Recycled suit trousers into stylish work bag

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With the recent introduction of charging for plastic bags my large tote is incredible useful for odd bits of shopping – but it is not very smart for work. In a recent issue of Love Sewing I spotted this rather cute bag from the book Measure Cut Sew by Susan Wasinger.

Bag

I decided to sew one up for myself, with the odd amendment. Diving into my stash I discovered a pair of suit trousers, passed on to me due to a hole, plus some black fabric. I also discovered some padded handles I had made in a dark grey. Perfect combination for a new stylish work bag:)

Styish work bag materials

I chose grey zips to highlight the hints of colour running through the trousers.

careful cuttong of the trousers

Careful cutting enabled me to keep one of the trouser pockets.

Suit trousers to create exteral zup pockets on bag

Adding soft and stable to the body of the bag has given it great shape and support. I tacked it into place, which was a great help when when inserting the zip. These two panels created the two external pockets of the bag.

inserting zip into bag

The recycled stylish work bag is lined with a former duvet cover and has two slip pockets, one for my personal and mobile phone, and one for my work tablet.

Inserting the lining

Finally I inserted the lining to the bag, and as per the instructions hand stitched in along the zip. This is a different technique to how I usually add the lining but it is holding up well.

Recycle trouser bag - upcycled some trousers into a stylish work bag

After using the bag for work for the last fortnight I’m really pleased I took the time to upgrade and treat myself to a new bag – I feel smarter!!

Upcycled suit into work bag and tablet case

I feel I have unwittingly create a co-ordinated approach to work as it goes so well with my upcycled jacket tablet case – more information here🙂 Here in the UK its bank holiday Monday – my daughter is keen I upcycle a large adults skirt she spotted a charity shop into a skirt for her. Hope you have a lovely day whatever you are doing,

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2 Comments

  1. Noddfacrafts@yahoo.co.uk
    May 2, 2016 / 10:20 am

    You are so clever. Lovely bag!

  2. May 9, 2016 / 3:39 am

    This looks great, I love the pinstriping!

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