7 Quick and Easy Steps to the Cutest No Sew Denim Shoulder Bag

Nina's Ideas
by Nina's Ideas
6 Materials
10 Minutes

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a denim shoulder bag by recycling old jeans in just ten minutes! This jean shoulder bag appeals to both men and women and you only need a few materials to make it entirely without sewing. Let’s get started.

Tools and materials

  • Pair of jeans
  • Scissors
  • Ruler 
  • Hot glue/Super glue
  • Zipper
  • Webbing tape or a chain
Denim bag

1. Cut out a rectangle

Cut out a rectangle from both sides of the leg of your jeans that is 8 in x 8 in. Then, cut one side of it open.

Jeans handbag

2. Glue down the zipper

Place your zipper in the center of the cut-open denim rectangle. Fold one end of the jeans over ½ inch for a neater edge and then fold it over again to meet one side of the zipper. Super or hot glue it down. Repeat on the other side.

Cutting off belt loops from old pair of jeans

3. Glue the belt loops

Next, cut off the belt loops from the jeans. You’ll need two.

Denim recycling ideas

Glue them to the denim bag, making sure to keep the loop intact and usable.

Gluing the open edges of the bag together

4. Glue the bag closed

Flip the bag inside out and glue the open edges together.

Jeans hand bag

5. Cut excess zipper

Cut off the excess fabric of the zipper.

Gluing the zipper flaps to the inside of the bag

6. Glue the zipper flaps to the bag

Glue the zipper flaps to the inside of the bag so they are no longer hanging off.

Jean shoulder bag

7. Add a strap

Add rings to the belt loops and insert and glue webbing tape to use as a strap. 

Adding a chain to loops on the denim bag

Alternatively, you can use a fun-colored chain.

Gluing felt hearts to the finished denim bag

8. Decorate (Optional)

You can decorate your bag however you want, but I glued down multi-colored felt hearts.

Denim shoulder bag

Denim shoulder bag tutorial

Here’s the finished jean shoulder bag! This bag is so simple to make and is super stylish. You can make multiple bags out of just a single pair of jeans and it’s a great way to recycle old denim you don’t want anymore! Let me know what you think about this denim recycling idea down below. 

Suggested materials:
  • Pair of jeans
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
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