Friday, December 7, 2012

30 Days For 30 Dollars: Day 9

Day 9:  For Anyone Who Eats Lunch

This can be made pretty easily with just a few adjustments to the Easy Tote Bag Tutorial  (I'm using this tutorial as a jumping off point so check it out of none of this makes sense)  using thrift store jeans ($2) - 

you want a pair that's pretty big (these were a 2 XL) and have wide legs

Step 1:  Cut bottom hem off of jeans.  Then cut a section of leg 15" long.
Measure the top width of this section (mine was 11 inches) and cut  2 pieces of lining fabric 15 inches by your width + 1"  - so I cut my lining pieces 15" X 12".

Step 2:  Use a 1/2" seam and sew lining pieces together around 3 sides (right sides together) and jean leg around the bottom (right sides together).

Now we're going to deviate from the easy tote bag and box the corners of this bag:

Step 3:  Fold the bag in at the corners, lining up the side seams.  Measure up 2 inches from the point and draw a straight line across.  Pin and sew on the line.  Trim excess.
Do this to both corners on the outer piece of bag and both corners of the lining piece.

Step 4:  Turn lining right side out and insert into the outer piece.  Line up and pin raw edges.  Instead of inserting handles here though, insert a loop of elastic cording.

Step 5:  Use a 1/2" stitch and sew around the top edge, leaving an opening for turning.
Turn everything right side out through the opening.  Push lining down into the outer piece.  Iron the edge and top stitch around.

Optional Step:   My top opening seemed a bit wide so I added a couple of small pleats.

Step 6:  Decide where the button should be and stitch in place.

Total spent:  $2 (and I could make another one of these with the other leg)

Note:  My lunch sack was inspired by this lunch sack from Between the Lines  (which is pretty awesome)  but I had to alter it a bit since leather ties were not in my budget.

Day 1:  Pretty Hair Ties 1.00
Day 2:  Pin Cushion 1.00
Day 3:  Cowl 1.50
Day 4:  Apron 1.00
Day 5:  Baby Hat .75
Day 6:  Wine Charms 1.00
Day 7:  Pot Holders 0.00
Day 8:  Easy Tote  1.00
Day 9:  Lunch Sack 2.00

1 comment:

  1. well that's pretty darn creative!
    thanks for sharing!