Denim Boro Bag Finishes

By Judith on September 19, 2019
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Our studio in August looked a little bit like a jeans factory, as many pairs of jeans were massacred in the honourable pursuit of making my Boro Denim Bag pattern.



Repurposing projects are among my favourites, and it was exciting to see the ladies’ bags grow in a very organic, non-prescriptive way.


While some of the techniques are the same e.g. ‘quilt as you go’ and measured bag construction, each bag looks uniquely different because of the different denim placements and features used.


Denim Boro Bag Class


Like an archeological dig, there was much excavating through the pile of jeans for pockets, loops, leather labels and interesting design features which were rescued and treasured for embellishing the bags!


Denim Boro Bag class


Doesn’t Glenda looked pleased with her finished bag!


There are a few more bags that are still in the making, but to all my ‘bag ladies’ I’d like to say a big well done on your repurposing and bag making skills!  The variety and creativity you showed in the hand and machine quilting of your bags was inspiring!


If you would like to have a go at your own Denim Boro bag, you can find the pattern here. 


(Newsletter subscribers will have received a 50% off coupon code for this pattern in the Autumn ’19 edition – expires 25th Sept.)


Happy sewing!


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Denim Hexie Bag: Class Finishes

By Judith on March 30, 2018
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For the past 6 weeks some very talented ladies in my classes have been beavering away on my Denim Hexie Bag Pattern.



This pattern combines techniques such as English Paper Piecing (EPP Hexies), eyelet holes, zippered pocket, handbag construction as well as some serious denim upcycling!


At times it looked like a missile had gone off in a jeans factory in my classroom, as scissors and blades feverishly amputated legs, pockets and loops! While denim is one of my favourite textiles to work with, it doesn’t half shed!


But oh boy, the results of this serious crafting were so worth it!




Not all the bags being made are represented here, a few are still being finished off.


But aren’t they brilliant!  Sturdy, stylish practical bags that I know will get lots of use!


And I also know that the bags still being finished are equally as fabulous!


I haven’t been able to capture all the individual details in the bags here, but trust me when I tell you that each bag has it’s own unique characteristics.


Details like repurposed loops, tabs and pockets from the jeans, as well as complimentary fabrics like cotton and tweed, buttons, badges and even embroidery and printing.


A huge ‘well done’ to all my wonderful ‘Bag Ladies’!


If you would like to have some re-purposing fun of your own, you can get my Denim Hexie Bag Pattern here.



I also have 3 part-kits available in my shop, which include the pattern, pre-cut hexie papers, various coloured denim squares (for the hexie panels) , 1 metre of heavy weight sew-in vilene and 4 eyelet rings.


But be quick!  When they’re gone, they’re gone!


Happy recycling!


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