While cleaning my closet, I stumbled across a denim shirt that hadn’t been worn for years. Not wanting to give away my name-sake shirt, I decided it was time for a makeover. Converting the shirt into a Hobo Tote is the perfect way to give this shirt a second chance.
Denim Makeover Tips
It seems I can never have enough totes or bags, so I turned to my “fav” big bag template from Clover, The Trace ‘n Create Hobo Tote Collection.
There are two templates in the collection, offering three layout variations: four-fabric, two-fabric, or one-fabric options. The templates are color coded for ease of use. I chose the four-fabric option, which was ideal for using my old denim shirt.
Tip #1: Cut the shirt apart.
- First, trim off the cuffs.
- Cut along the underarm seams of the sleeves and shirt.
- Trim off the collar.
- Cut along the shoulder seams. The shirt should now be in four main pieces: Front, back, and the two sleeves.
Tip #2: Stitch the openings closed.
- Button the shirt and stitch the front opening along both sides of the placket.
- Stitch the cuff plackets closed.
- Stitch the pleat to the back of the shirt.
Tip #3: Place the templates on the shirt.
- Audition the placement of the logo. Since the templates are transparent, positioning is easy.
- After determining the placement, trace around the outer template edges.
- Trace four pieces of each template: two with the template print side up and two with the template print side down.
- Utilize the plackets, pleats, and other details as parts of the Hobo Tote.
- Cut out the pieces.
- Overlap the templates along the horizontal seams. (The width of the seam allowances is 1/2″.)
- Trace the outer edges on the Peltex.
- Flip the templates, overlap the seam allowances, and align the templates along the center front. Trace.
- Cut out two layers from Peltex.
Tip #5: Trim away the inner seam allowances from the denim to reduce bulk.
- Since there are several layers of denim, eliminate the interior seams. Trim away 1/4″ as shown.
- Place the denim layers on the Peltex; baste the denim to the interfacing. The edges will “kiss” together.
Trip #6: Add trim.
- Cover the “kissed” edges with trim. Topstitch the trim to the denim/Peltex unit.
Finish the tote, following the instructions in the Hobo Tote package.
The back of the tote is as interesting as the front.
Check out this previous blog posting, which highlights Eight Creative Options for Totes and Handbags.
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Bye for now,