Recycle time. Not only old jeans, but old idea…. Because I started to make this handbag out of a very old pair of jeans (that I probably wore 10 years ago or something)… They’ve been laying around in the recycle bin for a while now.

Jeans handbag by me

I cut them up and sewed in a lining (from a thrifted curtain) on my friend Maria‘s kitchen floor this summer when I was very low and couldn’t craft alone. She helped me by just being there, doing her sewing on the machine by the table and making tea for us. I didn’t finish the bag then but in December I did, as you can see on the photos in this post. I quite like it, and with one of the fabric flowers I posted about yesterday I think it looks complete.

Jeans handbag by me
My Signo pen
The pockets are very useful for storing stuff now too, like my white Signo pen that I love.

When I had taken these photos of the bag I sent one to Jenn of Indie Fixx because she had a contest in December that I wanted to win… And I won it!

The price was the Chronicle Books Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts! Amigurumi! I can’t wait to get it, it will be my first craft book from Japan though I’ve written about these books for ages and wanted one for years! And I’ve made several amigurumi figures already but not from patterns! And this one is translated to English, woohoo! Thank you Jenn, who called me a winner: She’s a winner! How about that? I feel like a winner! I will tell you about the book once it arrives to me here in Sweden (where it has been snowing).

Jeans bag closure

I handsew the buttons (tryckknappar in Swedish) inside the bag, two on each side in December and the bag is big enough for my journal, pens, wallet etc. etc. And it feels comfortable on my shoulder, and that is a very good thing.

Isn’t this recycle at its best? Thrifted lining, old worn Levi’s and very little work for a sturdy handbag that won’t break easily!? I want to make more like this one!

My jeans bag