Do It Yourself: Making A Blue Jean Purse

You can make a designer blue jean purse without a sewing machine! Follow these easy instructions for making and decorating this very cool purse.

Do you have a favorite pair of blue jeans that have seen better days? Don't throw them away! You can make an exceptionally cool blue jean purse. This is a great way to recycle an old pair of blue jeans, and you don't even need a sewing machine.

For this project you will need a pair of old blue jeans, matching thread, a needle, a safety pin, and a pair of sewing scissors. Optional supplies are appliques, fabric paint, a paintbrush, pony beads, faux gemstones, strong fabric glue, iron-on transfers, and an iron.

Begin by cutting the legs off the jeans approximately one inch below the crotch. Keep the material you cut off to use for the purse strap and for optional decorative additions.



Thread the needle with a sufficient amount of matching thread. For additional strength, double the thread. Match up the ends of the thread, and tie a secure knot. The stitch you will be using is a "whip stitch". Whip stitches are made by inserting the needle near the edge of the fabric, whipping over to the other side, and back through the fabric. The stitches should be in line with the crotch of the jeans, so you may need to cut off a little more material before beginning. Sew the entire bottom together, rethread the needle, and whip stitch all the way across one more time in the other direction. Stitching across the bottom a second time will reinforce the seam.

To make a clasp for the purse, cut the metal button from the front of the waistband. Be sure to leave a sufficient amount of fabric surrounding the button. Securely sew the two sides of the fly together above the zipper. Position the button on the back of the waistband so it's in line with the buttonhole on the front. Sew it securely to the inside of the waistband. Now you'll be able to securely close your purse.

Make a strap for the purse by cutting one of the pant legs lengthwise between the side seams. Turn the material inside out, and fold it over. Double thread the needle, and whip stitch the opposite sides together to form a strap. When the entire length of the strap has been stitched, fasten a safety pin to the inside end of the strap. Use the safety pin to pull the material right side out. Sew the strap to the interior sides of the purse. Stitch the area a few times to make sure the strap will hold the weight of the purse and its contents.

You can further embellish the purse by sewing on decorative appliques, or you can iron on transfers of your choice. Appliques and iron-on transfers are available in most craft outlets and discount stores.

You can also add decorative beads to the purse. Cut out several strips of blue jean material approximately 10 inches in length and ½ inch wide. Center the strips of fabric on the base of each side of the strap, and tie them on. Thread several pony beads or other decorative beads to each strip of fabric, and knot the ends.

If you're artistically inclined, you can also paint designs or pictures on the purse using fabric paint. If you decide to paint your purse, be sure to put a piece of cardboard between the layers of fabric so the paint doesn't soak through and stain the other side.

Another suggestion is to add faux gemstones to the purse. Use strong fabric adhesive to attach them wherever you'd like. Line the pockets with gemstones, or create designs with them such as flowers, sunbursts, or geometric shapes.

These purses make great gifts for friends and loved ones. Imagine their surprise when you give them a designer blue jean purse! Make each purse as unique as the individual who will receive it. There's no end to the ways you can personalize this one-of-a-kind classic purse.

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