When I made denim bags for my granddaughters for Christmas, my daughter indicated she would like one too. Serendipitously, as her birthday approached, another pair of my longsuffering jeans gave out along a couple of seams - a sign it was time to make more bags!
The original pattern I used (Stitched Treasures by Ann Francene Dimmer in Vol.20 No.11 of Creative Embroidery and Cross Stitch) had a rounded and a squared version. I thought the squared version might be more useful to an adult.
As before, I wanted to use the back pocket of the jeans as a pocket on the outside of the bag. The pockets are placed a bit high on the jeans, but still useful for an accessible pocket on the bag.
I have collected a few more doilies and crocheted medallions since I made the last of these bags, so had a choice of embellishment.
I settled for a base doily in a very open work pattern, and a cluster of round medallions as my base. I appliqued these down by hand using machine thread, but decided to add some stitches using embroidery thread.
Rather than thinking garden and flowers, I began to think planets and spheres, space, night sky and Earth.
I made it up as I went along, adding and tinkering.
Eventually, satisfied with the result, I added a zip, joined the seams and created a handle.
I am pleased to say the bag turned out well and was much appreciated by the recipient.