How to Make a Jean Purse




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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

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.

Step 2: The Bag

Turn it inside out and pin the bottom together. Using a running stitch, sew a seam along the bottom and repeat going in the opposite direction to enforce the seam. Next square off the bottom edges by making a triangle shape and sew across the bottom making a small triangle. After squaring both edges, turn it right side out again.

Step 3: The Flap

Take out your tape measure and measure the width at the top of the jeans. Next bring back one of the pant legs, rip apart the seams, and make one long stretch of fabric. Iron out all the creases then take the measurements you just took and mark them out across the pant leg the pant leg.

Step 4: Shaping and Sewing Seams

Cut the top part off and fold in the fabric to the mark you made and going down at a slight angle. Iron the crease and pin along the edge. Then do the same to the other side. Now place the flat piece into the body of the bag, where it will be sewn later. Feel down to where the bag ends and the flap overlaps. Cut across about one inch below that point. Next take the flap and sew seams down along the pinned edges and cut off the excess fabric.

Step 5: Attaching to the Bag

Pin the flap back inside the body of bag and sew two seams. Sew one from the outside and then another one from inside. Fold up the bottom hem of the flap, pin and sew.

Step 6: The Strap

Next take out that other pant leg and cut out three equal strips as long as possible. Cut a hole in the side of the bag, place the strips on top of each other and thread them through the hole. Tie a knot and braid the strips together as tight as possible. Make a hole in the other side of the bag, pull the strips through and tie another knot and voila! You have yourself a rocking new jean purse!

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    7 Discussions


    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.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    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!

    southern bell

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Great video! Straightforward, accessible & green! (The braided strap gave it a nice designer touch)


    11 years ago on Introduction

    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!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    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 a

    12 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    12 years ago on Step 6

    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