There are lots of Youtubers and bloggers teach people how to upcycle your old T-shirt or old jeans into a bag or backpack. They are all such good upcycling ideas for all DIY lovers who want to reuse all resource around them. However, can we be more creative to upcycle our T-shirt or old designer dustbag into our day-to-day bags? I'll show you seven great DIY projects to do it, and you don't even need to have a lot of sewing experience for most of them!
Watch me make bags out of designer dustbag and DIY recycle bag kit
No matter what your level of sewing expertise, our useful designer dustbag/fabric recycle DIY bag kits are great projects. It's simple enough for beginning sewers, but universally practical enough to be worthwhile for just about anyone. The construction is sturdy but there is no pattern required as we have processed hardest parts and it can easily be customized by just changing the fabric! It's also great way to practice saddle stitching and learn some new skills.
Why make dustbag recycle bag DIY kits
While recycling is better than throwing away, it still is best to make something like a bag that can be used over and over again. The recycle leather bag kit idea came up with a creative friend (also our fan) who has a bunch of idle designer dustbags and fabric and want to give them reborn. She came to me, so the story begun.
Dustbag Recycle bag kits are really great because they are lightweight and sturdy in shape. They are able to hold lots of heavy items, conforming to the shape of almost anything you try to shove into them. The most unique part is it can easily be customized by just changing the fabric patterns, making it literally a unique bag for you. There is no pattern required since the kit was well designed and made for novices.
Recycle your designer dustbag/fabric into a real bag in 8 easy steps
Step 1: Tools and Materials
There are several styles of DIY bag kits we can choose. Let's take the Jackie bag dustbag recycle DIY kit as an example. Basically, the dust bag DIY kit has included all necessary patterns and sewing kits. One thing you need to prepare is the dust bag or a fabric pattern that you like. Moreover, if you'd like to draw some unique patterns on the bag, the diy kit also includes plain fabrics which allow free painting. Following the tutorial video, let's dive into it!
Step 2: Sewing on the Lock
To get you clear of which pattern we are working on, we gave each piece a special number. The first thing is to sew the little strap and a lock on the big leather. As usual, we recommend using traditional two-needles saddle stitching for most of the bag kits. This traditional stitching is strong and will create beautiful weaves. To get know more about the saddle stitching, please read this blog: Basic Leather Sewing Methods - Time Saver.
Step 3: Cut out the Dust Bag in Shape and Stick It with Leather
Get the leather piece with a sticky side, carefully stick the designer dust bag or fabric pattern on the leather. Then we will use a scissor cut extra fabric. Leave the rustic edges for a while, we will use leather strap to wrap the edge to make it looks neat later.
Then use a pad gently scratching the surface until squeezing out all air bubbles.
You will also find three pieces of plain fabric in the dust bag recycle bag kit. These fabric patterns have been well-cut in shape. If you want some unique pattens, try to draw them on these plain fabrics!
Step 4: Sew on the Other Part of Snap Lock
Stitching the other part of lock on the leather. Notice that the snap button should be right above the leather.
Step 5: Sew the Inner Pocket
This pocket is pretty easy to sew, try to get your seams looks straight and professional.
Step 6: Sew on Two Buckles with Leather
Step 7: Assemble the Bottom Part of the Bag
Step 8: Assemble Two Shoulder Ears and the Strap
Step 9: You're Done!
Tadaaa. Our designer dust bag recycle bag was turned out beautifully.
Except the Jackie bag DIY kit, there are other 5 kind of style DIY kits. Just roll over.
If you want redesign a recycle bag with a vintage look, check this handmade vintage clutch that may inspire you!
As you can see, it would be really easy design and make your own bag with a recycle bag DIY kit. If you're planning to splurge on namebrand products like Gucci or Prada, don't let the dust bags go to waste sitting in the back of your closet. Flexing your creativity with our DIY handbag kit, repurposing luxury dust bags from Channel, Louis Vuitton to Hermes into DIY handbags that are so stylish we may never throw another bag away again. Or just start creating you amazing bags from a beautiful fabric/T-shirt on your hand!