How to DIY a Cute and Easy Jean Bag

Nina's Ideas
by Nina's Ideas
11 Materials
30 Minutes

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a DIY jean bag.

We will be upcycling a pair of old jeans into a cute denim crossbody bag. This is a great way to repurpose jeans that you no longer wear and save them from being thrown away.

Grab your tools and let’s get started!

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Tools and materials:

  • Jeans
  • Lining material
  • Ruler
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Needle and thread
  • Magnetic clasp
  • Metal loops
  • Velcro
  • Bag handle
Cutting the jeans

1. Cut the jeans

Start by drawing a rectangle on the back of the jeans around the back pocket.

The rectangle should measure 24x26cm (9.4x10.2 inches). Proceed to cut it out.

Cutting the jeans

2. Cut a second rectangle

Place the cut-out shape onto another part of the jeans and trace around it. Then cut out that second rectangle.

You will then have two pieces of denim that are the same size.

Cutting out lining fabric

3. Cut out lining fabric

Take a pair of old pants to use as lining, or you could use felt or another fabric.

Trace around one of the denim pieces and cut out two pieces from the lining fabric to line each side of the bag.

Attaching lining

4. Attach the lining to the denim

Glue gun or super glue the two pieces of fabric together along one of the short sides with the right sides facing.

You can also sew instead of gluing. Do this to both the denim and lining pieces.

Cutting off belt loops

5. Cut off belt loops

Remove two of the belt loops from the jeans.

Belt loops

6. Put through metal loops

Take each belt loop and put it through a metal loop. Then fold them in half with the metal loops in the middle.

Trimming excess

7. Glue to bag

Glue the folded belt loops to either side of the denim at the top and then trim off any excess.


8. Glue the bag

Open up both of the denim and lining pieces and place one on top of the other, with the right sides touching.

Glue the right sides of the denim and lining all around to join the two together, leaving a space in the lining as shown.

When done, turn the bag the right way out through the hole that you left out. Make sure to poke out of the corners that might be folded in.


9. Glue the hole

With the bag turned the right way out, glue up the open hole.

Attaching bag clasp

10. Attach bag clasp

Push the lining into the bag. Then attach a magnetic bag clasp to either side of the lining by sewing it in place.

Attaching Velcro

11. Attach Velcro

Attach Velcro to the inside of the pocket and the outside of the bag.

Attaching bag handle

12. Attach a bag handle

Finish off by attaching a bag handle to the metal loops.

DIY jean bag

DIY jean bag

Here is the finished bag. It’s a really simple yet trendy design, and the bag is functional for your everyday needs.

The front pocket gives you extra storage space to put all of your essentials in and the lining of the bag gives it a professional looking finish. I hope you’ll give this a go!

Suggested materials:
  • Jeans
  • Lining material
  • Ruler
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