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take an ill fitting pair of jeans and turn it into a sweet purse!!
This purse has a lot of steps buts its so easy to do :)

Posted by Ashly from Florida, New York, United States • Published
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  • How to sew a denim bag. A Sweet Jean Purse - Step 1
    Step 1

    first take out those old jeans hold them so they match up at the top and pin together.

  • How to sew a denim bag. A Sweet Jean Purse - Step 2
    Step 2

    now lay them on the table and smooth them out so the top part above the crotch is as flat as possible.

  • How to sew a denim bag. A Sweet Jean Purse - Step 3
    Step 3

    take your scissors and cut off the bottom half of the jeans making sure to cut off the beginning of the crotch area.

  • How to sew a denim bag. A Sweet Jean Purse - Step 4
    Step 4

    turn this part inside out line up the bottom and pin together.

  • How to sew a denim bag. A Sweet Jean Purse - Step 5
    Step 5

    using a running stitch sew a seam along the bottom then repeat in the opposite direction to enforce the seam.

  • How to sew a denim bag. A Sweet Jean Purse - Step 6
    Step 6

    Now square off both bottom edges by making a triangle shape.

    sew a sew from one side of your edge triangle to the other...be sure to do both edge triangles.

  • How to sew a denim bag. A Sweet Jean Purse - Step 7
    Step 7

    when you are done and the bag is turned right side out again it will look like this

  • How to sew a denim bag. A Sweet Jean Purse - Step 8
    Step 8

    now, take out your tape measure and measure the width of the inside back part of the bag body from one side to the other. stop your tape measure where the side fold begins.

  • How to sew a denim bag. A Sweet Jean Purse - Step 9
    Step 9

    take out one of your left over pant legs and rip apart one of the seams.

  • How to sew a denim bag. A Sweet Jean Purse - Step 10
    Step 10

    iron out all of the creases in the pant leg.

    Use the measurement you just took and mark out your points on the pant leg. be sure that the seam in the pant leg that is still together, is in the center of the points you mark out.

  • How to sew a denim bag. A Sweet Jean Purse - Step 11
    Step 11

    Cut off the part of the pant leg that is above the points you marked out. make sure you don't cut to much. the bottom part is going to be the flap part of the purse. so make sure there is more than enough material to make your flap. then decided how much you need to cut off the top.

  • How to sew a denim bag. A Sweet Jean Purse - Step 12
    Step 12

    then fold in one of the sides starting at the mark you made and going down at a slight angle.

  • How to sew a denim bag. A Sweet Jean Purse - Step 13
    Step 13

    Iron a crease and pin. then do the same to the other side.

    now place the flap piece in the body of the bag to the point where it is going to be sewn later which in my case the was about 3 inches in.

  • How to sew a denim bag. A Sweet Jean Purse - Step 14
    Step 14

    fold the flap over the top part of the bag.feel down to where the bottom of the bag ends and cut across about one inch below that point.

  • How to sew a denim bag. A Sweet Jean Purse - Step 15
    Step 15

    Next you are going to sew seams down the both sides of the flap and cut off the excess fabric.

  • How to sew a denim bag. A Sweet Jean Purse - Step 16
    Step 16

    now pin the flap to the back side of the inside of the bag.

  • How to sew a denim bag. A Sweet Jean Purse - Step 17
    Step 17

    Now sew the flap inside the bag using two seams. one along the top where the flap meets the bag. and one along the bottom where the beginning of the flap meet the bag.

  • How to sew a denim bag. A Sweet Jean Purse - Step 18
    Step 18

    now fold up the bottom hem of the flap pin and sew.

  • How to sew a denim bag. A Sweet Jean Purse - Step 19
    Step 19

    next take out that other left over pant leg and cut three equal strips that are as long as possible.

  • How to sew a denim bag. A Sweet Jean Purse - Step 20
    Step 20

    cut a hole in the side of the bag.

  • How to sew a denim bag. A Sweet Jean Purse - Step 21
    Step 21

    fold each of the three strips in half separately then place them together like so. and pull them through the hole.

  • How to sew a denim bag. A Sweet Jean Purse - Step 22
    Step 22

    tie a knot and braid the strips together very tightly. now take a deep breath because you are almost done!!

  • How to sew a denim bag. A Sweet Jean Purse - Step 23
    Step 23

    after you have braided the strips almost to the end. make a hole in the other side of the bag.and decorate anyway you like :)

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Marieke
Marieke · Espel, Flevoland, NL · 166 projects
Love it!
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Carol G.
Carol G. · Ponte de Sôr, Portalegre, PT · 2 projects
Gotta love Threadbanger. This is my favourite project by them, because it's so easy and because I'm a sucker for purses Happy

The one on the tote bag is also really, really cool.
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M.a.r.i.s.o.l.
M.a.r.i.s.o.l. · Los Angeles, California, US · 15 projects
sweet job on that purse...ill have to try that sometime.
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1427 projects
Looks great and it's an awesome how-to!
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Sarah S.
Sarah S. · Georgia, Vermont, US
very nice!
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