How to make a basic denim purse with no interfacing. This project uses upcycled jeans.
This is a very early jean purse that I made using my husband’s upcycled pants. It is soft sided with no interfacing used. As part of the series of projects that I made using these jeans, I also made a skirt with a jean top and knit bottom, a patchwork knee length skirt, a denim bracelet, and a kerchief. Make sure to check them out.
As this was a project I did when I first was starting to sew, it’s probably not my best project- I actually made a patchwork jean tote bag recently that’s hobo style that I prefer.
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SUPPLIES FOR A JEAN PURSE
- Old jeans
- Coordinating fabric
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How to Make a Denim Purse
This post was beautiful and complete, but somehow I managed to delete it. So here we go again….
This purse could technically be reversible, but I added snaps to the top of mine so it’s a bit awkward if you try to reverse it on mine. I ended up using the dress pants side with the jean pocket as my purse and added snaps accordingly. I think the jean pocket was a way better pocket than the dress pant pocket… which was more suited to being inside the purse.
|Cut four pieces of fabric that are the same size.
Two from the jeans, two from the dress pants.
|On the jeans side, I want to add a dress pant pocket. I folded over the long
top edge twice and straight stitched across.
|Finished top edge.|
|I folded over the other three edges and stitched them down
with a straight stitch to one piece of the jean fabric.
|Here’s my fabric laid out with the pocket added to the jeans.|
|To make a pocket for the dress pants side, I seam ripped a
pocket off the remainder of the jeans.
|All done, pretty!|
|Haha, guess we wear out our jeans pretty well.
These used to be nice dark blue?
|I laid the pocket over one piece of the dress pant fabric
and sewed the three sides in place.
|Pinned the jeans fabric right sides together and the
same with the dress pants.
|Straight stitch around the sides and bottoms of the fabric.|
|Snip the excess fabric off, and the corners. Don’t snip the stitching.|
|Now for the strap of the purse- I decided to use the belt loops/top of the pants. I cut it off,
making sure to seam rip the bottoms of the loops so I could keep those with the strap.
|See this… you need to seam rip to get the extra fabric that you cut out.|
|After seam ripping it all, I pulled the extra piece of fabric out.|
|I stitched around the whole bottom of the strap OVER the
belt loops and over the area with the button too.
I took the zipper off first.
|Snipped off the ends of the belt loops that hung over.|
|Zig Zagged the ends… not easy to see in this picture. I just
wanted to ensure that they don’t fray.
|I cut the strap in half… keep in mind what parts of the strap you want
where when you cut. I tried to keep the button off center from the top of my shoulder
because I thought it’d be cuter on the side.
|Go around the top and straight stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving
a small hole to turn and topstitch. I backstitched over the straps once or twice.
|Cut off the extra strap peeking off from the top.|
|Turn your purse right sides out through the hole. Tuck the inside of the purse into the outside.|
|Should look like this.|
|Still have a hole to sew closed! Fold the edges over and
straight stitch around the whole purse.
|Done! Yeah I probably should’ve picked better matching thread
(as to better hide my less than straight straight stitch), but I wanted to use more of my heavy thread for this project.