How to Make 4 Easy, DIY Denim Bags Out of One Pair of Old Jeans

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$15
15 Minutes
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For this DIY, I’m going to show you how to make denim bags from old jeans. Follow this tutorial and your new DIY denim bag can be used for anything from school supplies to a phone case. The great thing about this tutorial is that you’ll be making your DIY denim bag from jeans, which means you can recycle all the pants that you don’t like or don’t fit you anymore. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Old denim
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Iron
  • Lining fabric
  • Hot glue
  • Strap materials (rope, cord, yarn)
  • Magnetic bag clasp or velcro


Style 1: Casual handbag

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1. Cut off the legs

Measure 12-15 inches down one leg of the jeans, and cut down the line.

DIY denim bag from jeans

Fold over and use the already-cut leg as a template for the other leg.

2. Cut the jeans open

Use a ruler to draw a straight line from the button to the bottom of the jeans and then cut along it.

how to make denim bags from old jeans

Then cut down the middle seam from the back of the pants.

how to make denim bags from old jeans

3. Refine the edges

Use a ruler to draw a straight line from the other side of the button, and use it to cut off the extra fabric you won’t need.

DIY denim bag

Use a ruler to mark the hem into a straight-edged, rectangular shape, cutting off any angled fabric.

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Your line should look something like this.

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4. Sew

You should now have two separate pieces, a front and a back. Lay them right sides facing, and sew along the edges using a zigzag stitch, but leave open the top part where the waistband.

ironing out imperfections

5. Iron

Flip the bag right side out and iron out any imperfections.

how to make denim bags from old jeans

6. Cut out the lining

Use the bag as a template to cut out three pieces of lining from the fabric of your choice. You can use an old pillowcase, felt, or any other kind of fabric.

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7. Create the pocket

Cut out a rectangle from the lining that is 10 x 8 inches.

creating the pocket

Fold the fabric in half, then sew along the open edges, leaving a gap in the middle of the bottommost edge.

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Cut off the corners.

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Flip inside out, iron, and then sew along the edge.

adding a pocket

Pin the pocket to the lining and sew.

sewing the lining

8. Sew lining

Place the right sides of the two pieces of lining together, and sew.

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Cut off the bottom corners.

ironing the lining

9. Iron

Fold the top edges down and iron.

creating the loops

10. Create the loops

Cut out two pieces of denim that are 6 in x 3 in.

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Fold each piece in half twice and iron.

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Sew.

how to sew a denim bag

Place in the waistband and sew to secure.

attaching the lining

11. Attach the lining

Sew or glue the lining to the inside of the bag.

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12. Add the finishing touches

Use a strap, rope, or piece of cord, and attach it to the loops. Then, close up the bag with a magnetic bag clasp or velcro.

DIY denim bag from jeans

Here’s the finished bag!


Style 2: Festival bag

cutting jeans

1. Cut

Cut 11 inches from the bottom of a pant leg.

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Then 1 inch from the bottom.

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2. Sew

Turn inside out and sew along the bottom using a zigzag stitch.

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Then, sew 2 inches from the bottom corners.

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Cut off the extra fabric.

creating the lining

3. Create the lining

Create lining in the same way, using the previous steps.

creating loops

4. Create loops

Cut two pieces of denim that are 3 in x 1 in, and fray the edges.

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Pin to the outside of the bag.

attaching the lining

5. Attach lining

Place the lining inside the bag with the right sides facing, and pin it to the loops.

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Sew, but leave a 2-inch gap.

how to make denim bags from old jeans

6. Iron

Use the gap to turn it right side out and iron

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7. Sew

Sew again.

how to make denim bags from old jeans

8. Add finishing touches

Attach a strap to the loop, and velcro or clasp to close. Decorate.

DIY denim bag

Here’s the finished bag! 


Style 3: Foldover Bag

cutting old jeans

1. Cut

Cut 16.5 in from the bottom of a pants leg.

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2. Sew

Turn inside out and sew along the edge you just cut using a zigzag stitch.

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3. Iron

Turn right side out and iron.

how to make denim bags from old jeans

4. Add finishing touches

For the strap, I crocheted a strap using some leftover yarn and just chaining until it was the length I liked.

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Then use a sewing needle to attach it to the bag.

DIY denim bag from jeans

Decorate, and you’re done!

DIY denim bag

Here’s the finished bag! 


Style 4: Pocket bag

cutting old jeans

1. Cut

Cut 10.5 inches from the center of the pant leg. 

how to make denim bags from old jeans

2. Glue

Turn inside out and glue along one open edge.

how to make denim bags from old jeans

Then, turn right side out. Fold the top down 1.5 inches and glue.

how to make denim bags from old jeans

3. Cut

Cut out a small panel that is 5.5 x 6 inches.

fraying the denim

4. Fray

Fray both of the longer sides to create a fringe.

how to make denim bags from old jeans

5. Fold and glue

Fold the top and bottom underneath and glue them down.

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6. Glue the small panel to the bag

Glue along all sides except the top to create a pocket.

decorating the denim bag

7. Decorate

To decorate, I created 3 smaller panels and glued them to the bag.

adding a handle

8. Add handle

Use webbing or rope and glue to the inside of the bag.

DIY denim bag

Here’s the finished bag! 


DIY Denim Bag Tutorial

Now you know how to sew a denim bag in four easy, different ways! Let me know below which one is your favorite.

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  • Sewing machine
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  • Diane Diane on Jun 22, 2022

    I am going to do this, I have alot of old denim. Thanks for the inspiration!

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