it simple and used velcro to secure the flap when closed.
This was a fun and easy project for us to work on together. You could do this for a boy too as blue jeans are very masculine and if you repurpose his favorite blue jeans he’s sure to love it, as will your daughter.
It really was fun for us and a great way to spend time with my daughter!
Let me know if you try this at home! If you send me your pics I’ll be sure to post your project here as well.