DIY

Recycle an old pair of jeans into a funky bag with this tutorial by Stefi Luca. Use a bright fabric like the red fabric pictured for the lining and embellishments.

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Jeans Bag
Materials:

  • Pair of worn out jeans
  • Linen for lining
  • Matching thread

 

Instructions:

When you have all the materials at hand, we can proceed to the next step.
Materials
Level the top edges of the waistband and pin them together. Cut the jeans a few inches under the crotch point. Then separate the front and back sides at the crotch area.

Sew the front legs (as to cover what used to be crotch area), which will make your short jeans look like a skirt.

Turn the jeans inside out, pin again the top edges of the waistband on the wrong side and sew the bottom. Cut out the remaining fabric, after sewing.

Lay the jeans on the folded linen and cut it along the line of the jeans: 1 inch exceeding the waistline. Sew the linen on the wrong side. Before sewing you can add some inner pockets if you wish, if not – no biggie as there are plenty of outside pockets.

I applied two inner pockets, one regular and one phone pocket to which I added a lid. I followed my dad’s suggestion when seeing my green bag: “What if you turn your bag upside down looking for something inside, your phone may drop down”.

Cut two strips out of the jeans legs and two out of the linen. I wanted really long straps so I created one strap from one strip and a half. Sew them and get two lined straps.

Place the straps between the jeans and the lining and sew them all together. Add a fastening device. I have first thought of sew-on snaps but finally gave in for an easier solution.

It’s time now to use the last ingredient, your imagination, to give the bag the last really nice touch into the funky spirit.

Here we have a funky scrap bag.

Finished Jeans Bag

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DIY Burnt Brown Bag Ivy

Burnt Brown Bag Ivy

 

 

Burn brown grocery bags to create decorative ivy with the look of metal. Heidi Borchers of Inspired at Home shows us how.

This technique was discovered by Katy Ogle in the 1960’s when she was testing the Aleene’s Tacky Glue for flammability. Who would have ever thought that you could burn glue to create the look of metal!

 

Materials

  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue or Aleene’s Thick Designer Tacky Glue
  • 18 gauge florist wire
  • Brown grocery bags
  • Florist tape
  • Rub ‘n Buff – metallic copper
  • Acrylic paint – patina green, leaf green, black
  • Plumbers candle (or other candle with tall flame)
  • Small tree branch
  • Soft cloth (for wiping away soot)
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Following the Burnt Brown Bag Technique to create individual leaves by transferring ivy design to grocery bag, applying glue, burning each leaf and wipe away soot. Repeat technique on back side of leaf. While leaf is still pliable, gently bend to add shaping. Apply antiquing colors (see Heidi’s tips below). Let dry.
  2. To create branch effect, wrap each leaf wire stem with florist tape. (Remember that to “activate” florist tape, you need to gently stretch the tape before wrapping around the wire.) After stem wires are taped, gently bend the wires to give more realistic shaping.
  3. Determine placement and tape each leaf to branch where desired. Add second layer of tape to entire branch starting at one end and wrapping to the other end. This will help to resecure everything. Paint branch and leaf stems with black acrylic paint. Let dry. Apply copper antiquing over stems and branch. Let dry.

Heidi’s Designer Tips: It’s really fun to experiment with different “antiquing” variations. On this design I used copper Rub ‘n Buff along with two colors of green acrylic paints to achieve a patina effect. For easiest application and great results, just dip your finger into the paint (or Rub ‘n Buff), gently wipe off excess onto a paper towel, and use your finger to apply in a “dry brush” effect. Repeat for each color. Be sure to leave some of the burnt black showing through. This gives the leaves interesting coloring and texture.

image: http://www.favecrafts.com/master_images/Unexpected-Ideas/BBB_ivy_cu.jpg

Burnt Brown Bag Ivy Close Up
Read more at http://www.favecrafts.com/Unexpected-Ideas/Burnt-Brown-Bag-Ivy#ewpk1Humw96I7a8S.99

DIY My Favorite Things Bag Pattern

 

My Favorite Things Bag Pattern
This image courtesy of domestic-divaonline.com

«Painted white canvas and clay handles combine to give this bag a super clean designer look. No pattern is necessary for sewing this project or for making the clay handles. Really easy steps make this a short weekend project. The two inside pockets are optional.»

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Sewn byBoth Hand and Machine

Read more at http://www.favecrafts.com/Sewn-Bags/My-Favorite-Things-Bag-Pattern#PBXmpEmtQDI1eFeD.99

DIY : BURNT GLUE bUTTERFLY

Butterfly Plant Stake

By: Tiffany Windsor of Inspired at Home

Updated February 28, 2014

Use inexpensive brown grocery bags, florist wire and glue to create surprisingly elegant garden or plant stakes. This unique technique gives an antique metal look at a fraction of the cost. This project comes to us from Tiffany Windsor of Inspired at Home.

 
Materials:

  • Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue
  • 18 gauge florist wire (cut into 3” length and bent in U shape for antenna)
  • Wooden skewers
  • Brown grocery bags
  • Rub ‘n Buff – gold and silver
  • Plumbers candle and matches (or other candle with tall flame)
  • Soft cloth (for wiping away soot)

Instructions:

  1. Transfer your pattern to 1 layer of brown bag. We used a stencil for our pattern only tracing the outside lines.Step-1.jpg

    Butterfly Stencil

    Step-2.jpg

    Stencil 2

  2. Next, cut two additional layers of brown bag and glue all three layers together with the pattern on top.

Read more at http://www.favecrafts.com/Garden-and-Outdoor/Burnt-Bag-Butterfly-Plant-Stake#H6qQGhKkye4gI8Xh.99