Fast forward two weeks, I had packed mom's machine up after finishing the valance with every intention of returning to her. But for some reason I decided to ask to keep it for a big longer, and there it sat, in it's case, by my door for two weeks. Come to Tuesday and I start thinking I should probably get/make something for Lucas' kindergarten teacher seeing as how this is the last week of school and all. A million fabu ideas ran through my head. I could make a gathered scarf or another pin (although I have already made and given her two this year). I really want to make one of these embroidered notes, and I will, but I couldn't decide what I would have the note say. After talking about my ideas with a co-worker I decided a tote bag was the way to go.
So last night when I got home I pulled, knowing I would eventually hack them up for a project. I folded them, unfolded them, trying to figure out the best place to start cutting in order to leave the most usable material. So I started by cutting them off at the inner thigh, and then straight down the inner pant leg to the bottom hem. Since these were a pair of pre weight loss jeans, I had a LOT of material to work with. I laid out the pieces, got out a ruler, and drew some lines, added some pins, and set to work. After a few hiccups with the thread coming undone, and then with forgetting to put the presser foot down I got the outside of the bag complete. But I couldn't leave it at that. I got out a crib sheet I refused to get rid of (an adorable one with letters & numbers on it, how perfect for a teacher, right?), and started hacking away at it, a few measurements, and pins later I was ready to sew that together too. Got the liner done, then was able to sew it to the outer jean bag only to realize I hadn't added the straps yet. Not to mention I hadn't actually thought about what I was going to use for the straps. :) Enter the waist band of the jeans, PERFECT! Cut it off, trimmed it, and then cut it in half, one for each side. Sewed those bad boys on, and felt pretty good about the basic tote I had created.
It wasn't complete though. It needed some decoration. I cut the back pockets of a pair of jeans shorts, stuck them on the front, (who doesn't need a couple of pockets in their bag?), and took some of the extra sheet material to work with the plan of making some flower on lunch. And that is exactly what I did, I made two flowers, got home, finished them up, made a couple more, and glued those puppies to the bag (truly, they were very strategically placed, to cover up my sewing mistakes!).
Here is the finished project, I am sure Mrs. Aronhalt is going to love her new bag, and hopefully it will be her go to library book bag. Enjoy!