Recycled Jeans Lunch Bag
Make a Recycled Jeans Lunch Bag as a great beginning sewing project that you can use. Your old jeans will find a new life when you turn them into cut offs and use the legs to make this project for you or one of your siblings.
Retired blue jeans, preferably not a tapered leg
0.75" Wide Velcro tape
Cotton press cloth
Decorative iron-on patch
12" x 1" Wide nylon heavy webbing
Using fabric scissors, cut jeans across the leg 12" from the ankle seam. Turn the fabric inside out. Leaving a ¼" seam allowance, sew the trimmed edges together with a sewing machine. Turn the fabric inside out once more, so that the finished side of the denim is facing outward and the ankle seam of the fabric is right side up.
Using scissors, cut a 5.5" strip of Velcro tape. Separate the two pieces of Velcro then apply fabric glue to the adhesive backing to ensure the Velcro stays secure. Align and secure the Velcro strips just inside the mouth of the lunch sack then set aside to dry.
When dry, fold the opening of the lunch bag over so the crease is about 1.5". Cut a ¾" square of Velcro tape, separate the two pieces then apply fabric glue to the adhesive side of the tape. Place the Velcro squares on the interior fold of the bag. Set aside to dry.
On the front of the lunch bag, spell your child’s name or a fun phrase using iron-on letters. Cover the letters with a cotton press cloth then apply steady pressure with a heated iron for 20–30 seconds. Remove the press cloth then set bag aside, laying flat to cool.
Place the decorative patch where desired and follow the same directions as with the iron-on letters.
Lastly, gently melt the edges of the nylon heavy webbing with a match to prevent fraying. Sew a strap onto the lip of the freshly minted lunch bag—then it’s time to make that bologna sandwich!
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