How To Make Recycled Denim Crayon Bags

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Hello! It has been a snowy week here in Michigan. I shoveled the driveway and woke up the next day so sore I thought I was dying for sure! In between shoveling the snow, laundry loads and soccer games I’ve been working on a few projects.

For This Project You Will Need

  • 7″ x 9″ piece of denim (can be new or recycled)
  • thread and sewing machine (although you could hand stitch)
  • fabric scraps or embellishments
  • small elastic hair tie
  • button
  • iron
  • fabric glue or tacky glue

First you want to create your top seam by folding one of the long sides in about 1/3 inch, ironing it, and then folding it over one more time and ironing it. I stuck a few pins in and ran it through my sewing machine quickly. Next, you fold the fabric in half (the top seam stays on the left)and sew a seam starting at the top where the seamed sides meet and going straight down the side leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn leaving the needle in the down position and do the bottom the same.

I pressed the seams and cut off the corner seam allowances as far as I could so the corners will look crisp when I flip it.

I flipped it and decided where to place the elastic and button. I hand sewed these in place using black thread. When I sewed the hair tie on, I only sewed through the two top layers of the top seam so you can’t see the stitching on the outside.

I cut out a few pieces of fabric and used fabric glue to glue them on. The sock monkey is cut from a piece of Moda “Sock Monkey Yearbook” by Erin Michael laminated fabric so it won’t fray. The black gingham fabric I was hoping will fray a little more over time.

I like these because I can throw them in my enormous mom purse and my boys will have them for when we’re out and about at restaurants and sport events. The denim is sturdy which is great!


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