Rae-made Denim Tote
©Daniel Annett for DYLON Dyes
- A pair of old denim jeans
- Grosgrain Tape
- DYLON Machine Dye Pod in (COLOUR - Orange)
- Matching coloured thread
- Basic sewing tools - sewing machine, scissors, tape measure and pins
- Marking tool - chalk fabric pencil
- Custom heat patch (optional)
Dye the jeans
1. Turn the damp and washed pair of jeans inside out and place it in the washing machine.
2. Pop the unwrapped and opened DYLON Machine Dye Pod directly on top of the garment. Set the machine to a full 40° C cycle. Once this is complete, leave the item in the machine and run another cycle with detergent.
3. Once the jeans have been dyed and removed from the machine, run an empty cycle using detergent to clean your machine.
4. Once the jeans are ready, leave to dry away from direct sunlight.
Always read full Dylon Machine Dyes Pod instructions on the pack before use.
Create the patchwork bag panels
5. Cut the trousers up into pieces and arrange to create two large rectangles. Zigzag the edges of the patches to avoid fraying.
6. Stitch the pieces together. For workwear style stitch lines, you can add a second layer of stitching 5mm inside the edge stitch line (optional).
7. Cut out a 50 X 52cm rectangle.
8. Cut out 3cm squares in the bottom corners of the rectangles.
Attach the pocket
9. Cut out a 20 X 22cm pocket from the leftover fabric.
10. Stitch on a piece of grosgrain to finish the top of the pocket.
11. Mark where you would like the pocket to sit within the centre of the bag.
12. Stitch the bottom of the pocket to the bag with a 1cm seam allowance.
Attach the grosgrain tape
13. Pin grosgrain tape to the inside face of the top of the bag.
14. Edge stitch along the top hem.
15. Turn the tape over so it is now sitting on the outside of the bag, with the open edge facing down and the top edge finished.
Create the straps
16. Make the straps as long as you would like by pinning them onto the bag and checking the length when you put it over your shoulder.
17. Pin the pocket under the strap to finish the edge and sew the pocket shut.
18. Ensure straps are sitting straight on the bag by measuring with the chalk.
19. Edge stitch the grosgrain straps, ensure that you stitch over the sides of the pocket to close it.
Stitch the bag together
20. Zigzag stitch the edges of the bag to avoid fraying.
21. Stitch the side seam of the bag first with a 1cm seam allowance.
22. Stitch the bottom of hem with a 1cm seam allowance, leaving the two corner edges.
23. Stitch the bottom two corner openings shut to give the bag more depth.
24. Add your custom heat patch using an iron (optional).