Well, hello there and thanks for stopping by to check out our stop on Indygo Junction’s Pattern Parade Summer Blog Tour! Haven’t heard of Indygo Junction? Here’s a bit about them:

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So for today’s stop, we’ve been working on the Chic Bucket Bag. Whether your destination is near or far, you’ll love to travel with the Chic Bucket Bag. Numerous pockets, both inside and out make this purse ready to hold all your road trip essentials. The practical bucket shape makes this bag able to stand on its own and keep your necessities safe — no more floppy purses that spill out in the car! Make it in coordinated cotton fabrics or try creating this pattern with recycled blue jeans to salvage useful pocket space and belt loops to hold your key ring. Can’t wait to make your own? Here’s a discount code you can use at checkout on Indygo Junction’s site: PPBT9 – get 20% off your order! Whoopeee!

For my sample, I decided to use an old pair of the hubby’s pants for the pockets, and some leftover Yoshiko Jinzenji linenfrom a skirt I recently made, and line it with Kaffe Fassett’s ginger shot cotton. Here are some tips for laying out the pattern and such:

    • First, trace off the handle pattern piece onto Swedish Tracing Paper so that you can keep your instructions intact.
    • If you want to make the exterior bag entirely out of denim, you will need two pairs of jeans.I also found that men’s jeans with little to no curve for the hip area works best.
    • To make sure my pants were big enough for the pattern, I measured from the center back seam, around the hip, to the front fly. If it measures at least 14 inches, you are good to go!
    • Then, to make the cutting easier, I cut down the center back seam, right along the flat fell seam, around to the front, like this:
    • Then I cut down the inseam so that I could open up the whole leg and lay it flat.
    • And finally, I made a pattern piece for the front pocket out of Swedish Tracing Paper, and then laid that on top of the exterior piece, and then laid the whole thing on top of the pants. I found that this allowed me to ignore that the jeans were not exactly 9X14. I’m a perfectionist and can get caught up in little details like that.
    • And last, my handle worked best when I sewed it with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

So those are my tips. I need your help though with the last part – the handle. Should I have the shot cotton on the extorior like this:

Or should it be linen all the way like this:



Tell me what you think in the comments (deadline is July 5th) and you will be entered to win the pattern AND fabric from Dear Stella Designs to recreate the cover bag! And don’t forget to collect your secret letter from each stop on the tour. At the end of the tour, unscramble the 10 secret letters to create the mystery phrase and enter to win the Grand Prize. For more details, visit Indygo Junction.

The secret letter for this blog is “E”.

Keep up the tour by visiting some of these fun, creative bloggers below:

Indygo Junction PATTERN PARADE Blog Tour

June 6th – Indygo Junction Kick-Off Post
June 9th – Nancy Zieman Blog
June 11 – Sew Much Ado
June 13 – Designs in Embroidery
June 15 – The Last Piece
June 18 – Lazy Girl
June 20 – Sew Weekly
June 22 – Tula Pink
June 26 - Sew Mama Sew
June 28 – Mama Said Sew
July 2 – Skip to my Lou
July 6 – Indygo Junction Tour Finale for the GRAND PRIZE!



141 Responses to Indygo Junction Pattern Parade!

  1. Ali M says:

    I’m voting for linen all the way, the shot cotton still looks lovely inside!

  2. Jane Bee says:

    I really like the two tone look of this bag. Thanks for the tips on making the jean version. I like the color of the shot cotton, so I’d go for it on the outside of the handle.

  3. Cindi C says:

    I like the total linen look. Great looking bag by the way.

  4. MarciaW says:

    Linen all the way so the shot cotton is still a surprise for the inside.

  5. Ange says:

    Thank you Cindi!

  6. Ange says:

    I hope the tips are helpful. The written instructions are great, by the way!! If you make one, post a pic on our facebook page!!

  7. Kathy says:

    I like the linen all the way. GREAT way to recycle those jeans. Can’t wait to make one!

  8. ELLEN T says:

    Lov it, lov it, lov it….& the blue material
    is spectacular…
    It would be a fun bag for the beach or even around town.


  9. Linda Smith says:

    I like the linen option. I love the blue jean example

  10. Carol H says:

    I like the shot cotton on the outside! I would love to make that bag.

  11. Diane says:

    Definitely the shot cotton on the exterior:)

  12. I like the linen all the way around as well. :D

  13. Diann Cornell says:

    I like the shot cotton on the exterior.

  14. Lisa McGriff says:

    Love this bag, I’ve got several pieces of fabric that would work with this!

  15. Lisa McGriff says:

    Forgot to answer the question… I like the orange on the outside!

  16. Kathy M. says:

    I say linen all the way. Love the shot cotton on the inside.

  17. Suzan says:

    All linen. Very different bag. Love all the pockets!

  18. Judy Stolz says:

    The shot cotton, please

  19. Carolyn says:

    Love the re-purposing of the jeans! What a clever idea.

  20. Sarah milliken says:

    Love this bag so cute! Love the jean one ..

  21. Ramona says:

    Normally I would go for the shot of color on the outside but for this bag I really like the all linen look. Love this pattern. Thanks for a chance to win.

  22. SewLindaAnn says:

    I like the linen all around. Looks like a neat pattern.

  23. Brie says:

    I like the first version best~

  24. I vote Linen all the way, beautiful! LOVE how this Chic Bucket Bag stands by itself, just waiting for a quick toss-in or fish-out at the drive-through or when in need of sunglasses! I appreciate your tip about using men’s jeans for less curvature, because I like “square” measures and cuts, too! LOL~

  25. Jeanne Zukowski says:

    Love this bag I have been looking for something that is good for carrying my camera along with all the other purse stufff I carry

  26. VickiT says:

    I like both, but the linen looks more uniform to me.

  27. Kathleen says:

    Cute pattern-fun way to reuse jeans. I like the linen version of the handle best.

  28. jane says:

    oh, dear, I am a sucker for blue bags. Would definitely love to have this. In the meantime, i have the perfect pair of jeans….

  29. Becca says:

    I really like the linen. I think I need to make this bag, it’s so cute!

  30. Hueisei says:

    I like the linen all the way version :)

    Thanks for the chance to win ^^

  31. Glenda says:

    How about both? Either one would be great. ;-)

  32. Barbara G says:

    Super cute – love the choices you made – stirs up my creativity… I need to dig out some shot cotton and have fun.

  33. Denise says:

    I do like the linen, but orange is my favorite color so I have to vote for the orange shot cotton on the outside of the handle. :)

  34. Diane Borden says:

    How much fun is this? So glad the groovy ladies from Mama Said Sew told me to come and check it out!

  35. Jean says:

    I like the shot cotton.
    It makes for a stronger hangle.
    Was admiring the bag on Indygo’s website the other day.

  36. Rhonda says:

    I vote linen. Really love the denim look as an option.

  37. Sandra says:

    I like the all linen look, fun bag!

  38. Barb S. says:

    I’d go for the first version so there is a splash of color on the outside of the bag…yummy!

  39. fenna says:

    I’d say leave it linen all the way–the shot cotton is bright enough to peak out sufficient in the bag!

  40. Patti says:

    I like the linen. And don’t forget to go to your local thrift store if you need the denim. All sorts of great “fabrics” to be found there.

  41. Kim says:

    I like the linen

  42. Shari Wildschutte says:

    To tell the truth I can’t tell the difference between the ‘shot cotton’ and the ‘linen’ but I can tell you that I dearly love the ALL jeans purse. I have so many pairs of jeans in different colors that I could use for this great purse that I really want to try it. Thank you for the tut!

  43. Kathe says:

    Love that you are recycling hubbie’s old pants. Looks really good either way (guess I’m no help). Thanks for the giveaway.

  44. Patti N says:

    I like the linen all the way.

  45. Joan McConville says:

    Hats off to Mama Said Sew and Indigo Junction! Great pictures and excellent tips! Love the upcycle style and have to say I am partial to the all linen outside with the shot cotton on the inside. I love eye-popping linings. So much fun! Great job, IJ & MSS. <3

  46. Monaquilts says:

    a great pattern and a tutorial to go with it! Great day at the Pattern Parade! I would never think to go to the thrift store for fabrics…that is a great idea Patti

  47. Ellen M. says:

    I like the orange showing on the handle because of the way it contrasts with the brown. Great bag!

  48. Wendy says:

    I prefer the linen on the outside. Cute bag! Thanks!

  49. Karen Wiebe says:

    I think they both look great, but would probably go with the linen all the way:)What a great pattern!

  50. bonnie says:

    Love the bag the way it stands up. Its just what i need.
    I like the linen!!

  51. Carmen says:

    I love this bag – esp the one with the brown jeans!

  52. Lee says:

    Fabulous bag! I love the jean version and the shot cotton lining! thanks!

  53. LILA-ANNE M. VALLERO says:

    I like either handle. I love purses with lots of pockets.

  54. Cecilia says:

    Im voting for linen all the way. Thanks for the giveaway.

  55. LJ says:

    I definitely like the linen on the outside and the shot of color for the inside. Great tips for making the bag out of jeans; thanks.

  56. Kathie L says:

    I would do linen all the way around. I love your use of old jeans in the construction.

  57. KatieB says:

    Oh, what fun! I have “designs” on some of my husband’s old jeans.

  58. kathyh says:

    In love with the Ginger color but liked the linen continuous line.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  59. Nancy G says:

    I think the linen is the best. It gives a more cohesive look.

  60. P. Hissong says:

    I like the jeans bag and have lots of old ones that would make up so cute!

  61. Ann Hudson says:

    Linen all the way! Though I do LOVE orange, maybe make a little orange ruched flower and put on the outside somewhere? Great pattern! Thanks for participating in the hop!

  62. Katy says:

    Great pattern! Ilove the color combination, so I’d go with the shot of orange on the outside.

  63. hafza says:

    I choose the one with linen. thanks for the giveaway!!

  64. Galatina says:

    I really love what you’ve done with the trousers – what a good way to recycle.

  65. charlene miller says:

    I like the linen…Thanks for the chance…

  66. Erika says:

    I love the linnen one! It´s so interesting with all the pockets. And the ginger shot cotton would look lovely inside peeping out. What a great bag :-)

  67. Natalia says:

    Love the pattern and great idea to recycle fabric!! will definitely make it in a combination of an old pair of jeans and some lovely design fabric!

  68. karen says:

    I love being able to repurpose fabrics. great idea, great purse.

  69. Andrea says:

    I love the jeans version. Thanks for the tips!

  70. Jean Guenther says:

    I also like the Linen look. Thanks for sharing the used jeans version. I love it and have lots of those saved to work with….

  71. jojomatt22 says:

    I love the bucket bag. I think I would use all light weight cotton. I hate heavy purses. I have lots of cotton fabric laying around.

  72. Love how you bag turned out. It is so cute! Now I want to try and make one.

  73. Tracy DVR says:

    love using old jeans, lord knows my kids wear thru them quickly…both work w/horses. the bucket bag seems appropriate then?

  74. Carla G says:

    I like it with Linen all the way with the bright pop of orange on the inside! Very cute bag! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

  75. Mary Sue says:

    I like the look using the jeans. Really appreciate the tips you have included. Thanks.

  76. Kathy Bumb says:

    I love this pattern and would use either canvas (natural color or colors) and line it with muslin with denim scraps. Love your blog.

  77. Lori Smanski says:

    Oh this is a wonderful purse. I love how casual and fun the jeans look is. And by using different fabrics it would change the look. Thanks for the chance to win.

  78. Cheryl Gunderson says:

    I like the shot cotton on the outside, but it really looks great either way. I loved the idea of using the denim, but the all-cotton version is very prettty. Thanks for the chance to win!

  79. robin says:

    Either looks great. :)

  80. carolee c. says:

    I love the denim one! Any chance to use old jeans makes me happy! Thanks for the giveaway!

  81. Kit says:

    Linen all the way. Love to make bags out of old jeans.

  82. Pam Peterson says:

    I love bright colors, but in the case of this bag, I like the linen on the outside better!

    The Dear Stella fabric will look GREAT in this pattern! Hope I win it!

  83. Sheri says:

    I like the linen myself…..love the repurposing of a pair of jeans.

  84. sherry j. says:

    I like the linen all the way. love the bag!

  85. Diana says:

    Linen definitely. Love the jeans and blue cotton versions.

  86. Christine says:

    I like the linen look. The denim example is also cute.

  87. Southern Gal says:

    I’ve gotta vote for linen.

  88. Sheila N. says:

    This is a great bag! I’ve been saving old blue jeans and now I have a use for them!

  89. Cheryl Baker says:

    I love your use of recycled fabrics, and I like the look of the linen on the way through. What a neat bag pattern!

  90. Kaye M. says:

    I like your bag with the linen all the way up on the handle and the pop of color on the inside! Its a fun design. Thanks for sharing all your tips from making this bag.

  91. Linda W says:

    My choice would be the linen, but it’s fabulous either way!

  92. Connie Douty says:

    Your idea for this bag is just what I need. I save old jeans and also have plenty of fabric to re-cycle. Making this bag will be fun but the hard part will be parting with it My grand daugther will want it as soon as she sees it.

  93. Agnes Smith says:

    Think some Amy Butler fabrics would be great for this.

  94. Mary B says:

    It looks like a fun bag to make and love all of the pockets!

  95. Karen says:

    Love the re-purposed pants. So fun!

  96. Laura says:

    I like the linen all the way.
    I also will make it some fancy Japanese texture fabric rather than the jeans.

  97. Barbara Palmatier says:

    I like both purses for different occasions. I would line the whole purse and the handle with the orange material on the leather one. I am so glad we don’t have to toss out old jeans that are worn out on the knees and fine everywhere else. Now we have something to do with them besides patches!! Whew! Have done enough of them.Thanks.

  98. Janice S says:

    I love the linen look. Very stylish.

  99. Anne Kasten says:

    I really think for this fabric combination the shot cotton is best. It just adds that special something that makes the whole project SING!

  100. Carin says:

    I love the idea of re-using trousers!

  101. dawn strandburg says:

    I adore this bag.It’s so neat that it uses repurposed jeans!sooooo pretty and practical!

  102. Joy Vail says:

    I love the bag – all those pockets and reusing jeans, such a great idea! Thanks!

  103. Linda Gerig says:

    Love ideas .linda gerig

  104. Velma says:

    I love purses that have many pockets. It helps me to keep my purse neat and organized and makes it easier to find things.

  105. Terry says:

    What a great way to Upcycle old jeans. Very cute. Thank you!

  106. Denise Wilson says:

    I like it with the shot cotton. Very cute!

  107. Doreen H says:

    This is very nice. I would use the shot cotton.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  108. Sunnie says:

    Thanks for the giveaway, they have some great fabrics.

  109. Cheryl says:

    Love the repurposed jeans-turned-purse with all the pockets and belt loops for “stuff”!

  110. I like the linen all the way version best. I love ideas on how to upcycle things like jeans! Thanks for sharing!

  111. Peggy says:

    Love the pattern and so clever to up cycle the jeans to make perfect strong pockets.

  112. Lori says:

    I like the linen! Thank you for the contest!

  113. Sandy H. says:

    I prefer linen all the way with the colorful shot cotton on the inside. Beautiful bag either way!

  114. Cindy Brooks says:

    I love bucket bag, especially with pockets like this one!
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  115. Mrs.T says:

    I like both, but for sheer practicality I would say the shot cotton. The linen handle might soil quite easily. Just a thought. Lovely bag!

  116. Kiersten says:

    This is a fun bag! I’ve definitely got some old jeans I could use to make it.

  117. amorette says:

    shot cotton on the exterior for sure- love the pop of orange color!

  118. Deborah says:

    I like the cotton on the exterior. It gives it more depth and texture.

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  119. Angela says:

    The tips were the best part of this blog entry! Thanks for the advice.

  120. Renee A says:

    I love the denim bag.

  121. Jenny Green says:

    Linen all the way (for the strap).

  122. Adri H says:

    I like linen all the way with the orange peeking out from underneath. Nice job!

  123. Megan says:

    I really like the linen exterior and cotton inside. I like a little pop of something fun inside my makes :)

  124. Sumi says:

    I think both look great but my favorite is the linen.

  125. Crystal F says:

    I like it both ways, but if I had to choose, I would choose all linen. It looks great, I love the use of the denim and this looks like a fun pattern. Thanks for adding in your extra hints!

  126. Christine says:

    Like it, and I like winning. : )

  127. MoeWest says:

    I would put linen on the outside and shot cotton lining the handle. Your bag looks good!

  128. Sydnie says:

    That bag is super cute!!! I would totally go with the linen all the way, but either one would be awesome. Thanks!!

  129. Brenda B says:

    I like the linen all the way – such a classic look!

  130. M says:

    The cotton one looks cuter colour-wise:)

  131. laura says:

    I love the linen! What a great looking bag!

  132. Debe says:

    I like the linen all the way. more continuity. CUTE idea!

  133. Patty says:

    Linen is my vote and I have old jeans ready to use, can’t wait to see it finished .

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