Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Upcycled Denim Purse

My mom is not a big purse lady, she prefers small, light weight purses.  I have made a handbag for her before, but the fabric is too casual for her to carry to a more serious gathering.

So I decided to make her a fancier but not too fancy purse.

Let's see how I made it.

Cut a dark pair of jeans like this

For this purse, I did not want to keep the button and zipper, so I cut it off like this.  You can keep it if you wish.

Unstitch the waist band

Got a shiny belt buckle for closure.  And purse handles.  I also cut a few pieces of denim for the back and bottom.  Do some measurements to determine what you need.

Make the belt to be fed sewn onto the purse to secure the belt buckle 

Put an eyelet in the middle

Sew the front denim pieces together.  (the two parts from front of jeans after cutting out the zipper)

Sew it half way down, stopping right before the eyelet, onto the denim front.  Feed it through the belt buckle, then finish sewing it onto the denim front.  

Then sew the rest of the denim pieces together to form a large piece of fabric.  

Later, you will fold this in half and sew the sides shut with boxed corners.  Now prepare some sturdy fabric, you can either use fusible interfacing, or really tough fabric, I chose a piece of canvas, and some batting.  

Layer all the fabrics together and sew them at the sides, with right sides together

Make boxed corners

Then prepare your lining (I forgot to take pictures, but I sewed the two back pockets on the lining)

Baste the top of purse to keep all layers in place

Here is the tricky part, I wanted to keep all the belt loops, so I sewed the loops onto the waist band first.  Then sewed the four straps that will be holding the purse handles onto the waist band, but only on one side first.

Now it's time to make the belt that will be used to close to purse through the belt buckle

Pin the all the fabric, along with the belt inside the waist band.

Feed the straps (the purse handle straps) through the purse handles then pin them in place

Time to use denim needle to sew this sucker!  (I learned it the hard way.....)

Here is an inside shot with the two back pockets


  1. Hi Mandy! I'm already a G+ follower, but I'm now following on GFC and Bloglovin'!

    I'd love a follow back when you can :))


  2. Super cute project! Love this bag!Thanks for sharing tutorial!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  3. You are sooo good at this! Thanks for linking with HickoryTrail

  4. How cute and it's a great tutorial. I saw it at the Gathering Spot.

  5. Such a sweet bag and I love the lining fabric. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

  6. This is so cute! I love the pockets in the front. Thanks so much for linking up with us at Pin It Tuesday! Hope to see more from you next week!

  7. visiting from southern lovely. This is gorgeous

  8. Another brilliant upcycle Mandy! I love seeing your creations each week! They inspire me!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  9. Great clear tutorial! And a cute bag!

    Popping over from the And Sew We Crafty Together Linky

  10. This turned out super cute!! I want one!

  11. Gorgeous bag! I love the fabric you used on the inside too! You did a great job upcycling jeans! Thanks for linking up @ Submarine Sunday!!

  12. Very cute! I'm sure you mom loves it too. I’m so glad you chose to share your jean purse at the Rock ‘N Share! Have a great weekend! Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch

  13. Hi!
    I looove this purse! I will try to make one :)
    Thanks for sharing, Paula!
    I am your follower now!

  14. What a great tutorial :)

    Love your bag :) Thanks for sharing it with us at the weekend blog hop


  15. Love this!! There’s a new LINK-UP Party going on at and we would love to feature your post!! Here’s the link:

  16. Oh my goodness!!! Totally awesome. I wish I could sew like this!!

  17. Thanks so much for sharing at A Peek Into Paradise TGIF Link Party.

    I hope you will come party with us next week and see if you were featured!

    Have a great week!

    Hugs! Cathy

  18. Wow.............Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Loved the idea,Thanks for sharing such a wounderful idea.

  19. Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great idea.

  20. Mandy that is a lovely purse. Love the lining fabric and I know your Mother loved it too. Thanks for joining us this week at Transformed Tuesday.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  21. LOVE this and PINned your post to our Pinterest board!! Thanks for linking up with us a One Sharendipity Place this weekend!!


  22. You're like a denim upcycling machine! Awesome! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  23. cutest denim purse I ever did see. Featuring this tonight on Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday. :)

  24. So cute! Thank you so much for sharing at last week's All My Bloggy Friends :) I can't wait to see what you share this week!

  25. Hi Mandy,You are being featured on my blog tomorrow! Thanks for linking up & sharing on Come by tomorrow & grab your featured button! Or email me & I can send it to you!Theresa

  26. Love this! Saw the feature on Dear Creatives. :-) Jessica

  27. Wow, I love this bag Mandy! Thanks for sharing your tutorial at my Say G'Day Saturday linky party.

    Hope you can join in again this weekend.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  28. Wonderful tutorial! I loved the outcome!
    Great post!! I included it in my post Βόλτα στη Γειτονιά!!! ...while sewing!! :)
    Have a great weekend!!


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