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Making the Shirr Thing Bag

by Carla A. Canonico

Welcome to the third day of recycling jeans into cool sewing projects! Yesterday, I posted about making a Denim Notebook Cover which showcased the beauty and strength of denim and DENIM threads by Coats.

In this post I’m highlighting an everyday denim bag with fun shirring on the front. The secret? Using heavyweight Jeans thread to make the shirring!

All week we’re working with three threads that make these cool recycling projects fabulous. Coats Dual Duty Plus and Dual Duty XP collections with an emphasis on Denim, Jeans Topstitching, and All Purpose threads.

The Shirr Think Bag was is a brilliant design by Linda Turner Griepentrog, and you can download the free pattern and templates by clicking on the photo.

Right on trend: a shirred bag sewn with Coats Dual Duty XP Denim and Jean Thread

Right on trend: a shirred bag sewn with Coats Dual Duty XP Denim and Jean Thread

Shirring is sewing with elastic thread in the bobbin of your sewing machine to create a smocked appearance on your fabric. A trendy synonym for shirring is ruched. To make this bag choose a softer denim from your collection instead of a sturdier option.

All the thread you need for sewing with denim from Coats Dual Duty XP and Plus collections: All Purpose, Jean Topstitching, and Denim threads

All the thread you need for sewing with denim from Coats Dual Duty XP and Plus collections: All Purpose, Jean Topstitching, and Denim threads

Join me tomorrow, we’re making Denim Bracelets from recycled jeans using Coats Denim, Jean Topstitching and All Purpose threads!

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2: The beauty and strength of a denim notebook cover

Go to part 4: Denim Bracelet Trio, no one will ever guess!

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2 comments

Lori Morton November 28, 2018 - 11:13 pm

LOVE Totes!! (I’m a total “Tote Addict” ..giggle…) This Tote is AWESOME!! Thank you for sharing where to get the pattern :)

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Sandy Allen November 5, 2018 - 7:40 am

I have a denim tote bag and it has lasted for years. This would be a great replacement!

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