Lisa A Stavig upcycles a blue jean jacket. Most people when they look at a blue jean jacket see a blue jean jacket. I look at it and I want to cut it up, tear it apart, and create something totally different. So I took this jacket that I got from a second hand store and brought it home. I washed it and then I started by cutting out the sleeves. Then I cut apart the back from the front. Next I cut the collar and the wasteband off. Now I can cut the button hole and button strips from the the front. I even cut out the front breast pockets. Then I start laying it out and putting it all together. It takes me a while to figure out the lines and how each jacket is unique. This way I end up with very individualized bags. Then I create this cool looking blue jean totebag. All of my blue jean totebags are a little different since I don’t really use a pattern and each jacket is different. I do usually keep to the same general idea, but they each have a lot of individuality. Recently I have started adding things like felt flowers, patches or peace symbols to them. This dresses them up a bit and adds a bit of whimsy. So check out my latest efforts at Lisa A Stavig’s Etsy shop . Feel free to buy it!