Make a Purse out of Jeans
Make a Purse from a Pair of Jeans
I get this question a lot: How do you make a purse out of jeans?
This popular bag is made from the booty of a pair of jeans. Known as the ‘booty bag’, it already comes with lots of pockets to hold just about everything. This is a great way to recycle old pants or shorts into something new and chic. Follow these simple directions to make your own ‘booty bag’.
You will need:
- A pair of jeans use jeans that you don’t mind cutting up. The condition of the legs doesn’t matter, but the backside and front should be in good condition. Make sure your jeans have belt loops.
- A Sweet belt – Your purse will be ‘wearing’ this belt.
- Sewing Needle and Thread
- (Optional)Sewing Machine
- Measuring Tape
Cut the Jeans
Lay the jeans out on the floor or on a table, backside up, so you are looking at the back pockets. You will be cutting the legs off, right where they meet the crotch. Reach into the front pockets and pull them inside out so that you don’t accidentally cut them.
For a straight-bottomed purse, start at one side and cut all the way across in a straight line. To make a straight line, you may have to cut off a bit of the crotch seam. Careful not to cut into the back pockets.
To make a purse that is shaped like a ‘V’ on the bottom, start at the crotch and cut an upward diagonal line to the leg seam. Fold in half and cut the other side to match.
Once your jeans are cut, you can stitch up the bottom.
Sew up the bottom of the bag.
Now that you have just the booty of the jeans left, you’ll need to sew up the bottom to make a purse shape. Break out the needle and thread or sewing machine. Start sewing with medium sized stitches (about 1/8” long) all the way across.
If you are using a sewing machine, be careful of sewing through the seams. Thick seams can break your needle, so go slow or hand-crank these parts. Be sure to use a thick needle that is intended for use on denim to avoid breaks.
Tie off the threads to prevent your new seam from unraveling.
Now you are all set to make a handle.
Put the belt on and make the handles.
Make a handle lace the belt through the belt loops. Buckle it as though you would if you were wearing it. To make a handle, you can use strips from the jeans legs.
For a handbag handle, cut two strips that are 2” wide by 20” long. For a shoulder bag handle, use one strip of 2” wide by 40” long denim. Cut the strips to the desired length and then attach them to the bag by tying them onto the belt on either side.
You can customize your bag in a lot of ways. Let’s look at some style tips.
The best part about this bag is the versatility of the look.
- Have fun with the denim. Try putting on an iron-on patch or add an array of pins and buttons.
- Change up the belt to renew your bag. Try belts with large or jeweled belt buckles. You can change your belt each season to match color trends. Even use a neck tie belt.
- Switch up the handle with one of your favorite scarves. Thin, decorative scarves can be tied onto each side. Thicker, crocheted winter scarves can be safety pinned.
- Use the extra leg material to make patches or different length handles.
DIY Fashion – It’s almost that time of year again:
Hey everyone my favorite time of the year is coming around, and that means lots and lots of layers! This DIY fashion project will be great for cuddle weather. I decided to create some leg warmers and a matching beanie out of an ugly sweater. You can use any old sweater you have, or go thrift shopping for some inexpensive finds. It’s amazing how you can create matching items of clothing from an old garment. I hope this sparks some ideas for you, and that you have fun with this simple project.
DIY Fashion Project
To begin your project grab your favorite fitting leg warmers and flip the sweater right side in. Place the leg warmers along the fold at the side of the sweater. Were going to use the fold and bottom hem to our advantage.
Now use your fabric chalk to trace an outline of your leg warmers, then cut out the piece of fabric, be sure to leave room for seam allowance. Pin down the cut side of the fabric opposite of the fold.
Sew along the edge, don’t forget to back-stitch both ends! To finish it all up you going to want to hem up the top.
Flip them both inside out and your DIY Fashion leg warmers are now complete for fall and winter.
DIY Fashion Tips
It’s as simple as that. Some things you could do to dress it up would be to add matching bows to the sides of both leg warmers. I made a matching beanie (which I’ll be making a post about shortly) that I think came out really well for my first try.
Hope this gave you some ideas.