Two sides of one bag
Instead of buying new fabric to make another bag, I searched through my stash of old clothes and used an old work shirt and Bermuda shorts. The hardest part was piecing fabrics together to form 14” x 16”” size squares of fabric to sew togehter. Some tips:
1) Retain interesting details. For the shirt, I kept the shirt pocket and sewed up the opening (I removed the buttons first). For the shorts, I loved the two hidden back pockets.
2) For the bag body, you’ll need: Four 14” x 16” pieces of fabric (two of the shorts fabric and two of the shirt fabric.
3) For the straps, you’ll need: two 22”-strips of shirt fabric (I cut mine from one shirt sleeve), folded four times and then sew up on each side.
All the parts of the bag before putting it together
To sew it all together, I suggest reading Skiptomylou’s super easy and comprehensive instructions. Oh, I added a lavender-filled bird made from the shirt fabric, sewed it onto a natural twine rope, and made it a charm for the bag. Happy upcycling!