How To Turn Your Old Jean Into A Bag

We all have that pair of jeans that we got tired of and we simply don’t wear it anymore. If you are adventurous with your style you can make good use of those old jeans by turning it into a bag. The process is quite simple and you will realize that one can get good really quick especially if you are not new to sewing. The biggest advantage of a jean bag is that you do not have to worry about the fact that your stitching skills are far from perfect, the rugged look of the jeans fabric will take care of all of that. You also do not have to worry about interfacing as denim fabric is thick enough. Just be careful with the needles, scissors and seam rippers.

Step 1: Gather the materials

You will require: an old jeans (of any colour), thread matching the colour of your jeans, a pair of scissors, seam ripper and sewing machine.

Note: The size of the bag will depend on the size of the jeans.

Step 2

With your scissors, cut your jeans about 1 inch from where your front pockets end. Try to keep the fabric as straight as possible. Don’t pull the denim as it is stretchable and iron if required.

When you are done cutting, rip the seam off and separate the front and back part. Discard the front part.

Step 3

Rip off the inner seam of one of the legs. Open it up and place the back part (now the front of the bag) on it and cut it out. Now you have the front side and back side of the bag.

Take the remaining part of the leg and mark 2 inch wide strips. Cut out 3 such strips, two of length 1 inch more than the sides and one 2 inch more than the base.  If you are not getting a single long strip you can join two smaller strips. Try and use these joined strips for the base and get single strips for sides

Step 4

Get your sewing machine and stitch the three strips to the back side of the bag. Stitch the edges with a zigzag stitch to secure the work. Now stitch the front of the bag making sure wrong sides face each other. Sew the two sides before moving to the base.

Step 5

As done earlier, cut out a two inch wide strip of the desired length of the handle plus two inches. Sew the longer edges with a zigzag stitch. You can also cut a wider strip and fold it for a neater look but sometimes it becomes difficult to stitch a thick cloth in the sewing machine.

Sew this strip to the side strips making sure the wrong sides face each other.

Step 6

If you are already satisfied with your bag, just add a zip or Velcro and finish off there. If not, join a flap. Take the other leg and rip it apart. Now put the front side of the bag on it and mark 4 inch extra length. Cut it off and sew with a zigzag stitch along the edge and you are done. You can add your own custom touches here and there to make the bag look as unique and creative as possible.