Denim Purse

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20 Minutes

A few weeks ago, I found two legs from a pair of old jeans that had been cut into shorts last summer.

I didn't throw them away, because I knew they could be a cute something.

Turns out they made a great bag!

These aren't the jeans I used for the bag, but very similar in style, wide leg.

Step 1:

I started with the cut pant legs. If you're cutting your own pant legs, you want to make sure you have at least 12-18" of fabric.

Step 2:

To create a finished edge, I folded the top opening over twice.

Step 3:

I stitched up the bottom edge of the pants to create the bag.

I did it on the machine, and since it's a bag, I wanted to make sure it had the strength to support whatever I would eventually put inside.

Whenever, I make a bag, I always sew it up, rather than using glue.

I ran the stitch close to the existing hem.

Step 4:

Finally, I added a strap.

I choose a piece of old trim and stitched it into the sides of the tote.

I was lucky enough to have some really pretty trim leftover from a Christmas apron project and it looked great.

You could use ribbon, as well.

When I was done, I had a lovely bag large enough to hold a few magazines and my date book for my trip the library.

Suggested materials:
  • Old jeans
  • Ribbon or trim

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Kim  |Exquisitely Unremarkable
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