Making a Crocheted Denim Purse

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September 30, 2010

This is a denim purse with jute handles and a button closure. I crocheted a rectangle for a sample, since I wasn't sure the heavy weight denim would work for this project. Instead of starting over, I chose to make a purse with it.

Approximate Time: One afternoon



    Cut denim into 1 1/2 inch strips. I just used scraps I had from other projects, so the colors don't match exactly.

  1. Sew ends together to have one continuous piece to work with. I did this by machine, but you can also do it by hand.
  2. Crochet a rectangle twice the size you want your purse to be tall.

    My purse ended up being 14 inches wide by 9 inches high.
  3. Sew the sides together.
  4. Crochet jute as wide as you would like your handles to be. I crocheted the jute about 1 1/2 inches wide until I liked the width for the purse.
  5. Sew the side seams with the sewing needle and fishing line. Attach the jute handles through a "hole" in the crocheted piece and tie a slip knot. Repeat until the handles are attached in a placement that satisfies you.
  6. For closure, attach a large button and an elastic loop for closure.

By Monica from Cortez, CO

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September 30, 20100 found this helpful
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Excellent job, and a great way to use up all the old jean's legs I've saved. I've made dozens of "bags" by just opening the seams, and sewing both legs together to form a "bag". We use them for lots of things, sport's equipment, extra linens hung on a hook in the closet.


I made a "Tunnel" at the top and crochet heavy yarn to make a drawstring, and they'll go anywhere, hang anywhere, so old blue jeans are never really done. They just keep on going, kinda like the Energizer Bunny.

Thanks for sharing your great idea.


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Recycle those old denim jeans or shirts into a cool Rag Bag! I crocheted this rag bag using two old denim shirts that were worn out.

Thanks for letting me share.

By Cindy from Washington

A crocheted rag bag made out of recycled denim jeans.

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By zoompad (Guest Post)
March 27, 20070 found this helpful
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I think that is lovely. You could make some tiny crotcheted daisies to make it even nicer.


I feel inspired by your lovely bag to have a go myself!

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