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Making a Jeans Purse

Jeans have long been an often used recycled material for a wide variety of crafts. One popular use is to cut and restitch into a durable jeans purse. This is a guide about making a jeans purse.

Jeans purse with ribbons and other decorations.
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December 31, 2007 Flag
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Jean pocket purse photo.This is a purse I made for my 7 year old daughter and her friend. I used an old pocket from my husband's old jeans. Carefully cut right along the edge of the pocket. You can use "Fray-Check" on the sides to keep it from raveling later. I purchased the decorative items for about $3 from my local craft store. My daughter gave one of the purses to her friend for a birthday gift. The purse isn't big, but some cute ideas for putting inside of it include: a gift card, small notebook and pen, lip gloss, small candies, etc. I picked up quite a few things at the dollar store. The girls love their purses.

May 14, 2008 Flag
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Jeans pocket purse.This idea came from a previous post.


I thought I'd give it a try.



  1. A lot of fun. First, paint your heart. I painted the wood heart to match with acrylic paint. While it dries you, can cut out your pocket.
  2. I used a hot glue gun to attach the lace, ribbon, and pearl balls.
  3. Leave enough space around the pocket, the width of ribbon you choose to use. Then cut ribbon to place at top first. Follow the entire pocket to seal the frayed edges.
  4. You can design it however it may suit you. Then I applied the lace center. I had a string of pearl balls I cut them off, one by one dropping a dot of hot glue and placed them around pocket on outer jean and then in between each circle on lace. Simple. I'm sure you can spice it up a bit with buttons, color and fabric writing. Fun craft!

I wished I had used a "not" so "used" pocket! I think it would have looked nicer

Closeup of purse pocket.

By Jennifer CA

September 14, 2005 Flag
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Photo of a denim purse.Ever wonder what you can do with blue jeans that have seen better days? Favorite blue jeans may not be suitable for reuse because of all the wear and tear. But they've been a faithful friend, not complaining when you dripped chili on them at that picnic, and keeping quiet after Christmas dinner when you gave their waistband a workout. Don't ditch them, recycle them! A hole in the knee or bleach spot on the leg will only add personality to a denim pocket purse made from recycled blue jeans.


What you'll need:


Fold one leg of blue jeans in on itself. The inside will form the purse lining. Pull the hemmed end of the jeans over the top edge of the outer layer and fold it over. This creates a lip that makes a nice finished edge for the opening of the purse. Pin the lip in place, then turn the tube inside out.

Double stitch the bottom ends of the tube to create a reinforced pocket. This is the body of the purse. Turn it right side out and sew the top opening of the purse all the way around, then remove the pins.

Cut two 18" lengths or one 30" length from the strap material. Attach the strap(s) to the purse with reinforced stitches. The photo shows a very basic style, and at this point in the project, yours should look similar. Give your purse 'purse-onality' by adding trim, patches, lace, embroidery, charms, or beads. You may also sew on the cut out pocket from the original blue jeans, or the zipper, or label, for embellishment. Whatever you use, you can be certain that your denim pocket purse will be an original.

December 6, 2006 Flag
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Skort PurseI found these cute girl's skorts at the thrift store. I cut the shorts out of the inside, hand stitched the bottom with a coordinating embroidery floss.

Then I used the sleeve of a wool sweater from another project for the purse straps. I cut the sleeve into eight one inch wide by 6 inch long strips.

I braided two sets of three to use as the purse straps. I hand stitched them to the inside at the top of the skorts. I used the other two strips to make a belt.

By Jenny from Springboro, OH

August 22, 2008 Flag
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Purse made from teen blue jeans and belt. Step 1: Cut the top of the pants off at crotch seam, rounding sides or squaring whichever is desired.

Photo of a jeans purse teaser.

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January 21, 2008 Flag
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Make a statement, flower-child style, with this boho bag made from recycled denim. The fun of making these purses is that there are no rules - anything goes It's a great way to recycle favorite costume jewelry, use up bits and pieces of ribbon and trim and put creative juices to work for a truly one-of-a-kind result.

Photo of a jeans purse.

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February 4, 2008 Flag
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Recycle those old jeans into a Valentine's Day denim heart purse. Here is the link to the free pattern information.

Denim Heart Purse

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November 26, 2007 Flag
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Get a pair of old jeans worn by your friend's children. Cut off legs and sew cut bottom under pockets closed. Gather it a little before sewing. Use legs fabric to form a sturdy strap and sew on.

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September 20, 2006 Flag
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I am looking for directions on how to make a purse out of decorated old jeans. I've seen a few around and they are really cute. They are made out of children's outgrown jeans.

Valerie from Huntington, WV

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September 20, 20060 found this helpful

All I can say is I know what you are talking about I have seen them too. They look simple enough to make just go to a store where you say them last a copy the pattern from pictures taken with your camera of the purse and experiment with your own design.

If you are too shy to take pictures ask the store clerk for the person's name and number that makes the purses. If that fails I am sorry, but you are on your own as I am still trying to figure out how to make them too. I hope I was of some help.


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September 21, 20060 found this helpful

I had one I hauled around for years, and it was from my jeans. Just cut off the legs, leaving about half an inch. Turn the hip part inside out and stitch across the leg openings. Cut a long strip for the shoulder strap. It should be the length you want plus two inches, and about 4 inches wide (or adjust depending on how you like your shoulder strap). Stitch it tightly to the sides of the waistband. I like to make a big "x" with my sewing machine and then sew a box around that for a really tight attachment. Then decorate it the way you want it. Mine had bits of an old off-white doily, some rhinestones and a charm. I got a lot of compliments on it, and it was big enough to put in a book and my lunch if I wanted to. These days you'd probably want some iron-on daisies and swirls and some pastel buttons. Good luck!

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September 21, 20060 found this helpful

See feedback from coreenhart - she had great ideas. You could also cut further down the legs (like shorts) and just sew up the bottom of the legs (rather than the hips) and you'd have two ready made compartments! :)

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February 2, 20070 found this helpful

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September 2, 2008 Flag
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Take an old pair of bluejeans and lay them flat on a table, using some heavy scissors cut both legs off right at the crotch area. Now turn jeans wrong side out and then take them to your sewing machine and sew across the legs closing the cut off area.

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