Cute and Useful!!
Keep Those Old Jeans!
The other day I cleaned out my husband's closet and found 5 or 6 pairs of jeans just sitting, folded up, on the bottom of his closet floor. Now MEN!...don't freak out! I didn't just start chopping and cutting his jeans, I asked him to go through them to see if they still fit and which ones he wanted to keep. The ones he chose to throw out are the pairs I used to make these cute, little purses. These purses have 3 deep pockets, 2 straps for extra security and handling, a button to keep valuables safe and a cuteness factor of 100! They are very easy to do, take very little fabric, just a little time and are extremely fun! I'll give my instructions the best I can, as I really just winged it when making them. I hope you give them a try. What pre-teen or teen girl wouldn't want to carry a handmade jean pocket purse?
What You Will Need
2 jeans pockets w/backs
choice of fabric
rotary cutter, mat & guide (optional)
machine button holer
Step One -
Find an old pair of jeans, preferably men's since they have the biggest pockets usually. Cut out the back pocket as close to the seems as possible - do not cut just the front of the pocket, but the back also so you actually have the entire pocket, front and back - you will be cutting all the way through the jeans.
Step Two -
Using a seem ripper or razor blade, cut the seems on the corners of the pockets about a 1/2 inch down, then cut out the folded piece under the seem that bulks out the corners, leaving the front and back pieces so that they lay flat against each other. This is important because the extra jean fabric that is under the seem will make it very difficult to sew together later on when you lay your handles in these 1/2 inch openings. Trust me, I didn't cut them out on my first purse and my sewing machine would not tolerate the bulk. I had to hand stitch the sides, which was not fun or easy stitching through four layers of jeans and two handles!
Step Three - cutting fabric for inside pocket top liners
I cannot give actual measurements for the fabric since jeans pocket sizes will vary depending on the jeans you decide to use. Lay your fabric across the top of the pockets and cut 2 inch wide strips that extend 1/2 inch beyond the pocket on each end. You will need two pieces of fabric this size to sew across the inside cut tops of the pockets. Take the strips (wrong side facing up) and fold each side halfway to the middle so that the right sides will meet in the middle. Iron the strip flat, fold the fabric strip in half so they meet equally and iron the strip again. Take the strip and lay it across the top of the back cut side of the jean pocket, so that half the strip is on one side and the other half is on the other side. Sew the strip onto the pocket. Cut off the ends that extend past the sides of your pocket. Repeat with second pocket.
Step Four - fabric closure
Cut 2 pieces of fabric, 6 to 8 inches wide and that extend 1/2 inch on each side of the pocket. Place the 2 pieces right sides together and measure diagonally from each top corner about 5 or six inches to the bottom of the fabric. Cut the fabric. This will leave a flat flap at the bottom of your closure. Sew a 1/4 inch seem along each edge leaving the top (wider part) opened. Turn the flap so that the right side is now facing out. Iron the flap. Line the closure up on the inside of the back pocket in the 1/2 inch opening and sew the closure fabric to the back pocket. I sewed two lines across the back for stronger reinforcement. Cut off any overhanging fabric flush with the sides. Choose the button you would like to use and using the button holer on your machine, stitch a button hole opening in the middle of the flap. Sew a button on the front side of your pocket to match your button hole.
Step Five -
Cut 2 more 2 inch wide strips, same as the pocket top strips, only make them longer - as long as you would like - for your handles. Repeat the same ironing steps as you did for the top liner fabric strips only this time, sew the strips together with a fancy stitch. Place the pockets back sides together so that you have two matching pockets on the front and back. Pin together. Lay the handle ends inside the 1/2 inch openings at the side seems. I laid my handles so that they crossed at the top - one side of the handle on the front pocket seem and the other side of the handle on the back pocket seem and repeated it with the other on the opposite sides.
Step Six - Finish Up
Keeping all sides together and the handles connected where you would like, machine stitch, using a decorative stitch, from one side of the jean pocket starting at the top of one side where all seems and handles are to be attached. Stitch down the side, across the bottom and up the other side, following the stitching on the jeans pocket. Attach your closure to your button and there you have it. An adorable, and durable, jeans pocket purse with three deep pockets. Hope you had fun!! There is no limit to the designs and fabrics you can use for these little purses.
sallieannluvslife (author) from Eastern Shore on April 15, 2018:
Thank you, Mr. Webster
sallieannluvslife (author) from Eastern Shore on March 24, 2015:
Thanks so much Patricia! I hope you will make one of these...they are so easy and fun! Best of luck with your new machine!! Blessings!!!
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 24, 2015:
Adorable--- I love tiny purses...mine are so tiny I wear them
So I would make the strap long enough to hang around my neck.
And I am learning to sew on the machine my sister got me so I may just make this a project to try.
Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. Pinned on DIY ps
sallieannluvslife (author) from Eastern Shore on January 30, 2015:
Thanks, Paula! I have used these little purses as gifts filled with goodies and even donated them to quarter auctions, etc. They are so easy and fun and people love to receive them as gifts! I'd love to see your creations if you do make them!! Have a blessed day!
Paula from The Midwest, USA on January 30, 2015:
Hi Sallieann, these have to be some of the cutest little purses! I love this idea, and think its a great way to use older jeans that won't be worn anymore. Its a very "green" idea! So glad to run across it, and think you did a great job with your idea. I hope to make these sometime.