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If you have an old pair of jeans that are absolutely unwearable, don't worry there's still hope. Make those jeans into something really special like a jean purse!

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Step 1: Cutting out the frame

Picture of Cutting out the frame
First, take out a pair of old jeans, hold them up so the front and back waist match up at the top and then pin together. Then, lay them on the table with the back pockets facing upward and smooth the part above the crotch so it is flat as possible. Then take a pair of scissors and cut off the bottom part just above the crotch area.
 
Hello...I tried this project and found it to be very easy! I didn't use a machine I sewed by hand and it was still easy and didn't actually take that long either. I didn't use the extra jean to make the handle however, instead I used a cool multi-colored cloth belt (the tie kind). It made it look so much more vibrant. I then stiched on a few butterflies onto the outside of the flap. Came out very cute!!! I get people asking me where I bought it. The directions was so easy to follow! Thanks so much.
wackygirl7 years ago
This purse is really easy to make in 3 hours. I did it and my purse looks great!! Key is - use pants you never wear, that are too old, or you don't fit in them anymore. I was planning on giving this big pile of clothes to charity, but now I can reuse at least one pair of pants!
Great video! Straightforward, accessible & green! (The braided strap gave it a nice designer touch)
brettbarth7 years ago
I loved it, so I took a juniors miniskirt, sewed it closed, and used old pantlegs from pants found at Goodwill to make a strap and, tada, a denim messanger bag to carry all of my art suppliee! Thanks!
miss5murder7 years ago
i did this, and i did not use my sewing machine. it was very easy, and the instructions were helpful. i didnt do the flap though, so i dont know about that. when i did the strap, it looked too big for the purse so i replaced it with a different piece of fabric. if you are going to do the braided strap, cut thin strips.
alice a7 years ago
have you tried lining this type of bag or adding a zipper? It looks like a lot of layers to get through so I am hesitant to try just in case I blow the motor on the sewing machine ... again.
eimat7 years ago
Have been reading through jean purse tutorials all over the web for the past couple of hours. I'm really impressed with this one for 2 reasons: 1) Handle looks good and is probably durable! Most of the straps I've seen are not one's I want to try, so far, except this one. 2) Purse is a practical size. Little purses are cute, but I'd like to throw a novel, my palm top, my wallet, a brush, etc. into a purse if I'm actually going to use it daily. This one looks practical for real world daily use. Way to go! I hope to see more articles by you. :o) Tamie