As we head into November, I had an opportunity to spend Saturday at a gardening conference that included touring a nice pollinator garden and hearing about research based information on the benefits of native plants. We also saw some beautiful views on the two-hour round trip.

I’ve been sewing or maybe it should be called crafting since I tear everything down and try to reuse the various pieces.

A friend gave me an old denim skirt so I made her a bag out of it.Β She takes piano lessons, and I thought maybe she could carry her sheet music in it.

She also gave me a couple of legs of some jeans she had cut off so I made her a small hip bag to hang on the loops of her jeans when she doesn’t want to carry a purse.

Denim makes up a large part of my wardrobe. Should I acknowledge that? Why not, it’s the truth.

When I retired from Corporate America I took two car loads of suits and matching shoes and bags to the Women’s Employment Network. Since then, I dress for comfort the vast majority of the time.

I really enjoy crafting, but it takes some time because I don’t have patterns, and I wing it. We all know though when we wing it, Jack the ripper gets used a lot to take out seams that don’t work.

Here’s the bag I made myself. What’s the little piece loop sticking out? You can hang your sunglasses there. There are also slots on the inside lining for a driver’s license and credit card.

After the conference on Saturday, we headed northwest a little to an apple farm that had a nice assortment of apples, fresh cranberries, and desserts.

I just happened to pick up a pumpkin whoopie pie. This is rather large even for a whoopie pie so I think it will get cut in half.

Happy last Monday in October. I hope it’s a good one. πŸπŸŽƒπŸ‚

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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58 Responses to Denim

  1. Ally Bean says:

    I like denim, too. Your bag is beautiful and fun. I remember having denim shoes with cork soles when I was in 7th grade. This bag would have completed my look!

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    The bags are really creative. They look great, they’re functional, it seems you thought of everything with the sunglasses hook. I am looking forward to dressing for comfort.

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  3. Joyce says:

    If you were looking for a supplemental income, those original and creative bags would do the trick! They’re really cool!
    I remember the day I ushered my “teaching clothes” out the door and began “part two” of my life as a stay-at-home mom – jeans for 99% of the places I went. It’s the same today in my grandma years!
    I am glad there are wise, concerned people out there taking care of the pollinators for the rest of us who’d starve eventually if not for you. Thank you for being part of that mission!

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    • I never understood why my Mom wore jeans most of the time. Now, I do. πŸ™‚ The pollinators did pretty good this year according to the stats. I think more folks are planting native plants which is making a big difference. Some of those new fancy plants are sterile. They don’t exactly advertise that, but it’s the truth. I have no problem planting enough for both of us. πŸ™‚

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  4. I love those hip bags! You have a pattern for them and the tote now though right- One you made? The tote bag is lovely and I’m sure she’ll love both the hip and tote bags.

    I made totes from scratch, and aprons once and didn’t have a pattern for either so after some trial and error I finally had a usable pattern that I still have should I get the bug to make more. I hear you regarding Jack the Ripper. My Jack sees more use time than my sewing machine!

    When I could wear sleeveless I tore up a sheath dress I loved so I could make a pattern of it and make myself two new ones one summer. I ended up making one and wore it for several summers. Alas, I can’t wear sleeveless anymore, but I do love a nice sheath dress.

    The fall colors there are stunning! So many oranges and reds!! Enjoy that Whoopie Pie it sure looks yummy.

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  5. Very creative! πŸ™‚ Beautiful bags.

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  6. I love recycling fabric in this way! As a quilter, I’m always on the lookout for reusing a piece of fabric that still has lots of life in it. Now, if I could recycle some of my wasted moments…

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  7. Marilyn says:

    You continue to impress me with your winged creations. Keep it up. I hope the Whoopi’s pie was good.

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  8. Karen says:

    You are so very clever, I really like all your denim projects.

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  9. You are so creative! I love your denim bags. And the whoopie pie looks sinful!

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  10. Murphy's Law says:

    The denim bags are very impressive. Your friend will just love hers. What a nice thing for you to do.

    I think those of us who are retired all live in jeans, comfy t-shirts, sweats, and comfy shoes. It’s not that we don’t care what we look like, we now put comfort and good sense first! Works for me!

    Your fall foliage is so vibrant. Our colors are pale in comparison.

    That Whoopie Pie would’ve been my meal! πŸ€—πŸ€—

    Enjoy these last few days of October. Remember to turn the clocks back on the 3rd!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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  11. Oh, that whoopie pie! The picture made my mouth water. I’m with you about dressing for comfort. For me, casual is best. Those denim bags are utterly adorable and hats off for turning old jeans into something useful and kicky.

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  12. I always tell people to save jeans. Denim is an incredibly useful fabric.

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  13. Eliza Waters says:

    You are quite talented a crafter, Judy. You must get so much satisfaction repurposing materials that most folks would just throw out (something I have trouble doing, much to my spouse’s chagrin).
    Pumpkin whoopie pies, yum!

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  14. I love seeing what you have been sewing. I especially love those little clip on bags – how clever!

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  15. These are really cute bags and so good for little items. Plus, you’re recycling! Thanks for sharing these!

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  16. Your bags are so cute… and useful with all their pockets and loops. I’ve made a few bags from leftover fabric, but never with denim. You make me want to check out my jeans to see if any β€œneed” to be recycled yet.

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  17. Tina Schell says:

    Those bags are really terrific Judy – what a creative person you are! I too find jeans are my go-to since retiring. If I never see another suit again it will be too soon!

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  18. Oddment says:

    As always, I am in awe. You do such beautiful work! And that photo up above is breathtaking. All that and pumpkin whoopee pie too. Life has its moments, doesn’t it?

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  19. Annie says:

    Everywhere I go, denim seems to be the cloth of choice for all ages. And to think I never owned denim while in high school…. or what did we call them back then? dungarees. I wish I could’ve had the other half of the pumpkin whoopie!

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  20. You’re really crafty in the nicest sense of the word.Your β€˜Jack the ripper’ made me laugh. 🀣

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  21. joey says:

    Denim is so sturdy and comfortable and essential. You’ve done a great job winging it with the bags!
    I RELISH wearing jeans to work, as in my field, it’s not too common an office practice. I don’t wear them every day, but I could and no one would care. My ‘weekender’ handbag, a travel necessity, is the most expensive one I own, and it’s been worth every penny. She’s almost ten and she needs patches on her bottom (shh, don’t tell!)
    Fabulous photos! No fall beats a New England fall ❀
    I love the pumpkin whoopie pie — I love seasonal treats πŸ™‚

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  22. KerryCan says:

    Now that’s a whoopee pie! Yum. I wear denim jeans pretty much all the time, everywhere. Except in the summer when I wear skorts all the time, everywhere. Being retired is delightful! Your denim crafts are great–practical and pretty and keeping that stuff out of the landfills!

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  23. Joanne Sisco says:

    You are so creative!

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  24. Judy, once again you have inspired me to set up the sewing machine and do a few crafting projects. P.S. I planted poppy seeds in peat cups (thanks for the suggestion) and they are sprouting. That denim bag would be perfect for my Mahjongg card and coins. Maybe I’ll make a few as Christmas gifts.

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  25. Nancy says:

    That is one delicious looking Whoopie Pie!

    I too wear a lot of denim and yoga pants as I go to exercise class and walk a lot.

    Your bags came out very well… nicely done.

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  26. germac4 says:

    Great bags Judy, your Jack the Ripper made me laugh too. How nice that your friend gives you her denim and gets a few useful, well made bags in return. My daughter and her friends are trying to re-cycle clothes and toys for their children to avoid waste, and it works really well.

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  27. You’re very clever to create these bags without a pattern Judy. I suspect you’ve refined the method over the years.

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  28. Rose says:

    I have lived in denim, and want to be buried in denim! I keep thinking I am going to make myself a small bag for my phone and couple other items. For when we are just shopping.

    I love the autumn shots… beautiful.

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  29. We have a houseguest who is a native New Englander. She says she doesn’t like whoopee pies. Now I’m very confused.

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