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Making a Bootie Bag from Jeans

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A bootie bag a a purse made from a pair of jeans, using the upper portion, waist down. This bags all have the benefit of the existing pockets and can be personally designed and adorned to make a unique bag to fit your needs and style. This is a guide about making a bootie bag from jeans.


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January 2, 2017

I have been going through clothes like crazy and have found many that do not fit my child yet, are torn or otherwise ruined, so that no one else could get benefit from wearing them.

My craft is aimed at storage for my craft items and warmth. To that end I have been making bags. This way I solve two problems at once, really three, if you count repurposing the the old blue jeans into these storage bags. How they help me stay warm is that I fill them with things and place them against the cold wall next to my side of the bed.

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January 3, 20170 found this helpful

That's kinda cute, Robyn

Pretty nifty, the way you used the back belt loop and the fly button to make a closure.

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October 1, 2006

I would like to know how to make the bootie bag from jeans that has a flat bottom. My problem is how to make the sides hard that they stand up by themselves. I have tried over and over to make this. Can someome please help me with this?

Bonji from Elizabeth, PA

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January 18, 20070 found this helpful

lining your bag to stand up on it's own, you must line bag first. then cover panels of very thin wood with same fabric. you will cover three pieces of thin wood for front and back walls. one for bottom. hot glue in place.(on the inside) the side' do not get paneled. the panels can will be snug.

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February 15, 20070 found this helpful

buy your instructions from diva bootie bags her instructions are great on ebay that is the way I learned how to make them and sell them very nice instructions.

by Elena

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April 11, 20070 found this helpful

For the sides, use foam core - available at most craft stores. It's what's used in real Bootie Bags.

The bottom is covered plywood.

Plain handles are available at craft stores. Make sure that you get beads with holes large enough to go voer the handles. Connect handles to the bag with the seams from the legs that you cut off. Fold them over the handle connectors and staple to the foam core.

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April 11, 20070 found this helpful

P.S. You can do it ALL with a hot glue gun and a staple gun.

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June 15, 20070 found this helpful

I think that everyone that has posted instructions is way off. I have been making them for 7 years and nobodys I have seen look very good. They look cheap and very homemade. I could get you my instructions and you would save alot of money and time. I sell my bags for $150 to $500. They do not look homemade.

Using plywood is wrong, too heavy and if it gets wet the bag will warp.

I would have to email you my instructions with a photo. I would have to send them later, as I have to type them up and then forward them.

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June 17, 20070 found this helpful

If you would just go to Ebay, you can purchase instructions (very easy to follow~Very thorough~with pictures). I purchased the instructions from one person on Ebay and am very sucessful in my purse business! You can find these instructions by using the Search Engine and type BOOTIE will see that there are only a couple of ppl offering instructions for these bags..Like I said before..they are very good instructions and very easy to follow!

Good luck with your search..I hope I have helped the ones looking to find the way to make these adorable bags! Have fun!! :o) (Included is a picture of the bag that I made for myself..It is absolutely GORGEOUS!! I made this bag from a pair of Black Wranglers)!!

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November 5, 20080 found this helpful

I use plastic canvas to stiffen my bags. It is lightweight and dries very quickly if it gets wet for the bottom I use 3 pieces on top of each other for strength.

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May 31, 2007

Does anyone know how to make a lined bootie bag? I have managed to make the outside (jeans portion) but can't figure out how to line it?

Sandy from Lufkin, TX

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June 1, 20070 found this helpful

I haven't made a Bootie Bag, but I found this on the web (starting with step #9 for lining): http://www.craf  hp?topic=30282.0

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December 31, 20120 found this helpful

I made a few of them. I lay the jean bag on a double piece of material, mark the outline of the 'bag', cut and sew the 3 seams. If you want to put a zip in, cut a long strip out of the leg part, about 10 cm wide, cut one end oval shape, pin onto the upper edge of waistband, cut the other end the same shape. Take a zip shorter than the strip, cut slit in middle of strip, insert zip, stitch. Stitch or overlock the strip and innerbag together, fold a small seam, pin and stitch to the waistband.

Hope it will help you.

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September 28, 2006

I would like to have insturctions on how to make a bootie bag. i almost have it but I need more help.

Bonnie from Pittsburgh

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September 30, 20060 found this helpful

Hi Bonnie!!! If you mean a denim purse/bag made from old jeans, here is one site...there are others :)

http://www.craf  do?projectID=835

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October 1, 20060 found this helpful

Or perhaps you're talking about a house-slipper travel bag? What's your understanding of a bootie bag description? If it's to hold coins or something

like in biblical times, it's done with security in mind,

with each of two pair of pull cord strings pulling in the opposite directions within their own separate "tunnel" about 1/3 way down from top of bag, and not exactly opposite of each other when pulled, but rather slightly offset by about 1/3 inch. Good luck and God bless you. : )

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October 1, 20060 found this helpful

What do you mean by a " bootie Bag"?

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October 5, 20060 found this helpful

This is another site I found: http://www.craf  opic=30282.0;all

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January 19, 20070 found this helpful

To see what a Bootie bag looks like go to and click on bootie bag.

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October 16, 2007

How do you make bootie purses?

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October 17, 20070 found this helpful

http://www.craf  do?projectID=835

This can be a no sew project if you have a glue gun.

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October 1, 20060 found this helpful

I'm looking for instructions for a bootie bag made from old jeans. I would appreciate any help.

Ellen from Maricopa, CA


Making a Bootie Bag From Old Jeans

My niece and I make purses from old blue jeans. Is this what your mean?

Two styles: cut off and seam at the crotch or do a single leg, cut off with tie offs. I believe we do a quarter in tie off across the leg. Strap is made from rope/jute. (09/16/2006)

By tjtooth

Making a Bootie Bag From Old Jeans

If you would go to then click on bootie bags then click on the picture, you will see what I'm talking about. I can figure out how to make the purse, but it looks like it has or would need some sort of stiffener to help keeps it shape. If so what would I use. Thanks. Ellen from Maricopa (09/19/2006)

By msettamae2

Making a Bootie Bag From Old Jeans

It looks like you would get a cardboard box or something of that sort and glue the fabric to it? Im going to try it. (09/22/2006)

By Christi

Making a Bootie Bag From Old Jeans

Could you use the large sheets of craft foam for stiffening the bags? Cardboard might not last if the bag got wet. The foam comes in colors which might act as a lining as well as stiffener. (09/22/2006)

By jean

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