Barnabas Bag – Sewing Pattern

The Barnabas Bag pattern was developed in 2017 as a way to used upcycled jeans and spread encouragement at the same time. Buy it in my Etsy store to make your own!

A simple, yet versatile, tote bag pattern.


Included in this Pattern

In the Barnabas Bag pattern, I’ll show you how to upcycle jeans and button down shirts for a tote with the least amount of waste. Measurements and instructions are available for non-upcycled fabrics, too! You’ll also get multiple options for a decorative pocket, including original embroidery patterns from PureJoyCreative.

As with each Reclaimed for Good pattern, a “quick notes” is included at the end, so you don’t have to print off the entire set of instructions to get to work.


Required Material

  • 64″ of 1″ or 1 1/2″ wide webbing for straps
  • One 34″ x 16 1/2″ piece lining fabric (or button down shirt for upcycling)
  • Two 4 3/4″ x 16 1/2″ pieces (denim jeans for upcycling or similar weight fabric recommended)
  • Two 6 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ squares for pocket 
  • One 6 1/4″ x 16 1/2″ piece medium to heavy weight fabric for accent panel
  • Interfacing as needed

Additional supplies needed include an 80/20 or denim needle, a cutting mat or ruler, scissors or rotary cutter, and pins or wonder clips.


Make it Your Own

Besides the included decorative pocket options, here are some ideas for making this tote bag your own. The list will keep growing! Tag me or send photos of how you made the Barnabas Bag your own and I’ll share you photos and ideas :).


Together we can find more ways to reclaim fabric
and breathe meaning, joy, and life into our sewing.


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