How to Make a Cute DIY Cell Phone Bag Out of Jean Pockets

8 Materials
10 Minutes

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a cell phone bag. This DIY cell phone bag made from a jean pocket is both unique and a fun way to recycle old denim.

If you’ve been looking for a fun beginner-friendly project you can make by hand or with a sewing machine, you’re in the right place! Let’s get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Old denim
  • Ruler
  • Fabric marker/chalk
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Shoelace
  • Sewing machine or sewing materials
  • Optional: hot glue
Marking where to cut the jeans

1. Mark where to cut

Lay your phone down on the jean pocket that you intend to use and use a ruler to draw a straight line along the length and width of the bag you want. 

Cutting the shape for the phone bag

2. Cut

Cut along the line you just made. You only need the top layer of fabric for this, so feel free to discard the back.

How to make a cell phone bag

3. Mark where to cut on the other side

The back we’re going to use is actually the front of the other side of the jeans. Use the fabric piece you just cut out as a template to mark where to cut on the other side. 

How to make a phone bag

Instead of marking the side of the ruler closest to the fabric as you did with the bottom of the pocket, instead, use the other side of the ruler to draw the line.

DIY cell phone crossbody bag

4. Cut

Cut out the other side of the jeans. 

Sewing the edges

5. Sew

Place the two pieces so they’re right side facing and sew the edges and the bottom together.

Pressing the bag with an iron

6. Iron

Iron to get out any wrinkles and imperfections.

Cell phone bag made from jean pocket

7. Add a strap

Place both ends of a shoelace on the sides of the DIY phone case and sew or glue it together.

DIY cell phone bag

DIY cell phone bag tutorial

Here’s the finished DIY cellphone crossbody bag! This bag is so cute and so easy to make. It’s the perfect accessory for holding your phone, pencils and pens, glasses, or anything you can think of.

Now that you know how to make a phone bag, I’d love to know if you decide to make one you!

Suggested materials:
  • Old denim
  • Ruler
  • Fabric marker/chalk
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  • Debby Debby on Jun 12, 2022

    I also made these in the 70's.. showing my age Also made a lot of purses out of old jeans. Wish I still had cuz I was thinking about this about a week ago 🤣

  • Jane Jane on Jun 14, 2022

    Very cute.