Monday, February 13, 2012

Re-Purposed Jean Purse

This would make a great Valentine's Day gift for that special young lady in your life!  

My son is constantly wearing the knees out in his jeans.  I feel bad about donating them with holes and worn patches in the knees so I decided to make them into purses instead.  It really wasn't that hard and they were fun to make and even more fun to give as a gift. 

Disclaimer:  You don't have to be an expert seamstress for this project!!  You just need a sewing machine.

Things You need to Grab
  • Old jeans or pants
  • Thread
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Decorative beads or buttons

     1.  Using a pair of scissors, cut off the legs off of the pants right above the crotch area. This determines where the bottom of your purse will be. Do not cut into the zipper area.

    2.  Turn the pants inside-out and sew a 1/4-inch seam along the bottom of the purse. Use a zigzag stitch for extra reinforcement.

    3.   Turn the purse right side out, push out the corners.

    4.  Take the left over leg pieces that are good and make the handles.  Just cut a strip to the desired length and turn inside out.  Sew from top to bottom and then gently pull until right side out.  Attach each side to the inside top sides of the purse.  You could also use a sturdy ribbon if you prefer.

    5.   Decorate the purse with a ribbon threaded through the belt loops and tied into a bow.  Use beads, buttons or other embellishments to decorate the purse.



  1. Too cute! It's a perfect idea for my daughter's jeans that are too worn in the knees to reuse or put in a consignment shop. Thanks!

  2. You are welcome Holly, glad you can put the idea to use.