At this very moment, do you have any jeans in your home that really should be in the trash? I’m talking holey, stained, terribly out of style jeans that you know will never be worn again? I recently came across some jeans destined for landfill and I decided to check out Pinterest (of course!) to see what I could make with them instead. Although I found some really fun projects, I didn’t see anything that screamed, “Make me!”. Not knowing what I was going to make, I started cutting and this is what I ended up with.
I kind of love them! Think of it as a satchel for putting your phone, lipstick, or whatever you need, in. Do you ever find yourself wearing an outfit that doesn’t have pockets? Maybe a dress, skirt, yoga pants? It’s kind of a pain. Make one of these simple satchels and you won’t need to carry your stuff in your hands or have a full on purse when you really don’t need it. Ready? Set? Go!
First step, cut off the pockets. Easy! Cut only the bottom layer (not the finished pocket edges) and leave a bit of fabric on the top.
Flip it over and hot glue the top edge down so you can have a finished-looking front. Back doesn’t look too bad, either.
For the flowers I did an internet search for “flower template”. Here are the two that I used: 4-petal-heart-template and Flower-Pot-Card-Template. It is best to have at least 3 different sizes, so I had to do some re-sizing in Word. Once you have a paper pattern, cut it, then trace it on your fabric,
then cut out the fabric. Might as well cut out two layers at a time, right? I wanted the denim to looked a bit frayed, so I just scraped the fabric edges with my fingernail to get that effect.
To assemble the flower, grab some thread, a needle and a button and sew the button through all of the layers…or…hot glue each layer and add the button to the top. Then just hot glue the flower to the pocket. Play around with positioning before gluing.
For the strap, cut out the inseam starting up one leg and once you reach the crotch, going down the other leg, then back up and down the other side. Most, if not all jeans have double stitching for the inseam so just cut near the finished edges on each side of the stitching. Easy-peasy!
And this is what you get:
At this point, determine how long you want your strap to be, cut to size, then hot glue on the back like so:
Done! Check it out!
I have been asked to be in charge of crafts for a young women’s camp this summer and this is definitely one that we will make. My goal is to have the girls create items that are useful, not something to shove in the back of a drawer once they get home. I think that they will like them.
What do you think?
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12 thoughts on “Recycled Jeans Satchel”
My daughter would love this! She is addicted to purses and has to carry her stuff around with her at all times (and she’s only 3). I think I have the perfect pair of jeans to make her a little satchel, and maybe I can get it done in time to put in her Easter basket!
I would love to see how it turns out! Little girls are so fun!
Love these! Fun way to use old jeans. Pinning it!
Wow! So cute and simple. I think the girls at the camp will love this and I am with you: I love to do craft projects that are actually functional!
Thanks for your kind words! Now I just need about 50 pairs of jeans!
So cute and so creative. Well I do have pair of jeans that has paint on in one spot maybe I could use it to make these for the little ones! Thanks for linking up with us at Home Matters linky party. We hope you will join us again at this Friday. Feel free to bring a friend!!
Go for it!
This is so cute! I used to make bags from jeans too. Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.