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This is a tutorial for an Upcycled Denim Purse using various parts from one pair of jeans, a small amount of lining, some creative embroidery and 4 sets of nuts and bolts.  Flower Power Purse
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Find a pair of jeans that you'd like to upcycle.  Lay out the pants legs one on top of the other.

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Mark the pants where you want to cut them.  I marked the purse portion 8 1/2" and the bottom portion 2 1/2".  Cut section on lines.

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Open the seam of one side of each pants leg piece and press flat.  I know it's a little tedious to take out the stitches, but I want to be able to re-sew the seam in the same spot to keep the distressed look that jeans seams get after they are washed and worn.  *Please Note: I ended up cutting the bottom straight but didn't get a pic of it.

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Add fusible interfacing to a piece of lining fabric large enough to cut 2 pieces for the inside of the bag.  Next lay out the fused lining with the pants sections on top using them as a template and cut.  *Please Note:  I ended up cutting the bottom straight but didn't get a pic of it.

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Sew the side seams of the denim and the lining pieces and then both bottom seams.   Now comes the MAGIC!  Fold the side seam to match the bottom seam to make a point.  Now sew across the point.  By doing so, a "bottom" is created.   Notice the ruler is lined up with the seam in the center at 1 1/2" with the left end of the ruler touching the folded purse and the right side of the ruler touching the other fold at 3".  Mark and then stitch across this line

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After stitching across the "triangles" on both the lining and the denim, line up the bottom seams and sew both triangles together.  This will create the bottom of your purse.
Sonia Rumzi2 months ago

Just wonderful! I love the washers. :)

so cool
Strikes My Fancy (author)  biancalinlm1 year ago