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from pockets to purse
I saved the pockets from some cargo pants, detached all the seams and used each piece as its own pattern for the lining. joined each piece to it's lining and then just followed the marks from the original seams to sew pockets back together.
I added a basting to the raw edges to give it a more finished look.
Then I just sewed the two pockets to each other.
Added a strap and made my own button toggle.

I LOVE IT!

Posted by Irieblossom from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States • Published
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  • Step 1

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  • How to sew a denim bag. Purse From Pockets - Step 1
    Step 2

    Look at your pockets and try to visualize what you want your bag to look like.

  • How to sew a denim bag. Purse From Pockets - Step 2
    Step 3

    The pockets I had came with straps for some other function that I was able to sew together and use as the strap.

  • How to sew a denim bag. Purse From Pockets - Step 3
    Step 4

    The pants I took these from also had 2 smaller pockets I was able to use on this bag.

    If I hadn't had these I might have made appliques or used a stencil for decorative purposes.

  • How to sew a denim bag. Purse From Pockets - Step 4
    Step 5

    Choose the fabric you want as your lining.

  • How to sew a denim bag. Purse From Pockets - Step 5
    Step 6

    Rip out all of the seams from the original stich.

  • How to sew a denim bag. Purse From Pockets - Step 6
    Step 7

    Iron flat all of the pieces you are going to be working with.

  • How to sew a denim bag. Purse From Pockets - Step 7
    Step 8

    Lay piece on top of your lining fabric, wrong sides together.

  • How to sew a denim bag. Purse From Pockets - Step 8
    Step 9

    pin and cut.

  • How to sew a denim bag. Purse From Pockets - Step 9
    Step 10

    sew down all of your edges at about 1/4 in. from edge.

    Pin down pocket hem. Sew down.

    pin each piece of the pocket, you want to join, good sides together.

    Sew seam 1/4 inch from edge around each side of the bag.

  • How to sew a denim bag. Purse From Pockets - Step 10
    Step 11

    Measure out enough (i think it's called) basting to cover your raw edges.

  • How to sew a denim bag. Purse From Pockets - Step 11
    Step 12

    stitch it in by hand al the way around leaving 1/2 inch of basting at top of each side, as play for creating nice tucked in ends.

  • How to sew a denim bag. Purse From Pockets - Step 12
    Step 13

    this time sew in 1/2 inch from the edge to cover your hand stich and add strength to the bag.

  • How to sew a denim bag. Purse From Pockets - Step 13
    Step 14

    each side should look something like this.

  • How to sew a denim bag. Purse From Pockets - Step 14
    Step 15

    if you have pockets or patches you want to add, find their placement and attach them now.

    *or if you want a reversable bag do this to the side you want it on before you sew it to the lining.

  • How to sew a denim bag. Purse From Pockets - Step 15
    Step 16

    before sewing both sides of the bag together iron down seam edge.

  • How to sew a denim bag. Purse From Pockets - Step 16
    Step 17

    pin both sides of the bag together and sew.

  • How to sew a denim bag. Purse From Pockets - Step 17
    Step 18

    flip bag inside out and hand stich new raw edge.

  • Step 19

    Figure out if you bag needs any last touches and determine what type of closure you want for your bag, if any.

    Good luck!

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Lanaea W.
Lanaea W.
I just used your how to to make my own. It turned out awesome. another ten pairs of un wearable pants to go. Happy
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Terri A.
Terri A. · Southern, Illinois, US · 1 project
What a great idea! A a very well put together tutorial video too!! Thank you!!
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nouk
nouk · 15 projects
Really cool you used a video!Tongue really handy!Happy
Nice purseHappy
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Twizzy
Twizzy · Brighton, Michigan, US · 18 projects
That is really awesome. I love this project. If so, can you post a how-to? please.
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