If you knew how incredibly easy it is to make a denim stuff sack, you’d have more than a few around your house.
These little bags are fun and useful and with the new school year just around the corner, there’s going to be plenty of ways to use them.
I’m not letting the summer pass though before mine gets stuffed with sunscreen, sunglasses, and a swimsuit. I plan to squeeze in at least one more trip to the beach, thank you!
I got the idea for these denim stuff sacks from an infographic that Cotopaxi sent me earlier this year.
If you aren’t familiar with them, I invite you to click over and visit. Here’s a few things I love about this company:
- They offer high-quality, innovative outdoor gear and clothing.
- Several of their bags are made from completely repurposed fabrics, with no two bags exactly the same.
- Cotopaxi funds sustainable poverty alleviation with targeted grants around the world.
When I heard “repurposing” I was hooked, but when I learned of Cotopaxi’s core model of giving, I was impressed and eager to find out more about them.
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My favorite project from the infographic was this simple and useful denim stuff sack.
I’m going to show you just how useful a pair of worn out jeans can still be!
It starts with a pair of jeans – you know the ones!
I hung onto mine long after they were in great condition. They were just so comfortable and I told myself I’d only wear them at home, which I did…mostly. 🙂
This project was a great way to break my bad habit of wearing jeans that were sprouting holes at the seams, yet still had areas of great fabric.
I started by cutting the bottoms from the legs at 15″.
Next, I turned the section wrong-side-out, and sewed a seam just above the original hem.
Then I sewed two buttonholes at the top, 1-1/4″ from the raw edge,
and hemmed the top edge with a 1-inch seam.
For the drawstring, you can use whatever you have on hand or find that you like.
I made an afternoon stop at Michael’s and found nylon cord and silver beads that I loved.
I fed the cord through the button holes, strung a few beads, and was done!
Now I’ve got a repurposed denim stuff sack made from jeans that were destined for the trash can.
You can too!
Stuff it full and head out to the beach or stitch up some for each of your kids and send them off to school with a unique and fun bag to stuff all of their…stuff!