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6 Old Jeans Purse Patterns

By: Karisa Tell, Editor,
6 Old Jeans Purse Patterns

Once you discover how to make purses using old jeans, you'll never get rid of an ill-fitting pair again. In fact, these 6 Old Jeans Purse Patterns are so unique and creative; you might end up using pairs that still fit. Just make sure you have a pair of jeans to wear. If you've ever wondered what to make with old jeans, now is the time to consider these genius upcycle projects.

Old jeans purse patterns help you save money on fabric and cut closet clutter. Best of all, you can make any size purse you want - make a small clutch for night and a large tote for day.

Instead of throwing your trusty blue jeans away when you outgrow them, stain, them, or wear holes in them, consider keeping them around to use as a craft supply. Want to know what to make with old jeans? There are several different styles of bags and purses you can make from old jeans, so there's guaranteed to be one to fit your style and lifestyle.

How to Make a Purse Out of Jeans

  • Funky Jeans Bag

    This denim bag is one of the most versatile old jeans purse patterns. You can customize it by choosing what contrasting fabric to use for the bow and trim, and it's large enough to store essentials throughout your busy day. These old jeans purse patterns work for any size jeans as well.

  • Cupcake Jean Purse

    Go crazy with the cupcake motif that has been enjoying popularity among crafters by making a cupcake bag! Use old jeans purse patterns to make the bag, then decorate it with delectable, yet calorie-free, cupcake embellishments!

  • Bow Bag Sewing Tutorial

    This trendy bag is one of the few old jeans purse patterns that doesn't look like it's made from old jeans at first glance. That's because your old jeans are used for the lining of the bag. By lining your bag with recycled denim material, you'll be reinforcing your bag and making sure it can do all the heavy lifting you need it to do, for years to come.

  • Denim Pocket Purse

    If you're looking for the simplest of old jeans purse patterns, you may have found it with this one! This project is perfect for a child or a beginning sewer to tackle, as it requires only a few cuts and stitches.

  • Denim Tote

    Have fun decorating your jeans purse with this tutorial, which uses a combination of embellishments to achieve a one-of-a-kind and easily customizable look.

  • Denim Drawstring Bag

    Similar to the Denim Pocket Purse, this bag is simple enough for a beginner to try. You'll learn about recycling jeans and creating drawstring closures with this tutorial. And since this pattern only requires part of a pant leg, you can use the same pair of jeans for both old jeans purse patterns and make a set of stylish, simple, denim purses.

More Ways To Upcycle Old Jeans

Can't get enough denim?  Here are a few more denim projects you're sure to love:

  • Sew Easy Skirt Tote

    Maybe, you don't have any old jeans to upcycle. But if you have an old skirt lying in your closet, you can still join in on the fun! This sewing tutorial will teach you to transform your skirt into a sturdy yet fashionable bag.

  • Trick or Treat Denim Bags

    Why spend money on a Halloween bucket when you can create your own at home? Take those old jeans out of your attic, and make these precious treat bags that your kids will love. 

  • Denim Drink Cozy

    You've seen crochet and knit cozies, but have you seen a denim one? Prevent your hands from being cold or not by sewing a denim cozy! This tutorial is so easy to follow that you'll be done with this project in no time.

  • Denim Flower Brooch

    Use some old denim to create a fun flower brooch! Sew this lovely accent onto one of your tote bags, jackets, or shirts to transform your outfits from ordinary to extraordinary. 

What else do you like to make out of old jeans?

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I made this purse back in the 80's. I sold them at a craft show. Everyone loves them. Thanks for bringing back a memory.

When I was in my third year of college, denim bags were on the rage and they still are. They are very durable and look versatile depending on the colour of jeans you use. I love it when you use make patches of leftover fabric especially on the pockets.

My friend started to make them few years ago and sell it at market. They looked nice and I really liked the look. She gave me one small bag that i used it for while. The only thing I didn't like about it the bag looked old to fast. I think she used overly used jeans or something like that. I like the cupcke one though. It is really cute .

I made a jeans purse over 40 years ago when i was in high school. Everyone laughed at me. I thought it was neat. Wish i had a picture of it.. Threw it away after all the criticism.

Are these available as an Ebola?

Autocorrect, sorry, not Ebola lol Ebook!!!!!

Hi there - no eBook on this topic, but great suggestion! Stay tuned - Julia from FaveCrafts

I think two of your posting are beside the wrong bags, the cupcake and bow bags, the product info are reversed.

Hi CheryleAllene--Thanks for your comment. We checked the post and it looks okay to us. It could be that one of the photos didn't load properly and screwed the rest of them up, but everything lines up for us. Thanks so much for your concern! --FaveCrafts Editor

Why can'I save this pattern to my foler on my computer with my other patterns from various places.

Hi Nancy, I just clicked to save the project at the top, and it worked for me. Try again and it should appear in you saved projects! Hope this helps!

I agree. But it's all of the descriptions that are iin the wrong place. The problem starts with the description on the Funky Jeans Bag should have been the lede, and then each description belongs to the bag above it. The only exception is the final description, which combines the descriptions for both of the bottom bags.

Sorry, my reply should have been under CheryleAllene's. That's the one I clicked.

Hi there, Thanks so much for pointing this out, we will fix the page ASAP. - Julia from FaveCrafts

I sewn bag from this tutorial.I am beginner.Thanks!

I like the funky jean purse and that is the one I am working on.

I like the Funky Jean Tote. This is easy to make and goes well with blue jeans and denim skirts. The young gals seem to really like these purses.

I make and sell these type of purses at Farmers Market and Craft Shows. Try using baby blue jeans and young girls with designs on. People love them, they are one of my staple products.

A great place to find those cute jeans for a great price is at the thrift store. Our Salvation Army stores have 1/2 off clothing on Wednesdays so you can get a pair of kids jeans for $1-1.50!!

I think I've seen these a thousand times before - many times on this newsletter. Please find something new.

There is always new people to enjoy olod things.

I love these bags. : ) You can use a skirt to make these bags too. If I ca I will TRY my best to upload the pics. ; 0 Thanks Amanda.... <= =>

What else is cute is using a little girls' denim skirt for a bag. VERY easy to do, and really cute!

That is very cute. : )

Love these, have been looking for a long time for something like this. Also patterns while simple can be adapted to use other denim clothing


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