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Raid your scrap stash & create an awesome bag in minutes!
Anyone who’s ever reconstructed a garment knows the importance of hoarding...erm...neatly storing the excess bits & pieces for possible future use - even if those around you think you’re completely nuts for holding onto that tiny scrap of gorgeous vintage silk or that broken zipper pull, you know, eventually, inspiration will strike & it’ll be just the thing you’ve been looking for to finish (or begin) a project…

Any theories as to which lovely leftover I unearthed to create the nifty little bag above?

Root around your own stash & create your own:

Posted by Confessions of a Refashionista from Toronto, Ontario, Canada • Published See Confessions of a Refashionista's 64 projects »
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  • How to make a messenger bag. A Refashionista Wastes Nothing  Or  The Upcycled Cross Body Bag - Step 1
    Step 1

    Snag a pant leg, a necktie & a coordinating button

  • How to make a messenger bag. A Refashionista Wastes Nothing  Or  The Upcycled Cross Body Bag - Step 2
    Step 2

    turn the pant leg inside out

  • How to make a messenger bag. A Refashionista Wastes Nothing  Or  The Upcycled Cross Body Bag - Step 3
    Step 3

    fold up the raw end about 1cm

  • How to make a messenger bag. A Refashionista Wastes Nothing  Or  The Upcycled Cross Body Bag - Step 4
    Step 4

    press flat

  • How to make a messenger bag. A Refashionista Wastes Nothing  Or  The Upcycled Cross Body Bag - Step 5
    Step 5

    fold the pressed end of the pant leg up to the other end – flipping it over itself & keeping the tube-shape intact (the pant leg then becomes its own bag lining)

  • How to make a messenger bag. A Refashionista Wastes Nothing  Or  The Upcycled Cross Body Bag - Step 6
    Step 6

    stitch together

  • How to make a messenger bag. A Refashionista Wastes Nothing  Or  The Upcycled Cross Body Bag - Step 7
    Step 7

    sew the bottom closed…

  • How to make a messenger bag. A Refashionista Wastes Nothing  Or  The Upcycled Cross Body Bag - Step 8
    Step 8

    and box the corners if desired

  • How to make a messenger bag. A Refashionista Wastes Nothing  Or  The Upcycled Cross Body Bag - Step 9
    Step 9

    grab the necktie & arrange & pin it in place on either side of your almost-a-bag for the strap

  • How to make a messenger bag. A Refashionista Wastes Nothing  Or  The Upcycled Cross Body Bag - Step 10
    Step 10

    stitch it on

  • How to make a messenger bag. A Refashionista Wastes Nothing  Or  The Upcycled Cross Body Bag - Step 11
    Step 11

    attach your awesome button-hole foot & put it to work…stitch on your button & you’re done!

  • How to make a messenger bag. A Refashionista Wastes Nothing  Or  The Upcycled Cross Body Bag - Step 12
    Step 12

    Pop it around your body and head out!

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