September 9, 2019

Denim Overall Backpack

This month I've joined my blogging friends for the September Upcycle Challenge. For this challenge, my friends and I are creating upcycle projects with fabric. One of my favorite fabrics to work with is denim! I just love denim, so I decided to take a pair of my son's old overalls that he outgrew awhile ago to create a fun denim bag. I haven't sewn anything in a couple years, so it was fun to dust off my old sewing machine.

These overalls were only worn by my son a couple times. They're size 2T, and my big boy now wears a 5T or 4/5, so he outgrew these overalls awhile ago. After searching Pinterest for inspiration, I found a Moschino Denim Overall Backpack Purse that was a bag that still looked very much like overall shorts. 

First, I cut off the legs of the pants. I rolled them up to make a cuff and stitched it in place.

I cut up the legs to stitch together to form the backpack straps.

I removed the ends of the straps with the overall hook thingies... 

I hand stitched this part together. I left the small opening because I thought it would be cool to use this as a crochet project bag for projects on the go. I can feed the yarn through this hole!

After I sewed a couple long strips, I added the ends with the buckles.

I sewed the end of the straps under the back pockets.

I used denim scraps to add a loop to hang the bag. 

I also added a couple belt loops to the front.

the back side...

I decided it would be fun to add my stash of pins to this bag... 

And yep... I added all the pins! 😁

I didn't stitch up the sides, so that it would be easy to put a couple skeins of yarn inside the bag. (I'm currently working on a Crochet Bacon & Eggs Scarf). This was a really fun project to create, and I look forward to using it while waiting in the parent line to pick up my kiddos from school.

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  1. How clever! Creating a backpack out of the old overalls is a fun idea. It looks great!

  2. What an awesome collection of pins and cool project! Very creative and it's such a cute backpack!

    1. Thank you! I've have the pins for a couple years, and I finally found a use for them. 😊

  3. Too cute! And the addition of all your pins and patches adds such a special touch!

    1. Thanks so much! I love pins on denim bags and jackets, so I just had to add them all. 😁

  4. This is so adorable, T'onna! I kept thinking you were making this for your daughter, but no, it's for you, lol! I wonder how long will it be before she asks you to borrow it! Great idea adding all the stickers!

    1. Thanks, Gail! My mom thought I was making it for my daughter, too, but nope! It's for me. LOL