Tough Sack From Jeans

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Intro: Tough Sack From Jeans

It seems I am always trying to organize my tools. Out of that need comes this tough little sack for tools. I made this from materials many people are likely to have. The bag is made from a used pair of jeans that do not fit me. I repurposed the strap from a tie down strap set with broken ratchets.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Sewing machine
Denim sewing needle for sewing machine
Needle for hand sewing

Polyester outdoor thread
Strap or rope

Step 2: Size and Cut

To size the bag,
     Put the pants on a flat surface.
     Place the longest tool you'll be storing in the bag, on the pants leg.
     Add length for the tie strap and the fold that will cover it.

Cut the pants leg where you have determined.

For an extra strong bag cut the same piece from the other leg.
(This tutorial will assume the bag is double lined. The pants I have were worn thin in places and the tools I want to keep in the bag are heavy.)

Step 3: Attach the Pieces Together

Determine the side of the jeans that will be visible when finished. I chose to use the inside of the pants leg since it did not have paint or other stains on it. 

Slide one of the cut pieces inside of the other, place the 'visible' sides next to each other. When finished; one visible side will be the outside of the bag and the other will be on the inside.

Be sure to offset the seams that run down the length of the pants leg.

Decide which end will be the top of the bag.

Sew the two pieces together at the top end. Follow the circumference of the pants leg.

Invert the pieces so the correct side of the material is now showing.

Step 4: Sew the Bottom Circumference of the Bag

Attach the two layers of material together on the bottom of the sack. Follow the circumference of the sack.

Step 5: Make a Hole for the Pull String

Fold over the top of the bag and determine where the pull string hole will be.

Place an eyelet through both layers of material at that point you have determined. Be sure to use an eyelet large enough for your strap or rope. Instructions on how to make an eyelet out of material can be found in this instructable.

I made my eyelet using another piece of material from the jeans.

Step 6: Create Pull String Channel

Fold the top of the bag over and attach it.

You may need to sew by hand where the seams are located.

Step 7: Measure and Cut the Bottom for the Bag

Open the bottom of the bag and place it over a piece of material.

Draw around the circumference of the bag. Draw your circle larger than the bottom of the bag.

Cut two identical pieces of material for the bottom.

Step 8: Pin and Sew the Bottom

With the bag inside out, pin the bottom two layers to the side of the bag as shown.

Sew the bottom of the bag to the sides. Use multiple passes. I used 3 sew lines.

Turn the bag right side out.

Step 9: Add the Cinch Cord / Handle

To determine how long to make your strap:
     Open the top of your bag.
     Wrap your strap or rope around the top and leave extra for a hand hold.
     Also leave about 2 or 3 inches extra for hemming the ends and attaching the strap to itself.

If your strap material is the type that melts, seal the ends with a lighter so they do not fray.

Fold over a little bit on one end of the strap and sew it down.
Do the same on the other end, except this time, fold the end in the opposite direction. If you had the strap flat on a table for instance, one end would be folder under and one end folder over.

Attach the strap to something to help feed it through the strap channel. A safety pin or paper clip usually works well.

Pull the strap through the channel.

Remove the safety pin or whatever you used.

Sew the strap to itself. Here is where the folded ends come into play. When you put the ends of the strap together the folded ends should be between the two straps. When everything is sewn together it will be like the ends are tucked into the sewn area.

Sew a double square and X pattern. (Two squares side by side with an X in each of them)

Step 10: Use the Bag

The bag is complete. This bag is great for heavy items that are not sharp; wrenches, masonry chisels, sockets, files and hardware. I would avoid items like wood chisels or other cutting and piercing instruments. If you need to store sharp items, a plastic bucket or the bottom of a bottle would probably be good to have in the bottom of the bag.

Pictured are some other sacks I have made. The dark blue sacks are made in the same way except a single layer of material was used. The sacks that are standing upright have a 'cup' inside of them which is made from cardboard and duct tape. This is to protect the material from sharp edges. The round, 'tap and die bag' opens up flat to access it's contents. Instructions on how to make that can be found at  The green bag is made the same as the 'tap and die bag'.



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