2.01.2010

Sewing Smackdown Project #1...

THE ADELLE BAG

Edited: TO VOTE for me...click here to go to Jocelyn's blog.  But, please take a minute to scroll down to the next two entires where two of my kids sewed their own projects. They would be thrilled to get some feedback as they weren't invited to join in the challenge.


My DD has been wanting a hipster tote and so I decided to design my own pattern for her as part as the first sewing project.  I also recycled some of her jeans, which makes this a green project that you can easily do with items found around your craft room.

The Adelle Bag 

Basic Supplies:  A waist band from jeans, the leg of jeans, a jeans pocket, the seam of jeans, thread, ribbon or other embellishments. The length of the Adelle Tote (aka the jeans leg) is determined by the size of the user.  My finished Adelle Tote is 10 inches long. (Remember to figure in seam allowances.)

First, if you want to embellish your waist band, pin and then sew ribbon onto your jeans. 



 Next, iron a seam around the top edge of the jeans.  Sew.  I used a yellow thread which is similar to the thread already used on the jeans.

Then, place your pocket.  Be sure to embellish first.  (I added that red gingham ribbon.)  Sew around the pocket on the same seams.  Then sew the bottom seam on the hem line.

 Figure out where you want the belt loops. Use the seams of the jeans.  Be sure to see what it looks like with the width of the belt.

 Pin the new loops as shown here.  Then sew carefully so that the space for the belt is the same on each loop.  I used a triple stitch in order to make this very secure.

Also, I added 2 loops on the back of the bag.  When worn, only the front loops are used. Now, my DD can turn this into an over the shoulder bag or a drawstring bag, by threading the belt through all of the loops.

 Use fray check for the edges of the new belt loops. I think that as these fray a little, it will look super cool.


 The Adelle Tote...modeled!

 Now, I guess the voting for the projects are on my sister's blog. I'll post a link as soon as I find out. So come back and vote for the best Adelle Tote you ever seen.  She's so pleased with it that she wore it to the Blue and Gold Banquet last night. I'm pretty sure it'll be on her hip Monday while at school as well!

Oh yeah...and my DS and DD also sewed something for the Smackdown...keep reading....

17 comments:

Jocelyn Christensen said...

Too cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And your own design, even! Great job!

Lin Floyd said...

I'm impressed, fun to have a little girl to sew for. I had all boys, although I did make a few "hippie" shirts for Daniel in his teen years. LOL!

Starla said...

WOW!! Talk about a sewing marathon!! Very impressed with the youngsters projects too!!!

Deb said...

What an adorable, fun idea! Perfectly functional and FASHIONABLE! ;)

My lifes inky escape and more said...

This is so cute! Are you taking orders? I could use one if you are!

Renee

Kim said...

Great job on the tote and your own design too!

Jennifer said...

Dawn - This is sooo cute! I love how you showed a tutorial also. Now I want to make one for my nieces. Great job!!

Stampin_melissa said...

Your posting was last in my Reader so I didn't realize what you meant by "smackdown". I don't have to chose between you three do I? I can tell you my DS would chose the pillow! :)

winterpeachblog said...

I agree. That is too cute! Thanks for sharing!

Kim P said...

What a clever project! Love the splashes of red! Classic!!

Danni said...

So creative! Very nice!

the PaperTemptress said...

Wow, that is a fun fun bag! How creative, that would be a great bag if an adult designed it but you are so young to be so creative.

Patricia
the PaperTemptress

Lisa Kind said...

You are so clever, Dawn! This is so cool, and your daughter must feel so special! Great job with the first smackdown challenge!

Michelle VP said...

Very creative! Love how made something hip and new out of an old pair of jeans. :)

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Great way to recycle, Dawn.

Tangii Crain said...

Such a cute idea!! I love your's the best!

Patty (LaLatty) said...

What a great idea! I bet there are a lot of teens that would love this!