A trouser transformed

What does one do with a 46″waist discarded/ donated trouser? Though in reasonably good condition, the chances of finding someone who could continue to use it as a trouser are slim.

With a bit of thought, a few snips and my sewing machine, I was able to use almost every bit of fabric to turn out four useful bags. Buttons, labels, zip, pockets – all retained. All that was left unusable was a small strip. Actually, I ran short of fabric for one strap, so I needed to use a cut-off bottom part of a checked shirt, salvaged from a tailor shop.

Trouser transformed
4 bags from 1 trouser

Click images below to see enlarged pictures

bags back
Bags back
bags front
Bags front

4 thoughts on “A trouser transformed

  1. Vaidehi February 16, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    Wiw..how do you make them? Is there a tutorial?


  2. Arathi Manay February 17, 2016 / 8:53 am

    Vaidehi, this was a first attempt and I did not make a tutorial. Will keep this in mind the next time. Briefly, cut off the legs after measuring about 15 inches from the waist. The seat of the trouser makes one shoulder bag and the front makes the other. Note the positioning of the pockets and zip. The four straps required for these were made using the legs – by cutting off 3 inch strips (one strip from one leg and three strips from the other leg). The remaining parts of the two legs (that are now of different lengths) makes the other two bags.


  3. Vaidehi February 17, 2016 / 9:08 am

    Thank you for your response. Shall try out and post pic.


  4. prakashag February 19, 2016 / 4:09 pm

    good initiative , keep it up


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