DIY|Mesh Panel Drawstring Bag

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I’ve been lusting over the drawstring bags from Cotton On (these) for the longest time and if not for the fact that EVERYBODY has it, I would have bought one ages ago. Inspired by the recent boom of the sports luxe trend, I decided to add a twist to the conventional drawstring bag by adding some sporty-looking mesh panels.

On to the tutorial!

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DIY | Jeans to Mermaid Skirt

 

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Hi everyone!

School has started for me one week ago and I am already crying for help under the stress of homework and projects that have fallen upon me all of a sudden. Luckily, I managed to squeeze in some precious time to try out this quick DIY transformation that I’ve been meaning to try for some time now!

Mermaid – or as some may call them, trumpet – skirts are really trendy now, and I’ve been searching high and low for one. However, the ones I managed to find were all either incredibly expensive, or made of those super tight, bodycon material which I really dislike.

I bought this gorgeous pair of really highwaisted teal jeans at a Pasar Malam (night market in Singapore) for $2 a few months back, and I absolutely love the colour, rise and comfort of them. However,  the cutting fits a little weird on me, fitting tight on some areas and baggy on others, not to mention how they are a tad too short for me. I considered altering them, but the top-stitching on the seams made it hard to take in any fabric. Hence, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to try out this idea that had been floating around in my head for the longest time.

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1. Cut as low as you can across the hip of the pair of jeans.

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2. Setting the top part of the jeans aside, let’s move on to the jeans legs.

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3. As far as possible, cut out two strips of fabric from your jeans legs. Maximise your cutting placement – cut the strips as wide and as long as possible!

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4. Place the two strips ride sides together and sew down both short ends, forming a large tube shape.

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5. Then, hem one side of the tube.

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6. Using a needle and thread, gather the other side of the tube by sewing long straight stitches across the fabric.

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7. After going around the whole tube of fabric, adjust the ruffles to ensure that the circumference of the tube matches the circumference of the top part of your skirt.

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8. Place the gathered tube and the skirt right sides together. Pin and sew in place.

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9. After you have sewn the two pieces together, you are basically done!

I decided to go one step further by top stitching along the seam we just sewn, securing the seam allowance in place. 🙂

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TA-DAAA!

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That’s all for today’s tutorial, hope you enjoyed!

If you try out this DIY, do send me a photo of it by hashtagging your tweet or instagram post with the hashtag #PCDIY !

Till next time!

p x

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