Today was the day, I had decided...I would not be sidetracked. Those jeans needed to be made into something useful!
I had been admiring all my doilies (after playing with one last night) and still had the idea to use one with my denim pieces. When I saw this one and showed it to Blossom she immediately thought about the story of The Blue Willow Plate - a favourite tale from her childhood. So this doily was destined to be my Blue Willow Bag!
We love to wander the various weekend markets - whichever town we live in at the time! - so market bags are very useful. Small, long straps, just enough room to hold some cash, my phone, and the car keys.
I decided the embroidered doily section would be perfect as the flap on a bag so I made it with rounded corners, using more of the plain doily area for the backing...
After adding a buttonhole to the doily flap, I found some checked fabric laying unused in my stash, perfect for lining of the front as well as for the back of the bag (denim lining for the back section).
I was wanting a shaggy look around the edges of the denim/cotton fabrics, so stitched the seams on the outside and clipped along the edges.
The shoulder straps were made with 1 inch strips of denim and cotton, then seams sewn along the outside, and once again I clipped into the raw edges for that ruffles effect when it was washed. One large white vintage button sewn in place and voila! I am so pleased with how it turned out after a quick cycle through the washing machine and an hour drying in the sun!
The total sewing time took me an hour.
Meanwhile Blossom sat on the floor in my sewing room and worked on the last of her assignments.
Only three more weeks (then a 3 week school holiday break) and she'll be back to homeschooling.
Betty made a denim bag a while ago for her grandaughter, and she sent me a photo to show you (she has no blog). Isn't this clever!?
Also, go to Vickie's blog (HERE) and have a look at her denim thread catcher...if you have a spare jeans leg you can make a few for gifts!
Mr Elefantz and I went for a lovely drive up to Balfes Creek while my market bag dried in the sun, but I'll show you the very interesting photos from there another day...