How To Make a Denim Pocket Purse

New Life and Use for Your Denim Jeans

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Denim Pocket Purse. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Do you have an old pair of jeans that you can't bear to toss? You can turn them into a cute denim pocket purse and give them years of new life. It's an easy project that is suitable to use yourself or to make, personalize and give as a gift. If you don't have jeans of your own that you want to convert, you can buy them at a thrift store.

Jeans are a great starting point for many craft projects. Denim fabric can last nearly forever, and a little wear and tear just add to the charm.

The hefty fabric works well in a purse rather than flimsier weaves. There are many other things you can do with the rest of the denim fabric from the used jeans.

The advantage of using just the pockets from a pair of jeans is that they are already seamed, so there is no problem with them fraying. That will give your purse a longer life, especially if you don't have a serger.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time Required: 30 minutes or less

What You Need to Make a Denim Pocket Purse

  • An old pair of jeans: The size of the purse will depend on the size of the pockets. For a larger purse, consider men's jeans. For a small purse, consider child's jeans.
  • Ribbon
  • A seam ripper
  • A needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors

Here's How to Make the Denim Pocket Purse

  1. Remove the back pockets from a pair of jeans using a seam ripper. It is easiest if you turn the jeans inside out and work on the inside of the pants. You'll be able to see the seams better as you rip them. You can use small scissors if you don't have a seam ripper.
  1. Place the two pockets on top of each other, with the good sides facing out, and pin them in place.
  2. Then, cut a piece of ribbon to serve as the handle, tuck it into the pockets, and pin it in place.
  3. Sew around the outside edge of the pockets, and your purse is complete!.

Tips for the Denim Pocket Purse

  1. You can personalize your purse in many ways. Think of embroidering it with initials, names, or designs. You could add buttons or bows. Bedazzle it with sequins and studs. Glitz it up with glitter or puff paint. Add appliques or iron-on transfers.
  1. Get creative with the strap. You can choose from many different fabric ribbons to make the strap. You might even want to repurpose a strap from an old purse. You can sew rings into either side of the pockets so you can clip straps to the purse rather than sew them on. Now you can change straps when you wish to do so.
  2. Make a closure for the purse by adding a buttonhole on one pocket and sewing a button on the inside of the other side. You could also add snaps or magnets on the inside of the pockets to use as a closure.
  3. Use the pockets off of a pair of child's jeans to make a change purse to go inside your purse.
  4. Denim pocket purses can also be used as gift bags or party favor bags.