Sateen was recently featured in an article by the North Shore News titled “Upcycle Old Clothing for Spring”, where I showed readers how to transform an old pair of jeans and plain skirt into something new and fresh.
Now that the piece is published, I’d like to share the the instructions with you on my website as well.
Matching Skirt and Bag Set
This remix project combines a worn pair of jeans and an old skirt into a refurbished skirt with a matching purse.
- > Remove back pockets from jeans and set aside.
- > Measure three inches below the bottom of the zipper (or where the front pockets end). Mark with sewing chalk and draw a straight line around the circumference of the pants. Allow half an inch for stitching and cut.
- > Cut the skirt in half, horizontally, and reserve both pieces.
- > Pin the top part of the jeans to the bottom part of the skirt and finish with a top stitch.
- > Replace the back pockets and finish with a top stitch.
For the bag:
- > Open the inner seam of the pant legs and sew both legs together. Trim to desired length (the length depends on how deep you like your bag) and sew bottom.
- > Fold over the top three inches and finish with a top stitch. With the extra denim leftover from the pant legs, cut two pockets – a small one for the front and a large one for the back – and sew them to the bag.
- > Make four belt loops and stitch to the top of the bag. With the extra fabric leftover from the skirt, create a belt long enough to tie around the bag.
- > For the handle, cut three strips of denim each 1.5 inches wide. Braid the three strips of fabric together to add strength and style. Stitch the braided strap to either side of the bag.