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!
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