Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Repurposing A Shirt and A Pair Of Jeans

A couple of weeks ago was my husband's birthday.  I don't know what it's like for you, but for me, I never know what to get him for a gift.  This year was no exception!  I just could not think of anything to get him and he wasn't giving any hints.

Then I thought about the shirts and pants he had given me when he cleaned out his closet.  I was looking through them all and remembered how he likes to have a laundry bag with him when he travels.  And he does do a lot of traveling for work.  So I picked a shirt and a pair of jeans and and came up with a laundry bag.

I cut the shirt straight across right under the arms and straight across at the bottom to cut off the shirt tails.  I left the buttons buttoned and sewed the shirt closed down each side of the buttons.  Next, I cut the legs off the jeans and got out the seam ripper to open the inseam seam.  Using the widest part of both legs, I cut pieces for the top and bottom of the bag.  The last step was to make a casing and insert the cording for the drawstring top.

The best part is he was surprised and very happy with it.  Not only did I come up with the perfect gift, but it didn't cost anything!

I've been forgetting to leave you with a sewing tip at the end of each post to celebrate National Sewing Month.  I remembered today though, so here it is:  If your project requires a lot of cutting straight lines, it is easier to use a rotary cutter and quilters ruler on a self healing mat than it is to use scissors.  The cut is cleaner and straighter doing it that way.  It's also much quicker.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!


  1. Ooh, I love laundry bags :)
    Annette, that is a very thoughtful gift! Your laundry bag is so cottage chic -- Love it!

  2. What a Great idea and lovely gift!

  3. What a perfect gift!!

    I love giving and getting things like looks very "manly" too!! :-)

  4. Great gift! Handmade gifts are the best.
    Everyday Inspired

  5. Fun gift! My Ogre wants a home brewing kit for his birthday, so I better get to hunting.

  6. What a great idea! Every time I pack our suitcase I put our shoes and slippers in plastic grocery bags and always think that some day I should sew up some little shoe bags instead. This would be perfect!

  7. Loving the surprising idea you came up with, Annette! I am facing a similar problem quite soon and you gave me hope. Maybe I will create something out of the blue :)


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