How to DIY 2 Denim Bags From Old Jeans

Nina's Ideas
by Nina's Ideas
7 Materials
20 Minutes

Hi everyone! In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a DIY denim bag in two different ways. Let's get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Pair of jeans
  • Miscellaneous denim fabric
  • Scissors
  • Fabric chalk
  • Hot glue
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
Cutting denim

DIY denim bag 1: Tote bag

1. Cut out the legs of the jeans

To start making this jeans bag, lay your jeans out flat. Then, measure 15 inches from the hem of a pant leg and then cut across both legs.

Cutting denim

Step 2: Cut the seam

Cut along the side seam on both pant legs.

Cutting denim

Then cut off the seam on the outermost edge.

Cut-out denim pocket

3. Cut out the pockets

Cut out the pockets on the back of the jeans, leaving a ½ inch gap on the top of the pocket.

Folding pockets

Fold back the ½ inch gap and glue it down.

Gluing pockets

4. Glue down the pockets

Place and glue, or sew, the pockets to the pant legs you cut out.

Denim cut-out

5. Sew the pants together

Place the pant legs so they’re right sides facing and glue or sew all sides except the side with the hem. This will be the top of the bag.

Applying nail polishes to edges

Finish the edges with a zigzag stitch or nail polish to prevent fraying.

Cutting denim jeans

6. Cut out two rectangles

Cut out two rectangles from the remaining legs of the jeans that are 20 inches x 4 inches.  

Ironing denim

7. Fold and sew the rectangles

Fold and iron the outermost edges.

Ironing denim

Then fold the entire strip in half so the folded edges meet. Iron flat. 

Denim strap

These will be our straps, so sew on both edges.

Attaching denim strap

8. Sew on the straps

Mark the middle of the bag and then mark 3 inches out from that point on both sides. This is where the straps will go. 

Attaching denim strap

Pin and sew.

Attaching denim strap

Flip the strap over and sew where it folds and where it meets the hemline.

Attaching denim strap

Repeat on the back.

Completed DIY denim bag

Here’s the finished DIY denim bag! 

Completed DIY denim bag

Completed DIY denim bag

You can leave it like it is or you can loop some pretty fabric or ribbon through the strap’s loops and tie it in a bow.

Mix and match your fabrics for each outfit and you have a pretty unique denim upcycle! 

DIY denim bag 2: Crossbody bag

Cut jeans

1. Cut out the top of the jeans

You only need the front panels of the jeans, so when cutting, separate the front of the jeans from the back.

Cut out the zipper in the middle. Leave seam allowance a bit past the side seam. 

Where to sew

2. Sew the two halves together

Fold the two halves right sides facing and sew along the inner edge with a zigzag stitch.

Cutting pockets

3. Cut out the pockets

Cut out the pockets on the back of the jeans, leaving a ½ inch gap on the top of the pocket.

Folding pocket

4. Fold and glue the gap

Fold back the ½ inch gap, iron it, and glue it down.

Removing belt loops

5. Remove the belt loops

Remove two belt loops from the jeans with scissors.

Cut-out denim

6. Cut out two pieces of denim fabric

Using any extra denim fabric, trace around the jeans fabric you already have and cut it out, leaving some extra space at the top.

You’ll need two. I’m using a skirt, but you can also use pants or a jacket. These are going to form the main body of the bag.

Sewing pocket

7. Sew the pocket and jean panel

Pin and sew down the pocket and jean panel to both pieces of denim. The jean panel will be a pocket, so don’t sew the top.

Where to sew

8. Sew the belt loops

Pin the belt loops to the side and sew them down on one end.

Where to sew

9. Sew the bag together

Place the two bag panels right sides facing and sew on all sides except the top using a zigzag stitch.

Attaching straps

10. Attach the straps

Use a strap with a hooking mechanism to attach to the belt loops.

Completed denim crossbody bag

DIY denim bag

Here’s the finished denim crossbody bag! 

Which bag is your favorite? Let me know what you think of this denim purse DIY tutorial down below!

For more DIY denim bags, check out my post on How to Make a Purse Out of Jeans in 4 Super Cute and Easy Ways.

Suggested materials:
  • Pair of jeans
  • Miscellaneous denim fabric
  • Scissors
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