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.
These were a made up design, though inspired by some I saw online. I cut round the pockets, leaving a little more than a seam allowance, and then cut a flap piece which was slightly less wide than the pockets. I cut the linings using these as a template, and simply stitched them up. Having recently mastered the button hole tool on my new sewing machine, I rummaged through my collection of buttons till I found those which pleased me and matched the bags, and simply added them. The strap is made from thick piping cord (which was too thick for the purpose I originally bought it for!) and the result is, I think, very pleasing. I have since made further variations on the theme, which will appear here in due course.