I needed a bag to hold our roasting sticks when we go camping. I even went and looked at fabric but just didn't want to pay for cute fabric that would just get dirty camping. Instead, I whipped out the old jeans and set off to work. Here's what I did...
1- Start with a pair of old jeans. They need to be in good enough shape that you can salvage the fabric.
2- Place your roasting stick on the leg of the pant. Leave enough space above the stick to be able to sew a 1 inch rolled hem. Then cut.
3- Next, sew the bottom of your pant leg closed. You could turn the thing inside out and all that but I didn't. I liked the hem of the jean showing. Also, you should know, I'm not a sewer. I can do basic things. Usually I just do straight stitches but I was feeling fancy so I went for the zig-zag. If you want instructions on how to really sew, you might want to look elsewhere. :)
4- Once the bottom is sewn closed, turn the pant leg inside out and pin the other side of the leg. Normally you'd do a rolled hem, folding it twice, ironing, the whole schabang - I was lazy, I folded it once. It fit my needs. Then I sewed all the way around the opening. This left me with about an inch of a top hem for my ribbon.
5- Next, carefully cut a slit on each side of the bag. You want each slit to be in-between the edge of the opening and the hem. Don't cut through the hem though. Then thread your ribbon through. I cut two piece of ribbon and threaded them through each side of the hem. Then I tied the edges together with a simple knot.
6-When you are done, you'll have something that looks like the photo above.
7- Technically, I could have stopped there. The bag is done and could be used but I thought it looked a little boring. So, I pulled out my paints and foam stamps and stamped on a label.
8- Now my little pant leg bag is finally complete. I just need to put all the roasting sticks inside and throw the bag in with the camping gear and I'm set to go!
Easy + no cost = the perfect little bag!