Car companion


FINDING it hard to part with your favourite pair of old jeans? Why not convert it into a hold-all and keep it that much longer. 

You can hang the hold-all behind the headrest of your car. It is ideal for storing magazines and paperbacks, or small toys to keep young, restless passengers entertained when you’re get stuck in a traffic jam.  

You need: 

Old jeans 

Sewing scissors 

Needle & thread 

Thick thread 

Multi-purpose sewing needle 

Pins 

Buttons – 1.5cm in diameter (two pieces) 

White felt (10 x 20cm) 

Pink felt (10 x 10cm) 

Sequins  

UHU glue  

1. Fold the jeans into half, lengthwise. Measure 10cm below the fly and zipper and cut across the sides of the jeans. Unfold. 

2. Fold up the cut edge inwards to make a seam of 1cm. Sew 2cm long tacking stitches to hold the seam down.  

3. Sew blanket stitches along the seam with a multi-purpose sewing needle and thick thread. Unpick the tacking stitches.  

4. Cut off the bottom edge of the legs of the jeans. Make a cut on one side of each strip to open it up into a strap for the bag. Blanket-stitch the ends. About 1.5cm away from one end of each strap, cut a 1.8cm slit as a buttonhole. Sew blanket stitches closely around the buttonholes. 

5. Sew the buttons onto the top of the bag, about 4cm or more from the sides. Sew the straps to the top back, also 4cm or more away from the sides.  

6. Cut out two hands from the piece of white felt. Cut and glue the hands onto the pockets. 

From the pink felt, cut out five hearts of varying sizes. Glue the hearts to the bag. 

Sew sequins all over, or as you like.  

  • Readers can write to Teresa Wong at asrete@gmai.com. 

    Making blanket stitches  

    Knot the thread, bring the needle out at point A and pull the thread up. Poke the needle through B to the back of the cloth. Pass the thread around the needle, make a loop and then pull the needle up.

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