Your first task is to deconstruct a pair or two of Denim Jeans. to make your “What Knots” bag.
Denim Jeans, A sharp pair of scissors and a quick unpick ,
Make sure your recycled jeans are washed and clean. If it has some marks and stains on it (like paint stains or grease stains etc) that’s okay – depending on who the bag is for, these marks can be used to an advantage.
Check your jeans for any cool labels, tags on the inside of your jeans and be aware of these while you deconstruct your jeans. You don’t want to be cutting through them.
Look for unusual belt loops, pockets, patches and if needed, unpick these first
Cut the cuff seam from the bottom of the jeans first – these need to be kept seperate. The FRAY FACTOR (which I will explain on my next post) on the cuffs is minimal and gives them huge potential.
Turn jeans inside out
Carefully cut up both sides of the outside leg seams reasonably close to the stitching until you reach the pocket area and cut across to detach this seam
Cut up both sides of the inside leg seam over the crutch area and down the other inside leg seam. This gives you one extra long seam – great for over the shoulder handles.
When you get up near the pocket areas you need to make some decisions …
- How are you going to use the back and front pockets?
- How to use the zip? – this may depend on if the zip is broken or not
- Is the waistband usable as is, or could you use the internal tags/slogan if it has one?
- How about the buttons and domes?
Many of these decisions, I make as I start to construct the bag – to see where and how they fit best. Leave this top half whole for now. In future tutorials, I will show you various options on how to use these as we get further into the project.
Your jeans are now cut up into deconstructed components. By cutting up 2 or 3 pairs of jeans in different shades you have more choice with the various components and colour schemes as you create your What Knots bag.
So watch out for my next tutorial – The FRAY FACTOR – before we get into creating a masterpiece.,,