Add to GuideAsk a Question
To Top

Making a Jeans Purse

Category Purses
Jeans purse with ribbons and other decorations.
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.
Ad

Solutions

Share on ThriftyFunThis guide contains the following solutions. Have something to add? Please share your solution!

By 1 found this helpful
December 31, 2007

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.

Ad

Comment Was this helpful? 1

By 1 found this helpful
August 22, 2008

Purse made from teen blue jeans and belt.

Approximate Time: 1 - 2 hours depending on details

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Cut the top of the pants off at crotch seam, rounding sides or squaring whichever is desired.

  2. Turn inside out and sew along the bottom, zig zag or serge seam for extra sturdy purse. Turn right side out.

  3. Place pants top (purse) onto the lining material. Cut around leaving 1/2 " for seam allowance. Sew around allowing 1/2" seam. Turn down top edge 1/2" and sew. Do not turn.
    Ad

  4. Take desired belt and cut off buckle and ends with holes. Pin on the sides of the purse.

  5. Pin lining inside the purse. Hand sew or machine sew being careful at the thick spots (belt loops, front flap, etc.)

  6. Add a large button to the front and a loop in the back for closure, velcro closed, or use the belt buckle removed from belt.

  7. Embellish as desired. Some ideas include: gluing on flower cut outs, iron on appliques, sew on buttons, the ideas are endless.

By Beth from Bloomfield, IN

Ad

Comment Was this helpful? 1

Shauna Smith Duty0 found this helpful
September 14, 2005

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.
Ad

What you'll need:

Directions:

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.

Ad

Comment Was this helpful? Yes

May 14, 20080 found this helpful

This idea came from a previous post.

I thought I'd give it a try.

Supplies:

Directions:

  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

By Jennifer CA

Comment Was this helpful? Yes

By 0 found this helpful
December 6, 2006

Recycled Girls Skort and Wool Sweater Purse. I found these cute girl's skort at the thrift store. I cut the shorts out of the inside, hand stitched the bottom with a coordinating embroidery floss.

Skort Purse

CommentPin It! Was this helpful? Yes
Read More...

January 21, 20080 found this helpful

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.

CommentPin It! Was this helpful? Yes
Read More...

By 0 found this helpful
February 4, 2008

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

Denim Heart Purse

CommentPin It! Was this helpful? Yes
Read More...

By 0 found this helpful
November 26, 2007

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.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes
Read More...

By 0 found this helpful
September 2, 2008

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.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes
Read More...

Questions

Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.

By 1 found this helpful
September 20, 2006

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

Answer Was this helpful? 1
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.

Tanya

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
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!

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
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! :)

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
February 2, 20070 found this helpful

Hi I'm new to this site but if you guys want to learn how to make a baby booite bag just buy the instructions on ebay like I did I'ts very easy check my baby bootie bag at ebay superroxycruz. I bought the instructions from bootie bag diva her instruction are how to make a bigger bag but I just down sized it to a baby bootie bag good luck to all of you that one to make one.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Related Content
In This Guide
Crafts Using Old Jeans, Stack of jeans to use for crafts.
Crafts Using Old Jeans
Categories
Crafts Recycled Crafts PursesNovember 19, 2011
Guides
Blue denim crocheted purse.
Making a Crocheted Denim Purse
Laptop bag made from several pairs of jeans with a crocheted handle.
Making a Laptop Bag from Jeans
Stack of Jeans
Saving Money on Jeans
Potholder square red and white candy cane fabric with frayed edges
Making Coasters and Pot Holders From Jeans
More
📓
Back to School Ideas!
😎
Summer Ideas!
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube
Contests!
Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Categories
Desktop Page | View Mobile

Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us

© 1997-2017 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Published by .

Generated 2017/08/21 22:18:23 in 1 secs. ⛅️️ ⚡️
Loading Something Awesome!