Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Lesa Bag - a free tutorial




This bag I made on a request from one of my girl's swimming coaches - Lesa - hence the bag's name!
 She had an old favourite bag that was falling to bits, but she wanted to replace it with the same style bag and couldn't find one.
So I got the old bag and worked out my own pattern and made her one just the same - from an old pair of jeans:

Good tough fabric - and lined with a pretty maroon - also upcycled, from an old dressing gown!

When figuring out the pattern for this bag - I made a few trial versions - one went to my mum and one is the bag I use myself most day to day!  A great selection of pockets, the perfect size - and nice and sturdy in either denim or upholstery fabric!

The pattern does cut out nicely from an adult sized pair of jeans, so it's a great upcycling project! 
 (You may need to join two pieces of fabric together to make the larger back panel for the bag, or cut across both sides of one of the leg seams as I did here:)

Or, pick your own pretty fabric to make this great bag!


To download your own FREE PDF version of this pattern and tutorial,







If you like this bag - there are plenty more bag patterns available on my free tutorials pages.

I also offer 3 bonus bag tutorials exclusively to my




46 comments:

  1. What a great bag! I have a friend who has requested something very similar, so as well as making this version I may have to adapt it! Thanks so much for posting the pattern.

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    1. Thank you! Hope you have fun sewing it and adapting! Do let me know how it turns out!

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  2. That's a great bag,

    Well done and thanks for sharing it with us.

    Sarabeth
    Life of an Agnostic Sunday School Teacher

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  3. Love the pockets on the outside, Jill...

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    1. Thanks Pam! I find they're very useful for emergency sweeties!

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  4. nice bag... and thanks for sharing the tutorial....

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  5. These are fabulous!

    I would love for you to link up at the Mommy Archive - we're focusing on all sorts of hand made bags this week, Alice x

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    1. Thanks for the invite. I've just been over and linked up!

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  6. Great bag! I really like those outside pockets! I'm pinning this bag to my Denim Delights board! I love a good denim upcycle project!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

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    1. Thanks! And thank you for pinning too!

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  7. Oh great work! Please join in the fun at our new Bag Brag Tuesday Linking party! I would love for you to share your work there, such a Fab Tutorial!
    http://blog.chriswdesigns.com/2013/05/bag-brag-tuesday-linking-party-week-one.html
    Christine
    ChrisW Designs

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    1. Thank you - and thanks for the invite, I just popped over and linked up!

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  8. I'm not much of one for sewing, but I do love my project bags! I think I will give this one a try. Zippers scare me, so it will be a challenge.

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    1. Thanks Cindy. Do give it a try. I used to be scared of zips too - but once I actually tried them I found they weren't so tricky after all!

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  9. What a great bag, love this :)

    Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Mondays ...

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  10. Great bag!! Thanks for sharing! Visiting from Handmade Tuesdays

    I'd love for you to link these up to Much Ado About Monday: http://www.huckleberrylove.com/2013/05/much-ado-about-monday-no-11.html

    Karla
    www.huckleberrylove.com

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    1. Thanks Karla - and for the invite. I just went and linked up!

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  11. Great bag! I’d love for you to check out our Pattern Party! Those with free patterns and templates to share are invited to link up! Starts on the 1st of each month.

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    1. Thanks for the invite to your pattern party. I've linked up and added your party button and link to my blog!

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  12. This is awesome, Jill! Love the pattern :-) I'd love it if you could link this at our weekly party !

    http://withablast.blogspot.com/2013/05/all-my-bloggy-friends-link-party-48.html

    Hope to see you there!

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    1. Thanks for the invite Linda! I'll come on over and link up - think I missed last week, will link this week!

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  13. This bag is cute and I love that you shared the pattern!
    Thanks so much for linking up to Much Ado About Monday. We can't wait to see what you have in store for us next week!!

    Have a great weekend,
    Jamie
    www.huckleberrylove.com

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  14. Love the bag and tutorial.
    http://pagehirst.blogspot.fr/

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  15. Hi Jill, I've featured the Lesa bag today... Threading Your Way Features Thanks for adding all your jeans refashions.

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  16. What a great bag and I love that it has front pockets! Thanks for sharing with us this week at Monday Funday!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  17. Cute AND functional. All those pockets are awesome. Thanks for linking up.
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  18. The bag is AMAZING!!! How kind of you to offer a free pattern!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality last week! Looking forward to partying with you again tomorrow evening!

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  19. What a great bag! Thank you for sharing on Blog Stalking Thursday! I have featured your project on Blog Stalking Thursday Features YOU! The post is going live later tonight. I would love for you to stop by and grab a feature button. Thanks again for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much for the feature Katie!

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    1. Thanks Chelsea - and thank you for hosting such a great party!

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  21. Great bag! I've added it to our Bag Brag Tuesday linking party!
    Christine
    ChrisW Designs

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  22. I think this is a great looking little bag, I love to upcycle jeans into purses, other clothing etc. I also really appreciate that you have already turned your tutorial into a pdf for easy printing. I am one of those that need to have a hard copy pattern to "see" what I'm doing.

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    1. Thank you so much ileea! Hope you enjoy making your Lesa bag!

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