Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Messenger bag from cargo pants - another clothes upcycle

Continuing with my Clothes Upcycling Challenge for 2015 I made a messenger bag from a pair of cargo shorts and some other fabric from my stash (helping my stashbusing cause at the same time!)

I've wanted to try this tutorial from Noodlehead for a while so decided this was the perfect opportunity.

This is what I started with:

Since the pattern uses a pair of cargo pants not shorts, I had to alter it slightly so I had enough fabric. The strap I made entirely from the co-ordinating fabric rather than half and half, but I think it works ok. I also had to unpick a pocket and make the whole bag slightly smaller than the pattern to give me enough fabric.

The pattern itself was fairly easy to follow although perhaps a little less detailed than I'm used to. I tend to go for overkill and photo and describe even the smallest stage in my tutorials as that's how I work. Still - this is overall a straightforward bag to make and a great way to upcycle a pair of pants!

The strap was possibly a little bit long for my daughter. Generally my girls love to model things I've made for me, but not on this day! However, I did manage to cajole my youngest into a couple of shots!

Left over fabric from the shorts?  A few pockets, a zip, buttons, label and the waistband. I've added them to the bag from last week's upcycle to be used in some future project I haven't yet thought of!

I'm pretty happy with this week's upcycle.  Do come back next week to see what I make next!

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  1. This turned out wonderfully! Love every detail!

    1. Thanks so much Julie! I'm really pleased with it.

  2. The handle and the trim around the flap look great in the contrasting fabric, Jill. I love your bag!!!

  3. I love the floral fabric with the camo! Pretties it up just the right amount~

    1. Thanks Tamara - I really like the combination of these two fabrics together!

  4. Oh what a great idea! I wish I would have thought of this when my husband scrapped his old cargo shorts. Thanks for sharing! Sharing! Thanks for linking up to Totally Terrific Tuesday last week! I can't wait to see what you have to share this week!


    1. Thanks Sharon. I have so many ideas now that I wish I'd thought of long ago too!!


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