This blog shows my recycled denim creations, along with tutorials for items I have designed myself. I collect old jeans (a strange collection, I know!) and cut them up to make bags, purses, animals and other items of varying sizes and shapes. I then sell these to raise money for weomen and children in the town of Utange, near Mombasa, in Kenya. I help women to set up their own businesses and provide solar lights to enable teachers and pupils to work at home after the sun sets.
I've been running up lots of coin purses, supplementing my dwindling stock of jeans with lovely curtain samples. Here are some results:
This is a little purse which has a darted body, so sits quite neatly.
First cut your fabrics. I used denim for the top, 2" x 5". I used scraps of curtain fabric for the zip ends and a semi-circle with the darts cut out for the body. My zip was 4" long.
First sew the darts together.
Stitch the zip ends on, trim to the same width as the zip, and then add the top panels.
Trim the zip ends to the same length as the top panels. Stitch the top panels to the straight edge of the body pieces:
Fold in half and stitch all the way round, then turn the right way in.
Really quick and easy to make, and useful little purses for those odd coins, or maybe for a lipstick or two.