Jean Leg Purse

I’ve been a little ADHD lately (excuse the term, but I can’t describe it any other way) when it comes to my crafting.  I’ve been delving into so many different things that it’s hard to finish any one project. My list of WIPS includes designing a sewing pattern for a balaclava, making reversible fleece hats, loom knitting hats,  weaving on a pin loom, making paracord bracelets, and I’ve been teaching myself to knit (which I learned to do when I was about 10 or 11, but got into crochet more). I also just got an Addie Express King Size Knitting Machine, which I am super excited about. I’m experimenting with that and have made my first had the day it arrived! I plan to blog about that once I’ve worked with it more.

One other project I’ve been working on are denim purses made from the pant legs of a pair of jeans.  I got the idea when I bought a pair of jeans off of Ebay and they were not in “Great” condition like they were supposed to be.  The jeans weren’t wearable or worthy of donation in my opinion, and I wanted to do something with them.  Most purses or bags made from jeans use the upper part of the jeans, but that was the problem area with these jeans.  So I thought, why not the leg—and if I folded it upward and stitched up the sides, I would automatically create three pockets.  Of course, I had to add the back pocket on, and I even made use of the belt loops!

Purse

This is really a quick and easy project, especially if you can use a sewing machine.  You only have one raw edge to work with.  I didn’t want to hem the denim, so I used Fold-Over Elastic.   This is the basic concept charted out.PatternUsing this and the photos, you can see how it all came together, but here are the Materials and Steps:

Materials:

  • Old pair of jeans

photo 2

  • Thread (I used a thread that matched the thread in the denim )
  • Fold-Over Elastic (unless you want to hem the raw edge).  You can also use bias tape, but the Fold-Over Elastic looks a little fancier
  • Button or clasp (optional)
  • Your choice of Purse Handle and Method of Attachment.  (I used a chain from the jewelry section of my local craft store )
  • Tools:  Scissors, Sewing machine (optional, but helpful), sewing needle
  • Also helpful to have pins, fabric pencil, thimble, seam ripper, Fabri Tac Glue

Steps:

  • Cut leg from jeans.  Remove any other parts you will  be using, such as pockets, belt loops, etc.

photo 1

  • Decide where you want you fold to be keeping in mind that you need the back section taller so that you have enough leg remaining to fold down as the purse flap.  Once you’ve decided, be sure the leg is trimmed evenly to the length you need   it.
  • Pin the Fold-Over Elastic in place around the raw edge. Make sure the ends meet where they will be on the underside of the flap. Ideally they can be hidden by the closure.
  • Fold the leg up to the proper position and pin in place. Sew along the very edge, bottom and other side no more than ¼” from the edge. Here a sewing machine is handy if you have one!
  • Place pocket in the position you want it and pin in place.  Sew in place.  You will need to sew this by hand.
  • Attach your closure, purse strap, and any other embellishments.

With this purse, you can see I used a belt loop for the closure.  I just added Velcro to the  backside.  I also used the belt loops for embellishments.  I simply glued those on with Fabri Tac Glue and they won’t be  going anywhere!  For the purse strap, I attached a mini slip ring to each end of the chain and then secured stitched the slip rings to either side of the purse.

Purse (2)

I have one more purse I am working on (from the second leg of the jeans). I’m not quite done with it, but will share it as soon as it is finished.

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