I couldn’t resist. I had to try my hand at one of those bags made from old jeans.
I dug out an old pair of mine and got to work. Again, free-hand out of nowhere.
Of course, this go round I had to screw up too. The handles aren’t aligned. I could have SWORN They were. Actually they are, the ZIPPER is what’s in crooked.
I have a secret: That’s not a stand-alone zipper. The ‘lining’ is actually part of a satin pillow cover, and I simply left the zipper in it! 😀 How’s THAT for ingenuity? Well, it apparently caused me to seat the lining crooked. Oh well. The bag looked fine til I zipped it. But I can still put it on my shoulder and that’s all that matters.
Lessons learned: 1) don’t be too lazy to put a proper zipper in. It probably would have been easier to use a regular zipper. (I hadn’t planned on zipping this bag, but when I looked at the pillowcase I said hey, why not!)
2) use the damn marking chalk/pencil!! That could have made the difference in the placement of the handles. Speaking of handles, Thank you to everyone who told me to sew one short end of the handles so I could push the end inside out with a spoon handle. It worked!
3) always orient your pins to be facing you as you sew; this will keep you from poking yourself as you push your fabric along.
Overall, this was fun. I’m always learning something new. All that’s left is to hand-secure one corner of the lining and sew down the top of the jeans zipper and we’re done!