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 Using the Indygo Junction Side Note Satchel sewing pattern as your starting point, you can upcycle outdated jeans and denim scraps into this generously sized bag.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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
So, do you like it?
We love everything about this look! Mostly that it puts old jeans to good use. And that belting.