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Pant Leg Camping Bag - perfect for roasting sticks

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For our family the highlight of any camping trip is the time spent sitting around the fire roasting hotdogs and marshmallows.   A good s'more is truly a treat.  However, for me, keeping track of the roasting sticks is a problem.  Plastic bags don't hold them well and tear quickly.  And tying them together makes it difficult for the kids to get them out.  So, before we headed out on our last camping trip I quickly whipped up a no-cost bag that works great.  And, the best part?  I made it from a pair of old jeans that were about to be thrown out.  I like to re-use and re-purpose.  Here's the step-by-step on how you can make a pant leg bag of your own.
 
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Step 1: Supplies -

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To make this little bag, you will need the following:

- Old jeans
- Thread
- Scissors
- Sewing Machine (or lots of time to hand-sew)
- Ribbon
- Safety pin

And, if you want to decorate your bag, which is optional, you will also need:

- Paint
- Paint brush
- Foam Alphabet Stamps

Step 2: Measure and Cut

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- Lay your jeans out flat and place your roasting stick on the pant leg. 

- Measure about three inches above the top of the roasting stick and cut straight across.


Step 3: The Bottom

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- Next, sew the bottom of your pant leg closed. You could turn the thing inside out and all that, but I didn't. I liked the hem of the jean showing.  Also, the type of the stitch doesn't really matter, you could do a straight stitch or a zig-zag.  I went for the zag, it was fancier.
Awesome. Me and my dad used to make something similar for carting around bottled water. They would carry those 1.5 lt bottles. We used seat belt strap to make carrying straps, Shoelaces for the ties and decorated them with puff paint. We also closed our bottoms out in an X fashion. They worked well because uou could dip the whole thing in cold water and the evaporation kept your water cooler longer. But never in all our years of camping did we ever think to use the bags for carting stuff. We made bags out of plastic coated table cloths to carry a variety of things mostly because they could be flipped inside out and cleaned easy. In short thanks for posting this it brought back good memories and from now on I will remember that these nifty bags are not just for water.
frogmama2 years ago
I LOVE this! I will definitely be making these! I had brainstormed a much more complicated method for carrying multiple pie-irons but this is perfect! And the denim is a great material because of the pokey roasting sticks, so this is one of the most practical uses for old jeans! I think I'll add a shoulder sling strap to this for easier carrying. Thanks!!
ilpug3 years ago
I just cut off my jeans yesterday. probably wont use these for camping, but a great idea nonetheless.
pcooper23 years ago
My old jeans get thrown out when they develop holes in the thighs and knees, and the rest of the fabric is too rotten to be of use. What now?
zazenergy3 years ago
What a great hack! I think I'm going to use this idea for a bunch of craft supplies I have lying around. Thanks!