I’m excited to welcome a guest contributor to Shift, self-taught natural dyer, dressmaker and pattern maker Liya Mirzaeva.
Based in Sydney, Liya is a textile artist and DIY advocate, here to help us get creative aaaand ditch plastic bags for good.
Liya has come up with a simple DIY to turn an old pair of pants into a functional, stylish tote bag – all in under an hour!
Plastic bags should have been banned long ago, but sadly they are still used by people all over the world. Not everyone wants to spend money on a reusable bag so why not make one yourself? It’s easy and fun.
What you will need:
- Fabric (old clothes)
- A bit of imagination
I decided to go with an old pair of pants, but you can use anything you want, just make sure the fabric is thick enough to carry heavy things later on.
Now examine your garment and decide on the best shape and size you can get out of it. You will need two equal sides for just the bag and some extra fabric for the handles.
Just remember that the finished bag will be a few centimetres smaller as it will be hemmed.
You can use a ruler if you don’t trust your eye. And then just cut out your shape.
Now thread your needle and make a knot. This I think is the easiest way to do it – tightly wrap the end of your thread around your finger, press it with your thumb and slide it off.
Now put the two sides together with the “wrong” side of the fabric facing up. Start from the top and work your way all around the bag, just using a straight stitch.
If you run out of thread, you will need to make another knot on your bag, so it doesn’t come apart later. So instead of making another stitch, use that loop and thread your needle through it and just pull.
Now we’re ready for the handles. Cut out 2 equal rectangular shapes – you decide how long you want to make them.
We’re almost done! Now you need to attach the handles to the bag. Just choose where you want them to go and you know what to do.