How to Make a Cute Drawstring Bag From Old Jeans, Step by Step

9 Materials
$5
30 Minutes
Easy

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make bags from old jeans, step by step. If you have old jeans, you may want to learn how to make a DIY jean drawstring bag.


This is a fun DIY jean bag that is easy and so charming! You can make it for yourself or give it as a wonderful sustainable gift for the holidays. It’s perfect for pencils, makeup, or even as a small purse. Upcycling never looked so good!

Tools and materials:

  • Old jeans
  • Small plate
  • Pins
  • Chalk
  • Shoelace/string/ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread (use a denim needle)
  • Iron
Cutting the jeans to make the bag

1. Cut the jeans

Lay the jeans on a flat surface. We are only using the top and front of the jeans. Cut the entire back of the jeans through the waistband. 

How to make a denim bag out of old jeans

Cut the legs just below the crotch seam making sure you don’t cut through any pockets. You should be left with the full front panel of the jeans. 

Using a small plate to round the edges

2. Round the edges

Fold the jeans panel in half. Use a small plate to round the edges at the bottom, then mark the rounded edges with chalk. 

Making a DIY jean bag

Cut the rounded edges.

Pinning the edges of the bag ready to sew

3. Sew the bag

Pin the edges. Sew using a straight stitch around and a zigzag stitch at the ends. While the zigzag is optional, it strengthens the bag. 

Making a DIY denim bag

4. Finish the bag

Turn the bag so the right sides face out.

Pressing the bag with an iron

5. Press

Iron the bag flat.

Inserting the drawstring into the bag

6. Add the drawstring

Choose the drawstring. It could be a shoelace or ribbon. Hand-sew the drawstring on the side opposite the button, then thread the drawstring through.

How to sew a jean drawstring bag


How to make bags from old jeans step by step

How to make bags from old jeans step by step

Your denim bag out of old jeans is ready in a flash! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make bags from old jeans, step by step. Please leave a comment if you liked or made this charming bag!

Suggested materials:
  • Old jeans
  • Small plate
  • Pins
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