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Make this Sassy Satchel with Denim Scraps, Belting and Bag Hardware

July 31, 2019

Transform those old jeans into a stunning new bag.

You’re going to love this sewing pattern hack. Why? Because it provides a great solution for repurposing denim you no longer wear – and being mindful is a good thing, right? Using the Indygo Junction Side Note Satchel sewing pattern as your starting point, you can upcycle outdated jeans and denim scraps into this generously sized bag. It’ll be one-of-a-kind based on the assortment of denim pieces you use; fashionable Dritz belting and hardware finish the look.

Upcycled Denim Satchel with Dritz Belting and Bag Hardware (sewing pattern hack)


Upcycled Denim Satchel with Dritz Belting and Bag Hardware (sewing pattern hack)

Take a closer look at the hacked bag. Fashion blogger, Laura, from Trash To Couture changed it up by adding tabs at the sides with rectangle rings hardware. From there, she made an adjustable strap using Dritz 1-1/2″ belting and swivel hooks. The versatile strap is adjustable and removable. She also changed up the front flap of the bag, again using the belting and finishing it with a D-ring.

Sewing Pattern Hack: Upcycled Denim Satchel

Belting, baby.

Let’s talk a minute about that belting. There are four new styles of printed belting, including this “original” print that was used for this bag. (And when it comes to belting, you’ve got options – and don’t miss the latest and greatest colors and stripes.)

Indygo Junction Side Note Satchel sewing pattern

Sewing pattern details.

The sewing pattern that you need to use as your starting point is the Indygo Junction Side Note Satchel. Notice the differences in this original pattern and our bag – mainly the strap and flap construction. Jump over to Trash To Couture for full details about the hacks made to the original sewing pattern, including adjustments made to the bottom/side panel to better fit the width of the belting used for the strap.

DIY Adjustable Strap for Bags and Totes using Dritz Printed Belting and Bag Hardware (Swivel Hooks & Slide Adjusters)

Make an adjustable strap.

Check out this post to see how to make an adjustable strap and for specifics regarding the hardware that works with the belting. Adjustable straps are great for all kinds of bags and totes and they are so easy to make. You can give a favorite bag or tote a new personality simply by changing out the strap.

How to Install a Dritz Magnetic Snap into a Tote Bag (sewing tutorial)

Secure it with a magnetic snap.

We haven’t talked about the hidden magnetic snap closure yet – but it’s there, on the inside of the flap. Dritz magnetic snaps are easy to apply and come in several sizes and finishes.

Upcycled Denim Satchel with Dritz Belting and Bag Hardware (sewing pattern hack)

Dritz magnetic snaps open and close easily and provide function and security for all kinds of bags and totes.

Upcycled Denim Satchel with Dritz Belting and Bag Hardware (sewing pattern hack)

Strut your stuff.

So, do you like it?

Upcycled Denim Satchel with Dritz Belting and Bag Hardware (sewing pattern hack)

We love everything about this look! Mostly that it puts old jeans to good use. And that belting.

If denim refashioning is your jam, check out these tips. Be sure to discover all things related to bags and bag hardware. And visit Dritz on Instagram and Facebook. So much inspiration and fun!

 

 

 

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