Jeans Upcycle: Cute and Easy DIY Belt Bag

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

In this recycling crafts tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a DIY belt bag. We’re going to be taking an old, unwanted pair of jeans and using some of the material to make this mini-belt bag.

The bag is handy for storing small things, looks super cute, and is very easy to make. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials: 

  • Jeans
  • Ruler
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Scissors
  • Lining fabric
  • Elastic 
  • Button
  • Clips
  • Needle and thread
  • Glue
Marking jeans

1. Cut the denim

Mark 25cm (9.8 inches) in from the bottom of one of the legs on your pair of jeans. Draw a line at this point for the whole width of the jean leg and cut it out.

Marking jeans

2. Cut the lining fabric

Fold your lining fabric in half. Place the cut-out denim on top of your lining fabric and mark 1cm (0.4 inches) of seam allowance on the lining on either of the long sides. Proceed to cut the lining out, not adding any seam allowance on either of the width sides. You will end up with two pieces of lining fabric.

Denim cut-out

3. Sew one side of the denim

Turn your denim inside out and sew one of the width sides closed.

Marking denim

4. Mark the sewn side

Press the sewn side down flat as shown, then measure and mark a 3.5cm (1.4 inches) line. Do this on either end of the sewn side.

Lines sewed

5. Sew and cut the corners

Now sew the lines you’ve just marked. Proceed to cut off these corners, leaving a little space so you don’t cut too closely to the sewn lines. 

Lining of DIY belt bag

6. Sew the lining

Sew around three sides of the lining to create a pocket.

Attaching the lining

7. Attach the lining to the denim

Place the lining inside the denim pocket so that the right sides of both of the materials are facing one another.

Fold the elastic so that it creates a loop and pin it in between the denim and the lining. Use clips to keep the two layers in place.

Sew around the top, leaving a gap of 6cm (2.4 inches).

Turning DIY belt bag right-side out

8. Turn right-side out

Snip off the additional elastic. Then pull the lining out and turn the denim right-side out through the hole that you left.

When done, push the lining down inside the denim.

Sewing the gap

9. Sew the gap

Sew up the open gap.

Button on DIY belt bag

10. Sew on a button

Fold the top of the purse over and sew on a button.

Adding belt loops

11. Sew on belt loops

Now to attach the purse to a belt.

Take your jeans and cut off two of the belt loops. Sew or glue these belt loops to the back of your purse. Simply run a belt through the loops on your purse and you are done.

Completed DIY belt bag

Completed DIY belt bag

Here is the finished mini purse bag. It is so cute and handy for storing small things.

Completed DIY belt bag

This is also a great way to upcycle an old pair of jeans or any unwanted bits of denim that you have lying around. I hope you’ll make one for yourself!

Suggested materials:
  • Jeans
  • Ruler
  • Tailor's chalk
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