Step 1: To Begin
Step 2: Choosing the Shape and Fabric
Step 3: Cut Out Your Bag
Step 4: Embellishments
On the back I am doing some top stitching using the gold colored thread from the inside legs of the jeans. It matches the serged center seam of the back. On the front I am placing a pocket made from the waistband. I cut two sections and joined them using my gift ribbon. I am making a flap out of a button fly for the pocket so my flask won't fall out. I attach the button section to the top of pocket and then attach that to the front piece. Then I attach the buttonhole section above the pocket on the front. I fringed the bottom edge of the buttonhole section.
Step 5: Lining
Step 6: Zipper
I am using the zippers left over from another recycled jeans project. My bag is too wide for one zipper so I will use two small ones (low rise jeans) that meet in the middle. Position the zippers face down on the right side of front and sew in place. Turn to inside, press flat and top stitch. Do the same to the other side.
Step 7: Sides
Sew the sides and bottom of lining together, right sides together. Sew the bottom seam of front and back, right sides together. Top stitch your seam for definition (or not). Top stitch your extra inch or so you left on the front or back to make the bottom. To finish the bottom pinch the ends and sew.
Step 8: Straps
I want a strap that goes on my wrist and a tab to hold when I pull the zipper. I made them out of the belt loops that I sewed together. Position them at the upper sides near the zipper, fold in the sides and sew down to the bottom.