Step 2: Slash the jeans

Start by creating cutting lines around the pockets. Use your measuring tape and pen. I used a one-inch seam allowance around the sides and bottom and 3/4 inch above the top. In retrospect 3/4 inch all the way around would have been enough. Once your cutting lines are traced, cut out the pockets.

Use your seam ripper to remove the zipper (picture two). Cut through one stitch at a time, ripping about every third stitch. After you've ripped a few stitches this way you may be able to start pulling the zipper away from the fabric to make the going easier. This will be by far the hardest part of this project. Keep the faith.

Optional: if you want this caddy to have a little strap or handle, use scissors to cut up both sides of one of the double sewn seams to make a "cord" (picture three). Cut a piece of this cord 10-12 inches long, or however long you want to make the strap your preferred size.
<p>i can not downlond it let me know right now</p>
<p>I made mine out of an old uniform, on the other side is another pocket and my name tape and i used the zipper from the uniform trousers, some might see it as destroying a uniform but it was my old one and it's a nice way to use the fabric of uniforms I won't wear again without feel like I'm just throwing them away and I love the idea that I can functionally use the pockets!</p>
Made one a few weeks ago. Great 'ible, though I opted for a thicker strap. Gave it to a very happy 11 year old girl who has declared she will store snacks in it. Thanks!
I used a razer blade and (very) carefully cut out the zipper. Seemed to go a lot faster, and I didn't have to strain my seam ripper!!! :D
Plus, I also used my rotary cutter and straight edge which made things go a little faster and easier.
i like it.
Great tutorial- I don't know what is wrong though, when it prints the instructions go all wonky. I'm going to try and alert admin to check on this.<br />
I love this! I've already made one as a gift, and have more planned. Thank you!
hahaa scanning it in, thats awesome !!
The only problem it looks very girly.
Check mine out <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/EXF9AQ0FYAJL5RN">http://www.instructables.com/id/EXF9AQ0FYAJL5RN</a><br/>
Thanks for the idea/instruction. I made mine similarly to Cluckie. I used a side cargo pocket and a back zippered pocket from some cute Cargo pants. I used the waistband as a shoulder strap. It's the perfect size for taking on a hike. water bottle, granola bar, & lip gloss in the middle and the side pockets are good for my cell phone & GPS and the other holds cash and my ID card. I can stick a pen through the beltloop on the 'waistband-shoulder strap'. I still need to make a drawstring closure though.
Instead of using back pockets, I used the side leg pockets from a pair of my son's trashed denim cargo shorts. Since both of them had velcro flaps, I ended up with 3 large secured pockets (including the center zippered section). It's square too...instead of having the "v" shape at the bottom. By using the different pockets, it's too big for my tech stuff, but it's a fantastic makeup case or smallish purse. Thank you for the inspiration and the perfect instructions!
Wow, this is an awesome project. I would love for you to put up more jean projects. rock on!
made this today - thanks so much for the great instructions!
My girlfriend and I learned a lot about sewing from this! Lined the zippered pouch with some crushed velvet to keep a PDA screen from getting scratched. Thanks a lot for posting. It looks really good.
Thanks for your Step 1 instructions. I have broken 7 needles trying to make a shopping bag and purse. Now I know what to do.
I cut a pocket out of an old pair of pants and then I tell people they dropped their pocket.
you say no plastic cases yet your ipod is in one
hmmm.. having that zipper so close to my phone's touch screen makes me nervous. Gotten any scratches?
This is awesome, I'm going to make one tomorrow! I may try it with a non-denim pair of pants - has anyone tried that yet? Kim
I actually did this about 4 years ago for my friend as a CD case. It was actually pretty neat. I embroidered onto it the CD title and the band.
is there a way to make one side the front pocket and the other side the back pocket? because i got a hole in my fave. pair of pants on one side, but i would still like to use the other side to make something like this. or, just to get two of these out of one pair of pants. but this is a great idea.
(slightly unrelated) but. when i used a iSkin, dirt+dust got between the skin and the ipod and then, when the skin would move a little bit, the dirt would be ground into the ipod, making it worse to use a skin then not. has anyone else had this problem?
I like it...another use for my recycled denim.
umm.. i will just use my ipod silicon skin :-| its good enouf than carrying an external pocket.
maybe line it with something waterproof.... or spray the entire thing every six months with that spray-on, silicone-based, fabric sealant. with the open top edges, you could still get it wet, but not as easily.
is it for gurls only?
No, you can make it with or without the strap, regardless of your gender! Just depends on how you want to use it.

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