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Pant leg drawstring bag

Summer is hard.  I’m feeling like I should probably re-do my summer list and make it more realistic.  Instead of camping and swimming- it should have “say “I’m bored” 50 times”, complain about nearly everything at least once, ask for Popsicles at least 1,000,000,000 times and so on.  We’d have the list done by now and we’re only two weeks in! 😉  It’s not really that bad, but this week we’ve been painting the kitchen and family rooms, including the ceilings and my patience and energy are pretty much nonexistent right about now.  However, last week, before the painting mess started, I did manage to start teaching my daughter how to sew.  It wasn’t my idea, it was actually my sister’s and my niece’s.  They came out to spend the day and my niece brought in a couple pieces of fabric.  Actually, they were pant legs cut off my sister’s old cargo pants.  They had drawstrings in the bottoms, and they had the idea to make bags out of them.  So, we raided my fabric stash and found some coordinating fabric and got to work.

I don’t really have any process pictures because it was a ‘wing it as you go’ kind of project, but I will explain how we did it.  I straightened the cut side of the pant leg, then we decided on the embellishment each girl wanted.  After that was sew down, we sewed a straight line across the cut edge to make the bag.  We decided to make the top of the bag fold down to close and just have the drawstring as an embelllishment of sorts, so we measured down about 1/3 of the way from the drawstring side and that’s where we sewed down the strap.  It’s meant to be a cross body messenger type bag.  Fun and fast and free!  My kind of summer project. 🙂

And I think the girls are pretty happy with them too.
Hope your summer is going better than my attitude. 🙂
p.s. don’t forget- Point of View reveal and link party is tomorrow!  Hope to see you there.
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  • Lorene (just Lu)
    June 23, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    SO cute! I like the messenger style, too — perfect for all your summer adventures that are sure to happen once the painting is done 🙂

  • Gwen @ Gwenny Penny
    June 23, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    This is such a neat idea, Amy. I love the embellishments, too. Cute project! Can I have a popsicle? 🙂

  • Staci J
    June 24, 2011 at 5:34 am

    What a clever idea Amy!! I love anything you can re-use or upcycle, brilliant! I stopped over at Ashley's blog, and that GNO looks like a blast!! If only it were a different night! Have so much fun though!!!

  • Kim from Maiden D'Shade
    June 24, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    So very clever! I'm going to have to try this with my two girls. Perfect summer activity! Thanks for sharing!

  • Mandy @ thetinkersmuse
    June 24, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    How fun! and good use for the legs of pants gone short

  • The Answer Is Chocolate
    June 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Oh my genius Amy! What a great idea. Love it!!! Hugs sweets. Thanks for linking up!