Tutorial #10 Re-purposed Jeans-Purse

Re-purposed Jeans Purse

Today’s project is a cheat! There is no actual pin for it. It was, however, inspired by the denim apron in Tutorial #1. It is a bag. I actually still have to sew the buttons on the side and the strap, but I decided to share this one because I couldn’t find a lamp shade that was suitable for the bottle lamp I made! Go figure.

Sometimes I struggle so to find the right accessories.


Jeans Front and portion of one leg

Coordinating fabric – about 2/3 yard

Needle and thread

Sewing machine

2 Buttons (Optional)

These instructions are non-specific. Measurements are variable depending on your jeans size. All stitching is zigzagged with wrong sides together.

  • Cut the Front just above the crotch so that the front will lie flat.
  • I had to cut the waistband and fold it under the zipper and secure. Just work with it.
  • For the back of the bag, cut a piece of the leg to the same height as the front.
  • Make a pocket out of the coordinating fabric and stitch to back.
  • Back Pocket
  • Stitch the front to the leg on both sides.
  • Fold the front sides to the back, leaving the zipper at center front. Press.
  • Measure the bag and cut lining from coordinating fabric leaving ½” seam allowances on both sides and the bottom and 1” seam allowance on the top.
  • Make a pocket for the inside and sew to right side of lining.
  • Seam sides and bottom of lining.
  • Insert lining into bag, fold under top edge and stitch to bag.
  • Inside with Pocket
  • Using remainder of jeans leg, cut strips 1-3/4”-2” wide and stitch together to form strap of desired length.
  • Fold edges under and to the center. Press
  • Cut a strip of the lining fabric to match the strap.
  • Fold strap lining edges under and to the center. Press.
  • Stitch strap and lining together.
  • Attach strap to bag. I am adding buttonholes to my strap and buttons to the side of the bag. You can just sew it on, or use snaps.
  • Add a magnetic closure if desired.
  • Cute Huh?

I’m actually rather fond of this bag. Think I’ll use it tomorrow.

3 thoughts on “Tutorial #10 Re-purposed Jeans-Purse

  1. Just when I sent all my old jeans to Savers…..wonder if I can get a pair back? All for a good cause!

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